USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property
January 28, 2016
On January 19, 2016 Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Presents Rare Fruit Workshops
January 27, 2016
Interested in unusual fruits? Come learn all about growing pawpaws and persimmons! Rare Fruit Workshops will take place in two locations on March 30, 2016. Topics include site selection, insects and disease management, pollination and sourcing plants.
Crown Gall – A Growing Concern in Vineyards
January 21, 2016
The past two winters have ramped up concerns about crown gall in Pennsylvania and other parts of the Northeast. Wine grape growers are discovering, many for the first time, the horrors of this disease and the extent of the damage it can cause in their vineyards. While there is reason for great concern, I would like to start out by saying that research efforts are generating extensive information on management of this disease, and there are new solutions from research in the pipeline.
Learning Preferences of Next Generation Farmers
January 19, 2016
Penn State Extension is assessing how best to tailor our outreach and extension programming for those of you who will be the next generation of farmers. Our goal is to provide opportunities for active learning of research-based information that is applicable to your farm operation.