Penn State Extension to Host Farm Conference

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State Extension will host a Starting and Improving Farms Conference for those interested in starting a farm, diversifying an existing farm or beginning an agritourism business.

The event, which will take place Sept. 19 and 20 at Toftrees Golf Resort in State College, Pa., is designed for anyone who is considering starting a farm, those who began farming within the past five years, existing farms considering diversification, team members on existing farms, female farmers, providers who support farmers and producers focused on agritourism, livestock or horticulture.

The two-day conference will help attendees build and expand networks and identify new ideas and opportunities. It will include presentations, tours, exhibits, workshops and networking opportunities with like-minded professionals.

On the first day, attendees will connect with new and existing farmers as they tour small, regional farms. Attendees also will visit Penn State research facilities to network with researchers who can address their farming questions. Business best practices for startups and expansion will be addressed on the second day.

The conference will include:

  • Business and production techniques from farmers, researchers, extension educators and extension associates.
  • Insights on how existing farmers started their businesses and the hurdles they overcame.
  • Opportunities for networking with peers, lenders and educators willing to assist with startup or diversification plans.
  • Various breakout sessions on a variety of topics to allow participants to tailor their learning experience to address specific farming goals.

A $50 registration fee will cover tour transportation, a continental breakfast on the second day, lunch on both days and attendance at the conference banquet. Register HERE.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.