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2010

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.

Feed costs are the major cash expense in any sheep operation. Keeping feed costs low while still supplying the necessary nutrients to keep the flock healthy should be the goal of every shepherd.

Every year, hundreds of accidents occur on the farm whether it’s caused by livestock, tractors, machinery, or mistakes. According to statistics, one out of every six injuries is caused by livestock. There are actually more injuries from livestock on farms than tractors.

Proper management of animal mortalities on the farm has important implications in nutrient management, herd health, as well as farm family and public health.

December for many cattle producers means preparations 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.

The spring season on beef cattle operations, usually means heavy calving as well as preparing the pastures. Here are a few tips that will help to keep you prepared and make calving season easy!

What equipment do I need? That is a hard question to answer. It depends on your scale and resources. Ben Shute from Hearty Roots shares his ideas.

Web Soil Survey Screen

Have you recently purchased a property or are you looking for some land to start your farm business? There are many things to consider before you plant your first crop or fence post. One of the most important things to do is to check the soil map before you do anything to ensure you are planting a crop that is appropriate for the soil type you have.

Feed costs are the major cash expense in any sheep operation. Keeping feed costs low while still supplying the necessary nutrients to keep the flock healthy should be the goal of every shepherd.

Web Soil Survey Screen

Have you recently purchased a property or are you looking for some land to start your farm business? There are many things to consider before you plant your first crop or fence post. One of the most important things to do is to check the soil map before you do anything to ensure you are planting a crop that is appropriate for the soil type you have.

Are you thinking about farming? Is one of the key considerations to starting your farm finding appropriate land? Kathy Ruhf from Land For Good spoke at a recent ‘Young Farmer Conference’ and gave a few great hints.

Small businesses employ nearly all of the working population in Pennsylvania’s rural communities and play a crucial role in fostering community development and infusing rural areas with entrepreneurial opportunities. A report prepared for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania entitled Examination of Small Business Owners in Rural Pennsylvania studies the demographics of small business owners and their use of public programs that assist in business operations.

Professor Ross Pifer, director of the Agricultural Law Research and Resource Center and of the new Rural Economic Development Clinic, summarizes the legal implications of Marcellus Shale development.

Conversations that your employees have off the farm reflect on you and your business and go a long way in shaping your image in the community. But you can’t control what employees say on their time off, right? Wrong.

Private companies and money sources supply the expertise, funding, equipment and management help necessary for the design, construction and operation of these plants.

A hot, dry summer this year may have affected pumpkin crops in some regions of Pennsylvania, but that doesn't mean consumers will have trouble finding the right gourd for their Halloween jack-o-lanterns, according to a Penn State horticulture specialist.

October, 2010 Concerned citizens, school and childcare staff, city and federal agencies will meet to discuss urban pest problems, such as bed bugs, cockroaches and mice, the health issues related to these pests, and how to safely solve pest problems. The group is coming together as part of the Philadelphia School and Community Integrated Pest Management Partnership (PSCIP) on its seventh annual meeting on October 27, 10 a.m. to 3p.m., at Concilio (Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc.) at 705-09 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia.

The 2010 Marcellus Summit, hosted by Penn State Extension, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and Penn State Outreach, was held October 10 through 12th at the Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park. This articles provides a brief recap of the Summit.

photo by Craig McKibben

Landowners who lease their mineral rights have many decisions to make related to any potential income from a producing well. These decisions relate to managing that income, planning for taxes, and planning for future generations. This article describes potential consequences 'if I do nothing.' (This is part 1 of a 2-part series.)