Pa. Farm Bill touted as aid to fight spotted lanternfly

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding points to a spotted lanternfly vehicle permit on a tractor-trailer cab in Lancaster County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is holding a series of free spotted lanternfly permit training sessions.

There will be several training classes held over the next few months at Penn State Extension offices around the area.

To prevent the spread of the invasive species, a spotted lanternfly permit is required for businesses that move products or vehicles in Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, Carbon, Monroe and surrounding counties.

Owners, supervisors and managers designated by the business should complete the free training, then train employees on what to look for and how to prevent the spread of spotted lanternflies. Anyone is welcome to attend a training session.

Registration is required. Register by calling 717-787-5674 or email SLFPermit@pa.gov.

Here's the full list of training sessions:

8/15/2019 9-11 am Berks PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township 8/15/2019 9-11 am Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster 8/20/2019 9-11 am Montgomery PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville 8/22/2019 9-11 am Dauphin County Ag Center, 1451 Peters Mt Road, Dauphin 8/26/2019 9-11 am Bucks PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1282 Almshouse Road, Bld K Doylestown 9/3/2019 6-8 pm Lebanon PSU Co. Ext. Office, 2120 Cornwall Road, Lebanon 9/5/2019 1-3 pm Berks PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township 9/9/2019 7-9 pm Daniel's Farm Store, 324 Glenbrook Road, Leola 9/11/2019 1-3 pm Montgomery PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville 9/19/2019 9-11 am Chester PSU Co. Ext. Office, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester 9/23/2019 1-3 pm Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster 10/3/2019 1-3 pm Dauphin County Ag Center, 1451 Peters Mt Road, Dauphin 10/7/2019 9-11 am Smedley Park Environ. Center, 20 Paper Mill Road, Springfield 10/9/2019 9-11 am Daniel's Farm Store, 324 Glenbrook Road, Leola 10/15/2019 1-3 pm Berks PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township 10/17/2019 9-11 am Lebanon PSU Co. Ext. Office, 2120 Cornwall Road, Lebanon 10/21/2019 6-8 pm Montgomery PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville 10/23/2019 1-3 pm Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster 10/29/2019 9-11 am Lehigh PSU Co. Ext. Office, 4184 Dorney Park Road, Allentown 10/31/2019 9-11 am Schuylkill PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1202 Ag Center Drive, Pottsville 11/4/2019 1-3 pm Daniel's Farm Store, 324 Glenbrook Road, Leola 11/14/2019 9-11 am Montgomery PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville 11/18/2019 9-11 am Dauphin County Ag Center, 1451 Peters Mt. Road, Dauphin 11/20/2019 9-11 am Gracedale Nursing Home, 2 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth 11/26/2019 1-3 pm Berks PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1238 County Welfare Road, Bern Township 11/27/2019 9-11 am Daniel's Farm Store, 324 Glenbrook Road, Leola 12/2/2019 1-3 pm Montgomery PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1015 Bridge Road, Collegeville 12/10/2019 10am-12 pm Perry PSU Co. Ext. Office, 8 S. Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield 12/12/2019 1-3 pm Lebanon PSU Co. Ext. Office, 2120 Cornwall Road, Lebanon 12/16/2019 1-3 pm Bucks PSU Co. Ext. Office, 1282 Almshouse Road, Bld K, Doylestown 12/18/2019 9-11 am Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster