AgMap is Pennsylvania's agricultural network that helps consumers, farmers, and businesses find local producers and suppliers of unlimited agricultural commodities and services.
As the agricultural industry consolidates and the need for higher efficiency increases, producers continually search for ways to increase the profitability of their operations. One approach is to hire the services of people outside of their operations to complete various tasks.
This unique slide-type piece allows you to make an "apples-to-apples" comparison of various heating fuels on the basis of cost per BTU. Values provided include #2 fuel oil, propane, natural gas, electricity, coal, corn, wood pellets, and firewood. Note: This piece is only available in hard copy due to its two-part design consisting of a sleeve and an insert.
For several years, the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE-SARE) program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has provided modest funding to farmers who would like to initiate their own on-farm research on topics related to sustainable agriculture.
This publication provides a listing of the dairy foods permit holders in Pennsylvania, including dairies holding PDA grade A, non-grade A, manufacturing, aged cheese, and raw milk permits.
Managing the land application of animal waste to protect water quality depends on applying rates based on crop requirements and soil conditions, knowing the composition of the animal waste, avoiding runoff from recent applications, and protecting the application areas from runoff and soil erosion.
Receipts and expenses in an 11-by-17-inch format. Commercial agriculture is a large, complicated business. An adequate and permanent record is a necessary tool for efficient business management and tax reporting. The Pennsylvania Farm Account Books have been designed for recording data needed to analyze and manage a farm business and to file income, social security, and self-employment tax returns.
Receipts and expenses in an 8.5-by-11-inch format. Commercial agriculture is a large, complicated business. An adequate and permanent record is a necessary tool for efficient business management and tax reporting. The Pennsylvania Farm Account Books have been designed for recording data needed to analyze and manage a farm business and to file income, social security, and self-employment tax returns.
This survey gives participants in the Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst farm evaluation system a chance to give feedback about the program and its materials.
The Pennsylvania Farm Evaluation Program (Pennsylvania Farm-A-Syst) is a voluntary farm evaluation that can be used to confirm that a farm is being managed in an environmentally sensitive way.
Many farmers rely on well water for their farms and homes, and they may also use surface water to supplement the needs of their livestock or to irrigate crops. Some farm activities have the potential to contaminate wells and streams.
A farmstead map can record important features that influence water quality. A farmstead map also makes it easier to evaluate potential sources of pollution and local wells, septic tanks, and absorption fields when they need maintenance.
Everything we do affects groundwater or surface water quality. Evaluation worksheets are available for farmstead management practices and site conditions.
This form is designed for collecting the average rankings from completed Farm-A-Syst publications in one place for an overall comparison and interpretation.
When used properly, pesticides and fertilizers are effective crop management tools. However, these chemicals can endanger water quality and human health if they are not properly stored and handled.
Nearly one-third of Pennsylvania residents rely on private household waste treatment systems. Maintenance of these systems is the responsibility of the homeowner.
When animals are confined outside of housing facilities, the risk to surface water and groundwater quality is significantly increased. Animal concentration areas specifically include barnyards, feedlots, loafing areas, exercise lots, or other similar animal confinement areas.
Water is one of our most important resources. In the past, it was advantageous to have a water source close to the farmstead. Today, numerous farms have a stream or drainageway cutting through heavily used pastures, exercise lots, or barnyards.
Liquid petroleum products are concentrated, effective sources of power, lubrication, and heat. Aboveground and underground storage of petroleum products such as transportation fuel and heating fuel, however, can be a threat to family and farm safety, public health, and the environment.
Silage is an essential feed for livestock-based agriculture. It can be made from corn, silage crops such as grass and alfalfa, or from crop processing wastes. When properly harvested and stored, silage poses little or no pollution threat.