The “Empowering Educators” grant program directs focus toward science, technology, engineering and math projects to encourage action in schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey near company facilities. Through these competitive grants, teachers can receive up to $2,000 funding for educational projects that focus on energy issues like renewable energy demonstrations, energy efficiency and the greening of schools.
Coldwater Conservation Plans are useful in building local awareness and support for the long-term stewardship of coldwater streams and their surrounding watersheds. The plans are meant to identify potential problems and opportunities for stream conservation, and may often also lead to more detailed watershed studies or projects, ultimately improving the health of coldwater ecosystems.
On October 8th, EPA’s Green Infrastructure Program and the White House Council on Environmental Quality launched a broad collaborative of external stakeholders to advance green infrastructure implementation. The Green Infrastructure Collaborative will leverage efforts from the federal family, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and academia to advance green infrastructure as a means of supporting water quality and community development goals.
While there have been several notable dry spells in Pennsylvania since the era of warming began in the 1980's, a sustained drought has been rare compared with the decades prior. Climate models predict more frequent droughts over the continents in decades to come, but virtually none of these models forecast that precipitation would increase by 10% during the last century.
An interesting analysis concerning energy prices and their relation with the current global political climate.
Another pest that has flared due to BMSB sprays has been San Jose Scale (SJS). SJS is a relatively easy pest to control with many different control options added in the last 10 years. Paradoxically, it is a pest that is better prevented than cured.
Start a community conversation about potential economic development with a community FaceBook page or another social media format.
Pennsylvania is fortunate to have large amounts of water to support agriculture but farmers also use irrigation. According to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture, since 2007 irrigation use has expanded in the state to over 4500 farms and about 39,000 irrigated acres.
On January 27, 2015 at 9:45 am in the Organic session of the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Terra and Mike Brownback of Spiral Path Farm will discuss how they produce transplants on their farm.
On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and economy. On Nov. 1, 2014, the Commonwealth announced a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States.
AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians participated in the 2014 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) Annual Conference in King of Prussia, PA October 31-November 1.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) is a grant project funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute for Food and Agriculture to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth.
Seven fun and informative videos about using integrated pest management (IPM) in child care facilities are available from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. They illustrate practical and “easy-to-do” methods of preventing and getting rid of pests. The videos are short and can be viewed independently to focus on a particular pest problem, or watched all together to get a more in-depth sense of using IPM in the facility.
Relatively warm fall, gives way to rain showers in the forecast
Select Your 2015 Seed with Disease in Mind – From Northern Corn Leaf Blight to White Mold, what you can do now to plan for the 2015 crop season.
The Questionable Benefit of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybeans – EPA asks for comments on the widespread use of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production.
Soil Sampling Techniques – Determining sampling zones, random sampling and multiple cores are essential to a good soil sampling procedure.
On November 3, 2014 the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of a new invasive insect species, spotted lanternfly, Lycorna delicatula (White) (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae). This new species of fulgorid hopper (i.e., planthoppers), also known under the name of spot clothing wax cicada, is native to China and South-East Asia where it has one generation per season. Both nymphs and adults are known to feed on wood (sap feeding) of multiple tree species including fruit trees and grapes. Areas in Berks County, PA are currently under quarantine regulations to stop the spread of this new invasive insect pest.
On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and economy. On Nov. 1, 2014, the Commonwealth announced a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of this pest.