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.
The safe disposal of chemical products is an important practice for both applicators and consumers.
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.
The garden demonstration plots at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19 at Rock Springs, will be abuzz this year not just with gardeners championing the importance of pollinators, but with many of the actual pollinators themselves, drawn to the vicinity by the specialized plantings designed to do just that.
'Parasite Control: A Whole Farm Approach' will be offered on February 21, 2015 in Clinton County. Those attending the course will have the option to continue as a partner in a year-long parasite research project. Join us and see if you qualify for this exciting opportunity to help yourself, your farm, and your horse. As part of our team you will learn to conduct your own fecal egg counts and determine the effectiveness of the products you are using. Be part of a research project that will aid horse owners across the state! Registered 4-H members and 4-H leaders are eligible for a discounted registration fee; contact your county Penn State Extension office for more information.
Learn about the Food Safety courses and workshops available to you.
A century ago, Congressmen M. Hoke Smith, of Georgia, and Asbury Lever, of South Carolina, sponsored legislation to enhance the nation's land-grant university system created by the Morrill Act more than 50 years earlier. Signed into law on May 8, the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the cooperative extension system, with federal, state and county governments partnering with land-grant institutions, such as Penn State, to translate and share scientific information with those who could put that knowledge to work on farms and in communities across the country.
The StrongWomen program is well established in Centre and Clearfield counties and being introduced in Clinton and Lycoming counties.
Muddy Paws Marsh, located in Spring Mills, was a mowed field when Greg and Mary Kay Williams purchased it in 1991. Originally a thriving wetland, the property had been drained around 1940 for agricultural purposes.
Information on new recycling programs in Centre County for shingles and plastic plant containers, from Amy Schirf, Education Coordinator, Centre County Solid Waste Authority
Consider becoming a Pioneer member of the 4-H Keystone Society. Join the fourteen individuals, businesses, and 4-H Clubs in the 4-H Keystone Society!