There's money to be made in agricultural innovation. And tapping it starts with exploring some of the new ideas already being employed by savvy farmers.
Sure, there's hay to be baled and a long "to do" list. But high on your list should be taking time to check out crops, technology, machinery and management ideas that hold revenue-boosting promise for your business. And this summer is prime time for mixing this business practice with a little pleasure.
Many Northeast ag organizations are hosting events this summer that are designed to give you an intense and quick look at some of those possibilities. Take advantage of them.
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture is hosting a series of educational events at farms across the state. Following is a list of
For more details, contact Heather House at (814) 349-9856. You can also find detailed descriptions and directions at the Web site www.pasafarming.org .
Tuesday, June 13, to Ecological Weed Management
Rock Springs Agronomy Farm Pavilion, Centre County.
Wednesday, June 28, Build Soil Quality and Manage Pests
Village Acres Farm, Juniata County.
Wednesday, June 28, Grazing School with Sarah Flack
Misty Mountain Farm, Lycoming County.
Wednesday, July 12, Science-Based Organic Apple Production
Penn State Fruit Center, Adams County.
Friday, July 14, Build Soil Quality and Manage Pests
Cedar Meadow Farm, Lancaster County.
Wednesday, July 19, Organic Dairying
Ore Bank Farm, Mifflin County.
Monday, July 24, Urban Farming SPIN Style
Somerton Tanks, Philadelphia County.
Wednesday, July 26, Tools and Methods for Strawberry Production
Shenk Berry Farm, Lancaster County.
Wednesday, August 2,
Goat Dairying and Organic Vegetables for Wholesale
Rippling Brook Farm, Clarion County.
Tuesday, August 8, Bramble Disease Management
Penn State University Ca.m.pus, Centre County.
Wednesday, August 9, Reclaiming Fallow Land for Grazing
Big Horn Ranch, Warren County.
Monday, August 14, Grass-fed Beef and Multi-Species Grazing
Pastures Pride Natural Meats, Berks County.
Wednesday, August 16, Shitake Mushrooms and Dried Herbs
Tewksbury Grace Farm, Montour County.
Thursday, August 24, Organic Kiwi Berry Production
Kiwi Korners, Montour County.
Wednesday, August 30, Small Ruminant Parasite Control and Nutrition Calculators
Penn State University, Centre County.