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Ag Issues: Helping Fruit & Vegetable Producers Understand Labor Laws
Ag Issues: Helping Fruit & Vegetable Producers Understand Labor Laws - Webinars Webinars
Free
Addresses, workshops, and discussions relating to issues affecting the agricultural community including workforce development, food safety, environmental stewardship, marketing, and consumer literacy. 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
Cattle on pasture. Photo credit: Dr. Jessica Williamson, Penn State Extension
So You Want to Raise Beef Cattle? - Workshops Workshops
In this introductory course, individuals interested in beginning a beef enterprise will be introduced to a variety of topics. More
Image courtesy of wearebloom.org
BLOOM! A Movement to Improve the World Through the Power of Plants - News News
In response to rising plant blindness among American youth, a new campaign is inspiring young people to appreciate the plant world, and to see themselves engaged personally and professionally in that world. More
Sheep and goat producers should keep good records not only for production, but also for financial management.
Sheep and Goat Workshops: Financial Management - Workshops Workshops
Financial management of sheep and goat operations involves a variety of income and expenses. More
New Educator for the Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team
New Educator for the Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Team - News News
Based out of Berks County, Don Seifrit is the new Penn State Extension Educator for the Tree Fruit Team. 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
Trellis in apple orchard
Trellis Construction Workbook - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps

Trellis Construction Workbook

Robert Crassweller, Ph.D., Tara Baugher, Lynn Kime

This tool will assist growers with the decision making process of determining the cost of two trellis systems. 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
Ag Issues: Business Retention, Growth, and Recruitment
Ag Issues: Business Retention, Growth, and Recruitment - Workshops Workshops
Free
Learning sessions on issues of importance to the agricultural community, including workforce development, food safety, environmental stewardship, marketing and consumer literacy. More
Start Farming "Models for the Future"
Start Farming "Models for the Future" - Videos Videos

Start Farming "Models for the Future"

Megan Chawner

8:54

This video shares impacts from a Penn State Extension beginning farmer project to establish on-farm apple demonstration plots, called “Models for the Future”. More
Guide to Farming - Fruits and Vegetables
Guide to Farming - Fruits and Vegetables - Articles Articles
Information for processing and preserving fruits and vegetables. 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
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
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation - Online Courses Online Courses
$89.00
This course is designed for beginning tree fruit growers. Learn to choose an appropriate orchard site, address climate considerations and prepare for planting. More
Successful sheep production in SW PA often takes advantage of pasture resources.
So You Want to Raise Sheep or Goats? - Workshops Workshops
Discover production basics for raising sheep and goats. More
Red Raspberries
Red Raspberry Production - Articles Articles

Red Raspberry Production

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

Raspberry production is well suited to small farms, as a small area of raspberries can provide significant income and equipment needs for an acre or so of raspberries are not great. More
Blueberries
Highbush Blueberry Production - Articles Articles

Highbush Blueberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Blueberries are well suited for small-scale and part-time farm operations. More
Peaches
Peach Production - Articles Articles

Peach Production

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

The life of the orchard is expected to be at least 20 years, so the initial investment may be spread over a longer period of time than many crops. More
Getting Started in Hops Production
Getting Started in Hops Production - Videos Videos

Getting Started in Hops Production

Tanner Delvalle

12:22

There are several important factors that must be considered before growing hops commercially. More
Tree Climbing School
Tree Climbing School - Workshops Workshops
Learn the fundamentals tree maintenance and how to safely climbing trees in this three-day course. More
Retail Farm Market School
Retail Farm Market School - Online Courses Online Courses

Retail Farm Market School

9

6 hours

$169.00
This online course teaches the basics of handling, preparing, and selling produce. Learn hands-on strategies to apply at markets and roadside stands. More
Exploring the Small Farm Dream
Exploring the Small Farm Dream - Workshops Workshops
Are you thinking about starting a farm business? Join us and decide on an action plan that works best for your business goals. More
Beef Production and Management
Beef Production and Management - Online Courses Online Courses

Beef Production and Management

7

19 hours

$199.00
This online course about raising beef cattle covers breeds, establishing facilities, nutrition and reproduction, and marketing and finances. 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
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