Trying to figure out what to say to children about recent traumatic events? “These can be complicated, tough conversations to have, but they’re essential,” says psychologist Richard Weissbourd, a senior lecturer at HGSE and HKS and co-director of the Making Caring Common project. Read the article "When Bad Things Happen" by Mary Tamer for tips on talking to kids about the unthinkable and inevitable events in life. Credit: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Usable Knowledge. Visit their website at gse.harvard.edu/uk
Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms, or other places of business which can be daunting at times.
Many of the most successful farmers I know are experts at finding and keeping great employees. As a new farmer, managing employees can be a huge challenge. For the first employee you hire it may seem like more time than it’s worth to figure out how to file all the right paperwork, let alone how to delegate effectively.
This is a PASA Eastern Region Two Day Event - Are you a farmer interested in produce safety? Do you want to understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and third party audits? Then this two-day workshop is for you!
Getting to the bottom of a plant problem can be a challenge. This is definitely the case with ornamental plants because there are so many different species. What do you need to be a good diagnostician?
A Special Thank You - AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians would like to thank the Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility Project for their generous donation of educational material, hands-on display items, and assistive technology demonstrations.
The Pennsylvania SIC was selected for this award primarily for their work at adapting their Professional Timber Harvester Training program into an entry-level program for aspiring logging or forest industry workers and incorporating it into the curriculum of high school programs in Pennsylvania.
Change is constant on the 110 acres of Becket Run Woodlands that roll across a section of Allegheny County, but there’s one new addition that’s likely to be standing for a long, long time. A new sign tells passersby a tale of success: first, “Pennsylvania Tree Farm of the Year 2014.” Then, "Northeast Region Tree Farmer of the Year 2015.” And now? “National Outstanding Tree Farm of the Year 2015.”
Federal income tax laws can influence a private woodland owner’s financial decisions about land management. Yet, special favorable tax provisions on timber that are intended to encourage private forest management and stewardship are commonly unknown. To help woodland owners in filing their 2015 tax returns, this publication explains the federal income tax laws on timber. The information is not legal or accounting advice. It is current as of September 30, 2015.
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn released results of an independent review team’s annual study of state forestlands, noting its findings continue to affirm Bureau of Forestry efforts to conserve these resources through sound management.
The spotted lanternfly has now been found in one additional municipality in Berks County, an additional township in Montgomery County, and has appeared in parts of Bucks and Chester counties.
Did you know that your state Cooperative Extension service has 4-H curriculum available to help teach youth about the outdoors, about wildlife, and even about forestry?
For the second year in a row, students in the Natural Resource Management Career and Technical Program at Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania received the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s Professional Timber Harvester Training credential. The training is provided through a partnership with the Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee that allows students in the program to complete it as part of their regular curriculum at no additional cost to them or the school.
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Winter Safety Tips
After the autumn leaves fall and are cleaned up we start thinking of holidays and of plants that will keep our interest throughout the winter. Though there are many plants with berries and interesting bark that can add interest to the winter landscape, Pennsylvania also offers some native evergreens that can help form a backdrop to deciduous berrying shrubs or highlight dramatic bark.
Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education.
Apples are a long-lived perennial crop, thus most fruit farms have several blocks of trees that vary in age and size. Many orchard enterprises have adopted intensive (≥518 trees per acre) orchard systems over the past 25 years. However, blocks of larger semi-dwarf trees at medium density still exist on many farms, and often these blocks still have a significant role to play in the orchard enterprise.
This school is open to new judge applicants, current judges on the PA 4-H Horse Show Judges List & open show judges, Horse show management and officials, and Competitive horse judging team coaches and members.
USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program just released a new publication entitled Organic Transition - A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs. It is available as a free pdf or as a book for $16.