Safe Agritourism provides walkthroughs and checklists for farms hosting the public.

Agritourism Resources from Cornell Cooperative Extension

 ATTRA's tip sheets cover info from agritourism to selling on the internet to developing

your marketing plan. View them. 


Working Trees for Livestock from NRCS


American Beekeepers Association toolkit for beginners

Heroes to Hives is a unique program through Michigan State University Extension that seeks to

address financial and personal wellness of veterans through professional training and community

development centered around beekeeping. The nine-month, online course is available free to veterans

and their dependents.


Business Planning:

Details of a Small Farm Business Plan  by Lauren Arcuri-good article on why you need one, and 

what to include


AgChoice Credit's free online tools for business planning

Businss Plan Template

Balance Sheet and Income Projection Form

Building a Balance Sheet Guide

Farm Financial Assessment Guide

Basics of Recordkeeping Guide

Monthly Cash Flow Budget Form

 PA Small Business Development Center

 Free business consultation us FREE: business plans, and finding lenders, 

improving your credit score prior to approaching banks, marketing, etc.


AgPlan from University of Minnesota: Free, online business planning. Customize by type: Ag - Commodity,

Ag - Value-Added, Organic Transition, Personal Plan, Small Business

Michigan State Extension's Business Plan Template is user-friendly and a good first step.

Small Business Development Centers can review and help you refine your plan

prior to approaching financers.


Small Business Toolkit  from MetroAction (Scranton)--not ag-specific the tools can be adapted

to any small business. 

--Small business checklist

--Business plan template

How to Determine Fair Farmland Rental Rates   (From Cornell Small Farms program)

Comprehensive site with variety of resources for women-owned (and other)

businesses: Chatham University's Women's Business Center

Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Growing a Business in PA Download it.

National Farmers Union farm business health check-up  and business toolbox.

Selecting your business structure is key to risk management and business success.

Download Farmers' Guide to Business Structures free,  published by SARE.


2021 NRCS one-pager


Conservation Tax Credit: Conservation Easements

Manure management plan workbook: If you have livestock (except dogs) that make manure, you need one. 


NRCS Fact Sheet for Military/Veterans  Veterans' preference eligibility for EQIP and CSP

PA REAP tax credits for conservation best managment practices

Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Districts provide education on nutrient management, conservation practices, etc.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture  funding, cost share info


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service---PA Programs and financial assistance to prevent soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters


You county Conservation District provides technical assistance for ag, erosion & sedimentation control, manure

management plans, forestry, and works with local NRCS staff. Find yours. Some CDs provide more varied

services than others, but if the resources you need isn't available in your county, they will refer you to appropriate

service providers. Not available in Philadelphia.

Disaster Preparedness:

Disaster Programs (USDA) At a Glance

Navigating Disaster Preparedness for Farmers

Is my address in a federal disaster area?


Farmers with disabilities:

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians  assists farmers by linking them to potential resources and providing support to farmers with a disability or long-term health conditions.

Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) helps people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians get the assistive technology they need with the following programs:

  • Low-interest and 0% interest financial loans

  • Information and assistance about possible funding resources


Food Safety:

 The GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GHP (Good Handling Practices) Program provides direct financial support through cost sharing of applicable certification fees to producers and processors who successfully complete a USDA GAP or GHP audit. Learn more.

Download Eggs/Fruit/Vegetables application.

Download PSU Extension GAP overview brochure.


Funding:  Go to Finances

Learn about registering your farm property with USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA), your first step in accessing loans and cost share programs. 

USDA Farm Service Agency—PA offices  Find your local office for a variety of financial programs, including loans

Land acquisition/Succession Planning

Pennsylvania's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit permits an owner of agricultural assets to take a tax credit against tax

due for the sale or rental of agricultural assets to a beginning farmer equal to 5% of the lesser of the sale price or the fair market value of the agricultural asset (up to $32,000), or 10% of the gross rental income in each of the first, second, and third years of a rental agreement (up to $7,000 per year).

Beginning Farmer Realty Transfer Tax Exemption: Act 13 of 2019 states that realty transfer tax shall not be imposed upon a transfer of real estate that is subject to an agricultural conservation easement established under authority of the Act of June 30, 1981 (P.L. 128, No. 43), known as the “Agricultural Area Security Law,” to a qualified beginner farmer.


Farmers' Guide to Business Structures by Farm Commons, published by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.   Information on LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships and More


Rural farmers who need  legal advice on contracting, business entity

formation, reviewing leases for wind/solar energy or oil/gas

extraction, or developing model agreements or ordinances--Penn States Rural Economic 

Development clinic matches students studying law with farms needing assistance. See their

website for more info;  email professor Ross Pifer at with detailed background

and request information to apply.

 The Farmer's Market Legal Toolkit  includes legal resources, best practice

recommendations, and case studies for market leaders on selecting and enhancing

business structures, accepting SNAP benefits, and managing common risks.

Food Safety Modernization Act--does it apply to your farm? Find out here.

Marketing Poultry Slaughtered Under USDA Exemption  fact sheet


PA AgMap listing online agricultural business directory

PA One Stop  Mapping Module allows you to generate high quality maps using aerial imagery to   meet  regulatory requirements of  Manure Management Plan and your Conservation Plan. Maps may be saved and edited online, and printed.



Changes in social media algorithms are making it harder to reach audiences. 

Watch our 3 minute video for  practical tips.

Farm Branding: Selling Your Products Through Story (NCAT)

Cornell Small Farms Guide to Direct Marketing Poultry & LIvestock

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service offers grants--most requiring partial matches--

to support CSAs, local food chains, farmers markets, etc.  Download the 2019 fact sheet.

47 Marketing Tips for CSA's 

Farm Marketing 101--the basics  Download it

PA Preferred/Homegrown by Heroes is a marketing tool for veteran-grown products.

Poultry Marketing fact sheet from Penn State Extension           


On-farm Mortality Composting info from Penn State


Grazing Plan Workbook Download

Coordinating Farm Labor Across Farms: A Toolbox for Diversified Farmers and Farmworkers,

by Courtney Berner, Erin Hannum, and Kelly Maynard Download​

PSU Crop Insurance information

Surplus Property:

PA's veteran owned business surplus property program offers a wide variety of federal and state

surplus property. Federal Surplus Property Program  

Eligibility for federal in PA

Registering your veteran-owned business with the VA

State surplus property program    




A GUIDE TO FEDERAL PROGRAMS for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food
Systems, and Community Development (2021)


USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service—PA statistics

USDA Programs for Local Food Supply Chain --includes clickable links to the many and 

          varied programs that farmers, markets, CSAs, etc., can access

DISCLAIMER: The resources on this site are for educational purposes. We do not provide legal advice. Consult an attorney when needed.

If you represent an agency or institution that works with Pennsylvania veteran farmers please contact the coordinator at



Find a PA Veteran Farm near you--click to see the map here.



PA Preferred Homegrown by Heroes logo with produce from the PA Farm Show in 2018

Click the graphic above to learn about  PA Preferred/Homegrown by Heroes

Pennsylvania map linked to list of PA Veteran owned farms

Pennsylvania SBDC's Agricultural Center of Excellence

One-stop shop for starting or expanding your farm or agribusiness. Free business consultation for business plans, finding financing, market research/marketing, and more. Business consultation is FREE.

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