Penn State Extension has resources and a listing of courses to
support new farmers.
Course offerings include an introduction to "Small-Scale
Agricultural Production for Those Considering Starting a
Business in Farming" and "Breaking Barriers to Access Land,
Capital and Equipment for farm start-ups."
Are you interested in increasing your communication skills in Spanish? Common agricultural terms and phrases in Spanish are now available in an updated Spanish Ag Phrasebook available at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center web site. Please continue to send us phrases to translate, and they will be added to the next revision!
Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding announced in November that the latest round of surveys shows the state’s decade-long effort to eradicate the Plum Pox Virus was a success and the virus has not reappeared.
Nationwide interest in farm food safety continues to rise and Pennsylvania fruit and vegetable growers are increasingly affected. Most major grocery store chains and many restaurant chains now require their produce suppliers to learn about farm food safety and some are demanding documentation of safe practices through written plans and third party inspections.
Having some sort of online presence with your business is becoming increasingly important as the new generation of consumers gains more purchasing power. One tool that is helping to connect buyers and sellers is PA MarketMaker.
Please join us for a demonstration of Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops harvest research with a vacuum transport system, bin filler, and bin shuttle developed by commercialization partner, DBR Conveyor Concepts. This will be an opportunity for growers to provide input on our multi-disciplinary team efforts to increase harvest efficiency!