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November 30, 2018

Here are the sessions and speaker information for this year's symposium.

April 24, 2017

Check out archived Farminars on our website and stay tuned for new Farminars coming your way.

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.

January 17, 2017

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

January 12, 2017

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

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

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 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.

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.

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.

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.