NOFA-NY's Organic Dairy & Field Crop Conference is now two days and will be held Thursday and Friday March 16-17, with Friday’s focus on half-day intensive programs. The conference takes place at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, NY, 441 Electronics Parkway.
Combined Conference with the Maryland Cattlemen's Association (MCA) Maryland Hay and Pasture Conference. March 2-3, 2017 Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 901 Dual Highway Hagerstown, MD
Groundswell Center is hiring a Farming and Business Specialist, Development and Fundraising Manager, Communications Specialist, and Farming Assistant.
The StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program is a safe, effective strength-training and nutrition program for individuals who have been active or sedentary for the past few years and are interested in improving their health.
Who should attend? Any woman working in any sector of agriculture. Women who work on a farm. Women who support family members working in agriculture. Any one else who would like to join for discussion!
The Pennsylvania USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)<www.pa.nrcs.usda.gov> is accepting applications from north-central Pennsylvania forest landowners for financial assistance to apply conservation practices that enhance forest ecosystems.
The 3rd Biennial Forest Landowners Conference will be held March 24-25, 2017 in Altoona, PA.
Farmers and ranchers: How does health insurance affect you? Help influence rural health policy by participating in an upcoming USDA funded survey. Potential participants will receive a letter and survey; keep your eyes out for a mailing this February. Your responses will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ and ranchers’ decisions to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises.
NRCS is now seeking applications for new partnership projects to help improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
New Television Show About Small, Family Farms! Magilla Entertainment in NYC and a major cable network are now casting families in, or going into, the farming business!
Please attend the Penn State Extension Sustainable Agriculture Webinar Series focused on Cropping Strategies for Managing Soil Health. Different topics will be discussed on February 6th, 13th, and 20th, in hour-long sessions from 12 to 1 pm. The event is free and open to anyone with an interest. Please share widely. Registration for each day available at: http://extension.psu.edu/plants/sustainable/events
The FDA has recently published FSMA draft guidance on growing, packing and holding sprouts. Public comments are being accepted.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has several programs and policies dedicated to supporting beginning farmers and ranchers, and late last month they announced a new opportunity within the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
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.
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