June 16, 2021
Dairy Royalty Runs in the Family, But Kristin Johns is a ...

As a young girl, Kristin Johns from Bethel, Berks County, got a taste of what being a dairy princess was like. She often tagged along with her older sisters, Samantha and Kayci, during their reigns as Berks County dairy princesses in 2010-2011...

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Fairs and festivals return in Berks County

Kevin Bieber can't go anywhere lately without someone asking him if the Oley Valley Community Fair is going to happen in September. "Our hope is that we can operate a fair as usual," Bieber said on May 20. Last year, the Oley Valley Community...

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Grow Together Campaign Continues
to Support Berks County Farmers
Make sure your ag business is on the list!
High Energy Cost Grants

What does this program do? Assists energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household energy costs (275 percent of the national average or higher.) Who may ...

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Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

It provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to: To help microenterprises startup and growth through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund. Provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro...

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Research Grant Program

Holstein Association USA is the world's largest dairy cattle breed organization, offering information services to all dairy producers. The Holstein Association offers dairy cattle identification, genetic evaluation, type evaluation, mating...

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AgChoice Farm Credit Launches A New Grant Opportunity
AgChoice Farm Credit launched a new grant opportunity today for young, beginning and small farmers. AgChoice is offering ten $10,000 grants for startup farmers within AgChoice’s territory. Winners need not be an AgChoice customer. As a partner in agriculture, we’d like to spread the word about this opportunity!
Full-or part-time farmers who started farming within the past two years or who plan to start a farm business in the next two years, are eligible to apply. In addition to farming in the AgChoice territory, recipients must submit a business plan and complete the Ag Biz Basics educational program by August 31. Applicants need not be an AgChoice customer.
To learn more about the jumpstart grants, including an application and complete details, visit agchoice.com/grow/ybs or contact Raechel Sattazahn at 717-796-9372 x6016 or rsattazahn@agchoice.com.
Safe Horse Transport Legislation Headed to Full House...

Washington, DC (June 10, 2021)- The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) commends members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for passing the Horse Transportation Safety Act (HTSA) today as part of surface transportation...

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Grain-leveling robot could keep farmers out of bins

The idea came from a couple of farmers visiting after church about finding a way to stay out of grain bins. The result, after two years of tinkering and testing, is the new Grain Weevil. This is not a grain-bin bug you need to worry about.

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EPA, Army Announce Intent to Revise Waters Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army say they want to revisit which waters they can regulate. The June 9 announcement opens another chapter in a complex regulatory fight. The Obama administration sought to clarify...

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USDA Finally Announces QLA, WHIP+ Details
More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks starting June 15 for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane...

B.A.R.N.OPOLY Kick-Off Event June 21
Berks Agricultural Resource Network is celebrating the start of summer and the kick-off of their newest game - B.A.R.N.OPOLY! This contest (or game!) will take place over 2 months and features 30 participating locations.

On Monday, June 21, 5:30 PM at Weaver’s Orchard - grab your board and get started exploring amazing farms and ag-related businesses across the county. Register now and learn more at berksag.org/barnopoly
Agriculture Viability Series: Becoming Bankable

Learn from professionals what banks look for when providing loans and other services!

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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.