Ag Coalition of Bradford County
     Ag Coalition of Bradford County                  

Passing on the Farm - Succession Workshop

updated April 11, 2013 - Would you like to see your farm transfer to the next generation but feel you may need it to live on? Or simply don't know where to start? Passing on the Farm - Succession workshop is the first step in addressing this complicated topic. Discussions will include looking at financial transfer options as well as planning for your future needs. This event will be held Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Stall Natural Resource Center, 200 Lake Rd, Towanda, PA 18848. The 9:15-1:00 PM event will allow you to begin thinking about what you'd like to do with your own farm.

Certified Financial Planner, Sean Reading, will concentrate on "Farm Transfer Avenues from a Financial Perspective", answering your questions and offering free private consultation. Addressing your planning considerations will be Darlene Livingston, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Farm Link and International Farm Succession Coordinator. She will also offer resources to help make the process easier.

This event is the place to begin the conversation concerning what will happen to your farm. Free individual farm succession facilitator follow up will be offered to those attending the event.

For more information about the program or to register please call the Ag Coalition of Bradford County at the Bradford County Conservation District at 570-265-5539 ext. 6.

The registration fee for this event is $12.00 or 2/$20.00 and includes lunch. Registrations are required and are due by May 20, 2013.

Funding for this project was provided by the Northeast Center for Risk Management Education, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA/RMA, and PA Department of Agriculture. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. The Ag Coalition of Bradford County has joined PAFarmLink to host this event.

All agricultural producers are welcome, including Forestry Property owners, vineyards, small or non-traditional farms, etc.

Submitted by Darlene Livingston, Pennsylvania Farm Link Executive Director

Keynote Speaker Shelly Dehoff to kickoff Ag Coalition Forum Series

updated March 17, 2013 - The Ag Coalition of Bradford County is holding the first of a new series of forums on March 27th, from 10:00 to 3:00, at the Wysox Firehall.

This event will promote and highlight progress toward sustaining and building the area's rich heritage of agriculture. It will be kicked off by keynote speaker, Shelly Dehoff, relaying how the Lancaster Blue Ribbon Commission has pursued a similar effort.

Jeff Himes of Penn State Extension will relay "lessons learned and ground gained" based on related efforts in Tioga County.

Wrap up will include an organizational discussion to assure the effort continues to be productive and mutually worthwhile.

Everyone who eats or has an interest in seeing agriculture prosper in Bradford County is highly encouraged to attend and have their voice heard. Lunch will be provided with every donation of $10.00 or more.

Reserve your seat for this worthwhile event by contacting the Bradford County Conservation District at (570) 265-5539 X6.

Bring your good ideas, bring your support, and bring a friend. See you there! Keep in touch afterward by bookmarking and re-visiting this website,

Agricultural Coalition for Bradford County Moves Forward

January 22, 2013 - With the "Many Voices of Bradford County's Agricultural Future" summit behind them, the Agricultural Coalition of Bradford County has held two organizational meetings and has begun moving forward. At the meeting held on January 17th, a mission statement was drafted and several work groups organized. Participants are now being sought to help with the effort of charting the future of the backbone industry of Bradford County.

The mission of the Agricultural Coalition of Bradford County is to assist in the retention, growth, and promotion of Bradford County's agricultural industry.

In deciding where to begin the road towards assuring a strong agricultural future for the County, the group looked to the rich and diverse feedback that was collected during the recent Summit. During the Summit, the over 75 participants representing many aspects of Bradford County's agriculture, broke into small facilitated groups who each addressed individual visions for agriculture as well as the challenges they saw. At the end of the Summit, each group reported out and the input summarized.

As a whole, Summit participants agreed that all the input could fall under 10 different themes that included: Profitability & Sustainability; Education; Ag Community Cohesion; Ag Land Retention; Unbiased Research Information; Next Generation; Ag Tourism; Energy; Marketing; and Infrastructure. During the January meeting, the nearly 20 participants that are serving as the "ad hoc" steering committee all agreed that many of the themes overlapped and included aspects of others. It was decided that 3 main committees would begin work of the following themes: Profitability & Sustainability; Ag Land Retention; and Education.

Each of these three committees has a chair and is looking for participants and input from the general agricultural community. To get involved the following individuals should be contacted: Ag Land Retention - Cindi Newman, chair - ; Profitability & Sustainability - Diane Fiorentino, chair - ; Education - Dan Rhodes, chair - . These committees will be reviewing the input gathered at the Summit, developing recommendations for short term and long term actions as well as additional information and participation needed to move forward. Committees will then feed back to the Steering Committee and agricultural community in general through posting of information here on the website ( or at quarterly meetings being organized for the future.

The Bradford County Conservation District is currently providing initial support for the initiative and anyone looking for more information or who would like to participate can contact them at (570) 265-5539 x 6.

REFERENCE NOTES from the conference:
Themes Digest (10 pages) an attempt at removing duplication from the larger Notes Compilation to narrow down the list of inputs by major comment topic.

Other Resources:
"2012 Recommendations for Strategic Investments in New York's Small Farms", from Cornell Small Farms Program, detailing the top priorities for enhancing the viability of small farms in New York.

presented by Jay M. Matteson, Jefferson County (NY) Agricultural Coordinator


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