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2020 PA Veteran Farming Conference

Friday, February 28
PA Military Museum
Boalsburg, PA

By the numbers:

57 veterans/military/spouses attended.

36 responded to the feedback survey.

  • 97% of attendees said the Conference met or exceeded their expectations.

  • 94% said presenters met or exceeded their expectations.

  • 92% had never accessed USDA assistance.

  • 70% plan to contact their local USDA service center.

  • 53% plan to follow up with a veteran farmer them met at the Conference.

  • When asked what you'd like on the agenda for future events, the most common answers were: in-depth marketing and business planning

For the 2021 Conference we will book a larger venue with more break-out capability. We'll program more time for structured networking, probably by production type. 

If you would like to help plan for next year's Conference, please contact the coordinator.


Agenda: Friday, February 28, 2020


FSA Loans, Microloans 

NRCS Technical Assistance, Incentives

Rural Development, Value Added Producer Grants

Business Planning for newer and experienced veterans 

Risk Management in Agritourism

Marketing Case Study Andrew Trexler with Rhonda Smith/The Skirted Soldier

Non-Profit Farms: Pragmatic considerations and pros/cons

Farm Vitality Grant and Networking 

*USDA definition for the purposes of this  grant-funded event: The term “Veteran Farmer or Rancher” means a producer who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof; was released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable. 

**USDA grant guidelines do not permit us to offer a stipend to veterans to attend. If distance from your home requires on overnight stay to attend the conference and this presents a financial hardship, contact the Project Director at to inquire whether a partial scholarship may be available. Please provide your home address in your email and the reason you wish to attend. 


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Thank you to  Evergreen Farms of Spruce Creek, PA, and Friends of Glenn Thompson, for your support of the Conference. Please contact the Project Director for other sponsorship opportunities at or 724-691-1087.
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