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Left to right: Strawberries held at room temperature at 0, 24, and 48 hours (6, 30, and 54 hours after harvest).
December 10, 2014

Q. I've read in one or two places that strawberries continue to ripen after harvest, but most other articles I've read say they don't. Do they continue to ripen after harvest or no. The answer isn't simple, as there are a number of components to ripening, including color development, flavor and aroma development, and fruit softening.

December 10, 2014

In these workshops we will focus on the science and art of soil health – what is it, how is it measured, and finally, how can it be improved. Learn how healthy soils promote sustainable high yields.

December 10, 2014

The Convention will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Over 2,100 fruit, vegetable, and berry growers and other industry persons from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond are expected to attend. This year’s convention will again feature several pre-convention workshops, a farm market bus tour, and a trade show with over 160 exhibitors plus three full days of seven or more concurrent educational sessions. This year’s keynote speaker will be Russell Redding, Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture

December 3, 2014

“Cumberland County 4-H members, volunteers, and families spread holiday cheer with the residents of Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Carlisle. Christmas carols were sang and cards were given to residents from the 4-H members.”

October 17, 2014

The Penn State Extension Dairy Team will host 35 meetings this fall on the Margin Protection Program also known as the MPP- Dairy. Meetings will be held across the state during the day and evening.

October 2, 2014

Try this pumpkin pie spice party mix for a tasty snack!

Workshop participants learning about water quality testing from Penn State Extension educators.
September 12, 2014

Penn State Extension held a "Home Water and Septic System Workshop" twice on September 9 in Carlisle. A total of 50 people attended from 40 households, primarily from Cumberland County but also Adams, York, and Chester Counties.

The Cumberland County 4-H Agricultural Safety and Health Quiz Bowl team competed at the 2014 Ag Progress Days.
August 22, 2014

Teens and safety rarely go hand in hand, but the next generation of agricultural producers is proving that safety is an important part of rural work and life.

July 22, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

July 17, 2014

Farmers had to tread carefully at Penn State’s Landisville research farm during a recent twilight meeting for vegetable growers.

Perry County Food Bank Garden
July 16, 2014

The Cumberland and Perry Counties Plant, Prepare, Partake! project won 1st place for community service in the 2014 Master Gardener Search for Excellence awards.

July 16, 2014

Penn State Extension Offering Free Energy Review

July 15, 2014

USDA has recently noticed that some growers are using bleach (Clorox TM) as a disinfectant in post-harvest washing systems. Disinfectants are regulated the same way as pesticides and unless the label on the bottle indicates EPA approval for washing fruits and vegetables, it is against federal law to use it for that purpose.

June 10, 2014

The rustic beauty of Pennsylvania's farmhouses, barns and outbuildings often strikes motorists traveling the highways that crisscross the rural heartland of the state, but few people realize the stories these buildings can tell us about the past -- and maybe the future -- of agriculture.

The Cumberland County 4-H drill team forms a horse carousel at the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show.
May 20, 2014

Pam Tracy, the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth development educator, said the traditional farming organization is expanding rather than shrinking.

May 15, 2014

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett today invited the public to visit the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg for “Second Sundays,” an annual series of free summer events.

May 15, 2014

I’ve shared bits of this story with some of you yet it bears repeating as we celebrate 100 years of beneficial research and advice to America’s farmers and ranchers from America’s land grant universities. America's land grant colleges provide invaluable service to growers.

May 6, 2014

Believe it or not it isn’t always the young kids that are the most interested in smartphones and technology. This article has a number of free apps that are useful for farmers.

April 18, 2014

On today’s store shelves, shoppers can now find new whole grain flour—Whole Grain White Wheat. Some may ask, it’s white, how could it be whole wheat?

April 16, 2014

Learn about the importance of rain gardens, how to plan and plant your own rain garden, and weather permitting, participate in establishing a new rain garden at the township building.