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April 11, 2017

The Commonwealth Drought Task Force Thursday lifted the Drought Warning designation for Mifflin and Union counties, but 19 counties still remain in Drought Watch conditions which call for a 5 percent reduction in water use. In addition, Carbon, Juniata, Monroe, and Schuylkill counties were returned to Normal status.

Female Allium Leafminer making distinct damage pattern. By Tim Elkner
April 11, 2017

The spring season has begun! This past week (April 3 to April 9) we had our first damage sighting. We've also had field collected pupa emerge over the weekend suggesting the beginning of adult activity.

April 11, 2017

A promising -- and natural -- solution to curb destructive the sea lamprey population has been developed by a team of researchers.

Keeping your own well and septic records is important. Photo: George Hurd, Penn State Extension
April 11, 2017

If you are on a private well, it is your responsibility to determine the quality of your drinking water. If you have an on-lot sewage disposal system, it is your responsibility to ensure that the system is operating properly.

April 11, 2017

While lead pipes were banned decades ago, they still supply millions of American households with water each day. A team of engineers has developed a new way to track where dangerous lead particles might be transported in the drinking water supply during a common abatement procedure.

April 11, 2017

StateImpact’s Marie Cusick reported Thursday Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt saying the cuts to funding proposed by the Trump administration will have an “immediate and devastating effect” in Pennsylvania.

April 11, 2017

Researchers from Stanford and the University of Calgary have transformed pulses of electrical current sent 1,000 feet underground into a picture of where seawater has infiltrated freshwater aquifers along the Monterey Bay coastline.

Image:  Penn State
April 11, 2017

One year ago, Penn State’s University Park campus officially switched from coal to natural gas to power and heat the buildings on campus.

Jamison Malcolm, master's degree student, second from left, is shown mentoring teens in Philadelphia in 2015. Malcolm is bringing another youth mentoring program to Philadelphia -- Youth as Researchers -- an initiative sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State.
April 10, 2017

Encouraging youth to have empathy for others is the goal of a research initiative spearheaded by a graduate student at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

April 7, 2017

The AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Advisory Group held their annual meeting in State College on March 16. The group met to review the project scope, responsibilities, and overall efforts of the grant-based program. The goal of the project is to assist farmers and agricultural workers in overcoming a disability or long-term health condition so that they may continue to work and remain in production agriculture in the state of Pennsylvania. The grant for the project was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

April 6, 2017

Spring is one of the busiest times of the year on a farm and sometimes things are so busy that safety is not given the priority that it needs to keep everyone safe. Below are some ways to help improve safety and decrease the risk of injury at your farm operation.

April 6, 2017

Farmers are often surprised by the amount of record keeping that their agricultural enterprise can entail. After all, your passion is likely in the production of your crops! Nevertheless, good planning and records are paramount to running a smooth operation that is capable of success and expansion. Here are some quick tips on how to get off to a good start with your planning and record keeping this season and beyond.

Penn State Extension, for the second consecutive year, offered its Italian Processed Meats Workshop, which combines lectures, demonstrations and hands-on activities in making both ground salami and whole muscle products such as prosciutto.
April 6, 2017

There is a popular saying that contends, "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." But Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor of animal science at Penn State, doesn't buy it.

April 6, 2017

Children are at risk of injury because their developmental stages limit their physical, mental, and emotional abilities. As they grow, children naturally test out their environments, but their curiosity and fearlessness put them at great danger for injuries.

April 5, 2017

A brief reprieve from the wet weather will lead into the next period of unsettled weather on Thursday and Friday followed by a roller-coaster ride in temperatures through next week.

April 5, 2017

Grazing can be a great way of farming on steep slopes not suited for crop production. However, care has to be taken to manage the grazing animals so that undue soil degradation does not occur.

April 5, 2017

Penn State Extension will again monitor black cutworm populations across the state. Keep monitoring for this prospective pest.

April 5, 2017

Mild winter weather and a more severe than usual stripe rust season in the south in 2016 may put us at risk for early rust issues in our PA wheat and barley crops in 2017.