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Penn State University – Sea Grant

PA Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

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 Aquaculture Association
Information about Aquaculture across the United States.

General Agriculture

Farmers’ Market Requirements-PA Department of Agriculture

PA Department of Agriculture–Farmland Preservation Program

PA Grazing Lands Coalition

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.

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.

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.

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 Coalition
Farmer’s markets resources.

Livestock / Dairy

PA Grazing Lands Coalition

Center for Beef Excellence

The Center for Beef Excellence is a non-profit organization and was originally established in 2008 as part of Governor Edward G. Rendell’s Pennsylvania Beef Task Force.

CBE seeks to partner with others in the beef industry to achieve our vision of creating a “vibrant, cohesive Pennsylvania beef industry”. The mission of CBE is: “To foster collaboration, drive profitability and enhance productivity for Pennsylvania beef producers.”

CBE initiatives focus on education, production and management, advisory teams and support to other organizations to strengthen the beef industry across Pennsylvania.

Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence

Pennsylvania's Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence was established in 2019 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Wolf Administration as a part of the historic Pennsylvania Farm Bill. Producer led via a self-governed Board of Directors, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the Center is designed to serve as a catalyst for innovation and the continued strength of the growing poultry, swine and small ruminant industries across the state.

Center for Dairy Excellence
The Center for Dairy Excellence assists dairy farm families in the decision-making process and serves as a catalyst for collaboration to strengthen the broader industry. The Dairy Excellence Foundation supports programs that cultivate and inspire the next generation of Pennsylvania 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.


Farmers’ Market Requirements-PA Department of Agriculture

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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