Article Index


Food Labeling

  • Insight About Misleading Milk Labels
    The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently notified some dairy companies that sell milk in Pennsylvania that their labels are false or misleading and need to be changed. A related opinion editorial by veterinarian Donald L. Yorlets was published on December 2nd by the Harrisburg Patriot News.
  • The Larger Issue About Food Labeling
    Farmers have been frustrated with the practices of some food marketers that seek competitive advantage in the marketplace through inaccurate product labeling. The impact on agriculture of “absence labeling is discussed by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Carl T. Shaffer.


AgMap - Mainted by Pennsylvania State University Agricultural Department, AgMap is a online searchable directory of America's agricultural businesses, which includes producers, processors, and service providers. AgMap contains listings of not only traditional agicultural businesses, but also the businesses in forestry, turf grass, landscaping, nursery, and much more .... Over 3,425 businesses have listed on AgMap.

PDA Pennsylvania Preferred Program
How farmers can sell fresh produce to grocery stores & retailers through the Department of Agriculture's program.




Public Relations

Securing Ag's Future
PA Farm Bureau's pro-active campaign to educate lawmakers and the public about the problems facing agriculture - Requires member login





Guide to FSA Farm Loans - Summarization of FSA farm loan information, effective Oct. 1, 2012. Additional details are available at local FSA offices and on FSA’s website:

First Industries Fund - PA Dept. of Agriculture - If you operate a farm/production agriculture business, or  a tourism-related business, the First Industries Fund might be able to help you with loans, loan guarantees and grants.

MSC Business Services Dairy Herd Analysis

Grants and Funding

Many of the grants listed on this page are awarded on an annual basis. This listing is meant to be an information source for the availability of such programs.
Keeping Pennsylvania Growing requires access to new and existing markets here at home and around the world. The Bureau of Market Development is responsible for the domestic and worldwide promotion/marketing of Pennsylvania agribusiness products and services, and developing and administering programs to assist agribusinesses in locating and/or expanding within the Commonwealth.


PHEAA - Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
Pennsylvania State Grant Program for higher education provides grants that farm families can benefit.    

PAgrows Program Offers Grant and Loan Assistance for Farmers, Agribusinesses
Grant opportunities are usually for very specific tasks, and PAgrows can help insure your business meets a grant's minimum requirements before you start the application. It is designed to help farmers, food processors, farmers market operators and other agricultural businesses navigate through the grant and loan application process.  Call 1-866-GO-NEWPA.