Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
Dairy educators have been hosting meetings with dairy producers to explain the new Margin Protection Program, a federal assistance program for dairy producers.
The Agronomy Field Day taught farmers how to evaluate their corn stands soon after emergence for problems caused by insects, nutrients, and weather. The participants also compared growth patterns of corn planted with different types of fertilizer and viewed insect feeding on soybeans.
The Armstrong County Board of Commissioners presents a proclamation in celebration of the 100 Year Anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act which established Cooperative Extension.
Local extension offices have resources available to assist homeowners and farmers with weed identification in lawns, gardens, pastures, and crop fields.
The 2014 Indiana Crops Conference provided information to farmers about weed, insect, and disease control, planting and managing cover crops and forages, crop insurance, and pesticide safety.
A new Dairy Educator has joined the Penn State Extension team. Andrew Sandeen is now working from the Indiana County office and will aim to serve dairy producers and other industry personnel across Southwest Pennsylvania.
Armstrong County 4-H Club, Incognito Robotics, makes last minute adjustments before the FIRST Robotics competition being held March 27-29.
Pond management can be challenging. One way to handle the challenges is to turn it into a school project!
Armstrong county leaders attend this years symposium to learn more about club activities!
Local 4-Her's experience the many exhibits at the 2014 PA State Farm Show.
Local 4-Her's were honored for their accomplishments at the recent Armstrong County 4-H Achievement Night.
At this years PA State Model show , Caleigh Anderson participates in the Senior Division.
A local research trial was conducted to evaluate how insects and diseases impact soybean yields.
Hannah Kolesar, 4-Her of Triple-S, entertained participants at the IV Galaxy Conference in Pittsburgh this week.
Late blight is now confirmed on tomato in Lancaster, Chester, Indiana and Somerset Counties and is suspected in several others.
Recently, a Good Production Practices training for 4-H equine members was conducted by Erika Moore, Royal Riders Organization Leader. 4-H members learned the importance of reading food labels for their livestock. Erika explained the various ingredients and the need to be diligent of what you are feeding your animals.