Highlights of the New Worker Protection Standard
July 26, 2016
In late 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the long awaited revision to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Although it is now technically active it will not be enforced until 2017 but the original WPS will still be enforced until the end of 2016. Please keep in mind that the WPS covers both restricted use AND general use pesticides. This article will deal with the highlights to the revision but also some areas of the current WPS that need emphasized.
Hard Cider Twilight Meeting Scheduled
July 25, 2016
Do you own a hard cider operation? Are you an apple producer eager to extend your marketing to include sales to hard cider businesses? Would you be interested in touring a cider production and tasting room facility and network with industry peers?
20th Anniversary "Are You Crazy?" Retail Farm Market Bus Tour hits the road in September
July 25, 2016
Join Penn State Extension for a special 20th Anniversary Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour of the Finger Lakes region of New York on September 13 and 14, 2016. This tour is for retail farm market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm market peers during their best and most robust season. The 2016 event will include behind the scenes tours and information directly from farm market owners including unique display and merchandising ideas and information on market expansion and farm transition.
‘Models of the Future’ Demonstrate Best Management Practices
July 14, 2016
In 2014, a diverse group of young growers began collaborating with Penn State Extension on a project called Supporting Pennsylvania New Farmers in the Start-up, Re-strategizing, and Establishing Years. The project aims to increase the success of beginning farmers, specifically growers in year two to ten of establishing their businesses. A key component of the project is the “Models for the Future” on-farm demonstration plots.