June 15, 2022
Berks County Fair - Sunday, July 10 - Friday, July 15
Come one, Come All to the Berks County Fair! It’s fun for the whole family! Join us for line dancing, bingo, truck and tractor pulls, games, exhibits, farm animals and a Farmers’ Market. There’s something for everyone! For more information, go to www.theberkscountyfair.com.
If you are interested in participating in the Farmers’ Market as a vendor, contact info@theberkscountyfair.com
Take the Broadband Survey
The County of Berks and its partners are working to expand broadband internet coverage in Berks County. They are conducting a survey to pinpoint weak areas of service. Please complete the survey and share it with your networks. It is best to complete the survey from your home or place you require internet, as the survey will use a tool to momentarily measure your data transfer speed. The survey does request identifying data for the purpose of accessing funding, but it is not all required. Please note, the survey does not work in the Internet Explorer.  
HPAI Biosecurity Resources
Celebrate Dairy Across PA - June & July
With June being National Dairy Month and July being National Ice Cream Month, several Pennsylvania dairy farms and organizations are hosting on-farm events to give families a first-hand look at Pennsylvania agriculture and local dairy products. The “Celebrate Dairy Across PA” initiative features an online listing of dairy-themed events happening across the state in June and July. Many of the events feature outdoor, family-friendly activities at no cost, including farm-fresh ice cream, farm tours, hayrides, calf and cow petting, sunflower fields and more. Visit the Center for Dairy Excellence website to view an interactive map and the event listing.
Wolf Administration Celebrates Pennsylvania's Dairy...

York, PA - This summer, Pennsylvanians can beat the heat and get a sweet treat by visiting any of the 30 creameries that make up the 2022 Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail.

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Avoid these 6 common gardening mistakes

When growing a vegetable garden, it's easy to make mistakes. Before you get tough on yourself for making a poor decision, realize all gardeners make mistakes - and learning from our mistakes is the main way we become better gardeners. Following...

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Full Senate confirms USDA chief scientist

The Senate advanced the nomination of Dr. Chavonda J. Jacobs-Young to be USDA undersecretary of agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics. The Senate Agriculture Committee took up her nomination in a business meeting in January and held...

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Uncovering best practices for cover crops to optimize...

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - Planting cover crops like cereal rye is a beneficial agricultural practice. One of their many benefits is to cover soil for times when farmers cannot plant cash crops like corn and soy - over the winter, for example. But ...

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Avian Influenza Outbreak Shows Value of Planning

The highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak has led to plenty of questions. What can we do to prevent outbreaks in the future? How do we keep poultry products moving in a control zone? Can insurance policies protect farmers in case of...

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Day in the life: Magical mornings on a strawberry farm...

Working at The Berry Farm & Orchard in Ruscombmanor Township isn't necessarily "when the rooster crows" type farming, but we do start early in the morning. The berries, specifically strawberries, are all picked in the morning for our orders. The...

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U.S. House Ag panel mulls safety net changes in farm...

WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee are considering how to help farmers struggling with rising costs for fertilizer, fuel, seeds and chemicals - the unfortunate harvest of the war in Ukraine, strains on the global supply...

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Global Firm Brings Ag Plastic Reuse to York

Farmers have a new option for disposing of agricultural waste through a company that converts used plastic into an ingredient for concrete. The Center for Regenerative Design and Collaboration, known as CRDC Global, has opened its first U.S. site ...

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Wolf Administration Highlights Summer Food Assistance

​ Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Education today reminded Pennsylvanians to take advantage of the many summer food assistance programs for students and caretakers across the commonwealth. State and local options...

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Be Included in the GROW TOGETHER Farm Listing
Did we forget to include your Berks County farm in our GROW TOGETHER farm listing? Let us know by submitting your farms information.
Soil Health Day
Wednesday, July 20 | Kutztown | 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For preserved land owners: Come participate in interactive demonstrations and sessions on your farm’s soil health. Topics will include: soil pit demonstration, pest control and soil health, soil health study insights, and economics of soil health.

RSVP to 610-378-1844 x5 by June 30.
Twilight At-Market: Weaver's Orchard

The focus of Twilight At-Market: Weaver’s Orchard is business success factors. We will tour the farm and talk with the owners, managers, and educators about several business aspects of the orchard and farm market including pricing products for ...

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Peach Rootstock Trial Field Day

Please join us for Peach Rootstock Trial Field Day to take a look at one part of an ongoing peach rootstock trial. Dr. Jim Schupp will be discussing results from the trial as well as peach management strategies.

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Dairy Farm & Ag Safety Twilight Tour
Thursday, Aug. 18 | Corner View Dairy | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
View the automated Galaxy milking system and other automations and participate in farm safety demonstrations facilitated by Penn State Extension at a 100-year old dairy farm. Corner View Dairy (Biehl family), 1028 Baldy Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530. The event is free, with no pre-registration required. Stop by for all or part of the time. Questions? Contact the Berks County Department of Agriculture, (610) 378-1844 x 5.
Don't Miss the 2022 Fairs
  • Berks County Fair | July 10 - July 15
  • Kutztown Fair | Aug. 8 - Aug. 13
  • Oley Valley Community Fair | Sept. 15 - Sept. 17
BARNopoly! 2022
Travel around Berks County this summer to discover and support small farms and other ag-related businesses from Monday, June 20 to Saturday, August 20. Collect stamps on your physical game board at as many participating locations as possible for the chance of winning some great prizes.Visit berksag.org/barnopoly to register and for more info.
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Archived Newsletter and Grow Together Blog
Did you know we archive all of the newsletters?
The Grow Together blog features seasonal topics!
A cooperative effort between
the GRCA and the Berks County Department of Agriculture
through the support of the Berks County Commissioners.
Contact Tami Hildebrand at thildebrand@countyofberks.com 
or 484-818-0845.