WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2012 –U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic growers in the United States sold more than $3.5 billion organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011, according to the results of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey, released today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS conducted the survey for USDA’s Risk Management Agency to help refine federal crop insurance products for organic producers.
The Farmers Market Federation of NY and the NY Farm Viability Institute have partnered with USDA Northeast SARE to present a series of webinars on marketing, “Marketing for Profits: Tools for Success”.
The sunset date for sodium nitrate passed as of October 21, 2012.
Penn State's Bill Lamont provides tips for working fields and handling crops after the storm that passed in this Growing Produce article.
The use of sodium nitrate will soon be prohibited entirely in organic production.
The demand for locally grown produce continues to rise in Pennsylvania, providing excellent opportunities for producers to extend their marketing season into the fall and winter. Proper storage management in vegetables such as winter squash, onions and carrots will result in less decay, fewer losses and more high quality product to sell to eager consumers during the cold months.
Social media have become an exciting way to enhance your farm business's marketing activities, allowing you, the owner, or manager, to connect directly with your audience. While a social media presence is almost expected of many businesses, many owners struggle with how to use the various tools to connect.
It’s getting a little late in the season to do much about SWD for this year, but here are some observations that you might want to consider as you make plans for next year.
Penn State’s Extension Vegetable and Small Fruit Program Team presents a series of webinars to keep you informed on critical production issues. The series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
Registration is now open for participants and for trade show exhibitors for the 2012 Western Pennsylvania Vegetable and Berry Growers Seminar, November 13th, in Butler, PA.
Join us Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13 & 14 at the Penn State Lancaster Center and Lancaster Farm and Home Center Building.
Last week I attended the organic vegetable twilight meeting at the Long Island Research Center for Cornell Cooperative Extension. Dr. Meg McGrath is a key researcher for organic plant disease management in the Northeast and I wanted to see the sites “in vivo.”
The deadline for applying for funds from the Organic Certification Cost Share Program is quickly approaching. An article from the United States Department of Agriculture explains how you can apply.
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA -- Honeybees exposed to agrochemicals used on farms may develop learning impairments that prevent them from being able to forage or even find their way back to the hive, say researchers at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The New Farmer Training Program and Agricultural Incubator at The Seed Farm in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, is now accepting applications for the 2013 season.
Blossom end rot (BER) is showing up again this year in peppers and tomatoes.
The National Organic Program (NOP) has recently published a final rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, effective August 3, 2012.