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​2021 Budget Information

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture exists to ensure a vibrant economy, a successful future for Pennsylvania agriculture and to safeguard the public through:

  • Targeted investments to grow opportunities and remove barriers;
  • Protecting human, animal, environmental, and plant health through regulatory oversight;
  • Promotion of and education about Pennsylvania’s agriculture products and sectors;
  • Conserving farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of Pennsylvania
 
Pennsylvania’s farm families continue to be the stewards of more than 7.3 million acres of farmland. With $6.8 billion in cash receipts annually from production agriculture, Pennsylvania farmers and agribusinesses are the leading economic drivers in our state.
 
In addition to production agriculture, the industry also raises revenue and supplies jobs through support services such as food processing, marketing, transportation farm equipment. In total, production agriculture and agribusiness contribute nearly $136 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.
 
In preparation for the Department’s 2021-22 House and Senate budget hearings, the following narrative has been prepared to reflect the current programs and priorities.
 
2021 Budget Narratives: