A new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) looks at how local planners and decision-makers can incorporate the effects of a changing climate into their efforts to manage stormwater runoff.
Water is essential to all life on earth. When the quality of water is impaired every living organism is impacted. The problems associated with Lake Erie are examples of how agricultural practices, naturally occurring events, and other human activities can have an impact on water quality.
The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. has released a new guide for citizen science groups and watershed organizations across the nation to take a role in finding and eliminating sources of harmful bacteria in their communities.
Pause for a moment and consider your nearest stream. Do you know where it goes? Chances are, if you live in one of the 41 counties covering central Pennsylvania, that water finds its way to the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) posted detailed information regarding the 2015 distribution of Impact Fees (more…)
We continue to observe a strong presence of codling moth adults in pheromone traps placed in commercial apple orchards. Despite the codling moth developmental model suggesting the end of the codling moth egg hatch period (95% eggs hatched by June 25), the presence of moths in the traps in the next few weeks still warrants extended management activities.
Many people struggle to find ways to incorporate vegetables into their diets. To help individuals and families add healthy flavor, texture and color to their meals, Penn State Extension has released the "Totally Veggies Resource Guide."
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.
In "The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture," the authors explore the societal changes that have empowered women to claim the farmer identity, describe barriers that are broadly encountered by women farmers, and posit that their innovative responses to these barriers are helping to redefine agriculture.
Have you taken time to celebrate successes?
Fifteen miles south of Bedford, Pa., sits a 100-acre organic fruit and vegetable farm owned by Dawn and Rob Custer called Goodness Grows.
Abundant opportunities exist for farming enterprises and businesses to achieve value-added production. Free, online courses from SARE provide support for making business plans and setting achievable goals
The research project aims to understand the unique health insurance needs of farm and ranch families.
New book documents the rise and impact of women in Northeast agriculture. Researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Ohio University have co-authored a new book that examines a recent cultural shift in agriculture, marked by an unprecedented number of women who have entered into farming.
From a sustainability perspective, there are right ways and wrong ways to cut trees. A well-planned and executed timber sale focuses on two outcomes: What are you leaving to manage in the future (the residual)? Or, what will or have you done to establish or release regeneration (the next forest)?
Cool and tranquil weather has dominated the first half of the week. More unsettled weather will arrive for Thursday and Friday followed by another period of dry weather through early next week.
The PA Soybean Board through the Penn State Field and Forage Crops Team sponsors an extensive network of on-farm, field scale research projects. Periodically, participating farms are highlighted on the PA soybean board website and their facebook page. This week we check in with Bob and Doreen Shearer.
Reports from Pennsylvania and New York indicate that some spring seeded alfalfa is struggling to establish.
Abundant opportunities exist for farming enterprises and businesses to achieve value-added production. Free, online courses from SARE provide support for making business plans and setting achievable goals.
Current report: Most fields are emerging with some as far along as V2.