As 2015 comes to a close, it is time to review your Forest Stewardship Plan and this year’s activities, noting the success or failure of your plan’s recommendations.
PA Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals awarded the inaugural Natural Resource Education Champion Award to Duane Diefenbach.
Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.
Researchers and extension educators in the college take aim at the latest outbreak.
A planthopper in the family Fulgoridae, this undeniably colorful, inch-long insect can be enormously destructive to crops, timber, and ornamental plants. Among the 40 plant species counted as its hosts are grapes, peaches, apples, dogwood, maples, walnut, oak, and pines.
In this article, author Kevin Martin explores the challenges of running a profitable Vineyard, and the key factors to consider when examining where your business stands and where it's headed - Important lessons for agricultural operations of all kinds.
Late fall and winter are considered flu season, but not just for humans. Poultry specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences point out that the threat of avian influenza also is heightened at this time of year.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists determined that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) were present in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent, water, and fish tissue in urban waterways in the Great Lakes and upper Mississippi River Regions (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio) during 1999 through 2009.
Did you know that nearly one third of Americans are sleep-deprived, 90% of American high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, and that the side effects of sleep loss in young children point to possible poor behavior, impaired learning, and obesity?
The final FDA rule "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption" was published in the Federal Register on November 12, 2015.
As 2015 comes to an end, the next year appears to be more of the same: tight margins due to low milk prices and feed costs still relatively high. Producers have dealt with both scenarios the past six years, however, a new wrinkle has developed: a cap on the volume of milk shipped.
Do you have woods in your backyard? Nearly half a million Pennsylvanians own a small patch of woodlands -- something less than ten acres in size. Many landowners may recognize that owning land connects them to a larger landscape, which is part of a community comprised of land, water, wildlife, plants, and people. This community depends on and is influenced by the actions of all who have stewardship over the land -- regardless the size of ownership.
Three significant points identified from the research.
Come visit the Ag Safety and Health area at the 2016 Keystone Farm Show in York, PA on January 5 – 7, 2016.
Based on a multi-agency, multi-year study of one of the most complex river systems in Pennsylvania, the two most likely causes for the population decline of smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River are endocrine-disrupting compounds and herbicides; and pathogens and parasites.
Despite sound evidence to the contrary, poinsettia phobia continues. No other consumer plant has been as widely tested as the poinsettia.
Now that the outdoor garden chores are completed for the year, we have some time to look at the big picture.
Pharmaceuticals, hormones, personal care products, and other contaminants of concern associated with everyday household activities were found in adjacent shallow groundwater near two septic system networks in New York (NY) and New England (NE). Factors influencing movement to shallow groundwater and the types of chemicals found include population served by a septic system, site conditions such as soil permeability, and the properties of the chemicals.
Neonicotinoid insecticides (neonicotinoids) were present in a little more than half of the streams sampled across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. This is the first national-scale study of the presence of neonicotinoids in urban and agricultural land use settings across the Nation and was completed as part of ongoing USGS investigations of pesticide levels in streams.
In order to properly maintain your well and septic system, you should know the location of all components on your property. You should have a map showing the location of the well, septic tank, distribution box or pump tank, and leach field/absorption area or sand mound along with other underground utility lines.