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Pennsylvania Beef Council Seeking Beef and Dairy Producers
The Pennsylvania Beef Council (PBC) is seeking beef and dairy producers who are committed to the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program to submit applications for the 2017 Pennsylvania BQA Award contest. The Pennsylvania BQA Award will recognize one outstanding beef and one dairy producer from across the state who is incorporating BQA principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their farm. The award is open to all segments of the industry. A common trait among all contest entrants must be a strong desire to continually improve BQA on their operations while encouraging others to implement the producer education program. The winners will be selected based upon their commitment to BQA while operating sustainable cattle operations.

Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Coopersburg Borough and Salisbury Township are the latest municipalities to be quarantined due to the presence of the invasive insect Spotted Lanternfly. The quarantine, which affects parts of six Pennsylvania counties, restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest. The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted pest that is native to China, India, Japan, and Vietnam. It is an invasive species in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species that also grow in Pennsylvania. The pest had not been found in the United States prior to its initial detection in Berks County in the fall of 2014. Spotted Lanternfly does not seem to be significantly impacted by weather shifts, including February’s unseasonably warm weeks, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture entomologists have found.