Feb. 17, 2021
Setting Up Online Sales for Long-Term Success

Lots of farms scrambled to set up home delivery and online sales at the beginning of the pandemic last spring. Even if they didn't have all the details sorted out, farmers focused on getting the new offerings up and running so they could keep...

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Biden suspends CFAP payments while program under review

The Joe Biden administration has suspended payments under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program while it reviews all regulations passed under Donald Trump's administration. The announcement came shortly after the Trump administration expanded...

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Communication Toolkit

The official logo for the IYFV 2021 is available in several formats, resolutions and languages. Always review the logo guidelines before using the logo on web and print publications, or on any other materials.

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Berks County Conservation District is hiring!
National Ag Week BINGO
During National Ag Week, March 21 - 27, 2021, B.A.R.N. will ask consumers to play B.A.R.N. BINGO by visiting local farms, farmstands, markets, grocers, and businesses to win BINGO! During National Ag Week, we encourage Berks County eaters to buy local!
We have spaces for 24 farms, markets, or businesses to participate to be a square on the board. If the consumer wins "BINGO!" they can scan and email a copy of their board, or physically mail it in, and win a (to be determined) prize. 
Interested in participating? Please reach out to Jodi, B.A.R.N. Marketing Committee Co-chair at gaukerfarms@gmail.com or 724-454-3674. Businesses must be a member of B.A.R.N. to participate (it's not expensive, and it's a GREAT cause!)
News from PA Dept. of Agriculture

Harrisburg, PA - Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded farmers to apply by March 1 for $13 million in tax credits for measures to improve soil and water quality. Tax credits are available through Pennsylvania's nationally...

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Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

Enrollment for the 2021 crop year for ARC and PLC is now open. The enrollment period closes March 15, 2021. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, farmers and landowners can choose between three commodity title alternatives: ARC-CO (payment based on county...

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Vaccine information
Yes, Farmers Need to Take Vacations, Too

If you follow the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Farmers Union, or any other major agricultural commodity group or publication these days via email, print or social media, you've seen the push over the last five years for...

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Agriculture Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Resources ...

Farmers and ranchers in the U.S. have demanding jobs that are often compounded by economic uncertainty, vulnerability to weather events, and isolation. Rural agricultural communities may also have limited access to health and mental healthcare...

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Join Us! RMA & FPAC Host Session at Ag Outlook Forum,...

As part of USDA's 97th Agricultural Outlook Forum, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) mission area invites you to a session titled USDA Customer Service Flexibilities During Disasters. The session...

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Crop Planning for Increased Production | Pasa...

If you're a beginning farmer or proficient gardener looking to step up your space's food production in 2021, this is the place to start! Learn strategies to make the most of your small farm or garden space through improved crop planning.

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Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower...

When: Wed., Mar. 24, 2021 (10:00 AM - 3:00 PM ET)Thu., Mar. 25, 2021 (10:00AM - 3:00 PM ET) registration deadline: March 17, 2021 11:59 p.m. The Food Safety Modernization Act: Produce Grower Certification Training webinar is for fruit and...

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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 thildebrand@countyofberks.com 
or 484-818-0845.