National 4-H Week is an annual observance that will be held October 2 – 8, 2011. Yes, National 4-H Week is coming up soon. This is a chance to let everyone know how 4-H is special to you and why more kids should be involved.
Mark your calendars and start planning for the 4-H Benefit Auction today! The date is March 17, 2012.
October 2-8 is National 4-H Week, and Clarion County is celebrating the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world.
Mad Science Workshops and Rockets Away participants learn about safety launching air-powered rockets. Participants learn how to make the Mento’s geyser tube experiment and use rock salt to increase the height of the diet coke spray.
Northampton County 4-H offered programming at Easton Weed and Seed's Summer Nights in the Park.
All 4-H Families are encouraged to join us Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 3:30 PM at Paul's Pumpkin Patch at Frogtown.
Last March the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Child Development (OCD) sponsored an Environmental Resources Fair bringing together local family support centers with staff from a variety of environmentally friendly organizations. For Suzanne Rubiano, a registered nurse from Family Care Connection Center (FCC) in Lawrenceville, this was the beginning of a rewarding collaborative effort that culminated with the installation of an urban "Tranquility Garden" behind the FCC at 5235 Butler Street.
Citizen Science Investigator (CSI) is the latest initiative of iConserve Pennsylvania in an effort to inspire each of us to take conservation personally.
Dairy members to attend the State Dairy Show in Harrisburg
Members attending the State Horse Show in Harrisburg
Late summer and fall is apple harvest time. With this enjoyment of eating apples comes a new online resource about growing apples. eXtension.org, the online component of national Cooperative Extension, just added a new resource area about apple production, cultivars and rootstocks for commercial apple producers, home gardeners, nursery professionals and anyone interested in growing and eating apples.
Almost 100 crop species in the U.S. rely to some extent on honey bee pollination and the value of honey bees to U.S. agriculture is estimated to be $15 billion annually ($1.4 billion for apple). Collectively these 100 crops make up about 1/3 of the US diet and consist mainly of high-value specialty crops (i.e., fruit, vegetable and nut crops) that provide the bulk of vitamins and other nutrients that contribute to healthy diets. Honey bees are currently the most valuable pollinators in agriculture, because they are well understood, relatively easy to maintain, movable, and able to communicate rapidly the locations of new food sources. Honey bee populations, however, have declined for the past several years to the point that total reliance on them is increasingly risky. Since 2006, North American beekeepers lost approximately 1/3 of the honey bee colonies each year due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and losses at this level or higher will probably continue in the near future. These losses were in addition to declines caused by the introduction of two parasitic mite species; viral, fungal, and bacterial diseases; insecticide poisoning; and agricultural intensification of crop monocultures which have removed much of the adjacent flowering and nesting resources. Despite increased need for pollination services for crops such as the $2 billion almond industry, honey bee colonies had already declined by over 40% in the U.S. since 1947, even before CCD. Importation of bees from outside the U.S. to meet the demand for pollination began in 2005, but is a very risky solution because it greatly increases the chances of introducing new pests and pathogens to all of our bee species.
Want to sway to the music of a solar powered DJ or zero in on the latest sustainable practices, Hartwood Acres was the place to be this past Saturday, for Allegheny County's Green and Innovation Festival.
The summer growing season is rapidly winding down, so it’s time to begin planning for the 2012 garlic & shallot crop. The best time to plant garlic and shallots is mid-October throughout much of the Mid-Atlantic region.
Come and see three farms. One dairy, one teaching, and one beef farm are inviting you to visit.
As we head into fall, the cool and wet conditions favor the continued development of late blight on both tomato and potato.
Penn State Extension presents financial programs and the variety of financial decisions to consider
Messy woods are good for wildlife - creating snags, cavities, brushpiles, and other structural elements that protect and provide cover and resources for a diversity of wildlife.
The Southeast Regional Animal Science Team moved "The Equine Envelope" to a blog. All newsletter articles will be posted there along with additional articles in between issues.