Panel Hopes To Help PA's Struggling Dairy Industry

A statewide panel held its first meeting earlier this week in an effort to address Pennsylvania's struggling dairy industry. The Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission is made up of 23 members, including farmers, committee chairs from both parties in the House and Senate, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, and representatives from PennDOT and the Department of Community and Economic Development. The panel is charged with addressing current issues facing state's dairy sector, and coming up with a plan to improve such aspects as production, marketing and processing. The Farm Bill for PA signed this year by Gov. Tom Wolf also includes $5 million in grant funding to further support the industry.