Making sense of diet recommendations in the news media can be frustrating and confusing. Getting to the science base behind the message is important.
The Lancaster Vegetable Farmers Cooperative was started as a place where growers could dry, sort, grade, and package onions and winter squash.
Have you given much thought to the trees in your community? Trees are a major component of the urban forest and provide a variety of benefits to our local communities.
Parents often struggle with being honest with their children about their strengths and weaknesses for fear of ruining their self-image. Yet, a false sense of self leads to disappointment and an inability to see one’s true strengths. How can parents build their child’s self-confidence and avoid over-inflating their egos or giving them a false assessment of who they are?
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has developed a new geospatial information system (GIS) mapping website to help local governments and other entities pursuing permits for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to obtain information for their permit applications more easily.
Penn State Extension Water Specialist, Bryan Swistock, and several Extension Water Team Members, trained other Extension Personnel at the recent Joint Council of Extension Professionals Conference in State College, PA.
A new multiyear study has shown for the first time how changes in ocean temperature affect a key species of phytoplankton. The study tracked levels of Synechococcus—a tiny bacterium common in marine ecosystems—near the coast of Massachusetts over a 13-year period. As ocean temperatures increased during that time, annual blooms of Synechococcus occurred up to four weeks earlier than usual because cells divided faster in warmer conditions, the study found.
The PA Association of Environmental Educators are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Environmental Educators Awards to be presented at the PAEE Conference in March. The deadline for nominations is December 31.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, Southern Company and Alcoa Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program. Applications are due January 31.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced this week that Purdue University will receive a grant to continue hosting the National AgrAbility Project (NAP). The grant will be in place from 2016 to 2020.
The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.
As the holiday season approaches, millions of Americans will be prepping, cooking, eating and cleaning up holiday feasts. With all the hustle and bustle that surround these events, sometimes food safety can take a back seat.
Integrated Pest Management or IPM is a strategy for pest management that uses a combination of practices to minimize risks to people and the environment while reducing pest problems.
As the holiday season approaches, millions of Americans will be preparing, cooking, eating and cleaning up holiday feasts enjoyed with family and friends. With all the hustle and bustle that surrounds these events, sometimes food safety can take a back seat.
There are a lot of good reasons for using covers crops on vegetable farms including recycling or adding nitrogen to the soil.
After a busy harvest season, there are still several jobs to be done and one of those important jobs is pruning.
Joan and John Baxter, of Linfield, Pennsylvania, have created an endowment, the Julie A. Haines Memorial Professional Development Scholarship for Penn State Extension, to memorialize their niece, Julie Haines. The fund will support professional development for nutrition education paraprofessionals, or those in a similar role, employed by Penn State Extension.
An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers has received federal funding to test whether a nanotechnology device can be used to trap and concentrate plant viruses, with an eye toward providing early detection that could help protect crops from disease and reduce pesticide use.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $832,830 in grants for two new projects, one that empowers veterans, older Americans and others with disabilities to pursue or maintain careers in agriculture, and another to deliver farm safety education to youth seeking employment or already employed in agricultural production.
Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences had the second largest contingent of students attend the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in September, many returning with awards at the event that pairs students with 7,500 industry professionals from 91 countries.