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Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? This is the course for you!
Penn State Extension has planned ten educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this spring, beginning April 14. It's time to choose your location!
The allium leafminer (also known as the onion leafminer) has recently been detected and confirmed from infested leeks and onions in Lancaster County. This is the first confirmed infestation in the Western Hemisphere. Your assistance is needed for monitoring and controlling this new invasive species.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has released an updated version of its annual Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, a unique resource that walks farmers through the program’s application requirements, including a step-by-step description of the application and ranking processes.
This every-other-year conference provides a variety of topics to help dairy women in all facets of the industry. It is offered by the Penn State Extension Dairy Team and planned by a committee of dedicated dairy women.
The PA Department of Agriculture has clarified the protocol concerning the Seed Act of 2004 to state that non-commercial seed exchanges are not subject to the cost-prohibitive licensing, labeling and testing requirements.
WASHINGTON (March 28, 2016) – Cultivating the next generation of farmers and ranchers to carry on the legacy of American agriculture is the main focus of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmer Institute. NFU encourages new farmers, starting an operation of any size, to apply for the 2016-17 program class.
The USDA AMS is accepting proposals for the Farmers' Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program Program. Proposals are due by May 12th.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking reviewers to evaluate grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). Serving as a grant reviewer is an excellent way to learn about the grant process, become familiar with a specific grant program and/or funding agency, learn about innovations in your area of interest, and network with colleagues in your field. In addition, becoming a grant reviewer is one of the best ways to prepare for the development of a grant proposal.
Farmer and veteran Cathie Diebert is looking to start up a chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. If you are interested, please contact Mimi Brooker by email at email@example.com or Cathie at firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Food Trust is a non-profit that works to ensure that everyone has access to healthy food. We are currently seeking all types of growers and farmers to join the largest network of farmer' markets in Philadelphia. New or experienced vendors are welcome. For farmers that are new to selling at markets or who have not sold in Philadelphia before, we provide free training and guidance.
Free Interactive Lessons Can Help Land and Finances.Strategic livestock management can improve soil health, pastures, and profits. A new online tutorial, “Managed Grazing Tutorial,” by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) goes in-depth into how changing the way grazing animals are managed can improve both the condition of your land and your bottom line.
Are you affected by the new Food Safety Modernization Act. Check out the new infographic made available for farmers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a new conservation option for organic farmers–cost-share and land rental payments for field border buffers. Conservation buffers are an important conservation practice for all farms, but especially for organic farmers. The introduction of a payment option for organic buffers will help farmers meet USDA organic certification requirements that they maintain or improve the natural resources (including soil and water quality), support biodiversity and native species, and develop habitat for beneficial insects.
The WISA conference in Portland , OR and the summer NOFA-NY conference have issued a Call for Proposals. Deadlines for submissions are close.
One hundred women farmers and educators came together to celebrate diversity and resilience at the annual symposium in December.
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.