COVID-19 Resources for Farmers & Markets

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Fundamentals of IPM: In the Field

Taking Integrated Pest Management techniques into the field all season long can prevent headaches and improve your farm’s profitability.

Farm Incubator Programs: Three Approaches

Farm incubator programs offer a lower-risk, more financially accessible path toward starting a farm.

COVID-19 Hazard Pay

Hazard pay available for essential workers in Pennsylvania, including farmers who sell their products at farmers market or farm stands, and food and meat processors. Essential workers who make between $7.25 and $20 per hour can earn an additional $3 per hour for ten weeks (August 16–October 24) with hazard pay. Employers must apply for […]

Water Farming: Managing Agricultural Lands for Clean & Safe Water

Per dollar spent, improving agricultural practices is one of our best investments toward clean and safe water.

Fundamentals of IPM: Perspectives from the Orchard

In this webinar, Ike Kershner shares his evolution in thought and application of IPM principles at North Star Orchard, from the farm’s beginning nearly 30 years ago to the present day.

COVID-19: PDA Fresh Food Financing Initiative

Pennsylvania is introducing a new and complementary grant program to the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, for retailers that have been impacted by COVID-19. Award maximums range from $15,000 to $1 million: The deadline to apply is August 14, 2020.

Fundamentals of IPM: Weed Management Panel

A discussion on IPM approaches to weed control, including tools, preparation, and the “weed the soil, not the crop” concept, which has influenced organic farmers around the world for more than 30 years.

Biosecurity for Pastured Pork Farms

Establishing biosecurity protocols on your farm helps keep animals healthy by preventing the spread of pathogens—even in the muddiest of pastures!

Fundamentals of IPM: Recognizing & Managing Disease in Vegetable Crops

In this webinar, we review both common and some not-so-common diseases in the most important vegetable crops in the Northeast and Upper Mid-Atlantic.

Fundamentals of IPM: Greenhouses & Hoophouses

This webinar addresses the key building blocks of an IPM approach to farm management, focusing on methods farmers can utilize in greenhouses and hoop houses, through the experience of Peace Tree Farm.

Pastured Pork Fundamentals

Learn about the pitfalls and rewards of raising pigs on pasture in rotation with other crops, including strategies for feed, bedding, fencing, shelter, pasture management, and crop rotation.  

Reopening? Update Your Farm COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The CDC has issued new guidance to support farm workers and their employers to continue to limit the spread of the virus.

Pastured Livestock Efficiency Benchmark Worksheet

This worksheet is a starting point for benchmarking your pastured livestock farm’s land and feed efficiency.

Scaling Up Pastured Livestock Production: Benchmarks for Getting the Most Out of Feed & Land

What would it take to make pastured systems the mainstream model of animal agriculture? And how might scaling up affect land use and the environment?

Grass-fed Genetics

What makes a good grass-fed cow? Learn about the genetics and breeding for the grass-fed animal.

COVID-19 Forum: Safe Farmers Markets for Cities

During this forum for cities, municipalities, and market managers, you’ll learn how others have opened and navigated the logistics of safely opening farmers markets within their own locales.

COVID-19 Farmer Forum: Discussion With Pa. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Pennsylvania Agriculture Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook provide an update on how agriculture is faring in the state during the pandemic and respond to farmers’ questions. 

Grass, Grain & the Developing Rumen

How does grain affect rumen development in the pre-weaned calf?

Aggregation, Distribution & Delivery

A weekly virtual forum for farmers and markets as we work together to adapt our operations and business plans during the coronavirus pandemic.

New COVID-19 Financial Support Available to Farmers

What financial assistance is available to farms and small businesses impacted by COVID-19?

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