Heather earned a B.S. in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech in 2008 and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics also from Virginia Tech in 2011.
Diversification: more than a Buzz Word The idea of branching out and growing or raising more than one farm product is as old as farming itself. Farms are better able to weather what nature brings if they place their bets on a wider variety of products. Increasingly diversification includes agricultural tourism. This is a form of farm diversification present in all counties of Pennsylvania, especially in the south eastern portion of the state.
What began as an environmental studies project in 1999 at Dickinson College has evolved into a flourishing organic farm. From a handful of eager student gardeners, who began with a small garden plot on campus that grew into a half-acre plot, gradually the program grew as it attracted greater student interest, says Matt Steinman, assistant manager of production for the farm.
Hurricane Sandy reminds us that we need to be prepared for power outages. The loss of power could jeopardize the safety of frozen food. To keep food safe, keep the door closed and control the temperature.
Taught in Spanish, this program will educate Spanish-speaking farm managers and milkers about the proper milking techniques and practices necessary to produce a high-quality product. This program will help to increase productivity and profitability on dairies that participate.
Penn State Extension is offering an Aquatic Pesticide Course for pond applicators that is approved for three Category 9 Recertification Credits from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. If you register for the course you will receive the Penn State publication entitled “Management of Aquatic Plants” and the corresponding cd containing seven short videos on pond management.
“Brown and furry, caterpillar in a hurry….” Why does the woolly bear cross the road? To get to the other side! Woolly bear caterpillars are a familiar and friendly sight in autumn, as they cross roads and sidewalks on sunny days, searching for that perfect spot under bark or in a log or rock cavity to hibernate for winter.
Youth Water Educators from around the Mid-Atlantic Region gathered together in Harrisburg, PA for a day of learning, networking, and sharing resources. The Dive Deeper Summit, hosted by Penn State Extension on September 27, 2012, was the first of its kind for most participants. A total of 83 educators from a wide variety of backgrounds (conservation districts, cooperative extension offices, schools, nature centers, government agencies, scouting organizations, and more) all reported that they were motivated to use ideas from the summit in their educational programming in the next 12 months.
Autumn is a favorite time of year for many who enjoy the blaze of bright foliage against the backdrop of crisp blue skies. The eastern United States is one of the best places in the world for autumn color. But do you know why this region is prime fall foliage territory?
Are you already using QuickBooks®? Would you like to take your use to the next level? Then THIS IS A WORKSHOP FOR YOU! Join us for one or more of the workshops in this series to learn about reports and extracting data from QuickBooks® to make managing in tighter profit margins a little easier. This is a hands on workshop, using a computer lab, so you can follow along with a demonstration farm using QuickBooks®.
Carefully inspect turf or landscape beds to look for seedling emergence. Look out for those seedlings that have already started germinating. Remember way back in March and April when lawns and landscapes were inundated with winter annual weeds? This is your reminder to manage for them this fall.
It’s getting a little late in the season to do much about SWD for this year, but here are some observations that you might want to consider as you make plans for next year.
The demand for locally grown produce continues to rise in Pennsylvania, providing excellent opportunities for producers to extend their marketing season in the fall and winter. Proper storage management in vegetables such as winter squash, onions and carrots will result in less decay, fewer losses and more high quality product to sell to eager consumers during the cold months.
Perennials that bloom in the fall add vivid color to the garden at a time when it is pleasant to get out into the garden again, as milder temperatures and clear blue skies herald the turn of the seasons from summer to autumn.
Country's largest dairy show set to begin Saturday HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex is a flurry of activity as organizers prepare for what has been billed as the largest national dairy show in the country. Dairy cattle will begin arriving Thursday to prepare for the weekend shows.
Combine owners have invested heavily in the purchase, maintenance and storage of this important piece of farm machinery. And since a combine fire can result in a significant financial loss, owners should be constantly monitoring the machine for timely maintenance functions that can reduce the risk of a costly fire.
Penn State has partnered with other land grant institutions to develop a new farm-safety section for a national agriculture website created by cooperative extension agents. The online resource covers critical agriculture safety questions, such as grain bin entrapments, cattle hauling, ATV safety and confined space hazards.
Pennsylvania Cattlemen Association’s Summer Field Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, hosted by Dan & Seth Snyder - Stone Ridge Manor, 654 Cold Spring Rd., Gettysburg PA. The Snyder’s of Stone Ridge Manor are registered Hereford cattle breeders and participate in Total Herd Reporting as well as utilizing ultrasound for carcass data. Through the use of these valuable tools, combined with consistent use of proven genetics, emphasizing calving ease, feed efficiency, desirable yields and grade quality, they are constantly moving forward to meet the needs of today's cattleman. Farm highlights include an annual fall sale, selling Hereford bulls to a multi-state customer base. Preview the bulls during the field day.
Is it a bagworm or a webworm? This summer, both of these native moths seem very prevalent. The one to worry about is the bagworm, which can cause serious damage to conifers; the fall webworm is more of a nuisance than harmful, causing little damage to trees.
This fungal disease is a fairly new problem which has cropped up on garden impatiens this summer, causing almost complete defoliation of plants, leaving just bare stalks as a reminder of what was once a beautiful plant.