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As part of her internship, Olivia Lindsey (center) helped organize community events to generate interest in local-foods projects. Also pictured are Chelsea Holmes, of Women for a Healthy Environment (left), and chef Bill Fuller of big Burrito Restaurant Group.
April 8, 2014

As a member of the Penn State Women's Rugby Team, Olivia Lindsey knows a thing or two about teamwork. So it should come as no surprise that when she went looking for an internship last year, she was drawn to the idea of joining a 50-member multi-institution research team.

Eastern redbud – Cercis canadensis – is small, graceful tree native to the eastern and central United States.
April 7, 2014

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) is small, graceful tree native to the eastern and central United States. It is typically found in open woodlands, thickets, woodland margins, and along streams and bluffs, often on limestone soils.

April 7, 2014

Climate change is already having a profound effect on life in the oceans. Marine species tend to be highly mobile, and many are moving quickly toward the poles to stay cool as average ocean temperatures rise. These shifts can cause ecological disruptions as predators become separated from their prey. They can also cause economic disruptions if a fish population becomes less productive or moves out of range of the fishermen who catch them.

Students assessing the pond to develop a management plan.
April 7, 2014

Managing a large field pond can be a challenging task. Sometimes the best option is to think of unique, innovative ways to approach the management task.

Photo: adult female blacklegged ticks. Unengorged female encircled by partially engorged females. (Photo: James Occi, MA, MS). From the Lyme Disease Association website.
April 7, 2014

If you are in an area of Pennsylvania where ticks and Lyme disease are a way of life, it’s already time to be on alert.

Wild leeks growing in the forest.  Photo by Eric Burkhart.
April 7, 2014

The increasing demand for wild forest products such as leeks and mushrooms present new opportunities for farmers, but maintaining a sustainable production base will require careful stewardship.

A sign marking one of the state's conservation landscape initiatives that will be discussed during the webinar.
April 7, 2014

A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on landscapes and greenways in Pennsylvania, examining the meaning of these terms and defining their implications for communities.

Close-up of spring cover crop with mugwort emerging (lower left), Wills Daal Farm, Kutztown, PA.  Photo Credit: Tim Bock.
April 6, 2014

How can organic field crop growers manage perennial weeds successfully? What if perennial weeds seem to be increasing in growth and vigor, even with a good crop rotation.

Dan DeTurk hosts a study circle meeting at his farm in Mohrsville, PA to share results from the cover crop mixture experiment.  Photo by Tianna DuPont.
April 6, 2014

Three organic field crop farmers presented a panel discussion at the 2014 PASA Conference to share their experiences using diverse cover crop mixtures.

Local food sales may boost economic growth in some regions of the U.S.  Photo Credit:USDA.
April 6, 2014

Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.

A hyper-diverse cover crop mixture planted on a Pennsylvania farm was inspired by the practices of Gabe Brown.
April 5, 2014

In March, a team of researchers, staff and students from the Reduced-Tillage Organic Systems Experiment had the opportunity to attend the 9th Annual Organic Grain Production Meeting at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. The keynote speaker was North Dakota rancher Gabe Brown, whose presentation was titled “Holistic Regeneration of Our Lands: A Producers Perspective.”

With nearly 4,000 horizontal shale wells reporting production in Pennsylvania, we now have a clearer picture of cumulative production, royalty estimates and differences in unconventional shale production across the state.
April 4, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on the calculation of natural gas royalties using decline curve projections.

Eastern white pine stand in Adams County taken over by Aralia elata – Japanese angelica tree (the light brownish stems sticking straight up). Photo: Craig T. Houghton, Forest Technology Instructor and Program Coordinator at Penn State Mont Alto
April 4, 2014

Last month, the Green Industry website had an article about Devil’s Walking Stick (Aralia spinosa) in which I gave a brief description of the plant and made a comment about the stand in my landscape.

Photo: Michael Bohne, Bugwood.org, University of Georgia; Male Asian longhorned beetle
April 4, 2014

Invasive species have drawn considerable regional and national attention in recent years.

April 4, 2014

EPA’s response to the petition, “Pesticides in the Air – Kids At Risk: Petition to EPA to Protect Children From Pesticide Drift,” dated March 31, 2014, has been posted to the Web. The petition was submitted in October 2009 by Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice on behalf of a group of health and environmental organizations that included Pesticide Action Network North America and the United Farmworkers. Related documents are available at www.regulations.gov in docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0825, and the agency's response will also be posted there shortly.

April 3, 2014

Young children's brains are constantly working to take in and process information. Caring adults who encourage and provide opportunities for children to problem solve, form friendships and succeed at learning tasks play a central role in building brain power in children!

April 3, 2014

In our January blogs, we talked about two waste disposal programs that are available in Pennsylvania: Household Hazardous Waste Program: Plan to Use It in 2014 and Some Changes for the CHEMSWEEP Program. Besides being great programs on their own, sometimes these two programs partner together. At these events, the CHEMSWEEP Program accepts all the pesticide products and assures their proper disposal. By doing this, the HHW program can accept more products and does not have to cover the pesticide disposal costs.

Photo: James H. Miller & Ted Bodner, Southern Weed Science Society, Bugwood.org
April 2, 2014

Yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) has foliage (composed of three leaflets) that resembles white clover or black medic.

April 2, 2014

This is the highest honor given to American Phytopathological Society (APS) members in recognition of meritorious contributions to the discipline of plant pathology. Moorman will be named a Fellow at the national meeting in August 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota, recognizing his more than 30 years of service to the profession.

 Septoria leaf spot on Rudbeckia (Photo by S. Guiser)
April 2, 2014

Not only do you and I look forward to Spring weather, fungi, bacteria, phytoplasmas and other plant pathogens also gear up for the season.