Dairy goat production is an alternative livestock enterprise suitable for many small-scale or part-time livestock operations. Some dairy goat producers have been successful in pasteurizing goat milk and building an on-farm jugging business, while others have ventured into processed milk products for retail distribution, especially specialty cheeses and yogurt. The potential also exists for selling milk to processors, usually on a regional basis. Although fluid milk and processed products are important markets, dairy goat producers should also consider the potential for selling animals to hobbyists and youth involved in vocational agriculture livestock projects.
The development and growth of the Bakken fields in North Dakota shares some of the challenges found in other shale plays. Join this month’s Shale Webinar Series November 20th to hear how the those challenges are proactively being met.
Just because the snow has started falling in some areas doesn't mean farming season is over... it just means that farm planning and reflecting season has arrived. Check out these great courses coming up in January 2015 for some opportunities to hone your financial management and production knowledge from the comfort of your cozy home.
Poison-ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a native woody, perennial vine. Though it doesn’t pose the problem in terms of nutrient and water competition that a majority of other common weed species do, it has its own significant pest quality.
People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don't let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. This exotic, invasive insect poses a potential threat to several important agricultural commodities in Pennsylvania.
Earlier this year, I wrote about the attributes and usage of Devil’s Walking Stick in the landscape. The common name is pretty descriptive but it may not be the best name to assist in marketing to gardeners.
New factsheet and article provides background and findings from on-farm monitoring of dairy farms using gypsum.
In Pennsylvania, as along the entire eastern seaboard, forests have been expanding. But eastern forests are also in trouble, showing signs of stress. Scientists are at odds over how to help them. Nancy Baker, a Pennsylvania forest landowner and PA Forest Steward volunteer, worries over how her woods are going to be affected by climate change. She’s decided to be proactive about it. StateImpact PA’s Susan Phillips shares this story.
Attending the first ever PA Private Forest Landowners Conference in Altoona in May 2013 changed how Bob Slagter, PA Forest Steward volunteer, looks at his woods. And now he's excited about attending the next one on March 20-21, 2015 to see how he can further expand his knowledge and vision.
Trees have wood. They’re tall, long-lived, woody plants. So what makes wood special and how do trees make it? That’s the wonder of it all.
Tax laws on timber transactions are very specialized knowledge that are not commonly known. Yet they are important to timber owners in terms of the ongoing cost of owning and managing timber, forest stewardship and compliance to the tax law. This bulletin reviews the major federal income tax laws to help forest owners in filing their 2014 income tax returns. The information presented here is current as of September 30, 2014.
Following the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease in Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today enacted a quarantine, effective immediately, restricting the movement of wood and wood products.
On Sept. 22, 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, confirmed the presence the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula, (WHITE)) in Berks County, as part of its responsibility to identify plants/weeds, insects and mites, nematodes, fungi, bacteria and viruses that impact Pennsylvania’s natural resources, flora and economy. On Nov. 1, 2014, the Commonwealth announced a quarantine with the intent to restrict the movement of this pest. This is the first detection of Spotted Lanternfly in the United States.
Throughout the month we receive notice of interesting and relevant research and items. These items come from partner organizations. We'll use this space to share these items with you.
Is your community thinking about more jobs, more business, revitalizing your downtown? What’s your role in making that happen? Here’s one option: run for local government office.
Penn State Department of Animal Science's poultry judging team captured second place overall at the 49th Annual National Collegiate Poultry Judging held in Fayetteville, AK last week, building on a strong winning tradition.
Earlier this year (2014) the Chesapeake Bay Program approved a credit for the use of on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) for nutrient reduction in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Join us for a webcast to find out what this means for local jurisdictions in meeting their Bay TMDL allocations! Thursday, 20 November 2014, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST; Cost: FREE; Registration is open and required.
Based on FDA’s outreach efforts and public comments, the FDA is proposing revisions to its proposed rule on produce safety that are more flexible and less burdensome in key areas.
Halloween, Diwali, Muharram, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Yule, Christmas…. Do you celebrate holidays in the child care where you work? What do holiday celebrations look like in your child care?
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