What's New in Crop Insurance for 2015?
February 20, 2015
By Jayson K. Harper, Professor of Agricultural Economics, Penn State University
The answer? A lot. There have been many new changes coming out of the 2014 Farm Bill, as well as several improvements in recent years that have made crop insurance more flexible and provide additional coverage for your farm. Some of the changes you should consider for your risk management plan in 2015 include:
Accepting credit and debit payments
February 12, 2015
As a small business owner, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to be cash only. Many consumers rely heavily on their credit/debit cards. If you currently provide or are thinking about adding credit/debit payment as an option for your customers, it is critical to securely process payments.
To help regulate credit card security standards, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards
Building a Website for Your Small Business
February 12, 2015
Creating a useful website is a very important part of attracting customers. Most people, myself included, would find the task of creating a website themselves quite daunting and would immediately want to hire a web designer. But in doing some research of my own, building your own conventional website (meaning not overly complex or customized) may not be as difficult as it appears.
Getting ahead of consumer buying behavior.
January 14, 2015
Consumer Trends: why bother?
Identifying what buyers want today and tomorrow is powerful!
As a farm / food retailer we may occasionally wonder what
drives not only our current customers, but also those elusive potential customers.
One source of insight is “consumer trends.” While these trends may not exactly
match the demographics we chase with our
An Agricultural Nonprofit Still Has to Make a Profit
January 6, 2015
By Juliette Enfield,
Penn State Extension Educator, Warren Co
A farm can provide benefits to a community that are not
always easy to measure in economic terms. A farm can keep land in agricultural production,
be used as a teaching tool or be used to grow food for charity. A for-profit
farm may not have the capacity or time to focus on these types of educational
or charitable activities. Quiet