PA Agriculture: Local Planning, Regulations & Policies

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Thursday, April 27, 2017
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

Butler, PA, United States

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This 3-hour event intends to cover the following: Agricultural Law, Agricultural Planning Tools, Urban Agriculture, the Roles of the Conservation District, and Agricultural Issues in the Local Community.  Specifically, Agricultural law will cover topics such as; right to farm, agricultural preservation, agricultural protection and security, and environmental regulations.  Agricultural Planning Tools will look at some trends and provide some background.  , Agricultural programs and planning tools and their relationship to agriculture, in addition to agricultural and open space zoning will also be examined.  This section swill wrap up with a discussion on how to fit all of the pieces together.  Today, we would be remiss if we did not cover urban agriculture!  The program will discuss general trends and issues and learn about the City of Pittsburgh’s programs and regulation, as well as, some observations and lessons learned.  What exactly is the role of the conservation district?  We will find out as we take a look at nutrient management, environmental protection, and education programs offered/ provided through each of the County Conservation Districts.  The program will wrap up with a look at agricultural issues in the local community from the perspective of the local municipality and the agricultural Industry.  Finally, we will discuss the future of agriculture.


Layne Kind

Invited Speaker

Layne Kind lives and works on a dairy farm outside of Slippery Rock. This farming operation includes the milking of 350 Holstein and Jersey Cows and the raising of 350/400 replacement heifers. It also includes the farming of 1000 acres of corn and alfalfa that are grown for feed ... Read More

Chuck Stowe

Invited Speaker

Chuck Stowe raises beef cattle on their family farm in Allegheny Township, Butler County. The Stowe family recently celebrated their farms centennial in 2014. Chuck has served as an Allegheny Township supervisor for more than 35 years. He is also currently serving as the President of the Butler County Association ... Read More

Neal Fogle

Invited Speaker

Neal Fogle is an Economic and Community Development Educator with Penn State Extension. He is based in Northumberland County and has been an Extension Educator for fifteen years. Prior to his work with Extension, he was the Columbia County Planning Director for thirteen years after serving as Land Use Planner ... Read More

M. Sean High

Invited Speaker

Sean developed a strong interest in agriculture while working summers on his grandparents’ dairy farm. He is a graduate of Penn State Law and serves as staff attorney at the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law where his duties include researching agricultural law issues and presenting his findings ... Read More

Andrew Dash

Invited Speaker

Andrew Dash, AICP, is the Assistant Director, Strategic Planning at City of Pittsburgh. He has lead a variety of comprehensive planning projects including OpenSpacePGH, a multistage plan for the City’s 146 parks and recreation areas, rivers and hillsides, and its 35,000+ vacant & distressed parcels. Mr. Dash handles zoning ... Read More

Ryan Harr

Invited Speaker

Ryan Harr is a Watershed/Nutrient Management Specialist with the Butler County Conservation District, a position he has held for 15 years. He previously worked for the Westmoreland Agricultural Land Preservation Program and USDA Westmoreland County Farm Service Agency. Bryan holds a B.S. in Geography from Clarion University of ... Read More

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