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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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Start Farming "Models for the Future"
Start Farming "Models for the Future" - Videos Videos

Start Farming "Models for the Future"

Megan Chawner

8:54

This video shares impacts from a Penn State Extension beginning farmer project to establish on-farm apple demonstration plots, called “Models for the Future”. More
Mapping your Business with SWOT
Mapping your Business with SWOT - Videos Videos

Mapping your Business with SWOT

Winifred W. Mc Gee

14:25

Brainstorming the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) associated with starting, or diversifying, a farm will proactively identify risks and appropriate mitigation strategies. More
Apple Rootstocks for High Density Orchards
Apple Rootstocks for High Density Orchards - Videos Videos

Apple Rootstocks for High Density Orchards

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

9:53

Commercial fruit growers are transitioning their apple orchards to high density production systems, and this is possible due to the availability of size controlling apple rootstocks. More
Explorando e Identificando Enfermedades en Tomates
Explorando e Identificando Enfermedades en Tomates - Videos Videos

Explorando e Identificando Enfermedades en Tomates

Marley E Skinner, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

8:37

Este video revisa los fundamentos de la exploración adecuada y la identificación de enfermedades comunes y sus síntomas. More
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish
Guide to Better Apple Picking - Training Video in English or Spanish - News News
An on-line training video developed by Penn State describes best practices for ensuring optimum fruit quality when harvesting apples. More
Upcoming 2017 Fall Survey for Beginning Farmers
Upcoming 2017 Fall Survey for Beginning Farmers - News News
Sometime in early Fall 2017, we will be sending a link to a survey for our readers to complete. More
Zenik Crespo (back, right) assists Hispanic participants as they identify weeds at Johnston’s Everygreen Nursery in Erie. Photo: L. Follett, Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery
Bilingual Workshops Teach Integrated Weed Management - News News
Penn State Extension has developed new resources for weed management and is beginning to offer bilingual training opportunities. More
Scholl Orchards location in Kempton, Pennsylvania
An Evening With Scholl Orchards - News News

An Evening With Scholl Orchards

09/03/2017

The Lehigh Valley Study Circle Network began its 2017 season with a meeting hosted by Scholl Orchards, located in Bethlehem and Kempton PA. More
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation - Online Courses Online Courses
$89.00
This course is designed for beginning tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations and prepare for planting. More
Innovaciones en Sistemas de Formación de Duraznos
Innovaciones en Sistemas de Formación de Duraznos - Videos Videos

Innovaciones en Sistemas de Formación de Duraznos

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Montserrat Fonseca Estrada

9:09

Este video muestra los sistemas de muralla frutal Quad V y Hex V en duraznos. More
Innovations in Peach Training Systems
Innovations in Peach Training Systems - Videos Videos

Innovations in Peach Training Systems

James Schupp, Ph.D., Tara Baugher

8:19

This video discusses the Quad V and Hex V fruiting wall systems. More
Photo: Tianna DuPont
Lo Que Necesita Saber Para Producir Trasplantes Sanos - Articles Articles
Muchas de las hortalizas comienzan como trasplantes en un invernadero y luego se plantan en el campo para su producción. More
Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)
Biología de las Semillas y de las Plántulas - Articles Articles
La mayoría de las hortalizas comienzan sus vidas como semillas. More
Image source: http://www.farmvetco.org/homegrown-by-heroes/
Opportunities for Veterans in Pennsylvania Agriculture - Articles Articles
More and more veterans are considering agriculture as a viable future upon returning home. More
The most accurate method to assess parasite resistance in an individual sheep is through the use of an EBV for worm egg count.
Using EBV Data to Promote Parasite Resistance - Articles Articles
Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time. More
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