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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.
The 2nd Annual Growing Pennsylvania's Organic Farms Winter Conference, focusing on advanced organic marketing and production, is slated for December 15-16, 2015 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey.This year's conference hosts Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Deputy Secretary for Market and Economic Development on the 15th to welcome attendees with the kickoff keynote address.
The premier event provides opportunities for learning from experts in organic farming and networking with farmers, trade partners, and professionals to take organic agriculture to the next level.Included in the conference line up this year are marketing sessions led by Lela Reichart, PDA Bureau Chief of Markets; Brian Moyer, Penn State Extension Program Assistant; and Dr. Jonathon Campbell, Penn State University Meats Specialist.
Educational sessions will be offered by professionals in the organics field.
Dr. Silvia Abel-Caine, Organic Valley Veterinary, “Balanced Nutrition is the Key to Profitable Forage-Based Dairy Farming” and“Sustainable Dairy Farming is Also Profitable in the Northeast”
Dr. Keith Yoder, Virginia Tech, “Fruit Diseases:Organic Management of Fire Blight Without Streptomycin” and “Fruit Diseases: Fungal Disease Challenges in Eastern Organic Apple”
Mr. Jeff Mattocks & Casey Rogers, Fertrell, “The Economics of Pastured Poultry” and “Advanced Pastured Poultry”
Dr. Matt Ryan, Cornell University and Margaret Ball, Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University, “Strategies for Success with Organic Weed Management”
Abby J. Seaman, Cornell University, “Vegetable Disease Pests: The Best Organic Management Options” and “Vegetable Insect Pests: The Best Organic Management Options”
Dr. Heather Darby, University of Vermont, “Organic Grain & Forage Production, Soil Health & Nutrient Management”
Dr. Jonathon Campbell, PSU Meats Specialist, “Understanding Meat Labels & Other Direct Marketing Insights”
This conference is offering a great opportunity to gather useful knowledge in the field of organic farming as well as discuss farming techniques, trends, and experiences with other farmers using organic practices.
Early bird registration is $86 and is open until November 30.Walk in registration fee is $106.Participants can attend a single day for a reduced cost.To register visit www.gpofconference.org <http://paorganic.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d3546698eb26048ca7926e20a&id=01694cd28c&e=d67e9fd32d> or call Michele Brookins at 717-787-5319.
PA Farm Link has two Farm Succession planning workshops planned for 2016: March 19th in Lycoming County and April 7th in Butler County. These workshops are designed to help farm business owners and family members looking to create a succession/transition plan for their farm. Workshops will solidify what you'd like to see happen to your farm while evaluating financial feasibility, legal considerations and management concerns. Registration information will be available in early 2016. For questions or more information, contact PA Farm Link office at 717-705-2121 or email email@example.com and someone will be happy to assist you.
To review the agenda, speakers, and/or to register for the Lycoming County March 19th workshop, click on this Eventbrite Site:
To review the agenda, speakers, and/or to register for the Butler April 7th workshop, click on this Eventbrite Site:
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