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Penn State University – Sea Grant

Penn State University – Penn State Extension – Fisheries Info
Information on fishery ponds in Pennsylvania, Aquaculture, how to control birds at aquaculture facilities, and common causes for fish kills.

Mansfield University

Aquaculture Research and Education Laboratory
Cheyney University has developed an academic/professional specialization for aquaculture (the culture and growing of aquatic animals and plants in controlled environments) research and education on its campus in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Northeast Regional Aquaculture Center
Technical information relating to the Northeast Aquaculture industry.

The National Association of Aquaculture Coordinators
Coordinators are responsible for coordinating aquaculture programs at the State level.

The National Aquaculture Association
Information about Aquaculture across the United States.

General Agriculture

Ag Business Development Center (ABDC)
The Ag Business Development Center was recently created by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to assist farmers with business planning for their operations.

TAG Construction LLC
Provides drone services to farmers / agronomists / agriculture Certified MbE/WBE/DBE/SBE/EDWOSB Owner: Tara Graham *covers entire state of Pennsylvania

USDA Risk Management Agency
Crop insurance information.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
AMS compiles and disseminates information that will aid producers, consumers, and distributors in the sale and purchase of livestock, meat, grain, and their related products nationally and internationally. Market reports available on this site.

TAA Online Farmer Training
Free online courses covering various farm business topics and crops.

Rural Tax Education
Rural tax education that provides farmers agricultural related income and self-employment tax information that is both up to date and easy to comprehend.

State Association of Conservation Districts
Non-profit organization that supports, enhances, and promotes Pennsylvania’s conservation districts and their programs.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Pennsylvania agriculture programs.

Penn State Extension Farm Food Safety
Helping agricultural producers tackle new food safety challenges.

Oregon Small Farms
Oregon Small Farms provides information for the commercial small farmer as well as the small acreage landowner.

Ohio State University Extension
Educational resources for agriculture and related areas.

NC Cooperative Extension Chatham County Center
Small farms resource page.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides assistance to farmers, private landowners, and foresters to address natural resource concerns on their land by implementing various conservation practices that improve soil, water and air quality and enhance animal health and habitat.

Food Safety and Inspection Service
The public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Farmers’ Market Management Network
Farmer’s markets resources.

Livestock / Dairy

USDA Organic Dairy Compliance Course

A new course on Organic Dairy Compliance is now available in the free, online Organic Integrity Learning Center. The course provides an overview of the USDA organic livestock standards with a special focus on dairy operations. Target audiences include certifiers, inspectors and reviewers who assess organic dairies for compliance with the USDA organic regulations, as well organic livestock and dairy operations interested in gaining a better understanding of the federal requirements.

Course lessons include:

  • Livestock Requirements Refresher
  • Defining the Grazing Season
  • Discontinuous Grazing and Confinement
  • Best Practices for Inspecting Dairy Operations

Access the New Course

Maryland Small Ruminant Page
The Maryland Small Ruminant Page serves as an information portal for sheep and goat producers and anyone else with an interest in small ruminant production.

Center for Dairy Excellence
CDE has valuable information to help you make better decisions in your role as a stakeholder in Pennsylvania's dairy industry.


Rodale Institute – Veteran Farming Program
  Our primary program is a partnership between Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University. The Organic Farming Certificate Program,, is a program that received a USDA, NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) grant in December 2014. This program is open to all veterans and civilians who are interested in organic agriculture. Veterans are able to use their GI Bill and civilians can apply for financial aid with the certificate program. Our secondary program, the Veteran Farmer Training Program offers tailored, flexible, two-to-four month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance. This program targets the needs of those veterans who are interested in organic agriculture, but are not sure if they want to make a career change into agriculture or who do not want to return to a college setting. This training can occur at Rodale Institute in Kutztown, PA and applicants are able to apply from April to September. This is a link to the application for this program, This program is funded through grants received from Newman’s Own Foundation and a donor in the Lehigh Valley who wishes to remain anonymous. This program is exclusive to veterans.

USDA National Organic Program (NOP)
Regulations and guidance on certification, production, handling, and labeling of USDA organic products.

The Rodale Institute
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach.

Organic Food and Farming Education & Research Program (OFFER)
Provides outstanding research and educational support for sustainable production, processing, and marketing organic foods.

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