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2010-12-09 12:01:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Another 1,916 acres of prime farmland on 23 farms are now protected from development and will forever remain in agricultural use, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today in announcing the latest action by Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program. "Preserving farmland is critical to our ability to feed our citizens and transition our farms to future generations," said Redding. "Pennsylvania's leadership...

2010-10-27 13:00:00

High-speed connectivity and services will enable leading-edge health care throughout the state KANAPPOLIS, N.C., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The partners in the N.C. Telehealth Network (NCTN) project have taken the next step forward in assuring that North Carolina non-profit health care providers have the broadband services needed to improve the health and care of North Carolina citizens by announcing today a $7.2 million contract to connect local public health agencies and free...

2010-10-20 13:58:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farm stands and farmers markets can expand their businesses and better connect consumers to nutritious, locally grown farm products through a federal grant that supports marketing and business opportunities, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today. The Direct Farm Sales Grant, which is funded by the federal Specialty Crops Block Grant program through the 2008 Farm Bill, provides up to $7,500 in matching grant funds to...

2010-10-06 12:08:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's nation-leading Farmland Preservation Program today permanently safeguarded an additional 1,434 acres on 17 farms for production, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding announced today. Pennsylvania's program has now preserved 442,731 acres on more than 4,000 farms. Both figures are the highest of any state. "The commitment to farmland preservation shown by Pennsylvania farmers is one that no other state can match," said...

2010-09-21 11:48:39

More than 35 years after Oregon began one of the nation's most ambitious land use planning programs, a new study suggests it's still difficult to demonstrate that it has accomplished one of its primary goals "“ protecting agricultural lands and a thriving forest, farm and ranching industry. There's some evidence that the laws have provided a "measurable degree of protection," scientists say in the report. However, there are also impacts that were little anticipated or considered four...

2010-08-26 11:59:00

Additional 4,528 Acres on 40 Farms Now Protected from Development HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board today added 4,528 acres on 40 farms to the state's nationally recognized farmland preservation program, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said. The action keeps those lands in agricultural use and protects them from development. The latest farms to be preserved are located in Adams, Berks, Bradford, Bucks,...

2010-07-08 14:21:47

Continued support for off-shore oil drilling by Gulf Coast residents who are dealing with one of the most devastating environmental disasters in U.S. history might seem surprising, but new research from the University of New Hampshire shows that local factors such as unemployment and population growth influence views about the value of environmental conservation and regulation. The research is presented in the most recent issue of the journal Rural Sociology in the article "Place Effects on...

2010-06-29 13:18:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Doctors for All: Citing a federal government estimate that more than 3 million Californians cannot find doctors who will provide them essential medical care, health care and social justice advocates challenge the Senate to show the same level of compassion and leadership demonstrated by yesterday's passage of SB 726 (Ashburn) on the Assembly Floor. "Speaker John Perez and members of the State Assembly...

2010-06-10 10:30:00

State Adds 34 Farms to Nation-Leading Program, Including 15,000th Preserved Acre in Lebanon County HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Agricultural Land Preservation Board reached a major milestone today by preserving the state's 4,000th farm, ensuring these vital agricultural operations will remain available to produce food and fiber for future generations, said Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding today. "Pennsylvania's farmland preservation program...

2010-04-08 11:33:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's nation-leading farmland preservation program today expanded to safeguard an additional 1,722 acres on 18 farms -- a move that Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said will help to ensure secure sources of food, a cleaner environment and a more vital economy. "Preserving farmland secures our food production abilities, protects the environment and our natural resources, and sustains our local economies," said Redding....