Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County for a free workshop on “Honeybees in Home Gardens” on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.
Phytophthora ramorum, the pathogen involved with Ramorum Blight/Sudden Oak Death was detected in plants (among a total of 52,000 plants) shipped to the eastern U. S. from a nursery in Oregon. Some of the plants may have been shipped to Pennsylvania.
Boxwood blight was recently detected in a landscape in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Boxwood blight was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2011 in Lancaster County.
The 2014 Keystone International Livestock Exposition will be Sept. 27-Oct. 5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Equestrians, stockmen, livestock youth and barbecue masters can participate in the East Coast’s largest livestock show by registering online or by mail, Agriculture Secretary George Greig said recently.
People who complain about bumblebees flying about under the eaves of their homes are probably being annoyed by carpenter bees.
Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product? Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit, is a one-day workshop to help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business. The course will take place at Penn State Extension Cumberland County Office, 310 Allen Road, Suite 601, Carlisle, PA on Thursday, October 9, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week." Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
Penn State Extension Offering Free Energy Review
Farmers had to tread carefully at Penn State’s Landisville research farm during a recent twilight meeting for vegetable growers.
Picnics are a popular summertime event and foodborne illnesses are more prevalent in the summer months because temperatures are higher and allow bacteria to grow faster.
USDA has recently noticed that some growers are using bleach (Clorox TM) as a disinfectant in post-harvest washing systems. Disinfectants are regulated the same way as pesticides and unless the label on the bottle indicates EPA approval for washing fruits and vegetables, it is against federal law to use it for that purpose.
With recent headlines about dangerous "superbugs," an outbreak of Salmonella from chicken parts on the West Coast and the announcement by a national restaurant chain that it plans to serve only "antibiotic-free" chicken, it's no wonder the public is alarmed and confused.
How Pennsylvania farm buildings tell the state's agricultural history
I have received calls recently from growers seeing timber rot in their high tunnel tomatoes. This spring often had ideal weather for the occurrence of this disease in a tunnel but the shift to warmer and drier weather has removed the chances for further infections of the disease. While the risk of infection is gone, now is the time to start your prevention program for next season.
Are you a grower dealing with stink bugs? We need your help! We're surveying growers to assess the impact of BMSB on crops and gathering information that will help us defeat this pest.
Ordinarily, mosquitoes are little more than a mild irritant during hot summer months. But because they can transmit West Nile Virus (WNV) to humans and pets, people should learn more about the virus, take steps to avoid being bitten, and eliminate mosquito-breeding areas.
I’ve shared bits of this story with some of you yet it bears repeating as we celebrate 100 years of beneficial research and advice to America’s farmers and ranchers from America’s land grant universities. America's land grant colleges provide invaluable service to growers.
Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett today invited the public to visit the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg for “Second Sundays,” an annual series of free summer events.
The apple blossoms are open and conditions are soon to be optimal for fire blight infection. Keep an eye on the weather for favorable temperatures and moisture since forecasts indicate May 9th to 12th (and possibly beyond) to be an infection period. Blossoms need to be protected.
Believe it or not it isn’t always the young kids that are the most interested in smartphones and technology. This article has a number of free apps that are useful for farmers.