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In this issue: Grants, Veteran Farming and Value Added events,GAP Handling audit reimbursement,  Ag workshops, Ag plan reimbursements, NRCS Veteran Farmers page

Learning Opportunities

PA Veteran Farming Conference: Growing your Farm or Agribusiness
Friday, February 28, 8:30-4. Boalsburg, American flag and farmer feeding calfCentre County. $15 for eligible veterans/mlitary until Jan. 31st.
Beginning farmers and those with established farms or  agribusinesses will  interact and get guidance on your particular needs from staff from USDA and hone marketing, risk management, and business planning skills while learning from your fellow veterans and professionals from SBA, Start-up Allegheny, SBDC, and more.

Penn State Extension winter events for Beef Producers

2020 Soil Health Conference for Farmers, Wednesday, January 29,9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Westmoreland Co. $45.

Hydroponics & Aquaponics Workshop Series for Veterans/Military, Brownsville, Washington Co. Every Monday, 6pm-8pm, March 2nd, 2020 through May 4th, 2020

Ag Erosion and Sedimentation Plan Workshop 
Thursday, March 5 and 12 (both sessions are required), 6-9 p.m., Fayette County Fairgrounds
Participants will create their own Ag Erosion and Sedimentation Plan, and a  farm map and  crop rotation plan to satisfy regulations. Free; registration  required by Feb. 27: email Dan Griffith at dan@wcdpa.com
or call 724-837-5271 option 2.Please provide your farm address when you registering.

Farm Succession Workshop,  Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., Feb. 28, $13-15.

2020 Riparian Forest Buffer Summit, Wednesday, March 11 - Thursday, March 12, 2020
Blair County Convention Center, $75 until Friday, February 14, $100 after.
1 Convention Center Dr
Altoona, PA 16602
Planning on applying for a Value Added Producer Grant? You'll need to register with SAMS and get a DUNS number before applying--it's suggested you do it early. Here's how.home preserved sauces

Free VAPG workshop--Mon., Feb. 3rd in Westmoreland County 9-10 a.m.  Penn State Extension Conference Room at Donohoe Center, 214 Donohoe Road, Greensburg PA 15601.  With Karen Kuhns, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist and the program manager for Pennsylvania for the Value Added Grant Program.

Download the application toolkits: Planning grant  Working capital grant
Have you used a paid consultant for an ag plan?

Manure with pitchforkPA's Agricultural Planning Reimbursement Program reimbursement program is open now.

Open to all agricultural operators/landowners in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay watershed. Operators and landowners can be reimbursed for fees they’ve paid to consultants to create manure management plans, nutrient management plans and agricultural erosion and sediment control plans. Reimbursement funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration deadline is April 1, 2020.Visit the webpage for eligibility, guidelines, and reimbursement form.
Funding opportunities

Visit NRCS's new Veteran Farmers page for cost incentive and technical assistance information.

Amber grants for women entrepreneurs 

FedEx Small Business competition opens Jan. 28. Last year, creamery won one of the awards.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) / Good Handling Practices (GHP) Cost Share Program.  Download the application for reimbursements for USDA audits completed between  January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. Applications due by Jan. 31, 2020.

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We gratefully acknowledge the support of  the USDA 2501 Program and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8  (Pittsburgh). There's no charge for our services for eligible individuals: veterans, AD, Guard, Reserve, and their spouses;  we have adopted the VA definition of veteran eligibility. Information in this newsletter and on our website is for informational purposes only. Please complete due diligence before entering into any legal or financial agreements.  We do not share your email address with anyone.
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