Ag program helps with small farm startup, management

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SANDY LAKE, Pa. — Whether you are exploring additional enterprises to diversify your current operation, have a few acres to use for agricultural production or are contemplating producing an agricultural or natural resources-based product to enhance your current income, the Income Opportunities in Agriculture program is the place to get started.

Income Opportunities in Agriculture is focused on enterprise startup and diversification of existing agricultural businesses. This daylong program will be held Feb. 19 at the McKeever Environmental Learning Center in Sandy Lake.

Sessions will be taught by the most knowledgeable producers and extension educators in their respective fields. Our day begins with a focus on business aspects of new enterprises or diversification then moves to breakout sessions specific to various enterprises.

Topics

The breakout sessions include: livestock, horticulture and business success.

The livestock track encompasses animal herd health, pastured poultry and value-added dairy. The horticulture track covers using high tunnels to increase farm profitability, tips for getting started in the vegetable business and an introduction on getting started in the berry business. The business success track will focus on vegetable marketing, labor options and meeting consumer wants.

Income Opportunity conferences have a long history of success assisting non-traditional agricultural and natural resource entrepreneurs in starting new enterprises.

Registration

For more information or to register for the program, contact the Mercer County Cooperative Extension office at 724-662-3141 or contact Erin Cuprinka at emh142@psu.edu or download the registration form at: http://mercer.extension.psu.edu. The registration deadline is Feb. 11.

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