In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Denise Finney, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Jason Kaye, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry, conducted the research described in this Penn State News story.
Most programs designed to promote soil health focus on encouraging farmers to adopt a prescribed set of practices, like cover cropping or nutrient management. Penn State Rural Sociology Doctoral Candidate Jennifer Hayden argues that a new approach is needed — one that instead works with farmers as they balance all the many influences particular to their own individual, unique farms. Hayden spent two years researching farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to understand agricultural soil health. Here, Hayden describes what she learned, and suggests a new model for helping farmers improve soil health.
Three students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently completed internships with the Penn State Center - Engaging Philadelphia, where they were immersed in the city's urban agriculture scene. One of those students, Elizabeth Peterson, describes their experiences and the urban agriculture operations where they worked.
As the open enrollment period for insurance plans start, millions of consumers will make decisions about purchasing health insurance for 2016.
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Have you considered growing chickpeas? Chickpea consumption has increased dramatically in recent years. Hummus consumption alone has increased about 5% annually over the past ten years. This trend is expected to continue.
Many people live in subdivisions with storm water ponds, which collect water from the neighborhood and help keep pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides and pet waste from getting into the broader environment. Now, researchers have devised strategies to help homeowners limit their pollution contribution.
Most drug residues discharged to wastewater come from private households. As contributors of pollution by Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), health establishments, such as hospitals, psychiatric and nursing facilities are hardly worth mentioning, say researchers. They merely discharge a small amount, and only at local level, of these significant contaminating substances to wastewater.
In celebration of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension along with numerous partners are sponsoring the 2016 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College, PA on May 4, 2016.
The Block and Bridle Club was first in chapter activities, first in yearbook and second for its scrapbook. Club President Elizabeth Palmer was fifth place for overall outstanding junior in the nation.
PCR can be a useful diagnostic aid when combined with other currently available tools and herd data. With advances in research and improvements in the interpretation of assay results, PCR and other molecular biology techniques are likely to gain a more prominent place in mastitis diagnostics in the future. Producers should weigh their options and expectations along with consideration of the means by which the results will be utilized when determining whether to opt for PCR as a diagnostic tool for mastitis on their farm.
Understanding the importance of physically effective fiber and knowing how to measure it accurately can be very helpful in managing high producing cows to avoid sub-acute ruminal acidosis and its negative impact on health and performance.
Pennsylvanians can find research-based answers to questions about wildlife on their computer, tablet, or smartphone, thanks to the Penn State Extension Wildlife Outreach Center website.
Women Harvest - Growing Food, Families and Empowerment. Wednesday November 4th, Union Project in Highland Park, 801 N. Negley Ave (corner Negley and Stanton) 7–9 p.m. Come connect with other women in Pittsburgh and the region who grow food, garden, cook for and care for their households, and are interested in health/food/women’s empowerment. Sponsored by Pennsylvania Women in Agriculture Network (PA WAgN). Bring along a sweet or savory snack to share if you can but it is not required. Drinks will be provided. It will be a relaxed and fun night! Please forward to other women who may be interested.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency has expanded the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program to provide very low-interest financing to farmers to build or upgrade storage for meat, dairy, and eggs.
Whether you plan on raising chickens, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, or horses there are some basics that you should know first before taking the jump into production. Keys to success in raising livestock include knowledge of goals, options, and resources. Knowing these key points will help to shape your farm and make it successful in the long run.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on October 14, 2015 announced 21 grants to land-grant universities to assist farmers and ranchers living with a disability to continue being active in agriculture. USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded the grants, totaling more than $4 million, through the AgrAbility Program.
Like any good hunter, Nooreen Meghani knows how to read the signs that her prey is close. (more...)
The winner of this year's bioenergy coloring contest has been selected - congratulations to Chloe F. of Montoursville, whose artful rendering was unanimously selected as the top entry.