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February 7, 2017

The Pennsylvania USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)<> is accepting applications from north-central Pennsylvania forest landowners for financial assistance to apply conservation practices that enhance forest ecosystems.

January 30, 2017

The FDA has recently published FSMA draft guidance on growing, packing and holding sprouts. Public comments are being accepted.

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).

January 17, 2017

Mike Baker, Cornell Beef Cattle Extension Specialist, looks at beef cattle as they hang on the rail at a packer.

January 17, 2017

Rodale Institute, the world's leading organic agriculture research organization, has launched a new membership organization for organic farmers.

January 12, 2017

USDA Ombudsperson Office Expands to Help Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Resolve Access Issues to USDA Programs

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.

August 12, 2016

Farm Commons makes workbook for CSAs available free online.

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

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.

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”).

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.

May 2, 2016

Join other women farmers for a walk around their farm with a glass of wine, kombucha, lemonade or water.

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.

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.

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.

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.

March 7, 2016

Are you affected by the new Food Safety Modernization Act. Check out the new infographic made available for farmers.

February 6, 2016

One hundred women farmers and educators came together to celebrate diversity and resilience at the annual symposium in December.