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.
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.
Pam Tracy, the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H youth development educator, said the traditional farming organization is expanding rather than shrinking.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
High blood pressure can be prevented or lowered with a few lifestyle modifications. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan is one tool to help prevent or manage high blood pressure.
The 2014 Pennsylvania Fair Guide, featuring numerous family friendly travel destinations across the commonwealth, is now available in print and online. “Pennsylvania fairs offer top-notch competition, big-name entertainment, tasty food and fun rides and games,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “I encourage every Pennsylvanian to find time this summer to visit any of our 109 county and community fairs.”
The 51st All-American Dairy Show is Sept. 13-18 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. The All-American features 23 shows in six days, including four full days dedicated to youth activities and nearly 2,800 animals from more than 1,200 exhibitors from across North America.
PSU cooperative extension programs doubled last year. January is prime prep time for Central Pennsylvania farmers. There's field planting to plan and repairs to equipment and facilities. And it's time to look at the finances to ensure dairy farmers are maximizing their business potential, said staff at the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Carlisle.
The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is celebrating two milestones in 2014. This year marks the 110th anniversary for the association and the 60th year of its Honey Queen program.
Cumberland County is currently home to the 2013-2014 State 4-H President Nathan Repetz and State FFA President Christopher Toevs. Both officer positions represent outstanding accomplishments in leadership, citizenship, and responsibility.
Now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer.
The Ag Dept. is seeking producers to market local products on the Turnpike. Farmers who want to sell their locally-grown products at farmers markets along the state’s busiest highway can apply to be part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Plaza Farmers Market program.
While traveling last fall through a rural area, every several miles along the highway, there were temporary signs that said, "Harvest in Progress, Watch for Slow Moving Vehicles." What a good reminder for our non-farming neighbors that there are farms in the area and what to expect.
Penn State’s Extension Dairy Team is offering a second series of “Tools for Teams” webinars designed for members of dairy advisory teams to provide in-depth information on using whole farm and management tools
Preservation board approves $30 million investment in saving farmland. Pennsylvania’s Agricultural Land Preservation Board today safeguarded 2,359 additional acres on 26 farms in 13 counties through the state’s nationally renowned farmland preservation program.
Try the bean and rice burritos for a delicious meal!