SAVE THE DATE!! WOMEN HARVEST – GROWING FOOD, FAMILIES AND EMPOWERMENT Come connect with other women in Pittsburgh and the region who grow food, garden, cook for & care for their households with food, and are interested in health/ food/women’s empowerment. Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Network (PA WAgN) has been around for 10 years to support women doing these things, and is looking to better connect and empower women across the region and the city with diverse ranges of experience around food. The more we understand each other, the more we can support each other. Bring along a sweet or savory snack to share if you can but it is not required. Drinks will be provided. It will be a relaxed and fun night! November 4th, Wednesday, Union Project in Highland Park, 801 N. Negley Ave (corner Negley and Stanton) 7 – 9 pm Please forward to other women who may be interested.
For the first time Pa-WAgN is putting on our annual symposium solely through support from our wonderful sponsors and registrants. We are asking past and new sponsors to sign-up today!
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.
Please Join the PA Grazing Land Coalition on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at Dickinson College Farm in Boiling Springs, PA for a field day held to present accomplishments and lessons learned from the PA Grazing Lands Coalition’s NESARE Partnership Project, entitled: “Advancing on-farm understanding and application of silvopasture technologies in Pennsylvania.”
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.
The Cornell Sheep & Goat Program is considering doing a project to design an elegant, innovative dairy sheep management system never before tested, that could potentially decrease the impact of two restrictions on sheep dairy production in the US: 1) the limited North American dairy breed gene pool, and 2) low supply of milk during fall and winter due to the seasonal breeding of dairy sheep breeds. While large sheep dairies often take advantage of CIDR (controlled internal drug release) devices for out of season breeding and/or accelerated breeding intervals , CIDRs cannot be used under organic systems. The project we are proposing does not rely on CIDRs and would be applicable to organic systems and to small, medium and large flocks.
PASA and the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) invite anyone involved with poultry farming to attend their joint workshop on best practices for preventing and managing high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) on pastured poultry farms. Oct 14th in Lancaster.
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.
PA-WAgN will hold its annual networking symposium on December 7th from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Celebration Hall in State College, PA. Our theme is "Women Building Resilience in Agriculture Through Diversity." Natasha Bowens author of "The Color of Food" will keynote the event.
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.
The Food for Profit workshop takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business, especially directed to individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale through grocery stores, farm markets, or restaurants.
A free workshop will be held at Eden View Farm, 4707 Warriors Mark Rd. Tyrone, PA 16686 (Huntingdon County) on October 14th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Must register with Beth Futrick by October 9th.
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.
USDA Adds More Eligible Commodities for Farm Storage Facility Loans New Provisions Increase On-Farm Storage for Dairy, Flowers, Meats
"WASHINGTON, July 23, 2015 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options for fruit and nut producers. The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are now available to cover fresh fruit and nuts in select counties beginning with the 2016 crop year.
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.