A new Penn State publication examines state tax collection data, specifically comparing Marcellus and non-Marcellus counties.
Composting and compost provide numerous opportunities for farmers to improve their production systems. Potential income either directly from tipping fees or selling surplus compost, or indirectly from increased production supported by compost-improved soil. Here we share the benefits and drawbacks of 4 compost production methods, as well as 6 straightforward tips for using compost.
Dave Hodge shared his wisdom on pricing for profits with farmers who market directly to consumers at Penn State Extension's Grow Your Market conference in Lancaster last Monday.
Simon Huntley, from Small Farm Central, shared a few tips for successful websites at the “Websites for Farmers” workshop sponsored by the PA Women in Ag Network last week.
Do you market directly to consumers through farmers markets or a market on your own farm? Lela Reichart and Kathy Glahn presented SIMPLE – Sales, Interest, Motivation, Purchases, Location, and Evaluation - ways to capture consumers’ interest and dollars in these common direct marketing settings.
Adapted from a University of Vermont brochure by Jennifer Ather and Betsy Greene, and My Horse University
Throughout Pennsylvania, and indeed, much of the world, people are working collaboratively to understand, monitor, and mitigate water quality problems. What does this collaboration look like, and what can it accomplish?
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission plays an important role in the regulating natural gas development. Learn more about the Commission's responsibilities
Natural Gas Task Forces have played an important role developing opportunities for local businesses, organizations, and citizens to learn about the industry. This article describes a 'Meet-and-Greet' organized by the Clinton County Natural Gas Task Force that provided the opportunity for the natural gas industry and local businesses to learn about each other.
Law will ban manufacture and use of incandescent bulbs
Concerns about testing for pharmaceutical residues.
Several factors contribute to older age at first calving.
Tips for accommodating head and lunge space.
Edible ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe) is a tropical crop that optimally requires a 10 month growing season in Hawaii to produce mature ginger rhizomes. A shorter growing season results in reduced yields and size of rhizomes.
As part of a large nationwide project, berry crop researchers are working to identify grower research and Extension needs in the area of high tunnel berry production. Paper surveys are being conducted at many meetings across the country; however, we’d like to gather input from all growers with an interest in high tunnel berry production. So, for those growers who may not have the opportunity to fill out a paper survey, we’re asking you to participate in an online version whether you are a current high tunnel berry grower, used to grow berries in high tunnels, or are just thinking about it. If you fill out this online survey, and are asked to fill out an identical paper survey at a meeting sometime later this winter or spring, please let personnel at the meeting know you’ve already filled out the online survey. Please read on… and thank you!
I’ve been working with tomatoes for many years. Like everyone that works with tomatoes and many other plants, after we’re done, there is goo of various kinds all over our skin and clothes. With tomatoes, that goo starts off green and if not removed relatively quickly, will turn black. In an article in the monthly newsletter “Growing for Market” Lynn Bycznyski, responded to this very issue by asking: What is the greenish-yellow powder you get all over your hands and arms when you pick tomatoes? She asked Dr Chris Wien, Cornell Horticulture Professor, for more information. I found his responses and related information very interesting.
A new Wiki designed to facilitate information sharing among watershed organizations is now available.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has published Riparian Forest Buffer Guidance which outlines recommendations for the restoration and protection of buffers.
Gary San Julian, professor of wildlife resources, will kick off a short, monthly series of webinars about wildlife damage.
A general overview of the new estate tax and gift law for 2011 and 2012.