Smartphones are so ubiquitous, and text messaging and social media activities so common in public places, that no one questions what anyone does with their phone. That pervasiveness allows a phone application to be used in direct, concealed observations without alerting the people being observed.
With the help of well-crafted advertising, disposable wet wipes—a product once used mainly for wiping baby bottoms—are now increasingly being used on adult bottoms. Although they are frequently labeled as “flushable,” the problems adult wet wipes have created for municipal sewer systems are well documented. Their increasing presence in sewers has created a major surge in clogged lines and sewage pumps for municipal wastewater utilities. The effect of flushed wipes on septic systems has received less attention but problems are also being widely reported.
Last year, more than 100,000 people committed to preparing and eating a healthy meal together on December 3. This year, we want to double our results and reach 200,000 commitments! You'll be able to track our progress by checking back to see the thermometer and following us on social media.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
The Board of Directors cordially invite the public to attend the 98th Annual Meeting of the Penn State Extension - Dauphin County, Monday, November 16, 2015. The meeting will be held at the Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018. This year’s program will be presented by Wolf Sanctuary of PA.
Since it’s early in the school year, it’s the perfect time to remind teachers, parents and students about preventing illness.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a "Checklist for Self-Assessment of Enhanced Poultry Biosecurity" and training materials as part of ongoing preparation efforts for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).
In August, Liz Bosak started as the new Field and Forage Crops Educator for Dauphin and Perry Counties.
While some Pennsylvania gardeners still have several more weeks to enjoy the growing season, the higher elevations could experience a killing frost before the end of September. Therefore, it is time to prepare a checklist of tasks to put your garden to bed. As the gardening year winds down, begin by reassessing flower and vegetable beds before cleaning up, composting and putting away containers and tools.
In a deception that likely has evolved over thousands of years, a caterpillar that feeds on corn leaves induces the plant to turn off its defenses against insect predators, allowing the caterpillar to eat more and grow faster, according to chemical ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A few weeks ago in a vegetable pest update about downy mildew moving into Northeastern Pennsylvania...
Are you considering launching a small farm enterprise, but are not sure where to start? This is the course for you!
The biggest disease concern this time of year is keeping fruit free of rots as they are nearing the home stretch of the season. The recent bouts of rain and prolonged warm weather are ideal conditions for fruit rot issues.
Hiding vegetables inside other foods may not be the only way to get kids to eat their greens. The Center for Childhood Obesity and Research has another idea: Draw attention to them.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Many people don’t realize that Penn State's University Park is home to the longest continuously running university nuclear reactor in America — the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor.
These class focuses on pruning small trees and shrubs, including training young shade trees, geared toward landscape professionals who care for a variety of plants in the landscapes they manage.
Penn State Extension of Dauphin County is offering a strength training program called StrongWomen, Strong Bones™ at the Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Building, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018.
Boxwood blight was recently detected in a landscape in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Boxwood blight was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2011 in Lancaster County.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
A new opportunity to learn and grow, while giving back to the community is available through Penn State Extension‘s Certified Food and Wellness Volunteer Training Program.