Farmers, farming community: Upcoming discussions and training | Advertisement

Local farming communities will have the opportunity to speak with lawmakers working in agriculture and a local lawyer specializing in agricultural law at two upcoming events.

Agricultural breakfast

Center County, Pa. – A free farm breakfast will be held on Friday, October 29 for farmers and those who want to hear the latest updates from state and federal officials on farming-related issues.

Organized by representative Kerry Benninghoff, the event will be held at the Grange Fair Grounds, Triangle Mercantile Bldg 62 (use entrance 4), 149 Homan Lane in Center Hall from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In addition to hearing from Benninghoff, attendees will also hear from Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and other members of the farming community.

Space being limited, interested participants should confirm their attendance with the Benninghoff office in Bellefonte by calling 814-355-1300.

Agricultural law workshop for veteran farmers

Columbia County, Pennsylvania – Farmers with a veteran or active military experience are invited to discuss legal issues with attorney Rob Davidson at an event sponsored by the PA Veteran Farming Project. The discussion will be geared towards small farms.

The event will take place on Friday, November 19 at the Columbia County Ag Services Building conference room, 702 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, PA.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Agrotourism liability considerations
  • Civil liability of landowners
  • Accounting / tax considerations when choosing business structures
  • Zoning and its impact on farms
  • PA Right to Agriculture Act
  • Farm Safety Zone Act (benefits and regulations)
  • Nutrient and manure management plans

After the event, Davidson will offer half-hour consultations. A limited number of consultations are only available to Veterans / Military / Spouses attending the workshop and showing proof of service. Questions can be sent by email. Registration is open on the PA Veteran Farming Project website.

Lawyer Davidson himself is a farmer in Columbia County and raises lambs. While currently a small practicing lawyer, he previously held managerial positions at AgChoice Farm Credit and the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Agriculture.

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