Start farming aims to enhance the success of small and beginning farmers by providing education and hands-on training in: production, marketing, financial management, land acquisition, and other resource acquisition. This program supports beginning producers exploring, planning and establishing their farms as well as new women farmers, young next generation producers and next generation Hispanic producers.
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This video shares impacts from a Penn State Extension beginning farmer project to establish on-farm apple demonstration plots, called “Models for the Future”.
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This course is designed for beginning tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations and prepare for planting.
Where are you headed in the future? Do you have any production goals for your flock of sheep?
Your team and the operation will encounter challenges or problems that must be overcome. We have outlined a seven-step process to assist you in solving problems.
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There are several important factors that must be considered before growing hops commercially.
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This online course teaches the basics of handling, preparing, and selling produce. Learn hands-on strategies to apply at markets and roadside stands.
The Food for Profit workshop takes you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business.
If you are planning to start raising poultry for the first time it is important that you understand best management practices.
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Penn State Extension partners with seven growers across the Commonwealth to provide on-farm demonstrations for new, young, and minority farmers.
Young Grower Alliance offers educational opportunities for young fruit growers taking over the family operation, developing a new enterprise, or innovating production practices.
This guide will assist you in starting an exciting and rewarding career in the Green Industry: landscape, lawn, nursery and greenhouse businesses.
As of 2014, there were 84 dairy plants producing one or more dairy products in Pennsylvania.
Starting a value-added business can be both rewarding and time consuming to complete the necessary steps to begin production.
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Professional game breeders in Pennsylvania produce one-half million commercial pheasants annually, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission also produces birds.
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Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations.