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February 19, 2014

There has been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Americans consume too much salt. Some think that consuming large amounts of sodium is the reason for the alarming rates of high blood pressure and heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, “Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor.”

February 19, 2014

Try the bean and rice burritos for a delicious meal!

February 19, 2014

We are challenging readers to include a new food in their meals. Today we are focusing on the low cost healthy food — beans. Beans and peas are the mature forms of legumes. They include kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, garbanzo peas (chickpeas), lima beans, black-eyed peas, split peas, and lentils. These types of beans and peas are not to be confused with green peas and green beans.

February 19, 2014

The New Year is a time for many opportunities. Taking a look at our family’s food choices is a great beginning to a new year. Do you fill half of your lunch and dinner plates with fruits and vegetables? If yes, great! If no, then think about why not.

February 19, 2014

The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) is accepting grant applications for safety projects.

A cow receives an antibiotic to treat mastitis, a disease that costs the U.S. dairy industry an estimated $2 billion annually.
February 19, 2014

Bovine mastitis -- udder infection in cattle -- directly and indirectly costs U.S. dairy producers an estimated $2 billion each year. To help dairy farmers, veterinarians and other agricultural industry professionals understand how to prevent and treat mastitis, the Penn State Extension Veterinary Team is hosting the Penn State Mastitis and Milk Quality Conference on March 25 and 26 at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg/Hershey in Grantville.

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.