Getting Started

Information on business management, including the Start Farming project, models for the future, land aquisition, value-added agriculture and food for profit. Resources also available for new women farmers, young next generation producers and next generation Hispanic producers.

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Hail damaged apples which now have no value. Photo: Lynn Kime, Penn State
Insurance Options for Small and Beginning Farmers - News News
Small and beginning farmers qualify for several programs that can provide a much needed safety net. More
Mapping your Business with SWOT
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Mapping your Business with SWOT

Winifred W. Mc Gee

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Brainstorming the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) associated with starting, or diversifying, a farm will proactively identify risks and appropriate mitigation strategies. More
Business Owner's Insurance
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Business Owner's Insurance

Lynn Kime, Winifred W. Mc Gee

This product is generally used by operations with a roadside market. More
Food for Profit: Registering Your Business
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Food for Profit: Registering Your Business

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

This article will help you learn about how to register your food business in Pennsylvania. More
Food for Profit: Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Food for Profit: Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture - Articles Articles
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services is responsible for enforcing food regulations and inspecting food establishments. More
Food For Profit: Price and Pricing
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Food For Profit: Price and Pricing

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

There is a difference between price and pricing. Each method has own advantages and disadvantages. More
Food For Profit: Marketing Your Food Product
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Food For Profit: Marketing Your Food Product

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

Marketing is more than advertising; it is everything you do to promote your business and your food products, from the moment you conceive of a product to the point at which customers buy it. More
Food for Profit: Insurance for Food Entrepreneurs
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Food for Profit: Insurance for Food Entrepreneurs

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

Food business owners are held responsible for any harm that comes to employees, visitors who come to your establishment, and consumers who eat your products. More
Food for Profit: Business Planning
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Food for Profit: Business Planning

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

Before starting your new food business, you need a clear vision of how you want your business to operate; how it will be managed, marketed, financed, and how you expect it to perform in the future. More
Food for Profit: Home Food Processing
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Food for Profit: Home Food Processing

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

Setting up a food-processing business in your home has advantages and disadvantages. This article describes considerations for how to set up your food-processing business. More
Food for Profit: Before You Start
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Food for Profit: Before You Start

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Winifred W. Mc Gee

Starting any business is no easy task. You'll have to prepare yourself for the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed in the food business. More