You are invited to participate in a survey as part of an effort by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) to gather information on the state of sustainable agriculture practices in Pennsylvania.
Karst geology can be found in areas of Pennsylvania where it can lead to sink holes and water quality problems. This video explains the geology of karst formations and how they affect water movement.
An atomically thin membrane with microscopically small holes may prove to be the basis for future hydrogen fuel cells, water filtering and desalination membranes, according to a group of 15 theorists and experimentalists, including three theoretical researchers from Penn State.
Residence time of leaves and twigs, important to stream-dwelling species, can be halved.
On Saturday, April 11 2015 from 9am to 12pm the Penn State Agricultural and Environment Center will host a FREE community workshop on The Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater. This Guide will help you create your own stormwater management plan and select simple stormwater solutions to be implemented on your property.
The Bureau of Land Management issued its final rule for drilling and hydraulic fracturing on federal land after reviewing comments received on earlier proposed rules. (more...)
If you would like to see change for the better in your community it's time to get involved in the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.
A group of 12 young growers just returned from touring fruit growing regions in Central California. Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance Network Tours provide experiential training in sustainable production practices and encourage innovation among this next generation of growers.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY)
The who, what, why, when, where, how and how much of everything you need to know about fire blight and its management in preparation for the 2015 season.
Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry will be showcased during the 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, June 5-6 at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs. Known as Timber 2015, the biennial trade exposition is hosted by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.
Penn State University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has released an online manure pit ventilation design tool.
Gardening, no matter how much we enjoy it, is work.
Here is a newspaper story (reprinted with permission) that was run in the Daily News about the Huntingdon County Master Gardeners facilitating a Poison Prevention Program to nearly 90 first graders! Our Penn State Pesticide Education Program encourages any group to share their stories and photos of the Poison Prevention Program with us!
Penn State Extension, in cooperation with University of Vermont Extension and Rutgers Extension has developed energy-saving resources for Northeast farmers. The information is now available at E-Extension and includes information specific to tree fruit production.
Program highlights include alternative bacterial disease management, simplified pruning for high density orchards, advances in BMSB integrated management, pollinator protection, biological control of orchard pests, antibiotic resistance management, blossom thinning on apples, new apple cultivars and rootstocks, and high density peach plantings. Special guests are Dr. Richard Roush, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Russell Redding, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture.
Mistakes made in planning and planting an orchard cannot easily be reversed. Before establishing a new orchard block, it is important to carefully assess all the factors that will ultimately affect fruit quality and orchard sustainability. Proper planning includes evaluations of business goals, management style, site characteristics, and market potential.
There are a number of ways local governments and economic development organizations can support local entrepreneurship without spending lots of public dollars.
The problem for the horse owner is the challenge of controlling the amount of consumption of the green grass when returning the horse to grazing. When the horse’s metabolism is not accustomed to the lush forage dramatic side effects can occur.
Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) horsemanship camps are an intense, one-of-a-kind interactive experience. You’ll drive – groom – harness – learn. For adults there is the USTA Driving School.