With endocrine-disrupting compounds affecting fish populations in rivers as close as Pennsylvania's Susquehanna and as far away as Israel's Jordan, a new research study shows that soils can filter out and break down at least some of these emerging contaminants. The results suggest that water pollution can be diminished by spraying treated wastewater on land rather than discharging it directly into streams, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The study of a graduate student includes the draining of ponds to verify fish counted on video. This leads to findings that can help fisheries managers control the invasive hydrilla.
USGS scientists assessed water quality in source (untreated) water from 6,600 wells in regionally extensive aquifers that supply most of the groundwater pumped for the Nation’s drinking water, irrigation, and other uses. The new USGS reports highlight how geology, hydrology, geochemistry, and chemical use affect the concentrations of individual contaminants in groundwater.
The Northeast US is home to close to twenty land link programs that connect farmland owners — farmers, non-farming land owners, or public/institutional land owners — with farmers and aspiring farmers in search of suitable farmland. Nearly 1,000 farmland owners and farmland seekers participate in these programs each year, according to Leslie Pillen, who studied the activities and outcomes of these programs as a graduate student in Penn State's Rural Sociology program. A selection of her research results is now available on the NE-SARE website in a publication titled "Land Link Programs in the Northeast US: A Program Assessment and Lessons Learned."
Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference awards three mini-grants to put knowledge and best practices learned at the conference into action in local communities.
With an incubation period of one to four days, how do you know if you have the flu or just the common cold?
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the third looking at impacts on Pennsylvania schools and education.
Blood glucose goals around physical activity are to avoid hypoglycemia both during and after activity, and return to target blood glucose levels following activity, as well as to avoid hyperglycemia. Your personal target blood glucose levels should be discussed with your doctor.
Workshops are planned to educate farm owners on taking a whole-farm approach to control can cut down on deworming, save money on products that are no longer effective on your farm, help you learn which horses have natural resistance and which ones are “shedders”, and help reduce parasite resistance.
iLook Out for Child Abuse is an online learning module that uses interactive videos to help prepare Early Childhood Professionals to be responsible mandated reporters for suspected child abuse.
The PA Horse World Expo will bring the nation’s leading equestrian clinicians and entertainers to Harrisburg for four days of education, entertainment and shopping.
The PA Farm Show contains a variety of equine events, from rodeos to draft type events.
The Northeast Pasture Consortium is an alliance of graziers, extension and research dedicated to improving pasture management in the northeastern United States.
The Appalachian Grazing Conference is an opportunity for livestock producers to attend to learn more about management strategies to increase profits.
This conference will provide you with practical information to help you enhance species diversity in your pasture and improve ecosystem function to benefit herd health and productivity on your farm.
As I read and listen to local, state and national news, I’m reminded of how often change occurs in our communities.
Fruit growers are constantly manipulating tree canopies to maximize fruit production. This is done in two ways: by pruning to remove limbs or shoots or by bending limbs or shoots in specific orientations.
As we continue to change our landscapes, converting fields and forests to buildings, parking lots and lawns, we fragment forests and other productive landscapes and impact our streams, lakes and rivers with polluted stormwater runoff. Learn how Green Infrastructure is helping to conserve viable natural resources and capture, infiltrate and evapotranspire rain where it falls.
Tips on people and time management from John Good, Quiet Creek Farm. Delegation, hiring, setting expectations, prioritizing, and efficiencies are critical as you grow your operation.
When a bored teenager takes the time to notice a plant, calling it “cool” and “different”, you can bet that plant is a succulent. Most succulents are not hardy to our zone 5 climate, but their amazing shapes, textures and colors make them worthy garden plants, especially well-suited to use in containers.