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

Time & Location

Feb 27, 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
  • General Public

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