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It seems like this winter will never end, but spring will be around the corner before we know it. When the weather finally does turn favorable for field work, we will all be busy catching up on many tasks around the farm. One thing that should not be neglected is a brush up on safety practices related to tractors and farm equipment.
In my great-grandfather’s diary of his farming activities, you will find entries for most Saturdays that say “In market”. One can imagine what it took in the late 1800’s to get ready to be “in market”. It might be a bit easier to get to market today but anyone who sells at a four-hour-once-a-week farmer’s market can tell you, the preparation takes much longer. Here are some tips for while you are preparing for market season.
Two videos are available. One explaining the tools needed to shear sheep and preparing and caring for the shears, and one explaining the six positions to shear a sheep.
If you did not take a soil test last fall and are gearing up to test this spring, you might be interested in the following tips.
The direct-to-consumer farm marketing season is upon us – the potential target audience for our production was identified many months ago, we planned and grew to meet the target audience demands, and now it’s time to actually present our farm products to this buying (hopefully) public and see what happens.
Once the season gets rolling there are so many things to do it can be hard to keep up. To prevent pest and disease problems it is a good idea to come up with a plan now.
Between the effects of weather, public policy and consumer variation, risk is omnipresent in agriculture. It is important for farmers to understand how to manage risk for greater reward when participating in the local food systems.
FSMA, GAPs, Farm Food Safety: these terms are getting tossed around a lot in the agricultural media these days. As a beginning farmer, you need to know what these terms mean, understand how your farm operation may be affected by these new regulations and market standards, and be aware of your role in keeping fresh foods safe.
Cover crop benefits and considerations from recent PASA conference workshop lead by Charlie White, Penn State Extension.
When most Americans envision a farm pictures of lush pastures, fields of ripening crops, and fat grazing cattle come to mind. Yet for the small percentage of Americans actually operating a farm, the images are not always as picturesque. Farmers today face numerous challenges such as high input costs, soaring land prices, and economic uncertainty, just to name a few. One group that has especially felt the pressure of these challenges is beginning farmers. Without years of experience this group can be particularly vulnerable to risk.
During the season everything is a rush. This winter take some time to calibrate your equipment so you have more precise sprays and seedings in the spring.
If you are considering or already raising chickens for egg production on your farm Penn State's Ag Alternatives provide some important considerations.
The Seed Farm's intensive organic vegetable training program includes 500 hours of training on our 45-acre farm in Emmaus, PA, and 100 hours of formal workshops and classes.
Harvested vegetables are living systems that age with time. As a grower, your goal is to slow down the aging process. To do that, you need to understand, and manage, four natural processes: respiration, transpiration, ethylene production, and chilling injury. Proper cooling is the first step, followed by maintaining the optimum temperature and relative humidity (RH) for each vegetable.
For a beginning farmer, making economic decisions may be a stressful task if accounting records and financial statements are not available. The use of spreadsheets and computerized financial records help farmers relax while making a plan.
In the vegetable world you might be starting to wind down. Take a little time to take notes now while this season is fresh. It is too easy to forget important changes you want to make on the farm by January when you sit down to do your orders and make your plans.
A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act.
There are many types of tree nuts that grow in Pennsylvania, especially in the southern and eastern parts of the state. If you’d like to grow nuts to add to your product selection, you are more likely to be successful with a little planning and careful selection of the types of nuts you plant.
Farm Credit's Amanda Ramer explains how to find an ag lender and what they look for.
Iowa State Ag Economist Michael Duffy describes important factors to consider if you are getting started in farming by inheriting the farm.