HARRISBURG, Penn. — Pennsylvania producers who want to protect their investments from rising input costs, unstable markets and adverse weather conditions can sign up for crop insurance coverage on insurable spring-planted crops before March 15
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.
Two barns at Parx Racing, Bensalem, PA have been placed under quarantine after one horse tested positive for the equine herpesvirus.
Fayette County Conservation District Office is hosting FREE workshops to assist livestock and/or horse owners with getting their plans started.
Horses residing in areas that experience wet, humid weather are often affected by rain rot or “dermatophilosis.”
Changes in forages result in pleasant component increases.
Penn State Extension will offer an On Line Pond Course once again starting April 3, 2014. This class began in 2006 and has instructed 245 pond owners on the basics of pond management, so far.
FSMA, GAPs, Farm Food Safety: these terms are getting tossed around a lot in the agricultural media these days. As a beginning farmer, you need to know what these terms mean, understand how your farm operation may be affected by these new regulations and market standards, and be aware of your role in keeping fresh foods safe.
Cover crop benefits and considerations from recent PASA conference workshop lead by Charlie White, Penn State Extension.
Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants -- particles used to open rock fractures -- for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz. (more...)
February is American Heart Month...
Frigid winter temperatures might prompt homeowners, farmers and others to help heat houses, occupied outbuildings or other structures with kerosene or propane space heaters. But without proper precautions, that could be a fatal mistake, according to safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Penn State Extension Dairy Team is offering workshops to help producers improve income by increasing production and premium benefits and decrease cost of treatment for mastitis. These hands-on workshops are designed for dairy producers, employees and milkers and will focus on proper methods for collecting and identifying cultures.
The February 13th storm caused the postponement of the Winter Tree Fruit Educational Meeting in the Northeast Region.
We continue to see some below zero temperatures that were preceded by warmer temperatures. During the past 30 days, there were 3 dates with temperatures below 0°F.
A March 6th Pesticide Safety Course for Orchard Employees will cover "Fruit Tree Pollinators" and "A Pesticide Applicators Exam Review." A certificate of participation will be awarded.
"Ag Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Round Two" is the second in a series of programs covering Farm and Food Business Opportunities for individuals already working in agriculture or individuals interested in enterprise start-up. The program is presented in Spanish and English.
The Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center is hosting an in-depth peach pruning session at their research farm in Arendtsville, PA. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about pruning research in open center and three "V" training systems with cultivars of varying growth habits.
The Orchard Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet has been updated and will soon be available at the Penn State Tree Fruit Production website (http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit). New features include the addition of FRAC codes and pages for supplying additional information required by processors.
At the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention this year, the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) asked researchers to display posters so everyone can see the results of grower-funded research and extension projects. Industry support not only allows researchers and extension personnel to solve industry problems, but industry funding is becoming a requirement for hiring applied researchers and extension workers.