HUNTINGDON, Pa. — Anyone interested in diversifying a farm business is encouraged to attend a Penn State Extension workshop designed to help turn the idea into reality.

"Agricultural Diversification: Hemp and Beyond," which will be held Wednesday, June 26, at the Penn State Extension Huntingdon County office, is aimed at helping participants learn about emerging markets and profit opportunities for farm enterprises.

This three-hour course includes exploratory discussion, research tools and self-assessment activities. By the end of the class, participants will decide on an action plan that works best for them and will have the tools and contacts to get started.

Organizers say this workshop is perfect for hobby and lifestyle farmers considering whether to expand their farm into a business enterprise, recent or soon-to-be retirees who may want to start a small farm business, immigrants with agricultural experience who wish to start farming in the United States, recent high school or college graduates considering a career in agriculture, and individuals inheriting or taking over a farm from a family member.

The course is free due to sponsorships. Register, at or call 877-345-0691.

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