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2015

Food Safety Modernization Act Webinar
October 29, 2015
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 Extension Works to Support Farmers in their Start-Up and Establishing Years
October 7, 2015
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.
New Farm Storage Financing Options for Meat, Dairy, and Eggs
October 7, 2015
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.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Has Released New FSMA Rules
October 7, 2015
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.
CASA Taking Applications for Beginning Farmer Training Program
September 21, 2015
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.
Pasture Walk at George Lake's Thistle Creek Farms
September 8, 2015
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.
Opportunity at The Seed Farm
September 8, 2015
The Seed Farm, a nonprofit organization located in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, is hiring! We are accepting applications for a Field Manager.
Assessing Dairy Goat Health, Body Structure & Nutritional Needs Field Day
August 12, 2015
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.
AgConnect Celebrates Women Farmer Day
August 11, 2015
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.
Need to Keep Up On What is Invading Crops in PA?
August 11, 2015
Sign-up for the Vegetable and Small Fruit Gazette and the Start Farming News to learn what insects and diseases have been causing havoc with PA growers or skills to help you become a better farmer.
Urban Poultry at Garden Dreams Field Day
August 11, 2015
Read about the field day held at Garden Dreams Urban Farm & Nursery where PA-WAgN's Urban Farming mentor Hannah Reiff discussed the ins and outs of raising urban poultry.
USDA's Women in Agriculture Starts Mentoring Groups
August 11, 2015
The USDA's Women in Agriculture Program started in 2015 as a way for women farmers to connect and share their stories with other women farmers. The program puts out a newsletter and has started online mentoring groups.
Green Heron Tools Receives Grant to Research Tools & Equipment for Women Livestock Farmers
July 23, 2015
Green Heron Tools (the women who developed the HERS shovel) are asking for your help to research more tool needs for women farmers.
PA OneStop Program Offered
July 20, 2015
The Berks County Conservation District is offering a free workshop that will teach you how to write your own Agricultural Erosion and Sedimentation Plan.
Carolyn Sachs Recognized with Lifetime Achievement Award
June 17, 2015
Carolyn Sachs, head of PA-WAgN was chosen by the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society to receive its 2015 Richard P. Haynes Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture, Food and Human Values Award.
New Book Helps You Set-up A Home Food Business
June 10, 2015
Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko have just published Homemade For Sale: How to Set Up and Market A Food Business From Your Home Kitchen.
Farmers’ Market Food Safety Workshops
May 19, 2015
The Farmers' Market Food Safety Workshop is a half day training session which will provide farmers' market vendors with a basic knowledge of retail food safety, sanitation, and regulatory topics suited for vendors selling food products at farmers' markets. Workshops are being offered at the following locations: University Park, Lancaster, Emmaus, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Building Your Farm Management Team - Finding a Good Accountant
May 19, 2015
Juliette Enfield, Penn State Extension Educator, has addressed the challenging topic of farm accounting in an Agricultural Entrepreneurship blog.
New Manual for Vegetable Growers Now Available
April 27, 2015
There are more than 4,000 vegetable growers throughout Pennsylvania, planting over 55,000 acres of vegetables. Now these growers have a new tool to reduce pesticides by using predators and other biological controls. “Vegetable Integrated Pest Management with an Emphasis on Biocontrol: A Guide for Growers in the Mid-Atlantic” is available so vegetable growers can learn about managing insect pests using IPM principles.
Another Opportunity for PA-WAgN Farmers in Perkasie
April 27, 2015
Perkasie Farmers Market is Looking for vendors. This market has been a Saturday market and has been around for about 20 years. They have a coordinator that works for the Borough who is tasked with strengthening and promoting the market.
PA Food Defense Awareness & Prevention Symposium
April 16, 2015
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security has partnered with the PA Department of Agriculture and Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences to host an awareness and prevention symposium on food defense for Pennsylvania's food and agriculture industry.
Model Plot Project Coordinator Position Open With Penn State Extension
April 16, 2015
The project coordinator will work with new farmers to establish "Models of the Future" on-farm demonstration sites at five farms across the state.
Another Opportunity for Growers - McKee/Roaring Spring Market Opening
April 16, 2015
McKee/Roaring Spring area looking to start new farmers market and they need input from local growers. Meeting to be held April 20th.
