On November 17 and 18, bioenergy experts and business people from throughout the region gathered in Greensburg PA for the Penn State Bioamss CHP Systems Short Course.
The Department of Environmental Protection published Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance as final in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on November 27, 2010.
Precision feeding of dairy cows is a great way to address water quality concerns in local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. So what is precision feeding? It is feeding dairy cows to most precisely meet their nutrient requirements based on their level of production.
So, you want to keep bees? Well, join the club… beekeeping is a hot topic for many reasons. Maybe it’s the interest in producing more of your own food or eating locally produced food. Maybe it is sympathy for honeybees succumbing to a mysterious malady called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Maybe it’s Nature’s call to pay attention to this fascinating creature, the honeybee. Whatever the motivation, hobby beekeeping is on the rise.
This updated publication addresses the rapidly changing topic of water withdrawals for Marcellus shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania.
Do you have high tunnels? Have you tested your soil salt levels lately? High salt levels in your soil may be affecting your plants and decreasing your yield.
Backyard poultry is a fun enterprise whether it is a project for your children or a project for you. There is so much to think about when it comes to raising live animals, such as a small flock of chickens. Breeds, purchasing birds, and equipment are just a few topics that should run through your mind.
Computational linguist. Global business strategist. Polymer engineer. Young people are now faced with a dizzying array of choices when deciding on a future career. What about farmer?
Facebook just become a lot more educational! A new, interactive game is providing a way for people to learn about diabetes through hands-on challenges and socializing with other gamers.
Penn State Extension has resources and a listing of courses to support new farmers. Course offerings include an introduction to "Small-Scale Agricultural Production for Those Considering Starting a Business in Farming" and "Breaking Barriers to Access Land, Capital and Equipment for farm start-ups."
Are you interested in increasing your communication skills in Spanish? Common agricultural terms and phrases in Spanish are now available in an updated Spanish Ag Phrasebook available at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center web site. Please continue to send us phrases to translate, and they will be added to the next revision!
Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding announced in November that the latest round of surveys shows the state’s decade-long effort to eradicate the Plum Pox Virus was a success and the virus has not reappeared.
Nationwide interest in farm food safety continues to rise and Pennsylvania fruit and vegetable growers are increasingly affected. Most major grocery store chains and many restaurant chains now require their produce suppliers to learn about farm food safety and some are demanding documentation of safe practices through written plans and third party inspections.
Agriculture plays an important role in future efforts to build on the South Mountain’s assets and sense of place.
Having concluded another market season - I start to wonder about how it might have been different this past year and what might we do to steer our direction for 2011. Let’s spend a few moments wrapping our minds around how well we met our marketing objects this past year. By doing this we begin the steps needed to make changes for the coming marketing season.
Seismic surveying plays an important role in natural gas development. This article will help to have a better understanding of the need for seismic testing.
Offers guidance on purchasing and using firewood including how much is a cord of wood, what type of wood works best, as well as what to expect/request when the firewood is delivered.
December for many cattle producers means much preparation for winterizing their herds. What is on your checklist for this month? Nutrition and winter feeding, body condition evaluation, and calving issues should all be on your list.
What was once considered a nuisance pest has now become a major threat to Pennsylvania fruit orchards grain and vegetable fields, and experts are scrambling to discover ways to get rid of them.
Any farm that houses animals in the state of Pennsylvania will have to have a written Manure Management Plan, meeting the guidelines provided in the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Manure Management Manual.