Transitioning The Farm To The Next Generation Workshop Offered

The Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention is offering a pre-conference workshop for farm families on Monday, February 1.

The Farm Transition Workshop will feature speakers that specialize in helping farm families prepare for transitioning the farm from one generation to the next. The final session of the workshop will be a panel of farm families who will share their experience of transitioning the farm.

Passing a farm business from one generation to the next is very complicated. A plan must be in place to not only address the legal and tax considerations of a business transfer, but also allow the progressive transfer of farm responsibilities. Experts will share how this difficult challenge can be done to ensure the best possible outcome.

Penn State Extension Educator John Esslinger states “This is a great opportunity for farm families. I have worked in Extension for over twenty years helping growers manage their crop production in such a way to squeeze out every last penny of profit. It is heart breaking to see a farmer’s hard work be undermined because the process of transitioning the farm was not well planned. Farmers should not wait until they are ready to retire to start planning the farm transition.”

If you would like to learn more about what is being offered or to register for the Farm Transition Workshop go to the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Convention website:

The agenda for the February 1 Farm Transition Workshop is as follows:

9 am – “What You Need to Know When Transitioning the Farm From One Generation to the Next”

Louis Shuntich, Advanced Consulting Group with Nationwide Insurance

Noon – Lunch (included in the registration fee)

1 pm – “Farm Family Communications – Dynamics and Challenges and Family Meeting Guidelines” Darlene Livingston, PA Farm Link

2:45 pm – “Families in the Arena” – Lenny Burger Jr. & Lenny Burger III, Burger’s Farm and

Lewis, Walter & Robin Peregrim, Miller’s Orchard Farm Market

4 pm – Adjourn

Strength Training Classes Offered by Penn State Extension In Lackawanna County

Are you over 40 and finding it more difficult to take the stairs, or get down and up from the floor? Strength training can benefit you tremendously with your daily activities while protecting you from osteoporosis and losing your balance. Penn State Extension, in collaboration with The University of Scranton, will be offering strength training and nutrition classes to help men and women improve their muscle strength and bone density.

If you’re not physically active now and would like to begin an exercise program, plan to join the “Growing Stronger” program. It is a 12-week strength training program designed for adults 40 and older. Two classes are being offered, one on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at West Side Senior Center, 1004 Jackson Street, Scranton, beginning February 8, and one on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 – 2 p.m. at The Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, S. Abington Township, beginning February 9.

The cost for the program is $115, but if you register before January 25 there is a $10 early bird discount. Financial scholarships are available.

For questions or to register, please call Penn State Extension in Lackawanna County at 570-963-6842, email, or visit and click on Lackawanna County. The registration deadline is Thursday, February 4. Space is limited and registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Northeast Vegetable Meeting

Local commercial vegetable growers are invited to attend the Northeast Vegetable Meeting on Thursday, January 21, at the Newton Ransom Fire Company, Newton Ransom Boulevard, Clarks Summit.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity for growers to hear from the specialists conducting the latest vegetable research.

The morning session will provide information on tomato disease management, transitioning the farm from one generation to the next, what broccoli varieties perform the best in Pennsylvania, and an update from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

The afternoon will focus on new options for cucumber beetle management, soil borne cucurbit disease management, a foliar disease update, and practical tips to minimize spray drift when applying pesticides.

The registration fee for the meeting is $26 per person if received by Thursday, January 14, or $36 if received after the deadline or at the door. The registration fee includes morning refreshments, hot buffet lunch, and handouts.

Interested parties can register by going to: and click on the January 21 Vegetable Meeting or by calling 570-988-3950 and asking for Beth.

This meeting has been approved for two core and three category applicator recertification credits.

Questions should be directed to John Esslinger at 570-784-6660.