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2016

Building a Legally Resilient CSA Program Workbook
August 12, 2016
Farm Commons makes workbook for CSAs available free online.
2015-16 Cover Crop Survey Results
August 12, 2016
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
NFU and PSU Farm Safety Videos
June 24, 2016
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.
Seven Major FSMA Rules Final
June 24, 2016
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”).
Your Help Needed with the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Impact Survey
May 2, 2016
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.
Women's Wine Walks
May 2, 2016
Join other women farmers for a walk around their farm with a glass of wine, kombucha, lemonade or water.
PA-WAgN Launches New Instagram Account With Guest Instagrammer of the Week
May 2, 2016
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”
May 2, 2016
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.
USDA Unveils New 'Urban Agriculture Toolkit' for Urban Farmers and Agri-business Entrepreneurs
May 2, 2016
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.
Pest Alert - Allium Leafminer
April 21, 2016
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.
Free Seed Exchange Allowed in PA
March 30, 2016
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.
New Infographic For FSMA Rules
March 7, 2016
Are you affected by the new Food Safety Modernization Act. Check out the new infographic made available for farmers.
Women Farmers Find Inspiration at Ag Diversity Symposium
February 6, 2016
One hundred women farmers and educators came together to celebrate diversity and resilience at the annual symposium in December.