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.
Montana Farm to School Summit: Sprouting Success will be held on September 22-23, 2016. Learn and share how Montana schools and programs are sprouting success through the core elements of farm to school--serving local foods, school gardens, and nutrition, agriculture, and food education. Scholarships to support costs of attending the conference are available through a USDA Farm to School Training grant, and can cover registration, lodging, and travel. Scholarship application deadline is June 30, 2016.
Join PASA at this Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange event coming up on Saturday, July 23 in Sharpsville / Mercer County. This is a Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathie at email@example.com
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.