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Information on business management, including land and equipment, renting agricultural land, electronic record-keeping, regulatory issues, choosing legal structure, tractors and equipment.

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Small Engine Workshop
Small Engine Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Learn about small gasoline engine uses, operations, and maintenance. The workshop will focus on maintenance and troubleshooting typical problems of engine operation for small gasoline engines. More
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Ag Profitability Workshop Series: Precision Ag Optimization - Workshops Workshops
Learn about cost savings strategies and the yield benefits of precision farming agriculture. More
A Centennial Farm in Beaver County, PA courtesy of Maria Graziani
Understanding Agricultural Preservation in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Understanding Agricultural Preservation in Pennsylvania

Maria L Graziani, MBA, Joseph Petrella

With each year of easement purchases and acreage, Pennsylvania continues to protect quality farmland and the farmer’s ability to farm. More
Business Transitions: Family Farm and Business Succession Planning
Business Transitions: Family Farm and Business Succession Planning - Online Courses Online Courses
$59.00
Learn what to consider and how to communicate about succession, retirement, and estate planning; property transfers; and avoiding unnecessary taxes and costs. More
Quick and Easy Worksheet for Assessing Traffic-Induced Soil Compaction Risk
Quick and Easy Worksheet for Assessing Traffic-Induced Soil Compaction Risk - Articles Articles
This worksheet gives you a simple, easy-to-use method for assessing the traffic-induced soil compaction risk posed by your field equipment. More
Succession Planning: What's Your Exit Strategy?
Succession Planning: What's Your Exit Strategy? - Workshops Workshops
Empowering families to get started on their succession plan. More
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
Sprayer Calibration Saves Money - Articles Articles

Sprayer Calibration Saves Money

Andrew Frankenfield

Spending some time going over your sprayer in the spring can pay dividends. Worn or partially clogged nozzles will cause uneven spray distribution, which can lead to problems later in the season. More
Aerial image of Penn State’s research hopyard at Rock Springs. Photo by T. Delvalle, Penn State
Are You Using a sUAS as a Tool? - Articles Articles
You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country. More
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Living on a Few Acres - Workshops Workshops
The Living on a Few Acres program is designed to provide individuals interested in beginning or improving upon an existing, small-scale agricultural operation. More
DJ Mentlik, Brendan McNamara, Brian Roda, Tyrel Kling, Dan Morehouse, Christian Dominick, Keri Ford, Jena Griffin, Katy Flaherty, and Patrick Cullen. Not in the picture: Jude Liu, Doug Schaufler
ABE Students Visit JH Fletcher and Company Mining Manufacturer - News News
Biological Engineering and BioRenewable Systems students from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering benefit from tour. More
What Can I Rent My Land For?
What Can I Rent My Land For? - Videos Videos
This video guides you through how to consider several factors when setting a rate for renting land. Factors include – use, land characteristics, and ownership costs, among others. More
Recordkeeping apps can put all of your crop history in the devices that you carry with you every day. Apps that utilize GIS mapping allow you to link records with mapped locations.
Should You Resolve to Ditch Paper Records in 2017? - Articles Articles
If you didn’t write it down it never happened; it’s a lesson often learned the hard way. More
Farm/Agriculture/Rural Management Hazard Analysis Tool (FARM-HAT)
Farm/Agriculture/Rural Management Hazard Analysis Tool (FARM-HAT) - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
A simple method of providing first-hand information about hazards, a process for evaluating hazards, and recommendations on correcting hazards. More
Ephraim by his tomatoes in his storage facility.
On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: Sunrise Acres Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited with Ephraim Zook at his farm in Ephrata, PA. Ephraim has been farming vegetables on 60 acres since 2000. More
Livestock Transportation
Livestock Transportation - Videos Videos

Livestock Transportation

Robert E. Mikesell, Dr. Elizabeth Santini

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How to safely move between facilities, to another farm or to a livestock market, during livestock transportation. More
Renting Agricultural Land
Renting Agricultural Land - Videos Videos
Producer interview covering renting agricultural land. More
Introduction to Equipment
Introduction to Equipment - Articles Articles
All farming enterprises will need some type of equipment to produce the products for sale. This may be a $300,000 combine or a $2,000 tractor. More
Tractors and Equipment
Tractors and Equipment - Articles Articles
Tractors and equipment are important for all farms and may be a barrier to entering farming. More
Conversion Factors for English and SI (Metric) Units
Conversion Factors for English and SI (Metric) Units - Articles Articles
This article is intended to serve as a reference for converting many different types of measurements quickly and accurately from one system of units to another. More
On the Road: Plowshare Produce
On the Road: Plowshare Produce - Articles Articles

On the Road: Plowshare Produce

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We visited with Micah and Bethany Spicher Schonberg and Gabby Bedeian at Plowshare Produce, a certified organic farm located in McAlevys Fort in Huntingdon County. More
Land Contract Program Supports Land Owners Selling to New Farmers
Land Contract Program Supports Land Owners Selling to New Farmers - Articles Articles
A land contract is a tool which can be used in transferring land to the next generation farmer as well. More
A Disciplined Contract Process
A Disciplined Contract Process - Articles Articles
Questions to ask when deciding if a contract is necessary and what the terms should be. More
Fence Planning for Horses
Fence Planning for Horses - Articles Articles

Fence Planning for Horses

Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D.

Horse fence can be one of the most attractive features of a horse facility. But not all fence is suitable for horses. More
Photo by Loy Elliot
A Guide to Farming in Pennsylvania: Planning - Articles Articles
Even if you have begun work on a business plan, you may want to review this article in case it brings up issues that you had not yet attended to. More
On the Road: Yarnick's Farm
On the Road: Yarnick's Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: Yarnick's Farm

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Robert Pollock, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

Yarnick’s Farm in Indiana, PA includes 250 acres of outdoor production and 20 greenhouses of varying sizes and shapes. More
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