Local News Column, 'Dig It!', by Tina Clinefelter, Penn State Master Gardener
As we head into the festive seasons and anticipate feasting on foods flavored with exotic spices, cinnamon comes to mind as a favorite.
Autumn is just about upon us, and you know the other word for the season -- Fall. Why? Because the leaves will soon be falling all around us. Many people think of falling leaves as something that must be raked up and thrown away, but leaves are intended by nature to be a natural fertilizer and protective cover for the earth.
The Community Rural Health Leader of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding leader who has organized, led, developed or expanded an exemplary multi-dimensional rural community health program or initiative and who has demonstrated leadership to a rural community health program.
State issues such as transportation funding, the pension shortfall and property tax reform are all linked to farmers in some way, according to a lobbyist for the industry. Joel Rotz, senior state director of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, told fellow farmers at a recent breakfast hosted by state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, that funding transportation and pensions takes state money away from agriculture.
Old is New...Act 106 changed the rules for vendors across the commonwealth
Make the most of your county’s Penn State Extension Office, from help with soil tests to participating in on-farm research.
What soybean farmer isn't looking for tips for improving profitability? One place to look is at a course offered on December 13, at the Hampton Inn in Shrewsbury. The workshop begins at 9:00am, includes lunch and concludes by 2:00pm.
Dining with Diabetes is a program offered by Penn State Extension. It will help you to understand the important numbers for diabetes management, planning healthy meals, healthy food preparation and physical activity. This class meets for 5 weeks with a 6th class 3 months later. If you have been told you have Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, this class is for you!
According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, there are 2.2 million farms in the United States. Of those, 63,000 are in Pennsylvania and 1,550 are in Cumberland County.
There’s a lot of resistance to strategic planning: people often think of it as something to be endured that will have little value in the long run. They bemoan the time and energy it diverts from the ‘important work’ of the organization. But done right, strategic planning may be the most important work your organization can do.
The Penn State Nutrition Links staff in Westmoreland County is presenting programs on healthy eating in many of the Westmoreland Food Bank pantries across the county.
Applications now being accepted for the December 14, 2013 Master Well Owner course.
Who among us as a child has never captured fireflies in a jar on a summer night?
A crowd of 80 gardening enthusiasts gathered September 14 at Donohoe Center to harvest tips from four Penn State Master Gardeners.
For many Pennsylvania 4-H members, State Achievement Days is a special event and a place to test their 4-H knowledge and skills.
Penn State Extension has planned nine educational meetings for tree fruit growers throughout Pennsylvania. The meetings are designed to address current challenges with the latest research based information.
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention educational program is cooperatively planned by Mid-Atlantic horticultural associations and university extension faculty. Tree fruit sessions during the convention to be held January 28th to 30th in Hershey, Pennsylvania, feature future possibilities for chemical regulation of apple crop load, innovations and pest management in the Western US, securing the future of the fruit industry through successful transitions, conserving biological control agents by using selective insecticides, research team updates on BMSB, fungicide resistance management, herbicide resistance management, peach training systems, and regulatory issues.
Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 20 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2014 through the Department of Agriculture's CHEMSWEEP Program.
Cumberland County, Pennsylvania– Penn State Extension celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Master Gardener program in Cumberland County Thursday night at their annual meeting. Master Gardeners from Cumberland and Perry counties as well as volunteers and partners in the cooperative extension program attended this annual event held at the Whispering Pines Banquet Hall in Carlisle. Highlights of the night included recognition of this year’s A.A. Raudabaugh award winners for service to Penn State Extension and 2013 National 4-H Hall of Fame inductee, Duane Duncan and his wife, Donna. The evening was capped off by speaker, Jim McCormac, who captivated the audience with his speech on the importance of caterpillars in conservation.