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.
The 4-H office has Giant "Cash for Causes" Gift Cards you can purchase for their valued price; and use just like cash, when paying for items at the local Giant Food Store. If your family shops at any Giant Food Store, this is for you!
HARRISBURG, Penn. — Governor Tom Corbett’s 2014-15 budget proposal makes important investments to the Department of Agriculture and the economy-driving agriculture industry.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Frigid winter temperatures might prompt homeowners, farmers and others to help heat houses, occupied outbuildings or other structures with kerosene or propane space heaters. But without proper precautions, that could be a fatal mistake, according to safety experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Yes, farmers love taking selfies with their animals, but the real benefit is engagement between food producers and consumers. In 2013, Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year was "selfie". Their official definition was "A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." My personal definition of the word is: photos my younger cousins take while looking like ducks sitting in cars are posting on Instagram all the time.
A disconnect exists between society and agriculture, which experts say is rooted in a lack of appreciation for what it takes to bring food from the farm to the fork. One result of that disconnect has been fewer young people entering farming at a time when the average age of a principal operator in Cumberland County is 54, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Harrisburg.
Sherisa Nailor is not one to sugar coat the risks and rewards associated with the around-the-clock demands of farming in the 21st century. A teacher at Big Spring High School, she is straight forward with students enrolled in agriculture education classes and the local FFA chapter.
When you think about the Pennsylvania Farm Show, certain animals immediately come to mind. Cattle. Pigs. Sheep. Goats. No question, they are the backbone of the annual celebration of our farming way of life. And specimens deemed to be best in class at the Farm Show are applauded and festooned with banners.
For the first time in history, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is serving up pork in a new form. Leave it up to the Bacon Boys, Sam Malis and Ryan Herr, both 19 and of Camp Hill, to explain the phenomenon. "They love the bacon," Malis said. "People of all ages love it."
Fans gathered by the thousands around the 20-acre field to watch the best farmers in Pennsylvania dig up the dirt on the competition.
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will use about 14,000 gallons of milk products to make its popular milkshakes at the Pennsylvania Farm Show this year. David Smith, executive director of the organization, said that is almost three trailer loads of milk during the nine-day event.
When winter manure application must be done, livestock producers need to be aware of and follow the winter manure spreading criteria identified in the Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual.
University Park, Pa. — Pennsylvania 4-H will increase its annual fee for the program to $20 from $10, beginning Oct. 1, 2013. The increase — the first in 10 years — will offset rising costs of 4-H curricula development, project offerings and project books, leader guides, officer books and other program support