Information on farm management and budgeting for fruit crops, including planning and planting an orchard, crop insurance, diversification and tree fruit production budgets. Tips on labor laws, cooperatives and the Young Grower Alliance.
This video illustrates potential impacts on farm businesses due to the newest rules from the US Dept of Labor.
This article discusses crop insurance for apples in Pennsylvania and New York.
More Articles ByJayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.
Apples may be grown in many parts of the country and lend themselves well to part-time farming operations.
You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country.
Planning and Preparing a Site for a New Orchard Begins 2 to 3 Years Ahead of Planting. Mistakes made in planning and planting an orchard cannot easily be reversed.
More Articles ByJayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime
Cooperatives are an ancient concept where a group works together to meet common needs. This informal arrangement evolved over time into a business organization.
More Articles ByLynn Kime, Winifred W. Mc Gee
This document includes a checklist of the information you will need to contact an insurance provider to purchase crop insurance.
This article discusses crop insurance for grapes in Pennsylvania.
More Videos ByLynn Kime, Kathy Kelley, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D. Length4:06
Producer video describing a CSA. Learn the benefits and challenges of operating a CSA.
More Articles ByMontserrat Fonseca Estrada
Cultural sensitivity is a set of skills that enables us to learn about and understand people who are different from ourselves, thereby becoming better able to serve them within their own communities.
More Articles ByJayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John Berry, Lynn Kime
Retailing directly to consumers can be a viable alternative marketing strategy and means of increasing profits for many small-scale agricultural ventures.
More Articles ByLynn Kime, Jeffrey Hyde, Ph.D.
By diversifying, you are spreading the downside risk over more than one enterprise.
As a new farmer, managing employees can be a huge challenge.
Think about who your ideal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member is. Find them and keep them.
WhenMultiple Options Available
Fruit and vegetable growers will learn about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety.