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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee

 Organization

biographical statement

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee has been a longstanding committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. This committee regularly focuses on the following issues: the preservation of farmland and open space, emergency drought relief, irrigation and other types of agricultural technology, providing grants and low interest loans for farmers for specific improvement purposes, export trade, farm animals and products, pollution and pesticides. In addition to these recurring subjects, many other topics were covered as this committee responded to the changing times. These include responses to specific climatic conditions, such as emergency drought relief legislation, or responses to new technology, including aquacultural products. This committee has also shown a willingness to address contemporary issues and concerns. These include the following topics: developing an octane testing program (addressed as early as 1991), addressing seasonal farm labor, setting standards on food sale, including mandatory product labeling and kennel regulation. This committee regularly attends Ag Progress Days at Penn State College in August to view the latest advances in agricultural technology and discuss current concerns of farmers, researchers and leaders in the agricultural industry. Hearings are held regularly to ascertain the general public’s views on certain issues of importance to the Commonwealth.

Citation

Author: HCM

Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1977-1978

 Collection — Box: Box 1 of 1
Identifier: 01-ST1977_01
Scope and Contents The 1977-1978 Argiculture and Rural Affairs Committee was chaired by Paul J. Yahner (D).The Vice-Chairman was Samuel W. Morris (D) and the Secretary was William O. Shuman (D).� Jack Grey served as Research Analyst for the committee.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1979-1980

 Collection — Box: Box 1 of 1
Identifier: 01-ST1979_01
Scope and Contents The 1979-1980 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee was chaired by Reno Thomas (R). The Vice Chairman was Noah W. Wenger (R). The Secretary was Harry Bowser (R). Some of the topics discussed during the 1979-1980 session were the Milk Producers Security Fund, sale of cattle, hogs, and sheep, agricultural land use, noxious plants, and Christmas trees.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1981-1982

 Collection
Identifier: 01-ST1981_01
Scope and Contents The 1981-1982 session of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee was chaired by Republican Joseph V. Grieco (Majority). The Vice-Chairman was Republican Noah W. Wenger (Majority). The Secretary was Republican Merle H. Phillips (Majority). Topics such as grants to farmers following poor weather, fair agriculture prices, Noxious Weed, and dog regulations were discussed. There was also a public hearing concerning agricultural marketing.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1983-1984

 Collection — Box: Box 1 of 1
Identifier: 01-ST1983_01
Scope and Contents The 1983-1984 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee was, for the majority, chaired by Samuel Morris (D). The vice chair of was Ted Stuban (D). The secretary was Edward J. Haluska (D). For the minority, chaired by Joseph V. Grieco (R). The vice chair was Roger Madigan (R) The major topics discussed during the 1981-1982 Session focused on House Bill 115 which is an Act providing for agricultural development; establishing the Agricultural Development Advisory Board and providing for its powers...

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1985-1986

 Collection
Identifier: 01-ST1985_01
Scope and Contents The 1985-1986 Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee was, for the majority, chaired by Samuel Morris (D). The vice chair was Ted Stuban (D). The secretary was Ruth C. Rudy (D). The minority was chaired by Carmel Sirianni (R). The vice chair was Paul Wass (R). The major topics discussed in the 1985-1986 session included House Bill 806, known as the Agricultural Area Security Law; issues related to animal health laws, and House Bill 479, known as the "bottle bill" and concerning recycling of...

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1987-1988

 Collection
Identifier: 01-ST1987_01
Scope and Contents The records of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee from the 1987-1988 Session, the Democrats in majority. Samuel W. Morris served as majority Chair with Carmel Sirianni serving as minority Chair. The Vice Chairs were Ruth C. Rudy (majority) and Paul Wass (minority). The Secretary was William E. Baldwin (majority).

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1991-1992

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 01-ST1991_02
Scope and Contents The 1991-1992 session of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee was chaired by Democrat Kenneth J. Cole of the Majority. Ruth C. Rudy (Majority) served as Vice Chair while Andrew Billow Jr. (Majority) served as Secretary.

Republican Jess M. Stairs served as Minority Chair while Arthur D. Hershey served as Minority Vice Chair. There was no Minority Secretary.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1993-1994

 Collection — Box: Box 1 of 1
Identifier: 01-ST1993_02
Scope and Contents The records of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee from the 1993-1994 session, the Democrats in majority. The Chairs were William R. Lloyd, Jr. (Majority) and Bruce I. Smith, Jr. (Minority). The Vice Chairs were Ruth Corman Rudy (Majority) and Arthur D. Hershey (Minority). The Secretary was Sara Gerling Steelman (Majority).

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1995-1996

 Collection — Box: Box 1 of 1
Identifier: 01-ST1995_02
Scope and Contents The records of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee from the 1995-1996 session, the Republicans in majority. The Chairs were Raymond Bunt (Majority) and William R. Lloyd (Minority). The Vice Chairs were Arthur D. Hershey (Majority) and Ruth C. Rudy (Minority). The Secretary was Sandra Major (Majority).

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, 1997-1998

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 01-ST1997_02
Scope and Contents The records of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee from the 1997-1998 session, the Republicans in majority. The Chairs were Raymond Bunt, Jr. (Majority) and Italo S. Cappabianca (Minority). The Vice Chairs were Edward H. Krebs (Majority) and Sara G. Steelman (Minority). The Secretaries were Sandra Major (Majority) and Michael K. Hanna (Minority).