Women farmers are at risk for many kinds of physical and emotional challenges that can affect the long-term financial health of their farms. Join us for Women Farmers: The Risk of Farming to learn more about the risks women farmers face.
Women farmers are susceptible to risk whether it is physical from the hard work of farming; emotional from the stress of competing in what is traditionally a man's profession or financial from coming into a business in which they have little business management experience.
This year's conference will be held July 28-29th at the Centre Hall Grange Fairgrounds. The keynote speaker will be Steve Groff. Everyone interested in healthy soil should attend.
The National Farmers Union has released a series of videos on farm safety. The Penn State Ag Safety and Health Department have dvds for loan on farm safety.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently finalized two of the remaining major rules required by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): one governing shippers, carriers, and any other entity involved in transporting food (the “Transport Rule”), and another overseeing intentional acts of adulteration in the food supply (the “Intentional Adulteration Rule”).
Spotted wing drosophila, or Drosophila suzukii, lays eggs in such valuable soft-skinned fruit as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and cherries. The eggs develop into larvae, leaving the fruit unmarketable.
Join other women farmers for a walk around their farm with a glass of wine, kombucha, lemonade or water.
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A new set of pocket guides aimed at “Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change” does a very good job of providing sound, science-based information and innovative approaches to transferring knowledge.
Small and mid-scale family farms operating in burgeoning local and regional food markets received some welcome news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today.
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.
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.
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
Are you affected by the new Food Safety Modernization Act. Check out the new infographic made available for farmers.
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.
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.