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.
On September 11th and 12th, educators from Allegheny, Westmoreland and Beaver Counties filled the classroom at The Penn State Center Pittsburgh, where they received underwater robotics training from U.S. Naval STEM professionals and Engineers from Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.
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.
Join the Beaver County Master Gardeners as they host their next Smart Gardening Workshop "Gardens, Gardens, Gardens!"
Penn State Extension offers a variety of water testing options for drinking water, pond water, livestock water, and irrigation water for turfgrass, nurseries and greenhouses, and farm food safety (GAP).
Area school students learn the importance of water resources with springtime visits to the local wetlands.
Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently hosted the 2013 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium on May 8, 2013. The symposium was held during National Drinking Water Week in recognition of the importance of groundwater to both public and private drinking water supplies across Pennsylvania.
Not every dead bird is necessarily a victim of West Nile Virus. It is important to remember that birds are very sensitive to their environment and can be found dead as a result of eating pesticides or fertilizers applied to yards and gardens, flying into windows or cars, falling from nests, or from a run-in with the neighborhood cat.
Indiana County 4-H Members Honored At Achievement Celebration! Garrett Richardson was Outstanding Senior Member and Katelin Olson was the Outstanding Junior Member.
Three Indiana County 4-H horse club members were recently honored at the 53rd Annual PA State 4-H Horse Show in Harrisburg.
Despite the popularity and life-like appearance of modern artificial trees, nothing says “Christmas” like the fragrance a cut, live Christmas tree brings to your home. Beyond the initial set up and making sure it always has water, a well-selected cut tree is not much more trouble than an artificial one. And you do not have to worry about storing it for the rest of the year!
Economic and Community Educators Jeff Himes and John Turack utilized wooden replica buildings to teach Indiana County youth and citizens about the effects of their land use choices at the 150th Indiana County Fair.
This model of a typical watershed shows how any impacts on the land – such as pesticides, oil, wastewater, and erosion – can potentially end up in local waterways after a rain event.
You recently had your private water supply tested, hoping to gain valuable information about the quality and condition of your water. Upon receiving the water analysis report, you find yourself looking at confusing columns of decimal numbers, abbreviations, and contaminants that are difficult to pronounce. What does this all mean?
We hope you enjoy this slideshow featuring several flower varieties at the peak of summer! Click on the image to zoom in for more detail.
Like many parents, you probably send your children off to school every day with a home-packed lunch that is healthy and catered to your children’s individual tastes. But if that lunch isn’t also packed and handled with food safety in mind, it could wind up making your child sick.
For the first time since the Beaver County Senior Gardens were established in 1986 as a joint effort between Penn State Extension in Beaver County and the Beaver County Office on Aging (BCOA), disabled seniors can once again enjoy their passion for planting, growing, and harvesting their own crops at the newly constructed accessible gardens.