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You are invited to attend the 1st annual educational farm conference focused on advanced organic production practices. In-depth presentations on current organic farming issues will be provided by speakers from universities with accomplished organic research programs, successful organic farmers and farm industry representatives dedicated to organic production. Sessions will include topics on animal health, dairy, pastured livestock, fruits, vegetables, soil health, pest and weed control. The intent of this conference is to annually support PA’s organic farms with information and discussion on the best of the available organic farming practices. Click here for the full conference agenda.
The conference is being coordinated through the PA Dept. of Agriculture with support from personnel from Rodale Institute, PA Certified Organic (PCO), Organic Valley Dairy, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Certified organic farmers and PA Farm Link.
The conference is scheduled for December 9 & 10, 2014 at the Sheraton in Harrisburg, PA. This conference qualifies for three SmartStart credits from AgChoice Farm Credit. For more information on SmartStart, visit www.agchoice.com. Six credits are also available for Nutrient Management continuing education credits.
Leading Pennsylvania’s economy with $5.7 billion dollar in sales each year, Pennsylvania’s future depends on agriculture. 7.7 million acres are devoted to agriculture use and of those 4.2 million acres (54%) are owned by farmers age 55 and over, according to 2007 NASS agriculture statistics. If agriculture is to remain Pennsylvania’s largest industry it’s imperative for these acres to transition to the next generation of farmers.
Pennsylvania Farm Link, a 501c3 non-profit, is dedicated to the mission of creating farming opportunities for the next generation; with the goal of ensuring farmlands such as these stay in farming. This is accomplished through an online database. Seeking farm land?Click here.Want someone to take over your farm?Click here.Don’t know where to start with your farm transition/succession plan?Click here.Looking for farm business resources?Check out Resource Central.
It is a daunting task. However, Pennsylvania Farm Link’s goal is to serve Pennsylvania agriculture and ensure the 4.2 million acres of Pennsylvania lands remain in agriculture production for many years.
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