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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.
Great information shared at the Chester County PA Farm Link Farmland Leasing Workshop July 22nd. Attorney Sean High, PSU shared valued information on leasing needs and Mr. Jim Moore, Elverson, Pa discussed how drones were beneficial in the agricultural industry.
A PA Farm Link Incentive Program For Aspiring New Farmers.
Starting a new farm operation can prove challenging, especially in today’s culture and market place. PA Farm Link is working on a Beginning Farmer Specialty Crop Certification Program for Beginning or New Farmers looking to find land to lease or purchase through the PA Farm Link database system to use to raise specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops).
Goals for this program are:
To help beginning specialty crop farmers improve their farm operation plans;
Offer accessibility to agricultural educational opportunities;
To assist new specialty crop farmers in finding land appropriate for their farming goals;
To help aspiring new farmers start a farming operation that will have success and be sustainable.
Expectations for certification include:
*Completing educational programs either online or face-to-face and/or recognition for approved programs already completed. Agricultural related post-secondary education degrees and/or classes will be recognized.
*Experience working on a farm and/or completion of online courses (examples: PSU Master Gardner, the Horn Farm Center internships, The Seed Farm program)
*Completing a business plan. The University of Minnesota offers good resources https://agplan.umn.edu/
*Writing a resume and cover letter.
Those who complete this program will have incentive perks through the PA Farm Link database system when attempting to “link entering farmers with landowners”. We often visit with farm business owners who express the need for interested parties to have goals and experience in farming. This certification program will aid our new or beginning specialty crop farmers to have an advantage when it comes to linking PFL Entering Farmers to a Landowner.
Applicants who have already completed programs such as: AgBiz Masters, Small Farm Dream, PSU Master Gardner, the Horn Farm Center internships, The Seed Farm program or similar incubator programs and who have some type of farming experience will have advanced certification status.
If you are interested in signing up for this program through PA Farm Link please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject “Beginning Specialty Crop Farmer Certification Program”. Interested parties will be sent an application and information required for this program.
** The PA Farm Link Beginning Farmer Certification Program will be based on the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program
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