Everybody in the dairy industry loves to see a great cow, especially those wishing that cow was in their herd. That's the impetus behind Pennsylvania Holstein Association's favorite cow contest.
What about these markets? Can you recall a time when prices for farm commodities have gone through such large price swings? I don’t know about you, but my expectations and planning from this past year makes little sense today. I have had to modify my expectations of success. This was another great reminder on the benefits of being flexible in our marketing strategies.
A national Cooperative Extension program, is an eight-session class that empowers women in farming to manage information systems used in critical decision making, and to build local net-works of like-minded friends.
The idea of generating energy from biomass or biological material, particularly the byproducts of tree harvesting and thinning is receiving increased attention as an alternative and renewable energy resource to help reduce an over-reliance on imported oil. Communities are discussing biomass as it relates to job creation, sustainable harvesting, heat and energy opportunities, carbon use and storage, community health and economic development.
Still Much to Accomplish! Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) says farm families will significantly benefit from recent changes to state laws that provide exemptions from considerable tax burdens and remove obstacles impacting agriculture transportation.
Both say they bring a fresh perspective about dairy and agriculture.
Is your cover crop an assortment of winter annual weeds? Del Voight discusses getting a jump on your herbicide program with the pros, cons and recommendations of apply herbicides at this time of year
Bringing in the Next Generation. Penn State Extension, the Gettysburg Young Farmers and the Young Grower Alliance have teamed up to offer a workshop on how you can prepare yourself and your business for a transition to the next generation.
For new poultry owners, those interested in exploring a new venture or those interested in producing food for your family or for income from your property, to give prospective and beginning poultry raisers a general understanding of what it takes to have poultry. Penn State Extension of Lehigh County will host "Start Farming’s Small-Scale Poultry for Beginning Farmers" on March 14, 2013, 7 :00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office in Dauphin County, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018
Penn State Master Gardeners, Pat Welfley of Newport and Mindy Wenger of Carlisle, are my guest columnists for this week. Pat and Mindy evaluated annual flowering plants growing this season in the Penn State Master Gardeners’ Trial and Idea Garden, located at the corner of Claremont Road and Army Heritage Drive on the grounds of Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Carlisle. Mindy and Pat selected a mix of new-to-the-market and tried-and-true varieties for trialing and evaluation. Here is their report:
GOING MOBILE ... Penn State's Dairy Team's mobile app is now available for download
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State researchers recently discovered the African fig fly in Pennsylvania for the first time, giving fruit growers across the state another invasive pest to be on the look out for.
No joke: 2013 is a municipal election year in Pennsylvania. You’ll be voting for township supervisors, borough and city council members, school district directors, and other local offices. The primary isn’t until May, and the general election won’t happen until next November, so why think about this now?
The 2012 Professional Pest Manager's School offers 40 category and 12 core credits that will help you keep up with changes in pesticide regulations, product information and your roles and responsibilities as a pesticide applicator. This program is adaptable to any individual working with pesticides.
New training modules are now available to help directors and staff in childcare centers better manage pests in their facilities. The development of these modules was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Children’s Health Protection.
Each year as children head back to school, find their friends, and play in close-knit groups, head lice also make their return and spread quickly.
Jason and Sherisa Nailor of Cumberland County were selected Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s recipients of the 2012 Young Farmer and Rancher “Excellence in Ag” Award during PFB’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Hershey.
Cumberland County Farmer Continues Processing Tradition
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The discovery this fall of chronic wasting disease in two deer on a game farm in southeastern Pennsylvania has hunters concerned, but they shouldn't overreact, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Agriculture continues to rank as one of the most dangerous occupations in North America.