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A market for local barley exists. Can it be profitable?
Exploring the Feasibility of Growing Malt Barley in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
While the growth in demand for locally sourced farm products seems to continue the complexity of a new market should be explored. More
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2018 Food Flavor Trends - Articles Articles

2018 Food Flavor Trends

Molly Berntsen, Heather E. Manzo

Using these previews early in the market season can assist with seed selection and inspire seasonal flavors for all manner of value added goods, farm markets and farmers markets! More
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Customer Acquisition: What You Need To Know - Articles Articles

Customer Acquisition: What You Need To Know

Molly Berntsen, Heather E. Manzo

When it comes to customer acquisition and customer retention rates, it is worth the time to learn a few basic principles! More
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Find Your Niche: Cultivating Customers that Share Your Passion for Your Business - Articles Articles
Every business needs a market-driven strategy to identify, target and reach customers looking for the unique attributes found in its products and services. More
Table Grape Production
Table Grape Production - Articles Articles

Table Grape Production

Lynn Kime, Steve Bogash

The initial investment for grapes can be high depending on the production method chosen, land preparation, and initial investment in the vines. More
2017 Pennsylvania Farm Fatal Injury Summary
2017 Pennsylvania Farm Fatal Injury Summary - Articles Articles

2017 Pennsylvania Farm Fatal Injury Summary

Douglas Schaufler, Ph.D., P.E., Michael Pate, Ph.D., Serap Gorucu

Annual summaries of farm fatalities help identify hazards and risks associated with production agriculture. More
Attractive displays enhance sales.
Creating Effective Displays - Articles Articles
Retail marketing is an art form as well as a science. Customers use all their senses when making purchasing decisions. More
Marketing is the management function generating revenue.
Retail Farm Market - Pricing - Articles Articles
The attraction of moving up the market channel is obvious. One of the challenges is an effective pricing strategy. More
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide
Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide - Articles Articles

Use Personal Gas Monitors to Avoid Exposure to Toxic Hydrogen Sulfide

Dan Hofstetter, Eileen E. Fabian (Wheeler), Ph.D., Michael Pate, Ph.D.

Gas monitoring is always recommended when working around toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide. Fortunately, affordable portable personal gas monitors are available for on-farm use. More
How do we combine land, labor and capital?
What is "Business Management'? - Articles Articles
The basic resources at the manager’s disposal are land, labor, capital (buildings, machinery, equipment, livestock, cash, credit) and management. More
Effective grain marketing is about confidence.
A Few Concepts on Marketing Commodity Grains - Articles Articles
Enhanced confidence in the ability to effectively market grain typically comes with a continuous exploration of concepts, market trends and historical information. More
Tree Fruit Budget Tools
Tree Fruit Budget Tools - Articles Articles

Tree Fruit Budget Tools

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

Every two years the faculty and extension personnel update the Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide. Within the Guide are budgets for tree fruit production. More
SAY Clearinghouse: Aligns with AFRN CS.03, AS.02, PS.03 and PST.02.
Immigrant Dairy Worker Health and Safety - Articles Articles
Aligns with the following AFNR standard(s): CS.03, AS.02, PS.03 and PST.02. This curriculum was developed by the Migrant Clinicians Network. More
Supporting Farmers in their Start-Up and Establishing Years
Supporting Farmers in their Start-Up and Establishing Years - Articles Articles
Penn State has teamed up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. More
Young Latino growers learn how to scout an orchard during a hands-on field training.
Learning Preferences of Next Generation Farmers - Articles Articles

Learning Preferences of Next Generation Farmers

Tara Baugher, Héctor Núñez Contreras, Kelly Lowery

Penn State Extension has been assessing how best to tailor our outreach and extension programming for those of you who will be the next generation of farmers. More
Zenik Crespo (back, right) assists Hispanic participants as they identify weeds at Johnston’s Everygreen Nursery in Erie. Photo: L. Follett, Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery
Bilingual Workshops Teach Integrated Weed Management - Articles Articles
Penn State Extension has developed new resources for weed management and is beginning to offer bilingual training opportunities. More
Mowing the sudex cover crop at the blueberry site at Five Elements Farm. The sudex was sown to compete against weeds, and was incorporated to add organic matter to the soil. Photo by J. Bozzelli.
Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm - Articles Articles

Adding Small Fruits to Your Small Farm

Marley E Skinner, Robert Pollock, Mike Basedow

Consider diversifying your farm by adding small fruit like blueberries or strawberries. 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
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Direct Marketing - Where to Begin - Articles Articles
Tips and important considerations when it comes to direct marketing for your farm. More
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Climate Change and Fiscal Sustainability - Articles Articles
Are you aware of the conservation and risk management programs available to your farm? More
Communicating Thorny Issues to Customers and Media
Communicating Thorny Issues to Customers and Media - Articles Articles
How does your business communicate about controversial food production issues with your customers? 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
Generator Checkup: Meaningful Maintenance for Safe Service
Generator Checkup: Meaningful Maintenance for Safe Service - Articles Articles
Is your generator prepared for a power outage at your farmstead or business? 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
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
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