Do you know what drives customer choices? The American Restaurant Association has identified the top 10 food trends driving customer choices in 2011. Uncover these motivating trends as well as the 6 types of perceived risk that may be holding your customers back in this article from Ag Marketing expert and Penn State Extension Educator, John Berry.
Timber sales are picking up, probably due to low inventories in mills, but stumpage prices remain sluggish for most species in most regions. In fact, there was quite a drop in the last quarter of 2010 for some of the major species. A number of factors are at play, some of which I have mentioned before. A growing concern is the impact of Marcellus shale gas drilling. Labor force in the timber industry is suffering to some degree as gas jobs pick up.
The Timber Market Report for the 4th quarter 2010 is up. You can use the above news link to get it directly, or browse to it from the left hand side. Thanks again to all those who contribute to the report. If you would like to contribute, please contact Kyle Kovach by email, listed under "contact us"
The U.S. Geological Survey compiled a list of water-related terms that can help individuals understand water science.
The impact of obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) credential for those who have not graduated from high school is demonstrated by the change in perception of themselves and their future success in employment, education and income.
Do you want to keep bees? Do you think honey is delicious and want to produce and sell more of your own? Can you tell a worker from a drone? Do you know if queens are born or made? Students in the ABCs of Beekeeping had fun learning the answers to all these questions and more in their first night of class.
If you have not done it yet, now is the time to finish up your crop plan for next year. Soon it will be time to start seedlings and the whirlwind will begin. At a recent CSA day organized by Lehigh County Extension’s Brian Moyer, I shared some tips for crop planning. What follows is a teaser, just the first few steps of the crop planning procedure I put together based on the great crop planning information Josh Volk from Slow Hand Farm recently shared with us.
Dramatic swings in commodity prices that have occurred in the last six months can present serious challenges for farmers.
The Heinz Endowments recently awarded a team of Penn State researchers a $412,000, three-year, grant to identify and mitigate the effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and development on the forest ecosystem.
On February 2, The Obama administration announced it planned stricter regulation of toxic substances in drinking water, including the first limits ever set on perchlorate.
EPA's new web page provides training, outreach, and other resource materials for applicators and handlers, communities, state and local agencies, and others interested in understanding and implementing the current requirements for safe use of soil fumigants.
The York County Planning Commission has embarked on an effort to take the Water Resources Plan component of the County Comprehensive Plan to "the next level." This effort will provide County stakeholders with a resource which will guide the restoration and protection of County's water resources.
Things are changing for many people in Pennsylvania these days and the Cooperative Extension is stepping in to help with the process! Since the Marcellus Shale Industry has become new phenomena in recent years, many communities have been asking questions about how to respond to new situations that have never happened before.
"People assume that tech schools don't lead to college. That just isn't true," Bob Veilleux commented at the beginning of his presentation. And it wouldn't be too much to say that saying "vo-tech" brings up a lot of different associations and connotations- most of them not terribly positive. In the past, it can seem to imply things like "not going to college", "less than great", "only for certain kinds of people".
"I'm a trainer. A life skills teacher. A mentor. A programmer. I want to show people how to get a job and keep it," was how Brenda Williams described her work, her voice was firm, to the point, and awake with excitement and passion.
Penn State’s Small Farm Project launched a new web site entitled “A Guide to Farming in Pennsylvania.” The site contains links to farm management and business information useful to a wide range of people, from those just starting an agribusiness to retiring farmers concerned about passing the farm on to the next generation.
EPA Website provides tools to support and protect watersheds.
Several changes to pesticide labels have occurred since late fall 2009, when the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide went to print.
Orchard owners and home gardeners looking for the best answers to their questions about apple trees soon will have free, easy access to all the information they need, thanks to a land grant university project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Penn State Farm Food Safety web site at www.foodsafety.psu.edu/gaps is your resource for tools you can use to start writing a food safety plan.