Farm and Food Business

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Farm Business Transition
March 17, 2017
By John Berry, Penn State Extension Educator, Lehigh County Many of the farmers I work for have a tough time with the process of getting their business into the hands of the next owner/manager. The reasons for this are many; no time, unwilling to think about mortality, not aware of what should happen, and uncertainty about losing control are some of the primary reasons often heard. Because of
Cultivating Knowledge; Food, Fruit & Veggies… For thought
February 15, 2017
By John Wodehouse, Penn State Extension Educator, Chester County Hundreds of fruit and vegetable growers and industry exhibitors gathered in Chocolate Town for the 2017 Mid Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention.   Take heed, chocolate, there’s a new sweet in town. For four days in early February, vegetable and fruit producers met at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center to learn more
The Impact of Federal Reserve Interest Hikes on Your Farm
January 25, 2017
By Miguel Saviroff, Penn State Extension Educator, Somerset County The Federal Reserve’s decision to increase interest rates in December has raised questions in the farming sector. The feds have announced at least two new hikes in interest rates in 2017. Although farm level interest rates have been too low for a long time, low agricultural prices can’t cover for any operational expense
Shared Kitchen Incubators - A Great Place to Start Your Business
January 6, 2017
By Winifred McGee, Penn State Extension Educator, Dauphin County A new year signals the time to think about new enterprises – exploring how, and where, to begin profiting from a “family favorite” recipe. The 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, and subsequent FDA rules, have made it a bit more challenging (but not impossible) to start a food business, in that even if state regulations allow a
Climate Change and Fiscal Sustainability: Conservation and Risk Management Programs
December 13, 2016
by HeatherManzo, Penn State Extension Educator, Allegheny County This article is the last in a four-part series for Passages discussing how the agricultural community can better understand and address a changing climate. PASA, in partnership with Penn State, was awarded a U.S. EPA Environmental Justice grant (#96335501) for educational programs related to climate change and

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