Here’s How You Can Support Pennsylvania Farmers This Fall | Five for the weekend

Good weekend to all.
If you’ve picked (or plan to pick) pumpkins or apples this fall, you’ve supported agri-tourism operations and farmers in Pennsylvania, according to the state. Department of Agriculture.

Agritourism combines agriculture and tourism to bring visitors to farms for hands-on experiences, tours and more.

According to Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, agritourism has provided farmers in Pennsylvania with an opportunity for financial diversification.

“Pennsylvania farmers are entrepreneurs who find innovative ways to build competitiveness on the farm. Agri-tourism is a great example of on-farm diversification that increases financial resilience, ”Redding said in a statement earlier this week. “Agritourism also tells the story of agriculture in Pennsylvania. Farms are living classrooms that agrotourism brings to life.

According to US Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service survey, Average Pennsylvania Agritourism Sales $ 27 million annually and increase revenue per operation by over $ 38,000.

“Agrotourism is a great way for farms to highlight the important role they play in the lives of all Pennsylvanians by providing the food we eat, boosting our economy and building our cultural identity ”, Community Department and Executive Director of Tourism Economic Development Michael Chapaloney said. “On-farm agritourism experiences allow visitors to immerse themselves in Pennsylvania’s rich culinary history while creating treasured memories with family and friends. And, farms that participate in agrotourism activities, such as our culinary trails, benefit from an expanded customer base and increased revenue streams.

Opportunities to participate in the fall agrotourism include:

As always, this week’s top 5 stories are below.

Charlie Gerow (Courtesy of the campaign)

1. Report: GOP hopeful Gerow swept aside in fatal Pennsylvania toll highway crash, police say

New details emerged Friday about the investigation into a fatal motorcycle accident involving Charlie Gerow, a Republican candidate for governor.

The accident, which occurred on the Pennsylvania toll freeway on July 21 at around 10 p.m., killed the motorcyclist and has been investigated by Pennsylvania State Police since, according to a published report.

In a police report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, a police investigator concluded that the damage to the driver’s side of Gerow’s vehicle was consistent with a side slip.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced criminal charges against the Energy Transfer pipeline company.

2. Shapiro files criminal charges against Energy Transfer in construction of Mariner East 2 pipeline

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday announced 48 criminal charges against a Dallas-based company that is building a controversial 350-mile pipeline across the Commonwealth to transport natural gas.

Forty-five of the charges against Energy Transfer LP relate to the alleged discharge of industrial waste at 22 sites along the route of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, still under construction, from Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County to Uwchlan in Chester County.

The other three charges against Energy Transfer involve contractors using unapproved chemicals in drilling fluid, contaminating the water supply, and a felony charge for not reporting the spills to the Department of Environmental Protection. state environment.

Announcing the charges at a state park polluted with at least 21,000 gallons of drilling fluid from pipeline construction, Shapiro tried not to downplay the nature of the criminal charges against Energy Transfer.

State Representative Matt Dowling, R-Fayette, at a 2018 same with current House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff. (Photo from the GOP house)

3. GOP Representative Dowling in “Serious but Stable Condition” after Car Crash

A representative for the Republican state of western Pennsylvania is in “serious but stable” condition, according to a caucus spokesperson, after being in a car accident Wednesday night.

State Representative Matt Dowling, a state representative for Fayette County’s third term, was in the crash on his way to a caucus political event, the House spokesperson said. Republican Jason Gottesman at Capital-Star.

After the accident, Dowling was taken to Lancaster General Hospital and treated for significant trauma, Gottesman said in a statement.

The COVID-19 vaccine is stored at -80 degrees Celsius in the pharmacy at Roseland Community Hospital on December 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The hospital began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to its employees yesterday. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

4. These Pennsylvania legislative districts have the highest and lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates

Legislative Republicans have called for more concise COVID-19 data. The Wolf administration responded with a new dashboard.

The Department of Health launched an online database in late September that tracks coronavirus vaccination rates by state legislative districts and US congressional districts. Its release comes after a request from the Republican-controlled legislature for data on those most affected by COVID-19.

The Department of Health is also releasing a daily update with information on cases, coronavirus-related deaths, nursing home data and vaccination rates. The state is also tracking cases of COVID-19 in school-aged children and providing a weekly update on the number of cases in two age groups: 0-4 and 5-18.

“Our unified goal should be to strive to protect the health and safety of all residents,” Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, wrote in a September 27 letter to House and Senate leaders. “We hope this information will help inform General Assembly members, stakeholders and community members to join us in encouraging Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated.”

(Image via WikiMedia Commons / City & State Pa.)

5. Millions of Pennsylvania residents experience high air pollution month in 2020

Millions of Pennsylvanians experienced more than a month of high air pollution levels in 2020, according to a new report from the Penn Environment Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group.

Lancaster topped the Commonwealth in days with high levels of ozone, PM and total pollution with 107. Harrisburg had 97, followed by Reading with 82, York-Hanover with 65, and Johnstown and Pittsburgh with 57.

And this is the week. See you here next weekend.

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