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Sat, Feb 27


Virtual Event

2021 PA Veteran Farming Conference

This year's event will feature veterans farming in PA sharing lessons learned, and service providers from USDA, Extension, and other partner organizations, in a virtual format due to Covid-19. Early registration for veterans/military/family members opens Jan. 1, 2021. Scroll down for Agenda.

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2021 PA Veteran Farming Conference
2021 PA Veteran Farming Conference

Time & Location

Feb 27, 2021, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Virtual Event


About the event

Scheduled Presentations

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NRCS Projects On the Ground: Wendy Karrasch*, Veterans Special Emphasis Program Manager, NRCS will moderate as Paul McNamara*,St. Ann’s Cattle Company, Carlisle, and Tim Wagner*, Wayward Goats, Newville, share photos of projects on the ground and discuss the process of working with their local NRCS staff.

Farm Finance: Whether you need money to buy land, or are planning to scale up, there are options. Join Larry Daugherty* Heritage Farms; Farm Services Agency staff; and Mitch Freeman* of AgChoice Farm Credit as they discuss funding streams.

Set Yourself up for Success: Scaling Up from Farmstead to Sales for Produce, Poultry, Meat Producers Panel--Decoding the Regs on Prepared foods Panel.  Poultry, Beef, Produce/HACCP/FSMA; Josh Scheinberg*, PADA; Jeff Stoltzfus, Jon Campbell, Martin Buscovage, Rick Kralj Food Penn State Extension

Creating Consumer Friendly Bulk Meat Sales During Covid and Beyond: While the pandemic has increased demand for locally-grown meat and poultry, producers have grappled with bottlenecks at processors. Join Giana VanNice*, Blue Dog Farms; Matt Leroux, Cornell University for a session on overcoming obtacles creatively.

Legal Liability, Agritourism, & Insurance: Protect your assets proactively. Ross Pifer, Esq. Penn State Agricultural Law Center; Monet Bottenfield, Good Insurance Co., Farm Cert. Agent

Small Ruminants Session: FAMACHA & WormX; Goat lessons learned. Featuring Melanie Barkley, Penn State Extension with her guests Brion McClintock* & Alicia Decker*, The Tenpenny Farm; and Kaitlyn Leonard, Heritage Meadows Farm

Getting Started in Beekeeping TBD

Farm to Fork to Festival: Working with Chefs, Food Trucks Hear from executive chef Jason Puyear* what small producers need to know about selling to restaurants. Then, join Michael* and Sharon Reifsnyder and Larry Daugherty* as they share their experiences operating food trucks.

Grants Panel: What's Open, What's Coming, and how 3 Veterans Got their Grants: Dan* & Melissa Hubbard, Hubbard Family Ranch; James* & Becky Cornwell, Nine Pines Farm; Corey Read*, Shupp Hill Farm, moderated by PAVFP Director Mimi Thomas-Brooker.

With special short presentations like PA Beef Center of Excellence, AgrAbility PA, Keystone Plant 10 Million Trees Partnership, and more!

THANK YOU to the USDA 2501 program, AgChoice/MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Keystone Plant 10 Million Trees Partnership, and Food Moxie for their support!


  • Military/Veteran/Spouse

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  • General Public

    Suggested donation in support of the PA Veteran Farming Project's work $15.

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