It’s that time of year again, when people start sniffling and coughing around the office. Statistics say that on average a person will get two to four colds per year. It is likely that all of us will come down with some type of illness this winter, whether it is a cold or the flu or a stomach bug. Even if you can’t prevent every illness, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of beating the odds and staying in the pink.
Companies often promote their products as the end all to all of our aches and pains. Recently, coconut oil seems to be gaining speed as the next best thing to sliced bread! Here is a brief summary of fats and oils and how they increase or decrease our risks of heart disease and how coconut oil fits in.
Do you own a farm business and are looking towards the future, perhaps retiring, scaling back from farming or transitioning from a farm business to take on another adventure? If so you will want to mark your calendar to attend one of the “Farm Succession and Transition” workshops being held by PA Farm Link, a non-profit organization dedicated to “creating farming opportunities for the next generation”.
A Farmer –to-Framer workshop will be held March 12, 2014, from 830AM – 300PM at Goodness Grows Farm - 5360 Bedford Valley Rd Bedford, PA 15522. This workshop is to help build the Southern Alleghenies Local Food Network and to help farmers mentor other farmers in the region.
Growth in minority populations in the United States is providing opportunities for the specialty-crop industry on the East Coast to fill the rising demand created by ethnically diverse consumers. To help agricultural producers and others to tap into these markets, researchers and extension staff from four land-grant universities will hold a one-day workshop on March 3 in Valley Forge.
Successful culling strategies are based on economics and utilize accurate production data. This article discusses metrics that incorporate information from a current test day and for the current lactation.
As group housing systems for calves have gained popularity in recent years, interest in acidified milk systems has also been renewed. This article describes reasons for acidifying milk or milk replacer and examines research on acidified milk feeding systems.
Consistency is one of the biggest goals when feeding calves. Whatever the liquid feed (milk or milk replacer), the temperature, total solids percentage, and nutrient level should be reasonably consistent from feeding to feeding. Large changes in any of these parameters can lead to unwillingness of calves to drink or scours in calves that do drink.
Is the dairy industry ready to move from the past 75 years of artificial insemination (AI) as the primary way of advancing genetic progress, to using genomics, ovum pick-up (OPU), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) as another combination of technologies that could be used routinely to help take the dairy industry to the “next level” of genetic progress?
Prevention of mastitis requires reducing exposure to mastitis pathogens and enhancing the ability of the heifers’ immune system to respond.
The variety of production systems make it difficult for any one farm to truly know the cost to feed its herd when basing prices solely on the prevailing market. Though analysts do a reasonable job approximating the market costs for feedstuffs like corn silage and alfalfa haylage, actual producer costs can vary greatly within the same state. For this reason, it pays to know the true costs to produce the crops fed on the dairy farm.
With the continuous parade of winter storms hitting the U.S., USDA has released an information sheet titled Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Snow Storms.
Paul Vigna explores the use of sulfites in wine after a local news article posted how mead producers do not add "sulfides."
You know the situation…you and your crew spent days cleaning, pruning and moving perennial and nursery stock into your overwintering houses. After a few weeks you walk through and notice some of the pots have half the media volume they had when you moved them!
Journalist, Paul Vigna, writes about the 2014 Wine Quality Improvement workshop, and what advantages it holds for winemakers and wine enthusiasts. Article includes images capturing the hands-on activities experienced by attendees to identify and remember wine defects.
Penn Live writer, Paul Vigna discusses the 2014 Benchmark Wine Tasting workshop held by Penn State Extension Enology.
Each year in February, horticultural professional growers, educators, and hobbyists are putting the finishing touches on their projects for the grand and delightful Philadelphia Flower Show.
What do you do with smaller sized woodland parcels? Can you care for them the same way that you can larger parcels? Follow these landowners' example and learn how to inventory and come up with a plan for a smaller woodlot.
Invasive species are fairly ubiquitous in our forested landscape. Why do these plants succeed? Why can’t our native species successfully compete with invasives?
How did American beech become the predominant component in many forested stands and what should a landowner do about it? Learn more about beech in Pennsylvania's forests.