In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.
Land that needs to increase its productivity is a common question and often the temptation by a landowner is to tear up the ground and re-seed it. The land may have been cash rented or the previous owner did little to properly maintain the fertility. Before spending a lot of money on seed, fuel and a lot of time, it’s prudent to do your homework before you do anything to the ground.
Leaf miners seem to be especially noticeable this spring in both conventional and organic fields. If you are seeing white meandering tunnels in your beet, spinach and chard leaves you are not familiar with, read on for management tips.
Pennsylvania is now home to the newest state chapter of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP). The association is open to all current and retired extension employees working in the fields of environmental education, fisheries, forestry, wood sciences, range, recreation, waste management, water, wildlife, and related disciplines.
PSU Extension will host a workshop on running a hard cider business. Workshop to be held at the Blair County Convention Center on July 27, 2015.
Join the Women in Ag Network for their popular farm tour at the Rodale Institute Farm. Join the tour on one of Rodale's tractor driven wagons and experience the longest running organic farming research trials and other innovative farming techniques from Rodale staff.
Celery leaf curl is a relatively new disease of celery in Pennsylvania and the U.S. In an effort to learn more about the disease, we are interested in collecting as many samples as possible in 2015.
The large flocks in the western part of the country have the luxury of dealing directly with wool buyers because they harvest enough tonnage to attract a bid. Shepherds in the East generally have small flocks, and, consequently, don’t produce enough wool to interest a woolen mill or wool broker. That’s where Wool Pools come in.
TRI State CRAFT offers learning and networking opportunities for apprentices and interns. Check out the below 2015 CRAFT field day schedule and mark your calendars! Field days are FREE to interns, apprentices, volunteers and farming friends.
As we move into the summer season, the lack of fresh, locally grown food is replaced by a bounty. Many of us will be heading to farmers markets or participating in CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), which are fun and social ways to stimulate the local economy and bring home the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables.
A band of strong storms blew through Pennsylvania and Maryland this afternoon. If you experienced hail, apply streptomycin to apple and pear trees within 24 hrs of the hail event to prevent trauma blight. More heavy thunderstorms are in the forecast until early Thursday. Please be on alert.
This is the time of the season when next year’s flower buds are initiating and beginning to form. Your return bloom program should begin after this year’s crop becomes unresponsive to chemical thinning but before the crop becomes sensitive to the ripening effects of NAA or ethephon.
Erin Dugan recently joined Penn State Extension as Specialty Crop Innovations Program Manager and Young Grower Alliance Coordinator.
One consistent theme over the past several years has been the specter of dealing with bacterial diseases in our tomato fields and high tunnels. Bacterial speck, spot and canker have become regular challenges for Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic tomato growers. In spite of these challenges, it is possible to grow profitable tomato crops in this region.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced on May 18, 2015, a quarantine of an equine barn in Tionesta, Forest County, after a horse at the barn tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 (EHV-1) on May 13.
Commonly known as Rhinopneumonitis or "Rhino", Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) has many different types and is best known by horse owners to cause respiratory disease and abortions.
Penn State Extension, Delaware Valley University and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are providing a pasture Management Field Day for an educational field day about pasture management and best management practices for equine facilities.
The North American Manure Expo is returning to Pennsylvania and promises to provide “Manure than you can Handle.”
The Pennsylvania Equine Council (PEC) and the Crawford County Chapter of PEC is conducting a Equine Photo Contest.
Pennsylvania Equine Council Trails Program requests that Pennsylvanians share information on current used trail that are located on PA State Game Lands by completing a survey.