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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.