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2010

Join the fun and exercise by square dancing. Any age, any ability welcome.

December for many cattle producers means much preparation for winterizing their herds. What is on your checklist for this month? Nutrition and winter feeding, body condition evaluation, and calving issues should all be on your list.

What was once considered a nuisance pest has now become a major threat to Pennsylvania fruit orchards grain and vegetable fields, and experts are scrambling to discover ways to get rid of them.

Any farm that houses animals in the state of Pennsylvania will have to have a written Manure Management Plan, meeting the guidelines provided in the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual.

What do you do with nearly 30 boys and girls outside on a hot summer day? Dance, play ball and read of course!

This month's Marcellus Educational Webinar program hosts Dana Aunkst and Eugene Pine from DEP discussing new regulations for natural gas drilling.

As raptors migrate over Pennsylvania this fall, the number of bald eagles among them is close to an all-time high, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Photo by Craig McKibben

As a hunter, you may be surprised by the level of drilling activity associated with Marcellus shale on public lands in Pennsylvania. This article provides information, resources, and advice to help you make your hunting plans.

A new publication titled, "Negotiating Pipeline Rights-of-Way in Pennsylvania" is now available free of charge on the Penn State Extension website.

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Voles may cause extensive damage to fruit trees and orchards as a result of girdling seedlings and trees and damaging roots.

This year is a good candidate for putting the orchards to bed with timely horticultural practices.

Market Maker 3.0

Having some sort of online presence with your business is becoming increasingly important as the new generation of consumers gains more purchasing power. One tool that is helping to connect buyers and sellers is PA MarketMaker.

Please join us for a demonstration of Comprehensive Automation for Specialty Crops harvest research with a vacuum transport system, bin filler, and bin shuttle developed by commercialization partner, DBR Conveyor Concepts. This will be an opportunity for growers to provide input on our multi-disciplinary team efforts to increase harvest efficiency!

The Penn State Agricultural Entrepreneurship Natural Working Group has launched a new web site titled A Guide to Farming in Pennsylvania, modeled after Cornell’s A Guide to Farming in New York State.

As a hunter, you may be surprised by the level of drilling activity associated with Marcellus shale on public lands in Pennsylvania. This article provides information, resources, and advice to help you make your hunting plans.

Adult brown marmorated stink bug.

What was once considered a nuisance pest has now become a major threat to Pennsylvania fruit orchards grain and vegetable fields, and experts are scrambling to discover ways to get rid of them.

Photo courtesy of John Eslinger.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 16 counties in Pennsylvania as natural disaster areas because of losses caused by drought that began May 25, 2010. Luzerne County is one of the 16 primary counties. So how is a Luzerne County sweet corn grower able to say he harvested some of the nicest sweet corn he has ever grown? He is referring to sweet corn that was planted in the drought and harvested in early September. No-tilling is what made it possible.

“Global Food Safety: Keeping Food Safe from Farm to Table,” is based on a colloquium convened by the American Academy of Microbiology on April 24-26, 2009, in San Francisco, California. This report reviews the current state of affairs in microbiological food safety around the world, which foods are at fault, which pathogens are most widespread or dangerous, and where those pathogens entered the food production system. Dr. Stephanie Doores of the Penn State Food Science Department served as co-chair of the colloquium committee responsible for the report.

Business development related to development of the Marcellus is an important topic for many local communities. Here we summarize the Penn State Extension "Your Business and Marcellus Shale" Webinar Series and provide links to additional information and resources.

Matt Reiss continues to harvest tomatoes from his high tunnel into November.

Market growers are using many ways to extend the growing and marketing season. Some of these methods, like using cold frames and raised beds are time-tested, standard practices. However, in the last 20 years or so, many new methods have been developed. To stay competitive while tapping the early and late season markets, many growers plant early under clear plastic, use low tunnels or high tunnels, and the consensus is clear. These practices work.