Please see our Opportunities page for apprenticeship and employment information.

 

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

 

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

businesses: Chatham University's Women's Business Center

 

Application period for PA DEP's Small Business Advantage Grant is OPEN. 

 The program provides 50% matching grants, up to a maximum of $9,500

($7,000 for lighting-only upgrades), to enable Pennsylvania small businesses to purchase

energy efficient or pollution prevention equipment or adopt waste reduction processes.

 

Agritourism:

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. 

 

Business Planning:

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

Small Business Association Build-a-business-plan: walk through the process online; save or print as a pdf.  

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.
 

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

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

Conservation:

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:

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 Ex            

Other:

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

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service—PA statistics

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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