Aug. 02, 2019 / Weekly Roundup

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Ag Progress Days Hosts Fun, Education for All Ages

One of the largest outdoor agricultural expositions in the East will draw thousands of people to Pennsylvania Aug. 13-15 to learn more about the science and business of agriculture production during the annual Ag Progress Days near State College.

I always learn so much at this event and am glad I can return this year.

Sponsored by Penn State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days attracts more than 450 exhibitors from across the United States and Canada, showcasing innovations in agricultural equipment and related industries.

A variety of exhibits are planned, including those highlighting the battle against spotted lanternfly, and livestock nutrition and reproductive health. Youth activities and research tours are also planned.

The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees will host an informational meeting Aug. 14 to discuss dangerous livestock disease threats and the importance of biosecurity efforts to keep our food supply secure.

No admission fee is charged, and parking is free. For more information, click here.  
 
 
Grants Available to Small Businesses, Farmers

An estimated $1 million in grant funding is now available to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program.

Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. New to the program this year is the opportunity for small business owners to install solar hot water systems for their business operations.

Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural stormwater management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed and mailed applications are not accepted.

More information about the program requirements is available here. 

Last year, around 200 small businesses were awarded more than $947,000 in grants for their projects.
 
 
PennDOT Wants to Hear From You

To help reduce crashes and fatalities on Pennsylvania roadways, PennDOT is asking drivers to participate in the department’s 2019 Highway Safety Survey.

The five-minute survey asks about seatbelt use, driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, speeding, and distracted behaviors.

The survey is open until Monday, Aug. 12, and all responses, including comments, are completely anonymous.

Once data is compiled, the department will review the results for potential additions or adjustments to the department’s safety efforts.

For more information about PennDOT’s highway safety efforts, visit PennDOT.gov/safety .
 
 
Were You Affected by the Equifax Data Breach? File Your Claims Now

If you were one of the 147 million Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax security breach, a settlement has been reached with the credit reporting agency and damage claims are now being accepted.

The settlement reached by a coalition of 48 states includes a Consumer Restitution Fund of up to $425 million to compensate those affected by the breach, with maximum payments capped at $20,000 per person. The deal also includes up to 10 years of free credit monitoring or $125 if you choose not to enroll because you already have credit monitoring services.

You can check to see if you were affected by the breach by using the tool provided by Equifax here.  

For more information about the settlement and how to file a claim, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website here. 
 
 
Join Me at the Perry County Fair

Final preparations are underway for the 2019 Perry County Fair to be held Aug. 13-17. The fair is always a highlight of summer.

Be sure to say “hello” if you see me at the fair. My office will have a booth with information about state programs and initiatives.

Additionally, Sen. John DiSanto and I will host a free shredding event from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the fair. Bring sensitive documents like bank statements to be safely shredded. It is an important step to protect yourself from identity theft.
 
 
Remembering Steve Hile


It has been a sad week for Perry County as we mourn the passing of Sheriff Steve Hile.

Steve’s spirit, leadership and tenacity during his battle with cancer is an inspiration.

Steve was incredibly dedicated to his role and the people of Perry County. He always went above and beyond what was required of him, participating in outreach and educational events whenever asked. He not only served this county, but also the nation in the Air Force.

My sincerest condolences to his wife and family, as well as his fellow law enforcement officers.
 
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