Agriculture Center of Excellence


The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) along with SBDC partners at Clarion University and The University of Scranton are excited to announce the launch of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers Agriculture Center of Excellence, a joint initiative that will help Pennsylvania agriculture businesses sustain operations and stabilize food supply chains in the wake of the pandemic.


The Center’s experienced agriculture business development specialists will:

  • Offer ongoing educational and training seminars on topics such as FSMA compliance, finance, planning and expansion, grants and federal and state financing programs, market research, social media, search engine optimization (SEO), managing cash flow, environmental assistance and cybersecurity, among other topics related to health and safety issues concerning COVID-19
  • Provide individual and team consulting  and outreach services to producers and their supply chain partners
  • Support for the implementation of food safety protocols that can protect their workplaces, employees and customers against potential health and safety threats
  • Access and apply for federal, SBA, USDA, and other commercial loan programs so small businesses can effectively access capital and promote sustainable agricultural operations, growth and future resiliency

To learn more about the program, check out this story in Penn State News or contact Karl Binns, Agriculture Center of Excellence Coordinator.  


Upcoming Events

Ag Day
Tuesday, March 23

Exploring New Value Streams for Your Farm
Tuesday, March 23
Details & Registration

Running a Great Farmers’ Market Booth, Part 1 (Webinar)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Details & Registration

Running a Great Farmers’ Market Booth, Part 2: Display Building (Webinar)
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Details & Registration

For additional PA Centers of Excellence events, click here, set the Center to All, and enter COE as the keyword.

Past Event Recordings

Trends in the Pandemic Food Economy (Webinar)
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 
View the Recording

Food Subscription & Community-Supported Agriculture Program Basics (Webinar)

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
View the Recording


Resources for Ag Producers

USDA Value Added Producer Grants


Funding support for this initiative was provided by the United States Small Business Administration and the CARES Act. Services are provided through support with our partners, including Penn State ExtensionTo learn about the other PASBDC Centers of Excellence located at centers across the state visit the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers website.