Business Management

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.

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2016 New Labor Law and Farming
2016 New Labor Law and Farming - Videos Videos

2016 New Labor Law and Farming

John Berry

5:10

This video illustrates potential impacts on farm businesses due to the newest rules from the US Dept of Labor. More
Ag Issues
Ag Issues - Workshops Workshops

Ag Issues

12/20/2017

Gettysburg, PA

Free
Learning sessions on issues of importance to the agricultural community, including workforce development, food safety, environmental stewardship, and consumer literacy. More
Apple Crop Insurance
Apple Crop Insurance - Articles Articles
This article discusses crop insurance for apples in Pennsylvania and New York. More
Golden Delicious Apples
Apple Production - Articles Articles

Apple Production

Jayson 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. 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
One Year Old Apple Planting. Photo credit: Tara Baugher.
Beginning Grower: Planning and Planting an Orchard - Articles Articles
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
Cooperatives
Cooperatives - Articles Articles

Cooperatives

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., James Dunn, 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 formal business organization. More
Crop Insurance
Crop Insurance - Articles Articles

Crop Insurance

Lynn 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. More
Crop Insurance for Grapes
Crop Insurance for Grapes - Articles Articles
This article discusses crop insurance for grapes in Pennsylvania. More
CSA
CSA - Videos Videos

CSA

Lynn Kime, Kathy Kelley, Ph.D., Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

4:06

Producer video describing a CSA. Learn the benefits and challenges of operating a CSA. More
Photo by T. Baugher
Cultural Sensitivity in the Workplace - Articles Articles

Cultural Sensitivity in the Workplace

Montserrat 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
Developing a Roadside Farm Market
Developing a Roadside Farm Market - Articles Articles

Developing a Roadside Farm Market

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., John Berry, James Dunn, Ph.D., 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
Diversification of Your Operation, Why
Diversification of Your Operation, Why - Articles Articles

Diversification of Your Operation, Why

Lynn Kime, Jeffrey Hyde, Ph.D.

By diversifying, you are spreading the downside risk over more than one enterprise. More
Finding and Keeping Good Employees
Finding and Keeping Good Employees - Articles Articles
As a new farmer, managing employees can be a huge challenge. More
Finding and Keeping your CSA Members
Finding and Keeping your CSA Members - Articles Articles
Think about who your ideal Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member is. Find them and keep them. More
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