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Information on farm management and production budgets for vegetables, including community supported agriculture, crop insurance, farm markets, diversification and produce grower certification. Tips on produce packing and keeping good employees.

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FSMA Produce Safety Rule - Coverage and Exemption Tool
FSMA Produce Safety Rule - Coverage and Exemption Tool - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
This interactive questionnaire is designed to help you determine your regulatory status with respect to the FDA's Produce Safety Rule, under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). More
Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget
Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Models for the Future: Tomato Production Budget

Lynn Kime, Marley E Skinner, Lee Stivers

A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in tomato plantings. More
Models for the Future: Winter Squash Production Budget
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Models for the Future: Winter Squash Production Budget

Lynn Kime, Lee Stivers, Marley E Skinner

A spreadsheet tool for assessing cover crops for improving soil health in winter squash plantings. More
Dave King and his son Eli.
Models for the Future: Harvest Valley Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Harvest Valley Farm

Lee Stivers, Marley E Skinner

Harvest Valley Farms is a fourth generation family farm. The farm is now owned and operated by Larry, Art, and David King. More
Models for the Future: Good Works Farm
Models for the Future: Good Works Farm - Articles Articles

Models for the Future: Good Works Farm

Marley E Skinner, Megan Chawner

Founded in 2011, Good Work Farm feeds 125 families through Community Supported Agriculture Shares (CSA). More
Sweet Corn, Processing
Sweet Corn, Processing - Articles Articles
This publication discusses crop insurance for processing sweet corn in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New York. More
Crop Insurance for Processing Tomatoes
Crop Insurance for Processing Tomatoes - Articles Articles
This publication discusses crop insurance for processing tomatoes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. More
Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training
Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training - Workshops Workshops
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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. More
Parrots made out of tire in Honduras. Photo: E. Sánchez, Penn State
On the Road: La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras - Articles Articles
Recently I spent a week in Honduras as part of a team of researchers working on gender issues in agriculture. More
On the Road: A Visit with Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm
On the Road: A Visit with Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm - Articles Articles

On the Road: A Visit with Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm

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

We visited Brett and Henry Stehr of Kenny Stehr and Sons Farm located in Pitman, Pennsylvania. More
On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market
On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market - Articles Articles

On the Road: 4 Seasons Farm Market

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

We headed up to Susquehanna county to visit 4 Seasons Farm Market. 4 Seasons Farm Market is a 143 acre farm owned and operated by Tina and Gerald Carlin. More
High Tunnel Manual
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High Tunnel Manual

William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

This manual contains basic information on high tunnels, including construction, maintenance, irrigation, pest management and details on growing. More
Toigo Organic Farms sign. Photo: Bill Lamont
On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms - Articles Articles

On the Road: Toigo Organic Farms

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

Toigo Organic Farms is a 5 acre greenhouse farm that grows primarily tomatoes year-round, along with some eggplants and peppers. 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
By Denise Krebs (Heirloom tomatoes) [CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Flickr
Sample Tomato Budget: Heirloom Type - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
Tomato budget for Heirloom type tomatoes. More
By Penny Greb, USDA ARS, via Wikimedia Commons
Sample Tomato Budget: Red Type - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
Interactive budget for red type tomatoes. More
Tomatoes, Fresh-Market, Crop Insurance
Tomatoes, Fresh-Market, Crop Insurance - Articles Articles
Crop insurance for fresh-market tomatoes in Pennsylvania. More
Sweet Corn, Fresh Market
Sweet Corn, Fresh Market - Articles Articles
Crop insurance for fresh market sweet corn in Pennsylvania. More
Crop Insurance for Potatoes
Crop Insurance for Potatoes - Articles Articles
Crop insurance for potatoes in Pennsylvania. More
Processing Beans (Snap and Lima)
Processing Beans (Snap and Lima) - Articles Articles
This publication discusses crop insurance for processing beans (snap and lima) in Pennsylvania. More
Crop Insurance for Green Peas
Crop Insurance for Green Peas - Articles Articles
Crop insurance for green peas in Pennsylvania. 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
Start Farming "Models for the Future" Living Classrooms
Start Farming "Models for the Future" Living Classrooms - Articles Articles

Start Farming "Models for the Future" Living Classrooms

Tara Baugher, Marley E Skinner, Lynn Kime, Mike Basedow

Penn State Extension partners with seven growers across the Commonwealth to provide on-farm demonstrations for new, young, and minority farmers. More
Trading Corn Silage Guide
Trading Corn Silage Guide - Articles Articles
Traditionally farmers traded corn as dry shelled or dry ear and priced it by the bushel – 56 or 70 pounds. This is simple when the commodities are in these stable and uniform forms. 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
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