Agriculture Center of Excellence


The PASBDC Agriculture Center of Excellence, a joint initiative of the Penn State, Clarion University and The University of Scranton Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), helps PA agriculture businesses sustain operations, stabilize food supply chains, and ensure continuity of operations during periods of interrupted service.

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.

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.