Senator Yaw hosts regional discussion on agriculture

Senator Yaw carries on discussions with Canton FFA members Ethan Engel, Josh Filling, Cheyenne Bastian-Brown, Hunter Hartford, and Ethen Groover at his agriculture breakfast meeting. Provided photo.

State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) hosted his annual “Breakfast Meeting on Agriculture” last Wednesday with over 120 participants representing agriculture and agribusiness in Bradford, Sullivan and Susquehanna counties.

Held at the Troy Vets Club in Bradford County, attendees consisting of farmers, agribusiness professionals, FFA students, dairy and fair royalty, teachers and elected officials heard from Yaw, as well as featured speaker Marcus Kohl, who serves as North Central Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Senator Yaw hosts regional discussion on agriculture
The Canton FFA along with Senator Yaw at the breakfast meeting. Members are Ethen Engel, Gabrielle Spencer, Riley Route, Alexia Zeigler, Johnathan Morgan, Josh Filling, Tyson Bedford, Abree Route, Gracie Mead, Tabitha Tomlinson, Senator Yaw, Trent Rathbun, Ian Bagley, Cayden Moon, Noah Gibble, Cheyenne Bastian-Brown, Samantha Morgan, Ethan Groover, Camille McRoberts, Hunter Hartford, and Mr. Hojnowski. Provided photo.

“Each year, the discussion is intended to create a friendly dialogue and exchange of ideas on important agricultural and environmental topics impacting our region,” Senator Yaw said, adding, “The meeting is also designed to listen to concerns and answer questions. I was glad Marcus (Kohl) was able to join us this year and highlight many important issues under DEP’s jurisdiction.”

Kohl, who joined DEP in 2002 as an environmental advocate for the south-central regional office, was named regional director of the agency’s North-central regional office based in Williamsport in 2012.

Senator Yaw hosts regional discussion on agriculture
Superintendent Eric Briggs and Tom Hojnowski discuss agricultural issues prior to the Senators meeting. Provided photo.

During his discussion, Kohl highlighted stream maintenance program guidelines, and efforts landowners can undertake to work in or adjacent to streams impacted by flooding. “We want people to work with us and not be afraid of us,” Kohl said.  Kohl urged area residents to review the Department’s guidelines, as well as to reach out to DEP officials when they have questions or concerns about how to best maintain local waterways.

The North-central regional office manages the Waste Management, Air Quality, Environmental Cleanup and Brownfields, Clean Water, Safe Drinking Water, Waterways and Wetlands and Emergency Response programs for Bradford, Centre, Clearfield, Cameron, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties.

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