Office Locations 
District Office
12 North Baltimore Street
Dillsburg PA 17019
Phone: (717) 432-0792
FAX: (717) 432- 0795
Hours: M - F
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Capitol Office
422 Irvis Office
PO Box 202092
Harrisburg PA 17120-2092
Phone: (717) 783-8783
FAX: (717) 782-2920

                                             
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9/24/2018
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New Website Offers Latest on Spotted Lanternfly

The spotted lanternfly (SLF), which is native to China and Vietnam, has made its way to nearby Lancaster County and has the potential to gravely impact out agriculture industry. Products specifically at risk include grapes, tree-fruit, hardwoods and nursery items.

The pest has been found in 12 additional counties – Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lebanon, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Schuylkill – which are now considered to be part of a quarantine area, which also includes Lancaster County.

Researchers at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to gather scientific data on how to contain and manage this pest. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) and USDA are working to implement containment and control efforts.

Penn State Extension has compiled a comprehensive website with a lot of resources, including a checklist for homeowners in the quarantine area, tips for handling yard waste, ways to report and dispose of the insect, notices of public meetings, along with signs and symptoms, what’s at risk, where it’s found, and how the state is managing response to the insect. You can also sign up to receive the latest news, updates and alerts.

To access the website, click here
 
 
Farm Conservation Tax Credits Available

To help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment, $10 million in tax credits is available through the 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.

REAP is designed for agricultural producers who install BMPs or make equipment purchases that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which improves Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. The program is administered by Pennsylvania’s State Conservation Commission.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 percent to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy-use areas like barnyards. Cover crops and riparian stream buffers are also common REAP-eligible practices. REAP can be used in conjunction with other funding sources such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or the Chesapeake Bay Program to help install BMPs.

For projects that include the proposed purchase of equipment, the equipment must be delivered by June 30, 2019. For projects involving the implementation of structural BMPs, all BMPs and BMP components must be completed by June 30, 2020, to be eligible.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, click here
 
 
Grants Available to Dairy Farmers

Attention dairy farmers! A $5 million grant program approved as part of the 2018-19 state budget is now accepting applications through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program was established under Act 42 of 2018 to help dairy farmers overcome falling milk prices and other market challenges. The grants may be used for researching new technologies, products and best practices; marketing to new domestic and international markets; exploring new business opportunities to diversify their operation and revenue streams; transitioning to organic production methods; and incorporating or expanding value-added dairy production, such as cheese and yogurt products.

For more information about how to apply, click here
 
 
Register Now for My Farmers’ Breakfast
 
On Thursday, Oct. 11, from 8-10 a.m. I will again host my Farmers’ Breakfast at Baker’s Restaurant, located at 515 N. U.S. 15 in Dillsburg.

During this informative event, those in the agricultural industry will receive an update on issues that impact them. The guest speaker will be former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and House Majority Leader Sam Hayes. The 92nd District has a rich history of farming; and we must ensure agriculture has a bright future here. I encourage all farmers and anyone interested in agriculture to attend. Breakfast will be provided.

To register, call my office at (717) 432-0792, or fill out the registration form on www.RepKeefer.com by clicking the “Farmers Breakfast” icon. 
 
 
Register Now for My Concealed Carry Seminar 

In an effort to better inform gun owners who live in the 92nd District regarding Pennsylvania’s firearm laws, I will host a free Concealed Carry Seminar at the Wellsville Fire Company, 95 Community St., from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Joining me to discuss Pennsylvania’s firearm laws will be attorney Matt Menges and a member of the state police. In addition to discussing firearms laws, the speakers will also talk about how to safely interact with law enforcement when carrying a firearm. There will also be a question-and-answer period so attendees can receive answers to conceal carry questions they may have.

Advanced registration to this free event is required. Those interested in attending should contact my office at (717) 432-0792 or go to RepKeefer.com to fill out a registration form. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 19
 
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Office Locations
12 North Baltimore Street,Dillsburg, PA 17019 | 717-432-0792
422 Irvis Office, PO Box 202092, Harrisburg PA 17120-2092 | (717) 783-8783 / 3-8783
Email Address: DKeefer@pahousegop.com
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