AGRICULTURECONSULTING SERVICES

The Pennsylvania SBDC network offers no-cost, confidential business assistance to PA farmers, food processors, farmers’ markets, restaurants, retail and wholesale food entities, food trucks, and ag-related support services. SBDC consultants with expertise in agribusiness can provide guidance on:

  • Market and competitive research
  • Business planning for growth and diversification
  • Business and generational transition planning
  • Assistance in financial projections and assumptions
  • Demographic reports
  • Grant research and review
  • Ag tourism and entertainment
  • Industry professional networking and referrals
  • Business valuation guidance and succession planning assistance
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UPCOMING AGRICULTURE WEBINARS/SEMINARS

The Pennsylvania SBDC offers a wide variety of no-cost or low-cost agriculture related webinars and on-demand recordings to further your agribusiness knowledge.

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AGRICULTURE WEBINARS/SEMINARS

The Pennsylvania SBDC offers a wide variety of no-cost or low-cost ag related webinars and on-demand recordings to further your agribusiness knowledge.

HOW AG CONSULTING DIFFERS FROM GENERAL BUSINESS CONSULTING

Agriculture and related businesses differ from conventional businesses due to dependence on weather, seasonality, market pricing, accounting practices, product knowledge, consumer demands, and cultural and family practices. Our Ag Center of Excellence business specialists work with statewide partners to assist clients in all aspects of starting, managing, and growing an agriculture-based business.

FEATURED AGRICULTURE CLIENTS

Profiles of Agriculture Team

Martin Brill, Agriculture Center of Excellence Coordinator

Martin Brill

Penn State SBDC

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Michael DiVecchio, agriculture consultant with Clarion University SBDC

Michael DiVecchio

PennWest Clarion SBDC

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Lisa Hall-Zielinski, Director of The University of Scranton SBDC

Lisa Hall Zielinski

The University of Scranton SBDC

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Tim Keohane, Director of Penn State SBDC

Timothy Keohane

Penn State SBDC

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Winifred McGee, SBDC Consultant

Winifred McGee

The University of Scranton SBDC

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Cynthia Nellis, Director of Clarion University of SBDC

Cynthia A. Nellis

PennWest Clarion SBDC

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Kara Ricciono

Kara Riccioni

Pennsylvania SBDC Lead Office

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CONTACT US

Kara Riccioni
Director of Agricultural Business Development
Email: riccioni@kutztown.edu
Phone: 908-642-4305

Martin Brill
Coordinator – Agriculture Center of Excellence
Email: mrb6698@psu.edu
Phone: 717-443-5927

Centers of Excellence

Centers of Excellence (COE) are recognized for creative programming and collaboration to provide industry sector specialized programs and services to industries and core areas most severely impacted by the pandemic in the Commonwealth.

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Agriculture Center of Excellence

The PA Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) at PennWest University Clarion, Penn State University, and The University of Scranton established the Agriculture Center of Excellence (Ag COE) to assist Pennsylvania farmers, food producers, farmers markets, retail food establishments, restaurants, and all ag-related businesses.

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