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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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La Inspección de Malezas en los Cultivos de Hortalizas
La Inspección de Malezas en los Cultivos de Hortalizas - Videos Videos
El manejo integrado de malezas en los cultivos de hortalizas comienza con la inspección y identificación de malezas. More
Manejo Integrado de Malezas para Árboles Frutales y Verduras:
Manejo Integrado de Malezas para Árboles Frutales y Verduras: - Videos Videos
El control de malezas es uno de los aspectos más difíciles del cultivo de frutas y verduras. Este video describe estrategias que puede usar para controlar malezas a través de un enfoque integrado de manejo de malezas. More
Identifying Markets for Hispanic Produce Growers
Identifying Markets for Hispanic Produce Growers - Articles Articles
Penn State Extension is offering a new series of discussion groups in Spanish for next generation growers made possible by a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. More
Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking
Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking - Articles Articles

Farmstead and Artisan Cheesemaking

Sarah Cornelisse, Kerry E. Kaylegian, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Emily Montgomery

The renaissance of farm-based dairy processing can be attractive, but it is imperative that farmers research and plan all aspects of a new enterprise. More
Trellis in apple orchard
Trellis Construction Workbook - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Trellis Construction Workbook

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Lynn Kime

This tool will assist growers with the decision making process of determining the cost of two trellis systems. More
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
Models for the Future Apple Plots: Planting of Trees following Bio-remediation
Models for the Future Apple Plots: Planting of Trees following Bio-remediation - Articles Articles
Penn State Extension partners with growers in a "Models for the Future" project to provide on-farm demonstrations for new, young, and minority farmers. Two years of bio-remediation with rotation crops suppressed nematodes and improved soil health. More
Knowing how to use insurance properly can be confusing. Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/2144933705
Why Bother With Insurance? Tools to Hone Your Insurance Risk Management Plan - Articles Articles
With the high risk exposure in agribusiness, insurance policy options should be carefully considered for proper coverage. This article provides helpful tips for proactive insurance management. More
Start Farming "Models for the Future"
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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
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Fruit Production
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Fruit Production - Videos Videos

Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Fruit Production

Lee Stivers, Tara Baugher, Michael Basedow

8:37

Integrated Weed Management in fruit production starts with scouting and identifying weeds. More
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Vegetable Production
Integrated Weed Management: Weed Scouting for Vegetable Production - Videos Videos
Integrated Weed Management in vegetable production starts with scouting and identifying weeds. More
Integrated Weed Management for Fruit and Vegetable Production
Integrated Weed Management for Fruit and Vegetable Production - Videos Videos
Managing weeds is one of the most challenging aspects of growing fruits and vegetables. This video describes strategies you can use to control weeds through an integrated weed management approach. More
El arar puede beneficiar o perjudicar la calidad del suelo. Foto cortesiá de Penn State Extension.
Introducción a los Suelos: El Manejo de los Suelos - Articles Articles
El Manejo de los suelos More
Moldboard plowing, shown here, is a type of primary tillage. Photo courtesy of Penn State Extension
Introduction to Soils: Managing Soils - Articles Articles
This article provides information on how different soil management practices affect soil quality and crop production. More