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Exploring the Small Farm Dream class participants with educator Tianna Dupont
March 27, 2014

Have you ever asked yourself, “Is farming right for me?” Are you currently working on a farm or have aspirations to start your own agriculture enterprise? Twenty-eight participants of Penn State’s “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” 2014 course discussed these questions and more during the four-session class lead by extension educator Tianna Dupont.

Youth operating tractor. Photo credit University of Wisconsin Extension
March 27, 2014

It seems like this winter will never end, but spring will be around the corner before we know it. When the weather finally does turn favorable for field work, we will all be busy catching up on many tasks around the farm. One thing that should not be neglected is a brush up on safety practices related to tractors and farm equipment.

March 27, 2014

From 2008 to 2012, seventy-three (73) Pennsylvanians lost their lives in woodlot incidents.

March 26, 2014

Penn State was the first institution in the country to put its production guide up on line in the mid-1990s. The new 2014-2015 Tree Fruit Production Guide is available as a hard copy and also as a pdf with a table of contents hot linked to the appropriate sections in the guide and all the URLs to additional reference material also hot linked. To save postage, purchase a copy of the production guide at one of the 9 spring twilight meetings for fruit growers!

March 25, 2014

Parents and caregivers who remain actively engaged in their youth’s school, help youth to be healthier and perform better academically. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports evidence to help parents and caregivers understand their importance in school engagement and strategies to stay engaged.

March 24, 2014

Horse owners try their best to keep horses healthy and safe, but are often unaware of many hidden hazards that puts their horse's health in jeopardy.

March 24, 2014

The horse trails at Gettysburg National Military Park (NMP) are a splendid and unique way to experience the history and landscapes of the most dramatic land battle in American history.

March 24, 2014

Spring grooming of the horse assists in promoting a clean, shiny coat and skin.

March 24, 2014

Understanding the function of the horse’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract is critical for maintaining its health and preventing conditions such laminitis.

March 24, 2014

When we think of animal waste being detrimental to water quality, larger, livestock animal operations probably come to mind first as being the largest contributors. While this is true, even our domestic companion animals do their part to add to water contamination.

March 24, 2014

Black-capped chickadees are tiny but tough. At less than half an ounce, they’re one of the smallest birds to survive in northern areas during the winter. It takes a lot of body fat to keep warm, so chickadees spend most of the daylight hours feeding on seeds, berries, and occasionally fat from animal carcasses.

The field days will cover pasture management for forage production, sheep and goat health issues, common sense weaning-management tips, and selecting females for pasture production. Participants will also tour the host farm pasture and handling facilities.
March 24, 2014

Sheep and meat goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of field days offered by Penn State Extension this spring.

This webinar will discuss changes in the technology of wireless facilities, the most significant recent regulatory changes at the federal and state levels, and recommend specific revisions to wireless facilities ordinances to help municipalities stay consistent with the law.
March 24, 2014

A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on the locations of mobile phone towers and municipalities' limited ability to regulate them.

Parent packets are included with each lesson for the children to take home and share with their families. Each packet contains "Mr. Yuk" stickers, and the students, with the help of an adult, are to put the stickers on products that have labels containing a signal word they were taught in the lesson.
March 24, 2014

Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to 55 poison centers across the country, with over 90 percent occurring in the home. Just over half of the poisonings occur in children younger than 6 years old.

March 21, 2014

Money is on everyone's mind. Earlier this week Extension offered Getting the Most from your Grant-writing Efforts in Stroudsburg. More than 30 people filled the room.

March 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of the Farm Storage and Facility Loan program, which provides low-interest financing to producers. The enhanced program includes 22 new categories of eligible equipment for fruit and vegetable producers, and makes it easier for farmers and ranchers around the country to finance the equipment they need to grow and expand.

March 20, 2014

It's National Poison Prevention Week 2014! From March 16th-22nd, Poison Prevention Week is the time to evaluate the poison prevention practices in your home and be sure you know what to do in case of a poison emergency.

March 19, 2014

The health benefits of tomatoes illustrate the importance for consumers to frequently include tomato products in their meals.

March 18, 2014

Now is the time to pick the tomato varieties you want to grow in your garden this summer.

March 18, 2014

It has been one of the colder starts to the year with most regions averaging 3 to 5 degrees below normal for the first 10 weeks of 2014, the coldest beginning since 1994.