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Adding value takes countless forms.
Marketing Value Added Products - Articles Articles
Designing and implementing effective strategies for value-added marketing depends on significant effort. The tasks getting farm products to a consumer offer multiple opportunities to grow a business. More
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Marketing Your Value-Added Dairy Products - Articles Articles
Marketing can be a challenging aspect of operating an artisan or farmstead dairy. Farmstead dairy processors must stay up-to-date on marketing factors including consumer trends, the competition, market outlets and pricing. More
SAY Clearinghouse alignment with AFNR Standards: AS.02.
Positive Animal Handling (Stockmanship) on Dairy Farms Curriculum by UMASH - Articles Articles
Curriculum developed by the Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health Center aligns with the following AFNR Standards: AS.02 - High Alignment. More
SAY Clearinghouse: Aligns with AFRN CS.03, AS.02, PS.03 and PST.02.
Farm Safety Video Series by National Farmers Union - Articles Articles
Farm safety video series developed by the National Farmers Union aligns with the following AFNR Standards: CS.03, AS.02, PS.03 and PST.02 - Low Alignment. More
Aligns with AFNR Standards: CS.03 and AS.02.
Needlestick Prevention Resources by UMASH - Articles Articles
Resource developed by the Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health Center aligns with the following AFNR Standards: CS.03 and AS.02 - Low Alignment. More
Managing Small Woodlots
Managing Small Woodlots - Articles Articles

Managing Small Woodlots

David R. Jackson, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., James Finley, Ph.D.

Woodlot owners can improve your woods for the future or cause damage from which it might not recover for generations. More
Estate Planning for Pennsylvania Farm Families
Estate Planning for Pennsylvania Farm Families - Articles Articles

Estate Planning for Pennsylvania Farm Families

Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Lynn Kime, Ashley Ellixson, Paul Goeringer

It's time to get a dialogue started with family to determine a strategy for transferring farm assets that can help minimize stress and the potential tax burdens on your heirs. More
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Are You Pricing Your Custom Services Correctly? - Articles Articles
The prices you set for your services should move you toward achieving your long-term business goals. At the same time, consider how you are looking to position yourself in the business landscape. More
Mapping your demographics will help you spend your marketing budget wisely.
Marketing Research Basics: Identifying Your Target Market - Articles Articles
If you plan on direct marketing of your farm products, marketing research plays a crucial role in the development of a marketing strategy and plan. More
Cucumber
Cucumber Production - Articles Articles

Cucumber Production

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Michael Orzolek, Ph.D., Steve Bogash

Multiple markets exist for growers with fewer than 5 acres, and many field operations, such as land preparation, planting, and harvesting, can be custom hired. More
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Non-Grain Ag Inputs for the Local Craft Beverage Industry - Articles Articles
Learn about growing alternative agricultural inputs for the local craft beverage industry in western PA. More
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Value of Growing for the Local Craft Beverage Industry - Articles Articles
What is the value to farmers of growing inputs for the local craft beverage industry in western PA? More
There Is An “I” in Team: The Four I's of Leadership Explained
There Is An “I” in Team: The Four I's of Leadership Explained - Articles Articles
There is a growing interest from business to encourage leadership skills, develop leadership abilities, and build leadership knowledge. More
Inspirational Leadership Matters: The Four I's of Leadership
Inspirational Leadership Matters: The Four I's of Leadership - Articles Articles
There is a growing interest from business to encourage leadership skills, develop leadership abilities, and build leadership knowledge. More
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Grant and Loan Opportunities for Starting your Farm - Articles Articles
There is very little grant money available but here are a few resources for loan and grant organizations to help you as you start or grow your farm. More
John Grande, Snyder Research Station showing how to modify your sprayer.
Better Coverage From Your Backpack Sprayer - Articles Articles
If you rely on a backpack sprayer, it is important to choose the right sprayer, calibrate correctly, measure correctly and use the right nozzles. More
SAY Clearinghouse: Aligns with AFRN CS.03 and PST.02.
HICAHS - ATV Safety Training Videos - Articles Articles
Aligns with the following AFNR standard(s): CS.03 and PST.02. This resource was developed by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Ag Health and Safety. More
Adding value is about exceeding buyer expectation.
Value Added - What, Why, How? - Articles Articles
Sometimes I feel as though value-added is promoted as a certain road to success. To maintain and grow an economically viable business we would expect profitability. Value-added is not a risk-free path to achieving profits. More
SAY Clearinghouse: Aligns with AFRN CS.03
Water Quality: Is There a Point? - Articles Articles
Aligns with the following AFNR standard(s): CS.03. This resource was developed by the Penn State Pesticide Education Program. More
Food Entrepreneurs
Food Entrepreneurs - Articles Articles

Food Entrepreneurs

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Are you looking to start a new food business? Are you an existing business looking for information on how to maximize your profitability? More
First Steps to a Marketing Strategy
First Steps to a Marketing Strategy - Articles Articles
As a small or beginning farmer, marketing takes on a special importance as you’re likely unable to rely on past relationships with consumers or the ability to produce large quantities for buyers. More
Good Roots Farm está bordeada por una calle muy transitada y muchos edificios. Foto: Francesco Di Gioia, Extensión de Penn State
En el Camino: Agricultura Urbana en Philadelphia - Articles Articles

En el Camino: Agricultura Urbana en Philadelphia

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D., Thomas McCann

Ayer viajamos a Philadelphia para visitar fincas urbanas. More
Nice Roots Farm is bordered by a busy street and many buildings. Photo: Francesco Di Gioia, Penn State
On the Road: Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia - Articles Articles

On the Road: Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Thomas McCann, Francesco Di Gioia, Ph. D., Robert Berghage, Ph.D.

The Extension On the Road crew traveled to Philadelphia to meet farmers and their community partners and get a look at how farming is used to build community, as educational spaces, and to produce food in urban areas. More
Early peaches. Photo: Don Seifrit, Penn State
Peaches: Harvest and Postharvest Handling - Articles Articles
Peach cultivars have different markers of quality at harvest that determine readiness to be picked, but all cultivars should be harvested in a fashion that allows for the best taste and storability. More
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How to Choose Which Social Media Sites to Use - Articles Articles
Social media use has become widespread across the U.S. With the number of social media sites that exist, as a business owner or organizational leader you may have the question “What social media site should I use?” More
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