One hundred women farmers and educators came together to celebrate diversity and resilience at the annual symposium in December.
Annie's Project – Education for Farm Women is sponsoring our first photo contest. There is a link to the rules and photo release form on our home page at www.anniesproject.org.
Join farmer-educator Christof Bernau from the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday, February 24, from 12 to 1 pm PDT for a free webinar on farm-based experiential education. Christof will discuss ways to use an array of strategies to engage your audience, build student, intern and apprentice capacity, and grow the next generation of farmers.
The Everett Farmers' Market Association to host a workshop on Farmers' Market food safety at the Union Hotel in Everett on Feb. 18th.
Dr. Carolyn Sachs, PA-WAgN Director and Rural Sociology professor has been named recipient of the 2016 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.
The Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County will be hosting a Brown Bag Lunch Webinar Series for farmers market farmers and vendors. The webinars will define Farmers Market Benchmarks, helping farmers to assess their own business success compared to the standards. The webinars will take place each Thursday, February 11 – March 3, from noon to 1pm. Registration for these webinars is required, but they are free of charge.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that they have withdrawn the United States Standards for Livestock and Meat Marketing Claims as of January 12th, 2016. Specifically, the AMS has withdrawn the Grass (Forage) Fed Claim for Ruminant Livestock and the Meat Products Derived from Such Livestock (Grass (Forage) Fed Marketing Claim Standard); and the Naturally Raised Claim for Livestock and the Meat and Meat Products Derived From Such Livestock (Naturally Raised Marketing Claim Standard). For further information, see the USDA's press release and a press release from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in response.
Do you own a farm business and are looking towards the future, perhaps retiring, scaling back from farming or transitioning from a farm business to take on another adventure? If so, you will want to mark your calendar to attend one of two “Farm Succession and Transition” workshops PA Farm Link has scheduled for 2016.
PA Farm Link, a non-profit organization dedicated to the linking farmers to the future, is sponsoring two workshops designed to help Specialty Crop Beginning Farmers succeed in their farming endeavors. By attending one of these workshops, beginning farmers can learn of resources in their communities to help them with their farm operation plans as well as network with other farmers in their area.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) hosted a webinar to explain the new Food Safety Modernization Act. They also have descriptions on their website.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency has expanded the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program to provide very low-interest financing to farmers to build or upgrade storage for meat, dairy, and eggs.
Find out if and how the new "Preventive Controls Rule" under the Food Safety Modernization Act affects you. NSAC has put together blog posts to help explain the new rule.
Future Harvest CASA's Beginner Farmer Training Program (BFTP) provides a comprehensive, year-long training program for beginning farmers ready to start their own operations. The program combines classroom learning with in-the-field training, under the guidance of an experienced farmer trainer.
Blair Co. Conservation District, PA Agricultural Omsbudsman Program, Huntingdon Co. Conservation District, PA DEP and NRCS will be holding a pasture walk on October 8th at Thistle Creek Farms in Tyrone.
The Seed Farm, a nonprofit organization located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, is hiring! We are accepting applications for a Field Manager.
Annie’s Project, Managing for Today and Tomorrow, is a program designed to empower women farmers to become better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information related to business, succession, retirement and estate planning.
It's never too early to get a farm transition plan in place. These workshops include attorneys and transition experts who can help answer the questions you may have about transitioning farm management and ownership.
PA-WAgN Dairy & cheese mentor Catherine Renzi and PSU Extension Educator Linda Spahr teach field day attendees about native plants goats can browse, nutritional needs and body scoring for health assessment.
On Friday, August 7th, forty-five people gathered at Crow's Nest Preserve for lunch and fellowship celebrating women farmers. This event was sponsored by AgConnect, Natural Lands Trust, PA DCNR's Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape, and the PA Women's Agriculture Network.