Many states throughout the nation offer Master Watershed Steward volunteer programs through their land grant university extension services; these programs train citizen volunteers in the basics of water resource stewardship. Now Penn State Extension, with the help of the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley and other local environmental groups, are launching PA’s first Master Watershed Steward Program in Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Herbs are easy to grow and store. They add unique flavors to your food and can reduce your use of salt. For starters, why not try Lemon Tarragon Chicken for dinner?
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released two farm safety reports on May 30, 2013. These reports were conducted by NASS for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to better understand hazardous exposures on agricultural operations and agricultural-related injuries to adults working on farms.
During this past week, relatively high numbers of adults (for this time of the season) were observed feeding on stone and pome fruit. The first egg masses and young nymphs were also found. If BMSB nymphs are spotted, a control treatment is needed immediately. Codling moth (CM) adults continue first generation flight in all areas of Pennsylvania. The second treatment of insecticides for the control of codling moth should also effectively control early tufted apple bud moth (TABM) larvae.
Prevention is often the best medicine, not only for physical health, but also public health, according to researchers at Penn State and Iowa State Universities.
Accountability is a big deal these days in education. NAEYC and other early childhood education partners have committed to closing learning gaps and increasing the achievement of all children. (NAEYC 2009)
Emergent Literacy Begins at Birth; Transitions - "Hello" and "Goodbye"; Executive Function Skills: Foster with Play; Last reminder of the phaseout of mail-based New Staff Orientation and New Staff Orientation-Refresher
This month's highlight is supervising children. Better Kid Care has developed an extensive collection of research-to-practice articles, resources pages, and publications for practitioners and families that you can use to build your program, expand staff development, implement curriculum, understand children's development, and support families.
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Obtaining a CDA Credential can be a catalyst to professional growth and a career in early education. Read the article "CDA Credential: A Catalyst to Professional Growth," and what's new from the CDA council.
This month's focus is on recycling. Penn State's Better Kid Care and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs are teaming up to bring you "Go Green for Kids," a monthly tip to help you provide a healthier and safer environment for the children in your care.
This month's highlight is... Building Resilience in Young Military Children. Each month, Support for Military-Connected Families features research-based information to support and increase the quality of caring for children from military-connected families.
Have you ever looked for training materials to build the knowledge and confidence of your farm market personnel? Penn State Extension now offers on-line training for farm professionals that handle, process, or merchandise fresh market produce.
Stay connected and current with updates, events, developments, and new resources in early care and education!
Update on the strawberry virus situation in Pennsylvania. Last month, I had written an article regarding two strawberry viruses (strawberry mottle virus, and strawberry mild yellow edge virus) that could be present in strawberry plug plants grown by mid-Atlantic nurseries (and others in the East) that had obtained runner tips from a Canadian supplier. The concerns were that the viruses could spread to otherwise healthy plants if aphids (the vectors of these particular viruses) were present; that the presence of the viruses would affect growers' plans to carry over plantings; and that if both viruses were present in the same plants, vigor and yields would be affected. At the time the article was written, we weren't sure how widespread the problem was in Pennsylvania.
Update on the current status of spotted wing drosophila, a species of fruit fly, that is problematic because the tiny larvae of this pest can be present in the fruit when it is harvested.
As a Pennsylvania grower of fresh vegetables and fruits, you have worked hard to learn about and adopt GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) on your farm and in your packing house. Now that we are moving into peak marketing season, remember those farm food safety concepts when selling your produce at farm and farmers markets. Food safety practices that extend from farm to fork can help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.
By using these recommended preparation and cooking methods, you can help preserve the nutrients in your foods.