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.
Harrisburg, Pa. — Berks County has another township under quarantine due to the Spotted Lanternfly. The invasive insect, which was new to the United States last fall, continues to impact the county.
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.
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there's a flat surface -- meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly.
How do we motivate limited resource youth to make healthy food choices and increase physical activity? Penn State Nutrition Links Nutrition Education Adviser, Eileen Johanssen, has been hanging out with the third graders in Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Bethlehem, Northampton County helping to answer that question!
The barriers impeding resource stressed families from attending Nutrition Links nutrition education programs include family responsibilities, transportation issues, and work schedules.
Over 40 new and beginning farmers attended an afternoon workshop on Tractor and Machinery Safety presented by Penn State Extension Educators on April 4th at Blooming Glen Farm in Perkasie, PA.
The Crop Management Team recently completed their tenth cover crop field day during the month of November at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.
The annual Bucks County Holstein Show was held at the Middletown Grange Fair on August 17, 2012. (From the home page click on the title above to read more.)
Honey bees are in the news almost every week. A condition known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has drawn attention to honey bees like never before. The public has been reminded of the importance of honey bees in the production of everything from apples and almonds to onions and alfalfa. (It is the onion/alfalfa seed they help with). And, the bee’s plight has struck a sympathetic nerve with many folks. Maybe you’re one of them.
Want to know where to find great fruits, vegetables, meats and more in Bucks County? Fresh From Bucks County Farms is a directory that Penn State creates each year to help you.
For over 40 years, Penn State Extension has collaborated with the Bucks Mont Wool Cooperative to teach Sheep Shearing to aspiring shepherds.
This is a great tool to use when monitoring for any turf or landscape pests.
Emerald ash borer (Agrilis planipennis) is a threat to all ash (Fraxinus) species in Pennsylvania.
The Bucks County Holstein Club held their Annual Meeting and Banquet on Saturday, February 4th at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Bedminster. Over 130 were in attendance.
In order to look at the possible labor and resource savings Penn State Extension educators, working with growers, laid biodegradable mulch at seven sites in Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Snyder, and Bucks Counties. Take a look at what we learned and farmer tips on how to work with biofilms.
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) burst onto the scene in 2010, causing catastrophic damage in most mid-Atlantic states.
Through the Tree Vitalize program, many Penn State Master Gardeners have become Tree Tenders. And they are planting lots of trees. Tree Tenders training is ongoing in many communities.