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February 18, 2014

Horse ownership can develop a bond between members of a family.

February 18, 2014

Has winter slowed you down? Made you feel blah and not to motivated to exercise? There are things you can do to help yourself get moving. Try some of the ideas that follow and think positive - spring will be here soon!

February 17, 2014

Two barns at Parx Racing, Bensalem, PA have been placed under quarantine after one horse tested positive for the equine herpesvirus.

February 17, 2014

Horses residing in areas that experience wet, humid weather are often affected by rain rot or “dermatophilosis.”

February 17, 2014

This blog idea was given to us by J. Craig Williams, a Penn State Extension Educator in Tioga county.

Pathogenic micro-organisms residing on the surface of fresh fruits and vegetables can be one source of food-borne illness.
February 16, 2014

FSMA, GAPs, Farm Food Safety: these terms are getting tossed around a lot in the agricultural media these days. As a beginning farmer, you need to know what these terms mean, understand how your farm operation may be affected by these new regulations and market standards, and be aware of your role in keeping fresh foods safe.

Penn State's Charlie White, Mena Hautau and area farmers learn about cover crops at on farm field day in Berks County.
February 16, 2014

Cover crop benefits and considerations from recent PASA conference workshop lead by Charlie White, Penn State Extension.

February 16, 2014

Industrial and domestic waste materials are viable alternative sources of raw materials for engineering proppants -- particles used to open rock fractures -- for use in shale gas and oil recovery, according to Penn State material scientists John Hellmann and Barry Scheetz.

February 14, 2014

We continue to see some below zero temperatures that were preceded by warmer temperatures. During the past 30 days, there were 3 dates with temperatures below 0°F.

February 14, 2014

The Orchard Spray Record-Keeping Spreadsheet has been updated and is available at the Penn State Tree Fruit Production website (http://extension.psu.edu/plants/tree-fruit). New features include the addition of FRAC codes and pages for supplying additional information required by processors.

February 14, 2014

At the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention this year, the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania (SHAP) asked researchers to display posters so everyone can see the results of grower-funded research and extension projects. Industry support not only allows researchers and extension personnel to solve industry problems, but industry funding is becoming a requirement for hiring applied researchers and extension workers.

February 14, 2014

The 2014-2015 Penn State Tree Fruit Production Guide has been updated for the 2014 growing season. In our goal to make the guide as comprehensive as possible we have added sections on postharvest disease control, marketing, the Geneva rootstock series and native pollinators.

In many communities, walking/biking trails are being envisioned as a new community development strategy.  See http://vimeo.com/83038414.
February 14, 2014

Or was it the invention of the internal combustion engine that sent this development pattern into hibernation? In a few days, Penn State Extension's Land Use Decision-Making Education Team will kick off the first session of the Winter/Spring 2014 educational webinar series -- Transit-Oriented & Walkable Communities. The concept presented in this session is not a new idea.

February 14, 2014

With cold weather and a hectic schedule, it’s sometimes hard to find time to even sit down, much less prepare a homemade dinner. Luckily, there is a quick, easy, affordable and healthy way to make dinner every night of the week.

February 14, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when people start sniffling and coughing around the office. Statistics say that on average a person will get two to four colds per year. It is likely that all of us will come down with some type of illness this winter, whether it is a cold or the flu or a stomach bug. Even if you can’t prevent every illness, there are steps you can take to give yourself the best chance of beating the odds and staying in the pink.

February 14, 2014

Companies often promote their products as the end all to all of our aches and pains. Recently, coconut oil seems to be gaining speed as the next best thing to sliced bread! Here is a brief summary of fats and oils and how they increase or decrease our risks of heart disease and how coconut oil fits in.

Research on the potential for marketing greens and herbs, such as this Spanish oregano, to growing populations of ethnic consumers will be the topic of a workshop in March.
February 13, 2014

Growth in minority populations in the United States is providing opportunities for the specialty-crop industry on the East Coast to fill the rising demand created by ethnically diverse consumers. To help agricultural producers and others to tap into these markets, researchers and extension staff from four land-grant universities will hold a one-day workshop on March 3 in Valley Forge.

February 12, 2014

Successful culling strategies are based on economics and utilize accurate production data. This article discusses metrics that incorporate information from a current test day and for the current lactation.

February 12, 2014

As group housing systems for calves have gained popularity in recent years, interest in acidified milk systems has also been renewed. This article describes reasons for acidifying milk or milk replacer and examines research on acidified milk feeding systems.

February 12, 2014

Consistency is one of the biggest goals when feeding calves. Whatever the liquid feed (milk or milk replacer), the temperature, total solids percentage, and nutrient level should be reasonably consistent from feeding to feeding. Large changes in any of these parameters can lead to unwillingness of calves to drink or scours in calves that do drink.