Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, looks at beef cattle as they hang on the rail at a packer.
Whether you currently are keeping honey bees, or are considering adding them to your farm, a basic understanding of bee biology, diseases, pests and setting up your colony for success are essential. An A to Z plan starting with understanding the difference between a drone, queen and nurse bee, siting your apiary, a plan for Varroa mites, and effective winterizing techniques will help ensure your hive(s) make it through the winter so you can harvest honey the following season. This course, taught by experienced beekeepers and the NYS Honey Bee Extension Associate will give you real-world experiences paired with academic concepts. Target Audience ALL LEVELS – This course is geared for those who have plans to start keeping bees within the next 1-3 years, or who have been keeping honey bees for fewer than three years. Disease and pest issues will focus on the Northeast region of the country, though others will find much of the content useful to their locale.
Rodale Institute, the world's leading organic agriculture research organization, has launched a new membership organization for organic farmers.
Feb. 1, 7, & 16, 12-1pm; March 1 & 14, 6-7pm; March 23, 12-1pm USDA has continued funding through May 2017 to assist direct marketing farmers and farmers markets join SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by providing free equipment to qualified farmers and farmers markets.
PA-WAgN is busy planning events for 2017. Our first is a women farmer study circle in Lancaster, PA on Jan. 23rd and it keeps on going.
The Seed Farm is seeking a full-time, year-round Production Manager to take the lead on the organic production and marketing of vegetables, cut flowers, and herbs on approximately 1 acre, as well as to assist with the upkeep and maintenance of our 42-acre site, equipment and infrastructure. Produce will be primarily marketed through an onfarm cooperative farm stand, a small CSA, a few restaurant accounts, and hunger relief organizations.
These workshops presented by PA Farm Link. PA Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to “Linking Farmers to the Future”, will provide information on various aspects of creating a Farm Business Succession/Transition plan. Often farm families start to discuss passing the farm business to the next generation, but get “stuck” on how to proceed. These workshops will help work through some of the myths and stumbling blocks of moving forward with a farm succession and transition plan.
USDA Ombudsperson Office Expands to Help Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Resolve Access Issues to USDA Programs
Urban agriculture internship available in Philadelphia with The Penn State Center.
Take the National Young Farmer Survey and let Congress know that #FarmersCount! The survey is conducted every five years by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in order to understand and elevate the issues that matter most to young farmers and aspiring farmers. Take the survey today and share it broadly. It is crucial that the survey results represent all young farmers and aspiring farmers, no matter where they live or what they grow. Survey answers are completely confidential.
This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Farmers and gardeners rely on crop pollinators, including honey bees, alternative managed bees like the blue orchard bee, and wild bees. Pollination experts will discuss how to support these pollinators on almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon farms. Learn how to connect to the webinar series via the Bee Health page on eXtension.org (http://articles.extension.org/bee_health).
Cornell Small Farms Program is offering an online course January 19-23, 2017 to help with farm financial planning. You will learn how to make financial decisions toward farm and family values and goals, and how to build profit into your plans up front.
Farm Commons makes workbook for CSAs available free online.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program recently released the results of its 2015 – 2016 Cover Crop Survey, which assessed the benefits, challenges, and growth of cover crops, as well as demand for cover crop seed across the United States
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.
Join PA-WAgN on Instagram at pawagn6954. Follow our Instagrammers of the Week.
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.