An examination of 2015 cash flow and breakeven production costs for 107 Pennsylvania farms shows that breakeven ranged from less than $16/cwt to over $22/cwt. Not surprisingly, feed costs are a big contributor to differences between farms.
Women have always been an important part of the dairy industry, but at many universities today the number of women earning degrees in agricultural sciences is equal to or greater than the number of men. The number of women who are the principal operator of a farm is also growing.
Understanding differences between cultures can provide helpful insight for situations encountered everywhere in our increasingly global society, including common encounters on U.S. farms.
Since 2009, Penn State Extension has hosted a full-day session at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC), taught completely in Spanish. These sessions have targeted Hispanic and Latino farmers, farm managers and farm workers, working in horticultural crop production. Bilingual educators from surrounding states have collaborated in the project, and helped to create a learning environment that is friendly, engaging, inclusive, and highly relevant.
Growing culinary herbs can be a profitable niche market, but not much research has focused on growing culinary herbs on a commercial-scale in our area. Most of the information in this primer is from available research, as well as from Tony Ricci of Green Heron Farm in Three Springs, PA and Deb Brubaker, Jackie Swihart and Allison Glick of Village Acres Farm and Foodshed in Mifflintown, PA.
“Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” during National Nutrition Month. Don’t you just love a celebration? Here’s a great one for you, National Nutrition Month! Every year we take the month of March to celebrate good food and healthy eating.
“Rediscovering” the pawpaw, a native North American fruit tree.
Think red on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year! Incorporate more red foods into your diet...
To extract natural gas from deep shale formations like the Marcellus, scientists developed a process using "proppants" in the fluid used in hydraulic fracturing. A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on those materials, which are designed to keep induced fractures open. This presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Feb. 18, will feature Marc McQuesten, vice president of Preferred Proppants/DustPRO. He will discuss the role of proppants — typically a solid material such as sand, treated sand or man-made ceramic — and current technological advances in hydraulic fracturing.
Recent developments in Flint, Michigan have highlighted concerns of lead in drinking water. Lead is an extremely toxic metal that can cause serious health effects, especially in children.
Excess stormwater is a growing problem in Pennsylvania and across the country, contributing to water pollution, flash floods and other issues. To help youth and adults understand and reduce the impacts of stormwater, Penn State Extension has launched a new curriculum titled "Rain to Drain — Slow the Flow."
An analysis of public water systems in Pennsylvania cities with high lead exposure rates shows that drinking water is not the source of the lead. Out of the more than 150 public water systems reviewed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) none had exceeded EPA standards for lead in the drinking water. The water systems tested serve more than 6 million people – nearly half of the residents of the state.
A Temple University researcher's recently published study might illuminate a previously unclear relationship between private water wells in Canada and an acute stomach bug -- findings that could have implications in the Keystone State.
New 'pulse-shunt' concept explains key role of infrequent, but critical, events. Heavy weather events cause an inordinate amount of organic material to bypass headwater systems, say researchers, pushing them downstream into larger rivers and coastal waters and inland basins -- with profound implications for water quality through the watershed.
New scientific research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) details how landfill leachate, disposed from landfills to environmental pathways, is host to numerous contaminants of emerging concern (CECs).
It should be no surprise when the dairy industry comes off a year like 2014 with exceptional milk prices that the other extreme will come around. The carryover of income from 2014 softened the blow of 2015’s lower milk price. Moving into 2016 the milk price is expected to be even lower. The same issues affecting cash flow in 2009 are impacting producers in 2016. Have we learned from past experience?
Recently the USDA and the US Department of Health and Human Services released the official 2015 Dietary Guidelines. These guidelines are based upon the most current research in nutrition and give guidance to meals that are served in child care centers, schools and active adult centers.
A recent article in the Pennsylvania Township News magazine shared how the PA natural gas impact fee helped rewrite the future for many townships. (more...)
The revised SAY National Clearinghouse consists of two different types of educational products: formal curriculum's and other supporting resources.
Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.