Last Chance to Register! Improve How to Sell Specialty Crops: – A Farmers Guide to Retailing
April 9, 2015
Farmers farm to farm, but in the process they often become marketers and retailers, and yet don’t always have the experience and resources to be expert in those areas. Join PA-WAgN and Blair County Conservation district for this event on April 30th to learn how to be a better retailer your product.
Integrating Natural Health Care into Your Herd
April 9, 2015
Join PA-WAgN for an information packed field day as farmer Gay Rodgers and Holistic Veterinarian Susan Beal address farmers' concerns in transitioning to natural treatments to optimize herd health.
Check Out Archived PA-WAgN Farminars
April 9, 2015
PA-WAgN mentor Farminars have been recording webinars (that we call Farminars) on their specialty topics. These Farminars are archived on our website.
The Food Trust Looking For Vendors for Philadelphia Markets
April 9, 2015
The Food Trust is currently seeking farmers to join our network over 25 Philadelphia farmers' markets.
Vegetable Integrated Pest Management with an Emphasis on Biocontrol: A Guide for Growers in the Mid-Atlantic
April 2, 2015
PA IPM has put out a new publication, "Vegetable Integrated Pest Management with an Emphasis on Biocontrol: A Guide for Growers in the Mid-Atlantic." This publication is available http://extension.psu.edu/publications/agrs-128.
Calling All Organic Farmers
April 2, 2015
Join Rodale's Organic Allentown farmers’ markets and be part of an exciting opportunity to change a city through organic agriculture.
ATTRA Beginning Farmer Tutorials on Business Planning and Marketing
March 30, 2015
Don't have time to attend a workshop? ATTRA has online tutorials you can watch when you do have time. Check out the beginning farmer tutorials at https://attra.ncat.org/tutorials/.
Tools & Logistical Ideas to Make Your Farm Market Profitable
March 16, 2015
This is an upcoming educational opportunity targeted at mid-to-top level retail farm market and agritourism enterprise management. PA-WAgN will be presenting a separate event in late April in Blair County on Farm Markets.
Green Heron Tools Featured in "The Sourceress."
March 10, 2015
The Sourceress is an online site focusing on "wicked smart lifestyles for women in STEM." This month they featured Liz Brensinger and Ann Adams of Green Heron Tools with the Hergonomically correct shovel for women.
USDA Creates New Women In Ag Mentoring Network
March 10, 2015
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krista Harden announced last month that the USDA has created an email address where women can share their stories, suggestions and other thoughts. By sending an email to the new address, you will be automatically signed up to the new network.
Farm and Dairy Kicks Off Eight Week Series on Women In Agriculture
March 10, 2015
You Go Girl is an eight week series showcasing women farmers who are driven to show they can succeed at farming.
GRID Magazine Focuses on Women Farmers: Article About PA-WAgN
February 17, 2015
This issue of GRID features an article about PA-WAgN. The entire issue is focused on women farmers and includes profiles of other PA-WAgN members as well.
USDA Programs for Small Scale Producers
February 17, 2015
The USDA and Saul High School FFA will present a program for small scale producers to learn what assistance is available to them.
Updated Penn State Organic Crop Production Guide Available
February 10, 2015
Developed by Penn State Extension faculty and staff along with industry experts, this nearly 250-page guide gives case studies of successful organic crop farmers in the Northeast.
The Orners Receive Sustainable Ag Business Award at PASA Conference
January 30, 2015
Claire and Rusty Orner of Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Learning will receive PASA's Sustainable Ag Business Award on Saturday morning of the PASA conference at the Plenary.
Farmers Market Programs 2015
January 28, 2015
Penn State Extension is working in cooperation with PA-WAgN partners to bring three different Farmers Market Conferences across the state. Contact Brian Moyer at 610-391-9840 or bfm3@psu.edu for more details.
Penn State Extension's searchable CSA Map
January 28, 2015
Penn State Extension is in the process of compiling a list of farms that offer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares in Pennsylvania by county. This list is available in the form of a searchable Google map. Click on the map below in the upper right hand corner to expand the map. You can also access the map by clicking here. Then enter your address in the search box to find a CSA near you. When you click on a green bubble in the map, the CSA's contact information will pop up. This map will be continually updated as Penn State Extension adds more CSA's.