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Ground Tumeric by - CC0 public domain
June 5, 2017

What’s all the buzz about turmeric? We see it on the front cover of food magazines and hear about it on talk shows, but what is all the fuss about?

Forested stream in winter Photo: Sandy Smith, Penn State Extension
May 22, 2017

What is nature worth? Does it have a hidden value beyond the beauty and welfare of a community? What are we willing to pay to maintain or enhance our quality of life, health, cost of living and economy that nature provides? Watch this 1 hour recorded webinar.

Lady's Mantle, Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
May 18, 2017

Plant gorgeous vines and beautiful groundcovers to solve some common problems in your garden.

Damage to a row of boxwoods from boxwood leafminer. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
May 17, 2017

Boxwoods have many positive qualities that make it one of the most popular shrubs in the landscape.

May 17, 2017

The following should be considered when developing a fertilizer program for potato production.

Photo: Tianna Dupont
May 17, 2017

Many vegetable crops are started in the greenhouse as transplants, and then planted out into the field for crop production.

May 16, 2017

Some patients with Type 2 Diabetes may find that surgery may be the solution to diabetic situation.

Black walnut fruit. Photo: K. Salisbury, Penn State
May 16, 2017

Black walnut is one of the last trees to leaf out in the spring and one of the first to lose its leaves in the fall.

Aerial image of Penn State’s research hopyard at Rock Springs. Photo by T. Delvalle, Penn State
May 16, 2017

You probably have heard of (or observed) the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) throughout the country; whether it be for fun, a hobby, for capturing great aerial pictures, or commercial use.

May 16, 2017

Join Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County to celebrate summer gardens on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., when six of their home gardens will be open to visitors during “A Summer Celebration” Garden Tour.

Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
May 16, 2017

Drought is a regular occurrence somewhere in the United States, even here in Pennsylvania.

Photo By: Doug McCaughan at, CC0 Public Domain
May 11, 2017

New this year, we will be having a “4-H Family Saturday Camps.” Cost per family includes: at least 1 adult (18 years of age and older) and up to 3 other family members attending. The camps will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Dauphin County Agriculture Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018.

Proper mulching of the soils surrounding the tree is an important component of tree care. Photo: V. Cotrone, Penn State
May 11, 2017

Whether you just planted one tree or seventy five this spring, having a plan to care for them is key to their survival.

Pitless Adaptor. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
May 11, 2017

Anyone installing a new well—or replacing an inadequate old system needs to plan carefully to ensure an adequate supply of good-quality water.

Vegetable Kebabs (Bigstock 3057844)
May 10, 2017

Have you gotten the picnic "bug" yet, with warmer weather and luxurious foliage blanketing the countryside? Try some tricks to make your picnic both food-safe and healthy!

Four-lined plant bug adult. Photo:  S. Feather, Penn State
May 4, 2017

Four-lined plant bugs, Poecilocapsus lineatus, are active in the Pittsburgh area now. They are one of the few pests that injure a wide variety of plants, including herbs that are rarely bothered by anything else.

Vegetable Garden by Lori Stalteri; CC By 2.0
May 2, 2017

This year, share the bounty of your summer garden by planting an extra row or two of vegetables to donate to your local food bank or pantry.

Be proactive about fire blight management: Let’s not repeat 2014. (Photo: B. Lehman)
April 24, 2017

Conditions are favorable for fire blight and apple scab. Additional tools for the fire blight management toolbox are discussed.

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April 24, 2017

Can you and your family get in the spring spirit and try a new dark green vegetable?

USDA Food and Nutrition Service /SNAP-Ed Phot Gallery
April 21, 2017

Physical activity is important for children and adults of all ages. Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need 2½ hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Follow these tips to add more activity to your family’s busy schedule.