Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association




News & Updates

Save the Bees? There’s an App for That!

Let’s say a farmer wanted to plant wildflowers to nurture the bumble bees that pollinate her crops. Currently, she would have to walk through her fields, assess possible locations, take measurements, spend hours crunching costs and still only guess at the amount of bees and pollination the effort will generate. Soon, the farmer can do [...][...]

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Farm Food Safety Manual Workshop Planned

Developing a Farm Food Safety Manual is essential towards becoming GAP/GHP or Harmonized GAP certified. Many farms also find the process to be instrumental in refining harvesting and post-harvest systems, through reducing risk and standardizing procedures. This particular workshop on March 11, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, will cover key aspects of [...][...]

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Soil Health Workshop is March 17

NRCS along with the Allegheny County Conservation District will be hosting a Western Pa. Regional soil health workshop on March 17 at the Atrium banquet facility, 1031 New Castle Road, Prospect. This event will feature Jay Fuhrer, District Conservationist from Bismarck North Dakota, one of the leaders in the soil health movement. Fuhrer will speak [...][...]

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Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Program is Feb. 27 to Mar. 1

Registrations are due February 20. The Mid-Atlantic Strawberry Programs will be held February 27 to March 1, 2017, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, this year.  The Programs begin with a Strawberry Field Walk on February 27 from 12:30 p.m. until dark at Hickory Ridge Farms and Brookdale Farms-Chesapeake, both in Chesapeake, Virginia.  That evening there will [...][...]

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USDA Conducting Organic Grower Survey

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States. This effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in the United States. NASS is mailing [...][...]

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Farm Business Training Classes Offered

Have you been farming for more than 3 Years?  Are you ready to move from your start-up “Survive” business model to a better “Thriving Business” model? At some point every farmer has to acknowledge that the business has undergone some unexpected changes. The Wheels Up training program leads participants through a process of re-envisioning, reframing [...][...]

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Nanoparticle Fertilizer Developed

The “Green Revolution” of the ’60s and ’70s has been credited with helping to feed billions around the world, with fertilizers being one of the key drivers spurring the agricultural boom. But in developing countries, the cost of fertilizer remains relatively high and can limit food production. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Nano [...][...]

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Vertical Aeroponic Systems On the Market Now

Indoor Farms of America announces today the company is now preparing to launch a version of its Container Farms that will be energy independent and water independent, allowing deployment of the farms anywhere in the world. “We have been working on this for quite some time, and these enhancements to our farm products will be [...][...]

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Pennsylvania a Leader in Direct-to-Consumer Sales

In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture Nation Ag Statistic Service conducted a “Local Food Marketing Practices Survey” to get a better picture of the direct-to-consumer sales in agriculture. According to NASS, “the primary purpose of the Local Food Marketing Practices Survey was to produce benchmark statistics on the number of farms that market [...][...]

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Reducing Redundant Farm Regulations

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, with a bipartisan group of senators, introduced S.340, the Sensible Environmental Protection Act, to eliminate redundant federal permitting requirements for pesticide applications.   To read more, click here.[...]

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