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Crowdfunding captures the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit-that anything is possible. The size and scope of the projects on crowdfunding sites are awe inspiring. In 2012, the JOBS –Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by the Obama Administration. This Act eliminated certain restrictions on how new startup businesses could be funded. Since 2012, crowdfunding has become a term that many people are familiar with, but may not have direct experience with.
Both early blight and Septoria leaf spot are now a common sight in PA tomato fields thanks in part to the frequent rain events and persistent high relative humidity.
What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain? When buying livestock, there are a number of things you should consider before you make the commitment to purchase. Here are a few things to take a closer look at.
Plant, weed, hoe, cultivate, water, plant, fertilize, water . . . No time to stop and take a close look for pests and diseases? Take a few minutes. It could save your crop.
For a crop that may fruit for fifty years under the right care, it is critical to get blueberry plants off to a strong, healthy start.
Silvopasture is the integration of trees, livestock, and forage crops together on the same land to create dual income from timber and livestock. In recent years there has been more interest in these types of systems. Grazing livestock in wooded areas was once very common in the northeastern U. S.
Three species cause ‘wormy’ corn: the European corn borer, corn earworm, and fall armyworm. Insect traps baited with sex pheromones help time management options.
Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. The primary suspects are: poor nutrition, pesticides, pathogens/ parasites, and poor quality genetic stock. Here we will consider recent research results describing how pesticides might affect pollinators.
Today you decided that your pigs are up to market weight and you are going to send them off to a USDA inspected slaughter facility so you can sell the cuts from those pigs at your local farmers market. You get the boxes of meat back and you think, “Am I missing a box?” “Is that all the meat that comes back from a 300 lbs. pig?” “How much should I charge my customers?”
There are a number of tools available for selection, but the key is to combine operation goals with production benchmarks and visual appraisal to select the best sheep for your farm.
Consumer interest in garlic and garlic consumption has grown over the past several decades and it remains strong. Gourmet food interest and healthy diet trends are probably a factor. Regardless of the reason, this presents marketing opportunities for growers.
High populations of different flies can have a negative impact on the productivity and profitability of beef cattle enterprises.
Reproduction is the most influential factor contributing to the profitability of a cow calf producer. Poor conception rates will drastically decrease annual revenue of the operation, likely inhibiting profitability. While there are several reasons that contribute to this happening, we need to manage our risk to insure that we give our cows an opportunity to be successful.
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.
Land that needs to increase its productivity is a common question and often the temptation by a landowner is to tear up the ground and re-seed it. The land may have been cash rented or the previous owner did little to properly maintain the fertility. Before spending a lot of money on seed, fuel and a lot of time, it’s prudent to do your homework before you do anything to the ground.
Leaf miners seem to be especially noticeable this spring in both conventional and organic fields. If you are seeing white meandering tunnels in your beet, spinach and chard leaves you are not familiar with, read on for management tips.
The large flocks in the western part of the country have the luxury of dealing directly with wool buyers because they harvest enough tonnage to attract a bid. Shepherds in the East generally have small flocks, and, consequently, don’t produce enough wool to interest a woolen mill or wool broker. That’s where Wool Pools come in.
I recently met a farmer who said “I got into farming because I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer!”, and I’m sure she’s not alone. Oftentimes the farm accounting is at the bottom of the list of farm chores. Farm accounting can be tedious and daunting to those who are unfamiliar with spreadsheets, accounting terminology, and computer accounting software.
This spring went from cold to hot and dry. Seed corn maggot, flea beetles, and cucumber beetles are already out and causing problems. Leaf miner has started laying eggs and is likely hatching and starting to mine.
The Penn State Extension Spring Orchard Meetings provide opportunities to tour innovative specialty crop enterprises and hear from fruit specialists who are working on the critical issues facing the tree fruit industry. (free)