Pileggi, Killion recognized by Pa. farmers for support of agriculture

State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-9, and state Rep. Tom Killion, R-165, both of whom represent portions of Chester and Delaware Counties, have been named "Supporters of Agriculture" by FARMER, the political action committee of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, the state’s largest farm organization.

FARMER (Farmers Allied for Responsive More Effective Representation) supports the election of "friends of agriculture" to the state General Assembly and based its support for Pileggi and Killion on their voting records on agricultural issues, as well as their personal philosophy on agriculture. In identifying candidates for recognition, FARMER also seeks the opinion of county Farm Bureaus and individual members.

"Both Senator Pileggi and Representative Killion have demonstrated a strong support for the farming community in the legislature," said Joel Rotz, the director of legislative affairs for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.  "We greatly appreciate their support for agriculture and farmers in Pennsylvania.”

Rotz noted the support from Senator Pileggi and Representative Killion for Act 85 of 2012, landmark state tax legislation that will help protect the future of family-owned farms by providing farm exemptions from the inheritance and realty transfer tax.

Rotz also highlighted Killion and Pileggi's support for expanding the scope of vocational agricultural education to include agribusiness management and marketing, agricultural research, energy systems, agricultural engineering, food science, food processing, horticulture and landscaping and related fields.  Other important agricultural issues supported by Killion and Pileggi include state government regulatory reforms and joint and several liability reform.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the farming community for my support of agricultural issues," said Pileggi.  "As the Senate Majority Leader, I work to ensure that the issues and concerns of the farming community are heard in the legislature and I appreciate their support in my re-election campaign."

“Pennsylvania farms are an integral part of the state’s economy and it is important that we work to ensure their viability in both the short and long-term,” said Rep. Tom Killion, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.  “I greatly appreciate having the support of FARMER in the November election.”

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