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2017

Registration Open for PA-WAgN Annual Symposium
September 5, 2017
PA-WAgN and Presenting Sponsor Kitchen Table Consultants (in cooperation with Community Partner PASA) present our annual symposium on December 6, 2017 at Celebration Hall in State College, PA. Cost is $50 for the day which includes lunch and snacks. Some scholarships are available.
Apple Plot Field Day rescheduled to Sept 7th
September 5, 2017
Join Penn State Extension at Scholl Orchards to learn about the Models for the Future research project and to see results on cover crops, nematodes, and soil health.
The Value Added Producer Grant program is now accepting applications
September 5, 2017
The Value-Added Producer Grant is a resource for anyone looking to start or enhance an already value-added product sales asset to farm sales.
9/11 webinar, Farmers Markets as Engines of Economic Activity: Power in Numbers
September 5, 2017
Upcoming webinar from Michigan State looks at Farm Markets and the influence on economic growth. may be of interest for all working with or selling at farmers markets.
Report Highlights Barriers and Opportunities for Farmers Interested in Organic
May 8, 2017
Farmers enter into organic production for many reasons, chief among them are typically a concern for the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection and a desire to benefit from the higher price points that organic products typically demand.
Farminars
April 24, 2017
Check out archived Farminars on our website and stay tuned for new Farminars coming your way.
Report Highlights Changes in CSA Models
April 24, 2017
WASHINGTON, April 3, 2017—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a report, Community Supported Agriculture: New Models for Changing Markets, highlighting six case studies of farmers using the community supported agriculture (CSA) direct-to-consumer business model and how that model has changed since the 1980s.
Farmer Input Needed for 2017 Cover Crop Survey
April 24, 2017
This survey provides SARE with vital information that helps them to understand why farmers do or don’t use cover crops and how cover crops have benefitted those farmers who do use them. Survey results from the past four years have been extremely beneficial to informing research needs, policy making, and outreach regarding cover crops.
Calling Global Changers
April 11, 2017
Do you have a passion for change and a background in social volunteering, academia, technology, start-ups, journalism or blogging?
New Tools Available to Improve Conservation
April 11, 2017
Farmers and ranchers can better clean and conserve water, improve the quality of soil and air and enhance wildlife habitat by using a variety of tools.
New Publications Help Farmers and Certifiers Incorporate Biodiversity Practices on the Farm
March 14, 2017
Wild Farm Alliance (WFA) recently released two publications to support organic farmers as they incorporate biodiversity practices into their operations. There is a direct linkage between conservation practices on the farm and National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) can and should play a critical role in ensuring that conservation programs and support are accessible and appropriate for organic and transitioning-to-organic participants.
Rodale Institute's Webinars
March 14, 2017
In case you can't make it to the farm, check out the webinar opportunities.
Mobile App to Support Endangered Bees
March 14, 2017
University of Vermont researchers have introduced a new mobile app that will calculate the crop productivity and pollination benefits of supporting endangered bees.
"How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch" Resource is now available from SARE
March 14, 2017
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) has released a revised version of How to Conduct Research on Your Farm or Ranch.
New Guide Simplifies Federal Programs for Farmers
March 14, 2017
Which U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies have programs that are tailored to meet the needs of diversified farming operations, organic growers, or beginning farmers? What resources are available for small- and mid-sized growers looking to reach expanding regional markets, and where can you find them?
Free Online Resources from Practical Farmers of Iowa's January Conference
March 14, 2017
Practical Farmers of Iowa is making videos, presentation slides, and handouts available free online from sessions at its annual conference, held in January 2017.
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program is accepting applicants
March 14, 2017
The two-year Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program is accepting applicants. The program requires 4,000 hours of instruction, including 277 hours of online classes, and on-the-job training.
Balancing Food Production and Environmental Impacts
March 14, 2017
Penn State research published in Bioscience suggests that world food production likely will need to increase between 25% and 70% to meet 2050 demand, rather than needing to double as is frequently posited. Furthermore, according to the researchers, agriculture's environmental impacts are increasing and must drop dramatically to maintain clean water and stabilize the climate.
Study Identifies Best Timing for Cover-Crop Crimping
March 14, 2017
A three-year experiment in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania explored the best times and methods for crimping cover crops, reports the American Society of Agronomy.
Stone Barns Releases Book
March 14, 2017
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture released Letters to a Young Farmer, a book which compiles insight from some of the most influential farmers, writers, and leaders in the food system in an anthology of essays and letters.
NRCS Offering Financial Assistance for Conservation Practices
February 7, 2017
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.
FSMA Draft Regulations Regarding Sprouts
January 30, 2017
The FDA has recently published FSMA draft guidance on growing, packing and holding sprouts. Public comments are being accepted.
CRP Land Available for Beginning Farmers
January 23, 2017
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).
Beef Carcass Evaluation Video
January 17, 2017
Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, looks at beef cattle as they hang on the rail at a packer.
Join Rodale Institute's New Organic Farmers Association
January 17, 2017
Rodale Institute, the world's leading organic agriculture research organization, has launched a new membership organization for organic farmers.
USDA Ombudsperson Office Expands to Help Women and Hispanic Farms
January 12, 2017
USDA Ombudsperson Office Expands to Help Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Resolve Access Issues to USDA Programs
Let Congress know that #FarmersCount!
January 12, 2017
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.