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Convention Pre-Registration Discount Ends Monday, Jan. 23

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention pre-registration discount for PVGA members ends on Monday, January 23.  Until midnight on Monday, members can pre-register for $65 for the first person from a farm or family and for $60 for each additional person.  On Tuesday, January 24, the member walk-in registration rate of $80 per person goes [...][...]

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Thank You Farm Show Volunteers

Thanks to hundreds of PVGA Farm Show booth volunteers, the Association’s sales exceeded $200,000 for the second year in a row.  Preliminary figures show a profit of about $60,000 – possible only with the dedication of our faithful volunteers.  Although we had quite a few vacancies right up to the start of the 101st Farm [...][...]

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Web Updates Jan. 25 and Feb. 1

Spotted Wing Drosophila Insecticide Update  –   January 25, 2017 Members of the Sustainable SWD Project will present a webinar online on January 25th at 12-1pm eastern time, highlighting information about control of the invasive insect pest, spotted wing drosophila. The webinar titled “Making the Most of Your Insecticide Toolbox to Manage SWD” will cover research conducted during the [...][...]

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Redding Appoints New Deputy Secretary

Secretary Russell Redding announced Cheryl Cook, an experienced leader on state and national agricultural issues, as the state Department of Agriculture’s new deputy secretary for market development effective Jan. 20.  Cook, who presently serves as the department chief innovation officer, will succeed current deputy secretary, Hannah Smith-Brubaker, who will step down Jan. 19 to serve [...][...]

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Webinar Jan. 24 to Review Local Food Marketing Survey Results

More than 167,000 U.S. farms locally produced and sold food through direct marketing practices, resulting in $8.7 billion in revenue in 2015, according to the results from the first Local Food Marketing Practices Survey, originally released on Dec. 20, 2016 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The report results [...][...]

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Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments Released

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published preliminary pollinator-only risk assessments for the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran and also an update to its preliminary risk assessment for imidacloprid, which we published in January 2016. The updated imidacloprid assessment looks at potential risks to aquatic species, and identifies some risks for aquatic insects.   [...][...]

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Grants to Support Local Food Sector

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses.  To read more, click here.[...]

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New Program to Foster Organic Growth

Today, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production.   To read more, click here.[...]

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Allentown Farm Transition Session Set for Jan. 24

PA Farm Link will be holding a Farm Succession and Transition Program on Jan. 24 at the Lehigh County Agricultural Center, Allentown, Pa.  Professionals in the agricultural industry will be providing valuable information to farm business owners who are looking to retire, scale back from farming or looking to transition from a farm business to [...][...]

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More Farm Show Help Urgently Needed

PVGA still needs more volunteers to staff the Farm Show food booth and the high tunnel exhibit. We are looking for people on the following shifts:     3 people Friday, Jan. 6  noon to 9 p.m.     4 people Saturday, Jan. 7  3 to 9 p.m.     2 people Sunday, Jan. 8 [...][...]

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