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PA Veteran Farming Project    February 2019

February Learning Opportunities

Marketing your PA Veteran Agribusiness, with the Skirted Soldier's Rhonda Smith
Saturday, February 23  9-9:30 am
Tips from the owner-operator of Blue Knob's custom-blended loose tea company on establishing your business, positioning it for success, and marketing successfully with a small staff. Registration closes Feb. 20th at noon. Free to military/veterans and their spouses.

Small Fruit and Vegetable Meetings  hosted by Penn State Extension  Fruit representing 21 of the 1,600 apple trees growing in Geneva, New York, that are descendants of trees collected in Central Asia with genes that can boost disease resistance and other qualities in American apples. (Photo credit: USDA-ARS)
Brockway Feb. 23;  Bethlehem March 6 ;  Worchester March 7
 Learn about pest issues in small fruits and vegetables.   

America’s dairy cows, putting milk, cheese, butter and yogurt on the table. (Photo courtesy of NRCS)SW PA Dairy Day,March 7th.
Indiana Co.

Free, but register by Feb. 28. Call 724-465-3880.
 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 7, Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center, BlairsvilleGoals for Calf Management: Develop the Calf or Develop the Rumen? What is the Priority?” Dairy checkoff program, “Marketing: What People and Processors Want.”, panel discussion on “Managing the Numbers with Heifers.”

Sheep and Goat Workshops: Selection Principles
Selecting livestock that best matches resources on the farm and local markets is a key to profitable sheep and goat production. FREE. Greensburg, Westmoreland Co., March 22. Must pre-register.

Applications for the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund are open until 5 P.M. PST on March 8.

Deadline to apply for the February $2000 Amber Grant and be eligible to compete for the annual $25K award is Feb. 28th. Women owners of for-profit businesses in the US are eligible to apply. There is a nominal application fee.

PA's Next Generation Farmer Loan Program uses federal tax-exempt financing to reduce a farmer’s interest rate for capital purchases, such as direct purchase of farm and
agricultural machinery and equipment. (Find more finances info at .)
   Next Gen Loan Uses:
   -Agricultural land
   -Agricultural improvements
   -Depreciable property
   -Permanent PA resident at least 18 at the time of the loan application
   -Must meet lender’s credit standards
   -Access to adequate working capital, farm equipment, etc.
   -Borrower must not have had any prior ownership of a substantial portion of land.

PA-WAgN News

(PA Women in Agriculture Network)
Potluck in Pittsburgh
Wednesday, February 27th, 4-6 pm

Garden Resource Center and Grow Pittsburgh offices
6587 Hamilton Avenue #2W
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Grow Pittsburgh is a nonprofit that serves as a resource and guide for backyard, school and community gardeners, as well as urban farmers across the Greater Pittsburgh region. If you live in a community that doesn't offer this sort of service, here's your chance to see how the dedicated folks at Grow Pittsburgh do it, and maybe get inspired to start something similar in your area!  All are welcome - just please register first so we know how many folks to expect.

You are invited to provide input on the PA-WAgN survey , which will  serve as the basis for a database of resource needs and offers, allowing us to better facilitate connections and mutually beneficial networks among members.

Photo of woman leading a cow with description of PA Women in Agriculture Network mission statement

We serve honorably discharged veterans, military Guard and Reserve, and their spouses. Services are provided at no cost to eligible individuals.

Support the project: Mail your check payable to "WCD" with "Troops to Tractors" in the memo line to:
218 Donohoe Rd., Greensburg  PA 15601
Westmoreland Conservation District, a tax exempt unit of subgovernment, serves as fiscal agent for the PA Veteran Farming Project/Troops to Tractors. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of IRS guidelines.

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