HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced Pennsylvania's latest recommendations to Congress for the Farm Bill, a key piece of federal legislation that will guide agriculture and nutrition programs for the next five years.
In a letter to Pennsylvania's Congressional delegation, Gov.Rendell said the state's top Farm Bill priority is support for its initiative to expand the renewable energy industry.
Cellulosic ethanol and agricultural renewable energy production can produce 60,000 new jobs in the state, while reducing the U.S.'s dependence on foreign energy sources and negative environmental impacts.
"Agriculture is the leading economic enterprise in Pennsylvania, contributing $45 billion annually to the state's economy," Rendell said. "The Farm Bill offers the chance to address Pennsylvania's specific needs, and will not only benefit our farmers but all citizens of the commonwealth."