Calls from landowners with questions about land rental rates come to the Extension office quite frequently. As you might expect the pace picks up when crop prices are high and there are rumors about someone in the neighborhood offering to pay abnormally high land rent. In most cases the landowner is happy with their current farmer tenant but since “the rent has been $x for a number of years” they think, “maybe they should be getting more”.
Pennsylvania's nearly 17 million acres of forest provide an array of values including clean air and water, recreation opportunities, wood products and habitat for thousands of plants and animals. On Thursday, January 12th at the Cumberland Woodland Owners’ Association meeting, Dr. James Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources, will speak on the social, economical and ecological aspects of our forests and the benefits they provide.
Winter need not be confined to a dull palette of brown, gray, and dirty white. With some planning, evergreen foliage, bark, stems, seeds, berries, grasses, and even flowers can bring color and life to the fourth season in the garden. So put on your boots and slog through the snow, ice, and cold to find the berried treasures that await in the winter garden.
Holiday time is a difficult time when it comes to maintaining our weight and preventing that dreaded weight gain. Between the holiday gatherings and home-baked goodies, we really have to work hard to squeeze that exercise and physical activity into our busy days.
Are you looking for more information to help make your livestock enterprise more profitable? Penn State Extension will be offering three Extension Home Study Courses this winter, beginning February 1, 2012. The purpose of the courses is to teach producers about production principles for beef, sheep or meat goats that will help their operations become more profitable.
As gardeners, we often receive plants or give plants for the holidays. Poinsettias, cyclamen, and Christmas cactus are among the most popular plants given, however, other houseplants are easy to find this time of year. Here are some tips to growing your holiday plants and keeping them alive well after the packages and decorations have been put away.
Once you’ve purchased your fresh tree for the holiday season, you need to maintain its freshness. Here are some tips to keep your cut Christmas tree fresh and safe throughout the holidays:
Holiday time is here again. And so are the joys and challenges of healthy holiday eating. When I attend a holiday gathering, I often find myself standing right beside the food table to be close to the goodies. I end up eating more than I need and thus am uncomfortable later in the evening.
Welcome to the 2011 Professional Pest Manager’s School. With 40 category and 10 core credit offerings we believe the school will help you keep up with changes in regulations and product information.
One of the most enjoyable winter holiday traditions is decorating with fresh greenery. Evergreens, such as cedar, ivy, pine, holly, and boxwood, add a natural look and fresh fragrance to our homes. Traditionally, because evergreens retain their green foliage throughout the cold winter months, they represented life everlasting and the coming renewal of spring.
It’s time to choose the perfect fresh Christmas tree for the holidays. Penn State experts recommend checking the tree carefully before purchasing and taking good care of it after you get it home.
Suppose you are thinking about buying a house with a basement, how can you tell if it might have water problems?
On occasion, you may find tiny bugs flying or crawling on a windowsill, or small moths fluttering about the house, even in the middle of winter. Where could these insects be coming from?
Cumberland County 4-H member, Ben Jackson, will be representing Pennsylvania 4-H at this year’s National 4-H Congress in November in Atlanta, Georgia.
The old mariner was right, “water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.” This article is not about headlines or poetry, it is about consequences, a possible consequence of too much water.
Even though it is cold outside and we are still thinking about what we should have gotten done in the yard this fall, let me remind you that in a few months you will be ordering seeds and wishing you had built that cold frame or greenhouse that has been on your to-do list for the past few years.
The red carpet was rolled out for our annual 4-H Achievement Banquet that was held on Saturday, October 22 at the New Kingstown Fire Hall.
This definitely was a summer testing the survival skills of the fittest at the Penn State Master Gardener Trial & Idea Garden, located at the corner of Army Heritage Drive and Claremont Road on the grounds of Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Please join us for an evening to celebrate our 2011 accomplishments, dinner & fellowship. Registration forms & payment must be received in our office by October 27th.
CARLISLE— Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) invites all constituents involved with or interested in the 199th Legislative District’s agricultural community to his first annual Cumberland County Agriculture Summit, which will be held on Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Penn Township Fire Hall, located at 1750 Pine Road, Newville.