August 19, 2021
SURVEY: How has COVID-19 affected your
agricultural operation or business?
Through the American Rescue Plan, Berks County is to receive $81.6 million in funding over the next several years. These funds will be used to strengthen sectors that were affected by COVID-19, including agriculture. Please take 3 minutes to fill out this survey on how COVID-19 affected your agricultural operation or business.
Your information is anonymous and will be used to make informed decisions.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily E. Wangolo, Deputy Director, Berks County Department of Agriculture at or (610) 378-1844, x2543.
Grow Together Campaign Continues to
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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

​Pennsylvania's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program was created to enhance the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program by establishing a state-level program for crops not currently eligible federally or that are otherwise designated as...

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Farm Vitality Planning Program

A Pennsylvania Farm Bill Program The Farm Vitality Planning Grant Program will help fund professional services for those planning for the future of a farm. The program will enhance the long-term vitality of Pennsylvania's farms through sound...

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News from PA Dept. of Agriculture

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced the opening of the 2021-22 PA Farm Bill's $500,000 Farm to School Grant Program to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for ...

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USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Costs for...

Contact: WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2021 - Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications for...

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Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms brings experience during...

Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms' rich history dates back to 1921 when Arthur P. Yeatman built his first two mushroom houses for his dairy farm. Today, the family-owned company has 53 growing houses in Pennsylvania, and its century of experience...

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What City Slickers Don't Get About The Modern Farm

By Darren Anderson Close your eyes and imagine a working farm. Perhaps you see milking stools in a clapboard barn, or a farmer navigating rows of crops on a battered tractor, stepping down here and there to check on their progress.

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New Holland to launch new workhorse tractor

Perhaps the clue was the name of the event - Intelligent Farming All Ways - for a global media event New Holland held July 28. The focus was on a new tractor, but the talk expanded beyond that to the wider use of the company's Precision Land...

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No-till farmer lets soil biology take control

Not everyone will agree with Rick Bieber's concepts on soil health and crop management. But that's OK with this South Dakota farmer. "We learn with conversations," he told a group of producers gathered for a Pennsylvania No-till Alliance field...

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USDA invests $21.8M+ to build agricultural capacity at HBCUs

PUBLISHED ON WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today an investment of over $21.8 million to 1890 Land-grant Institutions to support research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities at our nation's Land-grant...

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'Livers of our rivers' could help clean up Pa. waters

HARRISBURG, Pa. - As a new report details the importance of restoring declining populations of freshwater mussels within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, multiple programs in Pennsylvania are working to do just that. The report "Incorporating...

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For a Successful Farm Transition, Hire the Right Advisers

ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. - Transferring ownership of a farm can be an overwhelming process, freighted with legal, financial and emotional complexity. Experienced advisers can help families navigate, or even start, that process. "We enjoy planning for...

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New USA Beef Act would narrow scope of 'Product of USA'...

A bipartisan group U.S. senators are introducing the USA Beef Act, a bill that would limit the use of the "Product of USA" label only to beef products from cattle that are born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States. Current U.S.

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Pig Plop Bingo and Fun Day on the Farm

B.A.R.N. will be hosting a grand finale for their summer farm tour BARNopoly at ACEC Farm, Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. It’s free to attend and there will be lots of activities for the kiddos.

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Agriculture Viability Series: Prioritizing Farm Business...

What is Farm Business Analysis and how can this tool help you in decision making? Join us to learn from experts during the Agriculture Viability Series: Prioritizing Farm Business Analysis event.

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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 
or 484-818-0845.