University Park, Pa. — Pennsylvania 4-H will increase its annual fee for the program to $20 from $10, beginning Oct. 1, 2013. The increase — the first in 10 years — will offset rising costs of 4-H curricula development, project offerings and project books, leader guides, officer books and other program support
Are you looking for a farm business management class to help brush up on your financial and production planning skills? Farm$en$e is a finance and production education class for Pennsylvania farm businesses.
Anyone interested in running a profitable beef, sheep, meat goat, or swine operation should sign up for the 2014 Livestock Home Study Courses. These courses are perfect for beginning producers and a great review for seasoned producers.
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
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.
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.
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. Because of this, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual has defined winter application guidelines.
As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a favorite.
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!
The "new" guidelines for farmers market vendors in Pennsylvania have been on the books for years, Warren just hasn't been in compliance. Act 106 changed the rules for vendors across the commonwealth and now it's impacting the Warren Farmers Market as well. However, despite only now being implemented, the law took effect in 2011 and those not meeting its standards were violating it. Under Act 106 of 2010, farmers markets could no longer use a blanket retail food facilities license to cover everyone on their site. Individual vendors were required to be treated as individual food facilities and had to follow guidelines as such. Essentially, the law stopped treating the market as a single facility and started regulating every vendor individually.
The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Movement was designed as a method for consumers to support farms that produce their food. Traditionally produce growers took advantage of the CSA concept, signing up members of their farm who would pay for a full season’s worth of produce up front. These sales supported the farm’s initial costs of production for the season and in exchange members received a share of produce ready to harvest each week for the full season.
We should always clean garden tools after use and dry them before storing in a sheltered location...
Before you bag up the leaves falling from your trees, consider their potential for your landscape. The leaves of one large shade tree can be worth as much as $50 of plant food and humus...
The 2013 Professional Pest Manager's School offers numerous category and core credits that will help you keep up with changes in regulations, product information, and your roles and responsibilities as a pesticide applicator. The 2013 Professional Pest Manager's School will be offered on Monday, December 9, 2013, from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn located at 604 Station Road, Grantville, PA 17028.
The Board of Directors cordially invites the public to attend the 96th Annual Meeting of the Penn State Extension - Dauphin County, Monday, November 18, 2013.
The Food for Profit Workshop that took place Thursday, October 10, 2013 took you step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business, especially directed at individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale through grocery stores, farm markets, or restaurants.
Tractor Supply Company is offering the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign. Add $1.00 at checkout and purchase a paper clover. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of paper clovers will be split among state and county 4-H Programs and National 4-H Council. This campaign will be October 9 - 20, 2013. For more information
Adults throughout Pennsylvania have a new opportunity to become volunteers for the 4-H Stream Teams Program. A free, online training will be held by Penn State Extension to teach interested adults how to form and guide youth in the 4-H Stream Teams Program.
As we age, our bodies go through a number of changes; however, the one constant is everyone wants to maintain their quality of life. We may notice the aches and pains of everyday living and you might even notice that it takes longer to do things, but you still want to be active. Enjoying life, staying active, and having fun are the corner stone of the weight bearing exercising program “StrongWomen.”
If you rely on a private well, spring, or cistern for your drinking water, you can register to receive a basic water test and education during a two-hour Safe Drinking Water Clinic, sponsored by Penn State Extension along with the Master Well Owner Network.