USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program just released a new publication entitled Organic Transition - A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs. It is available as a free pdf or as a book for $16.
As the result of efforts by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s spotted lanternfly survey crews, cooperators (other agencies, Penn State Extension, and other organizations), and the general public, Sven Spichiger, Entomology Program Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) recently reported two new Pennsylvania counties and several new township detection records for the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula.
Bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) is a biennial that true to its name, having notable spines. This plant is much different than Canada thistle.
Effective community engagement – whether it is focused on a specific project or challenge or creating a more engaged organization – is more than simply talking to, or informing our citizens or constituents about the things we want them to know about.
Pennsylvania woodland owners are daily making decisions about the care and well-being of their piece of Penn’s Woods, and we owe them all a debt of gratitude.
Join Penn State Extension and your farming peers this winter to hear from the experts, learn from one another, and discuss the challenges facing you and your business over a shared meal. Study Circles will take place in five locations across Pennsylvania. All meetings are free. Find your local network, and we'll see you there!
Healthy soil should be the objective of every farmer. But what is soil health and how can it be improved? In these workshops you will get an overview of the basics of soil health and how to evaluate it, and learn about 14 principles and practices that help to improve soil health. You will receive a copy of the new publication ‘Soil Health in Field and Forage Crop Production’, and be able to observe a live demonstration of the effects of poor and good management on soil health. Soil health specialists from Penn State and USDA-NRCS will be presenting and farmers from your area will explain how they have improved soil health on their farm. Come join us for an exciting exchange of ideas!
Join PA-WAgN for our annual One-Day Networking Symposium as we share through a full day of workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and peer-to-peer information sharing.
Cows perform best when they can be kept on a consistent ration and forage quality is excellent. Is it an achievable goal to maintain lactating cows on the same forage ration for 12 months? Most people would automatically respond no to this question. Based on my experience as a dairy producer, dairy manager and nutritionist it can be a realistic goal; however it requires a very committed and focused approach to achieve that end result.
Before you bag up the leaves falling from your trees, consider their potential for your landscape.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s time to begin making preparations if you haven’t already done so...
A growing number of farms and greenhouses in Pennsylvania rely on irrigation for crop production. Sources of irrigation water include wells, springs, streams, ponds, runoff and municipal water. Penn State surveys of irrigation water sources have found that the majority have water quality characteristics that may be problematic for crops or irrigation equipment, most commonly high pH, alkalinity and hardness.
The invasive northern snakehead fish found in the mid-Atlantic area is now cause for more concern, potentially bringing diseases into the region that may spread to native fish and wildlife, according to a team of U.S. Geological Survey scientists.
While sprouted whole grains are an ancient food, the benefits of the cereal sprouts have only begun to be marketed to the public at large. What are the benefits and the risks involved in consuming these newly popular relics of ancient cuisine?
How communities address economic development will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
The role of liquefied natural gas in today's economy will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 19.
Our nationally recognized Penn State Extension Equine Team is searching for an individual trained in equine. This individual will be responsible for actively working with the team to identify important equine industry issues, formulate learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support these objectives and participate in evaluations to measure the team’s educational impact.
Ryan Frye was like most graduating high school students in 2005 – excited and ready to start the next chapter in his life. The Blairsville, Pa. native was looking forward to full-time work on his family’s dairy farm, started by his grandfather in 1978.
The Penn State Extension Diabetes Program Team won the 2015 National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Regional Excellence through Research Award. The award recognizes individuals and/or teams who present an outstanding commitment to research.
Whether it’s your budget, environmental commitment or desire to keep holiday memories alive, you’ve decided to forego a cut holiday tree for a living tree. Here's some important information.