Penn State Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) are hosting a series of Mock Farm Food Safety Audits and Food Safety Trainings in October, November, and December on farms in Adams, Allegheny, Wyoming, Lehigh, Berks, Northampton, and Montgomery counties. These events, held on working farms, are designed to help small-scale produce farmers gain a better understanding of what to expect from a third party Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audit.
Preparing and freezing meals in advance will save you when there are days filled with a variety of after school activities or work commitments. With advance meal preparation serving a hot meal will not require a hectic cooking rampage in the kitchen or a trip to the local fast food establishment.
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Dropping temperatures may be something you want to put out of your mind for as long as possible, but it has been getting chilly at night. Winter will soon be here and when that happens, temperatures drop considerably and can cause freezing water issues both indoors and out. So here are some tips to help you avoid common problems in winter and prevent frustration for you, pets, livestock and even the wild birds that you may like to feed.
Attention all Cucurbit Growers! We know you are very aware of how important the pollination of your crop is to the success of your growing season! However, you might not have been introduced to one of the best friends that your crop has - the squash bee (Peponapis pruinosa).
Based on FDA's outreach efforts and public comments, the FDA is proposing revisions to its proposed rule on produce safety.
The industry has done great things with drilling efficiency for unconventional shale plays. This can be seen at the rig count has gone down as the number of wells has increased. Companies are now focusing more on improved and efficient production through well planning. (more...)
Recently fallen leaves are dense and can compact in the horse's digestive system and cause compaction colic.
Farmers - is your farm energy efficient? Would you like to find out how your operation compares? Penn State Extension is providing a free energy review for farms in the Keystone State. Sign up now to learn valuable information about your energy use.
A workshop event was recently held for horse owners that where interested in learning more about how to take better care of the animals that they love.
The hot humid weather in early September pushed many cultivars to harvest, but since then the cool weather has slowed maturity. This weekend's warm weather may restart the push to maturity.
Autumn offers the horseman the enjoyment and pleasure of riding their horse on trails transformed into vibrant colors. Central PA has some of the most accessible horse trails that provide the opportunity to enjoy nature at the peak of its beauty.
Rain rot or rain scald, is caused by bacteria and often is mistaken for a fungal disease. The bacteria live in the outer layer of skin and cause pinpoint to large, crusty scabs to form.
The ride is open to all 4-H horse and pony members in Pennsylvania. A Leader Adult Division is also included for screened volunteers only.
Fall is a great time to be afield, there is so much to study and observe. Take a walk, take a flower book along, and learn some new species.
As we get into apple harvest in earnest, fruit growers are starting to find out whether or not they have much injury from brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). Although injury from this pest for the early varieties was less than in the past, many growers are probably wondering whether to put that last spray or two on later varieties as insurance against late season injury.
Getting roses ready for winter is not a difficult process.