2020 PA Veteran Farming Conference

Friday, February 28
PA Military Museum
Boalsburg, PA

In this first-ever PA veteran farming and agribusiness conference, the emphasis is on growing successful businesses. Veterans*, Military, Guard, Reserve, and their Spouses are invited to the full-day workshop.


About the day: Beginning farmers (10 or fewer years) and those with established farms or  agribusinesses will have the opportunity to interact and get guidance on your particular needs from staff from USDA (NRCS, FSA, Rural Development). Attendees will also hone marketing, risk management, and business planning skills while learning from your fellow veterans and professionals from SBA, Start-up Allegheny, SBDC, and more. There will even be a panel on non-profit farms. 


The agenda allows ample time to connect with others in the veteran farming community and share lessons learned.


Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, instructional materials.**

Veterans/Military/Guard/Reserve/their Spouses only:  registration $15​. Seating is limited at the Museum-- early registration is encouraged.


Veterans/Military/Guard/Reserve/their Spouses: February 1-26  $20 

Space permitting, registration for the public will open February 1st: $25 


Arriving Thursday evening? Watch your inbox for pre-conference activities.

The Conference is being hosted with administrative support from the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation.

*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 pavetsfarm@gmail.com to inquire whether a partial scholarship may be available. Please provide your home address in your email and the reason you wish to attend. 


Agenda: Friday, February 28, 2020




Registration, light breakfast

Welcome, Introductions

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

Interest group meetings 

Evalution, next steps for regional workshops

Nearest lodging is at Wyndham Garden State College,+/- 10 minutes from the Museum. Limited number of rooms are available at the military/veteran rate including breakfast. Contact hotel directly.

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 pavetsfarm@gmail.com or 724-691-1087.
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