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8/15/2014

Relocated Regional Facility to Help Agriculture Department Better Serve Central Pennsylvanians

News for Immediate Release

Aug. 15, 2014

Martinsburg– Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig today announced that a relocated regional Department of Agriculture office will provide better service to the department’s constituents, while saving taxpayer dollars.

The department’s Region 5 office was recently moved across Blair County from downtown Altoona to 403 E. Christiana St., Martinsburg.

“Our department provides protection to consumers, farmers and other agribusinesses through regulatory inspections,” Greig said.

“Our new Martinsburg location will give our field staff easier access to our regional office as they inspect operations in Morrisons Cove and other rich farming areas of central Pennsylvania. The move was carefully considered and will improve the services provided by our department.”

While much of the department’s work is coordinated through its Harrisburg headquarters, agronomic and plant inspectors, dog wardens, food sanitarians, regional veterinarians and weights and measures inspectors are based out of seven regional offices.

Field staff in Region 5 serve Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Mifflin and Somerset counties.

For more information on the Region 5 office, visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us and click “Contact” or call 814-793-1849.

Media contact: Will Nichols, 717-787-5085

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