2009-09-03 / Local & State

Dennis Wolff Quitting As Pa. Agriculture Secretary

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's agriculture secretary is stepping down after 61/2 years, and one of his top aides is in line to replace him.

Gov. Ed Rendell said Friday that Dennis Wolff 's last day would be Sept. 12, and the governor will be nominating Russell Redding to take over the department.

Redding is a Gettysburg native who's worked in the Agriculture Department since 1995. He's run its day-to-day operations as executive deputy secretary since 2003.

Rendell says Wolff's accomplishments include the PA Preferred initiative, the centers of beef and dairy excellence, efforts to improve food safety and a program that helps farmers deal with "illegal and burdensome'' local ordinances.

Redding's appointment requires Senate confirmation.

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