Know Your Ag!

Pennsylvania agriculture covers more ground than you might think.

Where’s the Beef?

Do you know where your beef comes from? Find your favorite cut: Brisket, Sirloin Steak, Ribeye Steak, Flank Steak, Pot Roast, Tenderloin...

Cuts of Meat

New GMO on the Block

In February 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the first genetically modified apple—engineered to prevent browning when the apples are bruised or sliced. The so-called “Arctic Apple” joins dozens of other approved GMOs.

Q: How long have GMOs been on Americans’ plates?

A: The first GMO was approved in 1990.

Quick U.S. Crop Facts

The amount U.S. corn accounted for in the world’s production in 2010.

490 million:
Additonal acres it would take to yield the same amount of corn in 1931 that was produced in 2008.

The United States accounts for more than half of the world’s soybean production.

119 million:
Tons of hay produced each year, with alfalfa comprising the majority of the crop.


U.S. Crop Production

Think you know how many millions of acres of crops the United States has in production? Check out these numbers.

  • Corn: 84 million
  • Soybeans: 73.8 million
  • Hay: 55.7 million
  • Wheat: 45.7million

Stream Safeguard

Pennsylvania is crisscrossed with rivers and streams. Managing agricultural activities near them is an important part of keeping our water clean.

Q: On agricultural land, what is the mandatory buffer requirement (in feet) from a stream, river, or any body of water that is considered to have exceptional value?

A: 150 feet. Chapter 102 of the Pennsylvania Code addresses requirements for erosion and sediment control on agricultural and commercial lands. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has several regulations in place to prevent pollution and soil erosion, and protect human health.

Bee Bylaws

Q: Which law, passed in 1994, governs the inspection of apiaries in Pennsylvania?

A: PA Bee Law. The law provides for the designation of a chief apiary inspector to inspect apiaries for diseases and issue quarantines when necessary. Do not violate any of these laws because you could be fined up to $1,000.

Puppy Lemon Law

Q: What does Pennsylvania’s “Puppy Lemon Law” require?

A: When consumers buy a dog in Pennsylvania, dog breeders and sellers must post information about consumers under the Dog Purchaser Protection Act and provide a written copy of those rights. The law also requires that pet stores disclose any health problems among their dogs. Should a pet owner want to return a dog they must bring the animal to the vet to verify any complications—and all within a certain time period. All dog laws fall under the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.