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What Newer PA Farmers Need to Know--keeping your farm in complianceDan Griffith
Free Webinar Tuesday, May 12    7 pm  with Dan Griffith, Ag Tech & Nutrient Management Specialist, Westmoreland Conservation District.  FREE but you must register for the link.

Topics: The 2 types of plans PA requires (Manure and E&S)--who and when; How having these plans helps if someone lodges a complaint; Livestock mortality; Ag Ombudsman program; Sales regulations; Who to call in your county for help.

fresh vegetablesMaximize your consumer pool: apply online to accept senior farmers market (SNFP) and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks.  Consumers purchase your unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs with checks in $5 increments.

Chatham University's CRAFT has created a PA Farm Product Directory online. View it here.  Add your farm here.

USDA Farms to Families Food Box Program update
Central PA Food Bank is seeking local farms to provide fresh produce, dairy products, and meats like chicken and pork  should they be selected as a distributing agency.  Central PA farms, food producers, food processors, and other food industry businesses interested should visit this site for more information.

Food Safety
Questions are common on federal, state, and local regs regarding food safety. Don't risk acting on misinformation and jeopardizing your operation or being assessed a fine. 
  • For state regs, see this page and if you need further clarification. Send your specific questions to RA-FOODSAFETY@PA.GOV  so that you'll get an answer in writing. If needed, you can schedule a follow up call with the staff person who replies to your inquiry.
  • For Federal (FSIS) questions, email or call 1-877-FSIS-HELP (1-877-374-7435).
  • Find slide decks and links to regulatory guidelines on poultry, dairy, and meat processing and sales here.
Dog guarding sheep
 Livestock Guardian Dog Field Day   Today, May 1, 4 pm PA time, online.

Goat & Sheep Management online workshop series, May 5, 7, 12, and 14 at 7:30 pm PA time. Free but you must register by 4 pm May 5th.

Top 5 tools for winery online marketing  Free webinar Wednesday, May 6, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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