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'Planning for Agriculture' workshop for Pa. officials scheduled

February 06, 2007

HARRISBURG - Township, borough and county officials are invited to learn more about agricultural law and regulations by attending a "Planning for Agriculture" workshop to be held in March, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said.

The Franklin County workshop will be held March 13 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Chambersburg, Pa., from 1 to 4 p.m.

"As Pennsylvania's number one industry, agriculture is a vital part of many communities," Wolff said. "These workshops will provide local leaders with the tools they need to stay up-to-date on laws and regulations that relate to agriculture and planning."

Planning for Agriculture workshops provide elected officials with information on the variety of regulations governing farming and agricultural activities. Workshop participants will explore the impact of agriculture, as well as regulations and laws, on their communities.

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Topics include agriculture security area law, the Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act, the Right to Farm Act, municipalities planning codes, farmland protection and various case studies.

Instructors include Phyllis Marquitz, acting director for Dickinson School of Law's Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center; local government policy specialists from the Governor's Center for Local Government Services; and regional directors from the Department of Agriculture.

Registration opens 30 minutes before the workshop begins. The registration fee is $25 per person.

The seminar is being offered by the Governor's Center for Local Government Services, which provides fundamental programs, services and training to local officials and municipal employees.

For more information or to register online, visit www.palocalgovtraining.org, or call 717-763-0930 to request a brochure.

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