Pennsylvania Department of agriculture http://wesa.fm en Pennsylvania's Farmland Preservation Program Leads Nation http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvanias-farmland-preservation-program-leads-nation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Agriculture is the leading economic enterprise in Pennsylvania.&nbsp; Between 1982 and 1997, over a million acres were developed and converted to other uses—the equivalent of 209 acres a day.&nbsp; In 1988, the state instituted a program to help slow the loss of prime farmland.</span></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:54:00 +0000 Charlee Song 32978 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania's Farmland Preservation Program Leads Nation Amusement Park Safety in Pennsylvania, Post Texas Incident http://wesa.fm/post/amusement-park-safety-pennsylvania-post-texas-incident <p>Ten days ago, a woman riding the “Texas Giant” at the Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas., fell to her death from the 14-story roller coaster, and the investigation of the death is ongoing.</p><p>Texas Department of Insurance requires yearly inspections of amusement rides by the park’s independent insurance company. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, the states’ departments of agriculture regulate ride inspection. Ohio requires yearly, mid-season and spot inspections. Six states, Alabama, Nevada, Mississippi, South Dakota, Wyoming and Utah, don't have any inspection requirements.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Emily Farah 13948 at http://wesa.fm Amusement Park Safety in Pennsylvania, Post Texas Incident PA's Anti-Puppy Mill Law Enforcement Criticized http://wesa.fm/post/pas-anti-puppy-mill-law-enforcement-criticized <p>Pennsylvania's independently elected fiscal watchdog says the state is doing a poor job enforcing an anti-puppy mill law that's designed to protect buyers and ensure breeders maintain humane practices.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:05:36 +0000 Michael Lynch & The Associated Press 13201 at http://wesa.fm Firewood Quarantine in Effect to Stop Spread of Insects, Disease to Trees http://wesa.fm/post/firewood-quarantine-effect-stop-spread-insects-disease-trees <p>Thanks to the presence of disease and tree-killing insects such as the emerald ash borer, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is reminding residents of the firewood quarantine in place.</p><p>People are asked to not move firewood more than 50 miles from its origin, and wood products cannot be moved out of Bucks County at all because of thousand cankers disease.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:33:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10700 at http://wesa.fm Firewood Quarantine in Effect to Stop Spread of Insects, Disease to Trees