HARRISBURG – The state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee delved into the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state’s farming community during a public hearing. Those who testified included farm owners, a representative from Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, Penn State Extension personnel, and a mental health director from Minnesota’s Department of Agriculture. Committee Chairman, Beaver County Sen. Elder Vogel said that farming can be stressful in the best of times, but the added stress of the pandemic has added a whole new factor to the equation. This was the second public hearing held by the committee on the issue.

SEN. ELDER VOGEL