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August 21, 2020 - Reading, PA

Secretary of Agriculture: $13.6 Million Remains Available for Pennsylvania Dairy Industry, Farmers Urged to Apply for Relief

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited the Scattered Acres Dairy Farm in Reading, one of Pennsylvania's many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. On the farm, Secretary Redding revealed that nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments.

"Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the early days, we saw Pennsylvania's dairy farmers face devastating losses. Hard work, sweat, and tears went - quite literally - down the drain," said Secretary Redding. "We all saw it, the legislature recognized it, and we met it with a $15 million direct relief payment program. Don't leave this money on the table - apply today and receive $1,500. It's that easy."



<a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_001.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_002.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_003.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joel Rotz, manager of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureaus government affairs and communications division, makes a friend during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_004.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>A cow throws food up in the air during feeding time at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_005.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>From left; State Sen. Judy Schwank; Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding;  Joel Rotz, manager of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureaus government affairs and communications division, and Paul Hartman, co-owner of Scattered Acres Dairy Farm, talk together at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_006.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_007.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>State Sen. Judy Schwank speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_008.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Paul Hartman, co-owner of Scattered Acres Dairy Farm, speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_009.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jayne Sebright, the executive director for the Center for Dairy Excellence speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_010.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_011.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_012.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Joel Rotz, manager of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureaus government affairs and communications division, speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_013.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>State Sen. Judy Schwank speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_014.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_015.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>State Sen. Judy Schwank speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_016.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Paul Hartman, co-owner of Scattered Acres Dairy Farm, speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_017.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>State Sen. Judy Schwank makes a friend during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth. <a href="https://filesource.wostreaming.net/commonwealthofpa/photo/18214_AGRIC_Funding_NK_018.jpg" target="_blank">⇣ Download Photo<br></a>Jayne Sebright, the executive director for the Center for Dairy Excellence speaks during a press conference, which announced nearly $13.5 million of the $15 million CARES Act-funded Dairy Indemnity Program was still available for farmers to claim in direct relief payments, at Scattered Acres Dairy Farm on Friday, August 21, 2020. Scattered Acres was one of Pennsylvanias many dairy farms that had to dump milk as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics effect on dairy markets in the commonwealth.