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.  

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.