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February 29, 2016

Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County for a free presentation on “Using Low Tunnels for Season Extension” on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.

February 11, 2016

The forests in Pennsylvania provide a vast array of benefits including hardwood production, wildlife habitat, water protection and recreation. About 60% (17 million acres) of Pennsylvania is forested. Individuals and families own about 75% of the forested land and provide 80% of Pennsylvania's timber products. Pennsylvania also has one of the largest expanses of public forestland in the eastern United States. How Pennsylvania’s forest resources were used in the past, how they are managed today and the management needed to ensure that we have healthy forests for the future are the topics for the March 17th meeting of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association.

January 15, 2016

Some Pennsylvania youth, through FFA and 4-H, are learning about farm safety and health in a unique way. Four FFA teams and four 4-H teams from across the state displayed a wealth of knowledge through the Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl Finals which were held at the 2016 PA Farm Show on Wednesday, January 13.

January 14, 2016

Defending champion Mifflinburg FFA and perennial contender Cumberland County 4-H brought home the wins in the Pennsylvania Farm Safety and Health Quiz Bowl, Wednesday, January 13, at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show.

January 13, 2016

Karson Hair of the Cumberland County 4-H Alpaca club was interviewed during the 1st annual Alpaca Show at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show!

  The Pennsylvania Farm Show Butter Sculpture is unveiled during a ceremony at the Farm Show complex Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Harrisburg. (Bradley C Bower / AP)   By Margie Peterson
January 12, 2016

Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. Join us January 9-16, 2016, to celebrate agriculture at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show.

January 6, 2016

The annual Southeast Greenhouse Growers Day will help keep growers up to date with the latest practices and techniques to produce high quality herbaceous plants. Pesticide applicator credits are available to licensed applicators from DE, MD, NJ and PA. Join Penn State Extension, Penn State Research and the State Floriculture Advisory Board for what should be another great meeting.

January 6, 2016

The 2016 Penn State Extension Crops Conferences are located in four counties around the state - Lancaster, Bradford, Union, and Lehigh. Each conference offers a day-long program with at least two concurrent breakout sessions, giving attendees the opportunity to select topics that are relevant to them and their agricultural operations.

December 18, 2015

Christmas caroling, Christmas shopping, Christmas baking, Christmas cards…all familiar holiday activities, but Christmas botanizing? What’s up with that?

December 18, 2015

Despite sound evidence to the contrary, poinsettia phobia continues. No other consumer plant has been as widely tested as the poinsettia.

December 9, 2015

Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation (CAEDC) has just finalized the Strategic Economic Development Plan, approved by the Board of Commissioners on December 7th, 2015, for Cumberland County. In the plan, the targeted industry for the focus area of Business Attraction will be agribusiness with a specific emphasis on food processing and manufacturing.

November 30, 2015

The Northeast Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Meeting & Tradeshow brings regional experts, growers, and vendors together for a day of educational presentations, pesticide updates, and new product information. Pesticide credits will be offered to applicators.

November 6, 2015

People interested in learning what Penn State Extension of Cumberland County offered residents in 2015 attended our annual meeting and dinner last night.

Soil Sampling
November 5, 2015

Regular soil sampling is essential to not only to balance soil nutrient levels but sets the stage for maximum economic yields. Soil testing can also serve as a barometer of soil health and productivity.

October 27, 2015

Greenhouse and high tunnel growers of vegetables, small fruit and ornamentals will come away from this program with more options for pest management. This program is organic and conventional grower friendly.

October 23, 2015

“The Food System’s Contribution to Our Vibrant Local Economy and Quality of Life” Featured Speaker: Russell C. Redding, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Extension Educator, George Hurd discusses pond management at a Carlisle workshop.Photo taken by Bryan Swistock
October 15, 2015

Thirty-eight landowners, representing 64 acres of ponds, from Cumberland and surrounding counties participated in a Pond and Lake Management Workshop held at the Penn State Extension Office in Carlisle.

Barb Rebert, Sandy Long and Galen Smith
October 15, 2015

Certainly having a volunteer who has served for 50 years is a fantastic achievement but to have three volunteers reach 50 years is exceptional. Sandy Long, Barb Rebert and Galen Smith were honored at the recent Cumberland County 4-H Achievement Night held at Highland Vue Farms, Newville. All three long time 4-H members went directly from being a member to being a leader.

Extension Educator George Hurd discusses pond management at the Carlisle workshop. Photo: Bryan Swistock
October 13, 2015

Thirty-eight landowners, representing 64 acres of ponds, from Cumberland and surrounding counties participated in a Pond and Lake Management Workshop held at the Penn State Extension Office in Carlisle.

October 7, 2015

Area youth, ages 8-12, are invited to join us for our annual 4-H Lock-In on October 23 from 6PM-11PM at the Cumberland County Extension Office in Carlisle. This event is open to ALL youth ages 8-12.