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February 24, 2014

Which comes first: the mission or the money? Do your organization’s goals change with every new funding opportunity?

February 24, 2014

Penn State Professor Jim Shortle provided a one hour webinar on January 29, 2014 discussing a recent study on the agricultural costs of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.

February 23, 2014

Spring gardening chores for a happy and healthy garden and lawn.

February 23, 2014

Once the snow starts to melt and the temperatures begin to warm, many of us will be eager to plant grass seed to fill in bare spots or repair grass damaged during the winter. One key to success is to purchase quality grass seed. In addition to obtaining seed produced by a reputable company, we can also look at the label on the package to verify that it meets certain standards.

February 23, 2014

When spring is finally upon us, our thoughts turn to the emergence of perennial bulbs and flowers in the garden, as well as the dormant grass “greening up” for the season. But in containers, “spring green” can mean something totally different.

February 23, 2014

This year in Pennsylvania, Arbor Day is April 25, which is the fourth Friday in April. It is a perfect time to add a tree to your landscape or to become involved in a community tree planting project.

February 23, 2014

It is snowing again on this February day. The temperature is a balmy 28° (I say balmy, because at this point anything above 10° is balmy). It’s difficult to write an article for spring when the weather is below freezing, but then, visions of seedlings begin dancing in my head. I did a little research and found some fun seed-starting ideas.

February 23, 2014

One of the many benefits of having your own garden is the opportunity to plant a variety of tomatoes. When choosing, it is important to be aware of the basic tomato types.

February 23, 2014

Dolomedes tenebrosus is commonly called the fishing spider. What comes to mind when hearing this common name is that they live near water, right? Not so with this species of the fishing spider. Its preferred habitat is a wooded area, which may or may not have a water source nearby.

February 21, 2014

Growing your own strawberries is one of the most rewarding gardening activities.

February 20, 2014

WASHINGTON —Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard in order to protect the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure.

Les Firth (right), an alumnus who spent a long career with Penn State Extension, and his wife, Elaine, have created a new scholarship to benefit students native to northwestern Pennsylvania.
February 20, 2014

A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and his wife will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need. Les and Elaine Firth, of Mercer, established the Firth Family Trustee Scholarship, with first preference going to students from the northwestern Pennsylvania counties of Crawford, Erie, Mercer and Warren.

February 20, 2014

You’ve observed dieback in the crowns of a several recently planted green ash trees on a property that you’re responsible for in your work area. Some of the trees have declined in recent years, and your clients want you to diagnose the problem and save their ash trees from any further decline.

February 19, 2014

There has been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Americans consume too much salt. Some think that consuming large amounts of sodium is the reason for the alarming rates of high blood pressure and heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, “Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor.”

February 19, 2014

Try the bean and rice burritos for a delicious meal!

February 19, 2014

We are challenging readers to include a new food in their meals. Today we are focusing on the low cost healthy food — beans. Beans and peas are the mature forms of legumes. They include kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo peas (chickpeas), lima beans, black-eyed peas, split peas, and lentils. These types of beans and peas are not to be confused with green peas and green beans.

February 19, 2014

The New Year is a time for many opportunities. Taking a look at our family’s food choices is a great beginning to a new year. Do you fill half of your lunch and dinner plates with fruits and vegetables? If yes, great! If no, then think about why not.

February 19, 2014

The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) is accepting grant applications for safety projects.

A cow receives an antibiotic to treat mastitis, a disease that costs the U.S. dairy industry an estimated $2 billion annually.
February 19, 2014

Bovine mastitis -- udder infection in cattle -- directly and indirectly costs U.S. dairy producers an estimated $2 billion each year. To help dairy farmers, veterinarians and other agricultural industry professionals understand how to prevent and treat mastitis, the Penn State Extension Veterinary Team is hosting the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference on March 25 and 26 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville.