Invasive Pigweeds Alert!

Please see the attached alert from Penn State Extension. Palmer Amaranth and Waterhemp are new pigweeds that have been found in numerous counties across Pennsylvania and in neighboring states. Invasive Pigweeds To report an infestation of Palmer Amaranth or Waterhemp, please contact your state Department of Agriculture.

Creating a Farm Marketing Kit- Resource Guide

May 16, 2016

This resource is presented by the Mid-Atlantic Women in Agriculture. Through this information packet, you will learn how to develop a compelling package to attract your target market and leverage your worth. This packet covers the elements of a successful marketing kit and includes examples to help you develop an effective brand and complementary materials… Read More >

USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

May 3, 2016

Portable Equipment Can Help Producers, including Small-Scale and Local Farmers, Get Products to Market Quickly COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 29, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor… Read More >

HB 1589 Fiscal Code Becomes Law

May 2, 2016

Last week, House Bill 1589 of the 2015-16 budget became law. This allows for distribution of approximately $25 million of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) budget, which includes $1.5. million for the agriculture research, $5.3 million for the Animal Health Commission, and $5.3 million for the veterinary lab system, as well as funding the… Read More >

Ag Producers Urged to Help Tell Conservation Story

April 21, 2016

Lancaster Farming- April 16, 2016 HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania farmers still have time to help share their individual agriculture conservation stories by completing Penn State’s Survey Research Center’s best management practices survey. The survey, which is to be completed by April 30, was designed to capture those conservation practices farmers have installed — at their… Read More >

Fiscal Code for Agriculture Heads to Governor

April 19, 2016

Authored by: Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade, Special Sections Edition, Lancaster Farming Another hurdle in the 2015-16 Pennsylvania state budget was cleared on Wednesday when the Legislature passed an amended version of House Bill 1589 to amend the state’s fiscal code. For agriculture, the bill transfers about $25 million from the Race Horse Development Fund to… Read More >

PASA announces opening of its new Delaware Valley Sustainability Hub

April 11, 2016

PASA’s 5-Year Plan to Advance Sustainable Agriculture Education Our region faces major challenges in food and farming, including insufficient access to healthy food, soil degradation, and an ongoing loss of farmers and farmland. To bring real change, we need to train a new generation of farmers, advance innovative practices for better farmland stewardship, and effectively… Read More >