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
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 holiday tree fresh and safe throughout this festive season
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. The most popular species today are Fraser fir and Douglas fir, and with good reason. Both offer dark green color, needles soft to the touch, that classic “Christmas tree” fragrance, attractive shape, sturdy branches, and excellent needle retention. A tree that holds its needles well means less of a mess in the living room. There are also other varieties of Christmas trees offering different characteristics available at both “choose and cut” tree farms and ready-cut lots.
One of our nicest winter holiday traditions is decorating with fresh greenery. Evergreens such as cedar, ivy, pine and holly add a natural look and fresh fragrance to our homes; for many, they represent life everlasting and the coming renewal of spring. Your own landscape is a great place to look for holiday greenery. You may have a variety of materials unavailable at a store, and what you gather will be much fresher. Just remember that you are actually pruning the plants as you gather greenery, so consider carefully which branches you can trim to preserve the natural form of the tree or shrub.
Most livestock producers would prefer to spread manure on their fields in spring and summer when the crops are going to get the most use out of it. However, there are circumstances when manure has to be applied in the winter, such as wet fall weather that kept field conditions unsuitable for manure application and the lack of a large enough storage structure to hold the manure until spring.
As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a favorite.
Penn State Extension celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Master Gardener program in Cumberland County Thursday night at their annual meeting.
According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, there are 2.2 million farms in the United States. Of those, 63,000 are in Pennsylvania and 1,550 are in Cumberland County.
Dining with Diabetes is a program offered by Penn State Extension. It will help you to understand the important numbers for diabetes management, planning healthy meals, healthy food preparation and physical activity. This class meets for 5 weeks with a 6th class 3 months later. If you have been told you have Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, this class is for you!
Ag honors Duane Duncans' 55 years of service culminate in hall of fame induction.
Make the most of your county’s Penn State Extension Office, from help with soil tests to participating in on-farm research.