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2010

On November 17 and 18, bioenergy experts and business people from throughout the region gathered in Greensburg PA for the Penn State Bioamss CHP Systems Short Course.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Bed bugs and other urban pest problems were the focus of the Philadelphia School and Community Integrated Pest Management Partnership (PSCIP) annual meeting held recently at Concilio (Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc.) in Philadelphia.

The Department of Environmental Protection published Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on November 27, 2010.

Precision feeding of dairy cows is a great way to address water quality concerns in local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. So what is precision feeding? It is feeding dairy cows to most precisely meet their nutrient requirements based on their level of production.

So, you want to keep bees? Well, join the club… beekeeping is a hot topic for many reasons.

This updated publication addresses the rapidly changing topic of water withdrawals for Marcellus shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.

Salt stunted strawberries. Photo courtesy Kathy Demchak.

Do you have high tunnels? Have you tested your soil salt levels lately? High salt levels in your soil may be affecting your plants and decreasing your yield.

Backyard poultry is a fun enterprise whether it is a project for your children or a project for you. There is so much to think about when it comes to raising live animals, such as a small flock of chickens. Breeds, purchasing birds, and equipment are just a few topics that should run through your mind.

Computational linguist. Global business strategist. Polymer engineer. Young people are now faced with a dizzying array of choices when deciding on a future career. What about farmer?

Facebook just become a lot more educational! A new, interactive game is providing a way for people to learn about diabetes through hands-on challenges and socializing with other gamers.

Penn State Extension has resources and a listing of courses to support new farmers. Course offerings include an introduction to "Small-Scale Agricultural Production for Those Considering Starting a Business in Farming" and "Breaking Barriers to Access Land, Capital and Equipment for farm start-ups."

Are you interested in increasing your communication skills in Spanish? Common agricultural terms and phrases in Spanish are now available in an updated Spanish Ag Phrasebook available at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center web site. Please continue to send us phrases to translate, and they will be added to the next revision!

Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding announced in November that the latest round of surveys shows the state’s decade-long effort to eradicate the Plum Pox Virus was a success and the virus has not reappeared.

Nationwide interest in farm food safety continues to rise and Pennsylvania fruit and vegetable growers are increasingly affected. Most major grocery store chains and many restaurant chains now require their produce suppliers to learn about farm food safety and some are demanding documentation of safe practices through written plans and third party inspections.

Agriculture plays an important role in future efforts to build on the South Mountain’s assets and sense of place.

Having concluded another market season - I start to wonder about how it might have been different this past year and what might we do to steer our direction for next year. If we spend a few moments wrapping our minds around how well we met our marketing objects this past year, we can begin the steps needed to make changes for the upcoming marketing season.

Having concluded another market season - I start to wonder about how it might have been different this past year and what might we do to steer our direction for 2011. Let’s spend a few moments wrapping our minds around how well we met our marketing objects this past year. By doing this we begin the steps needed to make changes for the coming marketing season.

Seismic surveying plays an important role in natural gas development. This article will help to have a better understanding of the need for seismic testing.

Offers guidance on purchasing and using firewood including how much is a cord of wood, what type of wood works best, as well as what to expect/request when the firewood is delivered.

Club members need to get their completed project books to their leaders as soon as possible.