RESOURCES

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

Watch the 3 minute video for  practical tips.

Tractor & Heavy Equipment safety: Contact Larry Daugherty,  Army veteran, certified National Safe

Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) trainer,for free training for veteran/military farms

(within reasonable distance of Fayette Co, PA) 

724 621-7383 or message him on facebook.The U.S. Department of

Labor requires youth younger

than age 16 who wish to work on a non-family owned farm to complete this training.

 

Agritourism:

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. 

Beekeeping

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:

Small Business Development Centers at colleges/universities throughout PA offer FREE business

consulting to veterans, including business plans, marketing research, etc. Find your local SBDC.

 

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.

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

Development Centers or local SCORE mentors can review and help you refine your plan prior ot approaching

financers. Some county Extension educators may also assist.
 

            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.

Conservation:

NEW: NRCS Fact Sheet for Military/Veterans Learn about veterans' preference eligibility for EQIP and CSP

Conservation Learning Group's Best Practices Manual Aids Farmers in Selecting Conservation BMPs

No-Till Drill Washington County Conservation District rents one out for a nominal fee.

See the guidelines.

 

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

 

Westmoreland Conservation District WCD is the fiscal sponsor for Troops to Tractors; they provide a variety of ag-related programs and services.

 

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

Funding:

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

NRCS offers both financial and technical assistance. See how and who they help and what types of operations here.  Note: this is an older brochure and doesn't show Veterans as a target population although they now are.

 

REAP offers tax credits for conservation practices. Application is open now. Learn more.

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

Legal:

Are you a rural farmer with a need for 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 rpifer@psu.edu 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

Mapping:

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.

 

Marketing:

          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           

Other:

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

University of Maryland Extension's Mid-Atlantic Women in Ag offers free Wednesday webinars

on a wide and diverse variety of topics. See the 2020 list here.

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 pavetsfarm@gmail.com

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