PA Attorney General Shapiro Makes Quick Stop in Venango County

| January 18, 2018

POLK, Pa. (EYT) – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro made a quick stop in Venango County on Wednesday visiting a Polk Dairy Farm where he discussed Pennsylvania’s ACRE Law.

[Photo: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (right) with local dairy farmer Roger Hershman Wednesday. Shapiro made a brief stop at Hershman’s Dairy Farm to talk about Pennsylvania’s ACRE Law and other things. Photo courtesy of Venango County Commissioner Chip Abramovic]

Shapiro visited the Hershman Dairy Farm on Georgetown Road in Polk and was joined by Venango County Commissioner Chip Abramovic.

On his visit, he talked about the ACRE Law, which stands for Agriculture, Communities, and Rural Environment. Enacted in 2005, the ACRE law ensures that ordinances adopted by local governments to regulate normal agricultural operations are not in violation of state law.

Shapiro (in black coat on left) talks with local farmers and Venango County Commissioner Chip Abramovic (in suit on right) at the Hershman Dairy Farm on Wednesday. Photo submitted by Chip Arbamovic)

According to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau website, ACRE is “a useful, timely and cost-effective means for farmers burdened by ordinances that illegally inhibit farming practices to initiate a process through which the ordinance or action can be challenged and invalidated in court. A farm owner or operator can challenge an ordinance if the local ordinance inhibits current or future normal agricultural operations for his or her farm or other farms within the municipality.”

During the visit, Shapiro also made brief mention of the opioid crisis affecting rural Pennsylvania.

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