Residents of Pennsylvania are used to dealing with snow. Annual snowfall ranges from an average of about 20 inches in southeastern counties to nearly 100 inches downwind of Lake Erie. While the winter of 2013-14 has produced some snow, most areas of the state have lacked a persistent snow cover for much of the winter.
At Penn State Extension’s recent “Farm Success” worskshop Mike and Terra Brownback from Spiral Path Farm discussed their systems and styles for working with employees to improve their farms’ profitability.
U.S. consumers have benefited from an increasing volume and variety of fresh produce at both retail and food service outlets. There has been a significant accompanying growth in imports, particularly since the 1990s. The produce section in today’s grocery store often has dozens, if not hundreds, of different fresh fruits and vegetables on display all year around. These products typically come from all corners of the globe as additions to our domestic fresh fruit and vegetables. Improved logistics, technology, and transportation have allowed this increase in availability.
MILLHEIM, PA January 13, 2014 – Farmers, doctors and other members of the sustainable agriculture community are set to explore the relationship between healthy people and healthy farms at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference, Feb. 5-8 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, PA. The main conference opening session, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Feb. 7 and sponsored by Lady Moon Farms, features a keynote address from Dr. Daphne Miller, family physician, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and author of Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing.
Proposed regulations for oil and gas surface activities that were developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and adopted by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will have the public comment period extended an additional 30 days until March 14th. Additional public meetings have been scheduled for February 10th in Troy and February 12th in Warren as well. The extension allows for concerns from residents be heard. What are the purpose and the provisions in the proposed regulations? (more....)
This 5-hour workshop on the basics of farm food safety will be offered as a pre-meeting educational session at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Hershey, PA on Monday January 27, 2014. Fresh produce growers can learn how contamination happens, how to assess farm food safety risks, and what measures can be taken to implement and document Good Agricultural Practices. Each participant will be issued a training certificate that can be presented to buyers as evidence of successful completion of GAP training.
One option for avoiding injury from spotted wing drosophila is to plant earlier-maturing varieties. This article discusses some cultivars that might fit the bill.
A must-have investment for folks in the tree fruit business is the recently released Compendium of Apple and Pear Diseases and Pests, Second Edition. The first edition was published in 1990 and the second edition has evolved to be nearly double in size. My one word review of the second edition: awesome.
The Indiana County 4-H program was represented at the 2014 PA State 4-H Volunteer Forum. Over 250 leaders from across the state attended, with five from Indiana County. Our leaders, pictured, included Debbie Beisel, who led the American pledge at the luncheon; Bruce and Anne Shannon, Lori Richardson, and Elizabeth Buterbaugh. Debbie assisted with the forestry workshop, and Extension Educator Carol Schurman presented two workshops and served on the planning committee.
PA-WAgN is sponsoring a Preconference track at this year’s PASA conference on tractor and farm safety.
Michigan State University Extension is offering the 2014 Beginning Farmer Webinar Series beginning in January 2014 on farm business basics, animal-based enterprises and plant-based enterprises.
A one-day workshop to better understand consumer perceptions and factors that drive the ethnic greens and herbs market.
Train-the-trainer program to deliver farm mechanization and tractor education to beginning farmers.
The Greenhouse Short Course is a one-day program as part of the pre-conference sessions at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Conference. This program is ideal for new greenhouse growers or growers that need more background in basic greenhouse operations and management. We will be covering everything from crop scheduling through pest management strategies through marketing.
Because an increased fly population may lead to a health nuisance in and around the farm as well as in neighboring communities, it is extremely important for poultry producers to take action prior to facing possible threats of litigation.
Our mission is to support small independent American farms in their efforts for greater environmental and economic health, community engagement, and advocacy that supports sustainable agriculture.
Youth water education continues to be an important part of protecting and restoring America’s valuable water resources. Penn State Extension is proud to host the second ever Dive Deeper Summit for youth water educators in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
February is a wonderful time to think about fine-tuning your gardening skills. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, there is always so much to learn. Let the Penn State Master Gardeners of Adams County help you resolve your gardening problems or learn how to get started through their class series Gardening in Your Environment.
Placemaking is a vital part of community development. Depending on how placemaking is used, it creates community vitality.