A mixed verdict was received by farmers following the installation of natural gas pipelines and a compressor station on their land.
For the small or part-time farmer buying a used tractor may be the most practical and economical way to get the power you need without shelling out a lot of money. But, how do you know what to buy and how to make the right purchase? First you need to know what your needs are for the tractor so you can determine what to start looking for.
Drilling in the Marcellus Shale has many people concerned about their private water wells. Here are some suggestions and steps to take to monitor your drinking water supplies.
As the debate about the health attributes and risks of raw milk spills into capitols and courts across the country, a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is urging people to think carefully about the risks before consuming unpasteurized dairy products.
The Pennsylvania House and Senate are considering multiple bills pertaining to the natural gas industry. This article lists the bills introduced during the 2009/2010 session, and provides a brief synoposis of each bill. Interested citizens and organizations are encouraged to provide comments about bills of interest directly to their state senator and/or house representative.
One challenge for energy companies developing the Marcellus Shale has been the lack of infrastructure and services specific to this industry, the technology being used, and the scale of development. A challenge for communities trying to take advantage of the potential economic benefits of Marcellus Shale has been how to create and keep jobs locally. To help address both of these challenges, Penn State Extension has been conducting programs for business owners and managers interested in developing new opportunities or expanding their firm's involvement in natural gas activities. This article profiles one such entrepreneur and her business, Natural Gas Resource, created after attending one of these Extension programs. Over the next several months, we will profile other businesses to demonstrate the pathways by which entrepreneurs identify and pursue opportunities related to natural gas.
Food-safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently conducted a week-long training workshop for nearly 100 food inspectors with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Carla Green from Mid Atlantic Farm Credit explains what a bank will look for when you go for a loan.
Pipeline infrastructure provides a crucial link between natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale and the processors and consumers who use that gas. Landowners across Pennsylvania are increasingly being asked to lease land for pipeline right-of-ways. This article provides information about pipeline construction and maintenance requirements, the leasing process, and issues landowners might consider when negotiating their right-of-way agreements.
TreeVitalize has set the goal of planting 1 million trees across the Commonwealth by 2012. Make the trees you plant this spring count towards that goal.
The PA Supreme Court issued an opinion interpreting the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act. The Court's opinion finds in favor of the gas company, meaning that leases can provide for calculation of royalties that deduct post-production costs from the amount due the landowners.
The Pennsylvania League of Women Voters recently completed a year-long study on Marcellus shale. Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team was a significant participant in many of the local LWV meetings, providing education and research-based information as members developed their study guide.
For ponds or lakes with an existing water quality program, testing is an essential tool for diagnosing the cause of the problem and determining suitable treatment options.
A Texas pesticide producing company has agreed to settle a complaint brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for violating a federal pesticides law designed to provide proper registration, distribution, and sale of pesticides, EPA announced recently.
A team of food scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has shown that an edible film can be used for wrapping ready-to-eat meat products to deliver a slow release of a naturally occurring antimicrobial agent capable of killing a foodborne pathogen.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the creation of the ‘Eyes on Drilling’ tip line for citizens to report non-emergency suspicious activity related to oil and natural gas development.
Swistock has one concise message for pond owners: If you think you have a problem with your pond, you most likely do.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring new restrictions on aluminum and magnesium phosphide products to better protect people, especially children, from dangerous exposures.
The problem for the horse owner is the challenge of controlling the amount of consumption of the green grass when returning the horse to grazing. When the horse’s metabolism is not accustomed to the lush forage dramatic side effects can occur.
The pasture management techniques outlined below can be used to help you maintain healthy, productive pastures for your horses.