AgrAbility PA had a busy and productive year in 2016! It was filled with meeting new clients, farm assessments, outreach events, and more. The staff, which is comprised of members from Penn State and UCP Central PA, traveled and networked throughout the state spreading the word about how AgrAbility can assist farmers and other agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition.
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.
Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal-feed producers striving to navigate the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now have new educational resources to help them determine what their farms and businesses must do to comply with new regulations. Penn State Extension recently launched a new FSMA information website and will be organizing several FSMA educational workshops throughout the state during 2017.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing standards for applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides that are not available for purchase by the general public, and require special handling.
Ag Marketing Educator, John Berry, reflects on one of the most common questions he's been asked over the course of his 20 years with Penn State Extension.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing safety measures to stop poisonings caused by ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure. Since 2000, there have been 17 deaths – three involving children – caused by accidental ingestion of paraquat. These cases have resulted from the pesticide being illegally transferred to beverage containers and later mistaken for a drink and consumed. A single sip can be fatal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products. Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use.
EPA is clarifying where first aid statements must be placed on pesticide product labels. First aid statements provide important information concerning appropriate first aid in the event of accidental exposure to a pesticide. First aid statements must be immediately visible on a pesticide product when the product is sold or distributed. It should not require opening a booklet or other manipulation of the label to read the first aid statement.
EPA is issuing guidance for requesting waivers of acute dermal toxicity testing requirements for pesticide formulations, which will lead to fewer animal tests for acute dermal toxicity for pesticides. Last March, EPA released a “Draft Retrospective Analysis for Waiving Acute Dermal Toxicity Tests for Pesticide Formulations,” which included guidance for pesticide manufacturers to request waivers of acute dermal toxicity studies for formulations.
Lynn M. and Helen B. Henninger, of Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, have pledged an estate gift of $25,000 in support of Penn State Extension's Dauphin County 4-H program. Available funds from the endowment will be used to provide supplemental support for the program, including recognition for outstanding accomplishments achieved by 4-H members.
If you are considering running for local elected office, you can get helpful advice by attending a workshop to be offered by Penn State Extension early next year. The "Toss Your Hat in the Ring" workshop will be offered both as a web-based seminar on January 17 and 24 and as an in-person seminar at various locations throughout the state January 25 to February 2. All face-to-face workshops will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
This week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final report on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (often referred to as “fracking”) on drinking water resources in the United States.
Technology takes monitoring cows at calving time to a new level.
Five steps to monitoring the financial health of a dairy business.
Overmilking can damage teat ends and compromise udder health. A simple test can help you determine if you are over or under milking.
Description of in-feed medications and how they fit into the new Veterinary Feed Directive rules taking effect January 1, 2017.
An example of how one farmer is using data from an activity monitoring system to identify the optimum breeding time for his farm.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has placed four more counties on drought warning status following a meeting today of the Commonwealth Drought Task Force. While recent precipitation over the past few weeks has helped dry conditions in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, the central part of the state still has persistent 90-day precipitation deficits of up to 4 inches from normal as well as low groundwater and stream levels.
Make use of the data provided by National Sheep Improvement Program to help make management decisions for your flock.
A new online interactive mapping tool provides summaries of decadal-scale changes in groundwater chemistry across the Nation.