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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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2017 Convention Posts Record Attendance

PVGA posted record attendance at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention with paid attendance surpassing 1,000 for the first time.  This year’s paid attendance for PVGA was 1,091 in preliminary counts.  That is about 120 more than the record set last year when paid PVGA attendance was 972.  With about another 850 persons registered with the [...][...]

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PVGA Loses Life Member Robert C. Trax

Robert C. Trax, a PVGA Life Member, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2017, just two weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.  Bob was elected to the PVGA Board of Directors in 1989 and served as a director for 20 years  until 2009, including two years as President of the Association.  He also served for [...][...]

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