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Senator Elder's Perspective
Pennsylvania, there are 253 legislators in the Senate and House of
Representatives. Only one of those legislators is a full-time farmer.
to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2009, State Senator Elder Vogel Jr. is the
Chairman of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, Vice-Chairman of the
Local Government Committee and is a member of the Appropriations, Banking &
Insurance, Communications & Technology, Environmental Resources &
Energy and Majority Policy Committees. When not in legislative session, Senator
Vogel is milking cows with his parents on their 400-acre farm.
his tenure, Senator Vogel has become the voice of agriculture in Pennsylvania’s
legislature. Both the Senate and House leadership defer to him on agricultural
policy because of his insight and direct expertise with farming.
his most significant accomplishments was passing the Inheritance and Realty
Transfer Tax. This exemption saved farm families approximately $2.4 million in
2013 and $5.5 million in 2014. A landmark ag transportation reform package
revised Pennsylvania’s vehicle code to accommodate larger farm equipment operating
on state roads. Senator Vogel also advocates for farming interests with the
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), working to ensure water and air
regulation isn’t too far reaching, seeking compliance rather than enforcement.
Trade organizations cite Senator Vogel’s influence as a key reason for
effective movement and funding for agricultural platform issues.
to make a positive outcome for people’s lives while trying to ensure the future
of agriculture as Pennsylvania’s #1 industry,” Senator Vogel says. “We’re all
connected by many things, but none as important as the need for the nourishing
food and fiber that agriculture supplies. It’s my hope that we reconnect
consumers back with our farmers and emphasize the importance of our food
Senator adds, “By working to keep burdensome regulations in check, we can
ensure that agriculture can continue in a profitable and environmentally
friendly manner. It’s important to remember that farmers were our first
environmental stewards, relying on and continuing to rely on the health of
their land and natural resources.”
his election, Senator Vogel was a township supervisor and president of his
local Farm Bureau. He continues to serve as a board member with Cooperative
Extension and is a member of his district’s three county Chamber of Commerce
organizations. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Pennsylvania
Veterinary Medical Association and PennAg Industries Association.
challenge of feeding billions more people in the next 30 years is daunting, but
achievable if we continue to invest in agricultural education, research and our
farmers,” Senator Vogel says. “We’ll need to not only preserve farmland, but we
must also build a system to preserve farmers, one that encourages investment,
family-sustaining profits and provides every resource possible to keep the farm
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