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February 3, 2014

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program provides a safe way to dispose of products that are hazardous in nature but are not regulated as hazardous waste under state and federal regulations.

Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
February 3, 2014

In the winter water gets much colder and ice may cover the top of the pond for an extended period of time. How does this affect the animals living in the pond?

January 31, 2014

The Human Services Needs Assessment Project in Mifflin and Juniata counties illustrates a constructive approach to addressing complex community issues.

Fire blighted twig. Note discolored area of canker just under the bark.
January 31, 2014

Winter can be hard to bear...

Above center: A male spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on blueberry; another likely SWD is in the background.
January 31, 2014

One option for avoiding injury from spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is to plant earlier-maturing varieties. This article discusses some cultivars that might fit the bill.

January 31, 2014

Are you looking for something to do now that the holiday season is over?

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January 30, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The Penn State Extension Dairy Team has just released their third mobile app; CropCents. The new mobile app calculates the cost of all home raised feeds by including direct and indirect costs. This app can be used by crop, dairy, and beef producers.

Horses Adapt In Harsh Winter Conditions
January 30, 2014

Horse owners in Pennsylvania share their thoughts and concerns on caring for their equine during the harsh winter conditions the state is experiencing.

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January 29, 2014

Resilient caregivers: 'Bouncing back' from stress; The Art and Science of Playing with Young Children; Working with Wood - Children Can Do It!

January 29, 2014

Fire prevention and safety are the duty of every person involved with and around livestock.

Bicycle Rack in Easton, PA.
January 29, 2014

Since the 1950’s, development patterns became increasingly auto-centered. New neighborhoods were located along highway routes, and transit systems catered to drivers, creating “park and ride” routes catering to suburban commuters, and enclosing commuter and light rail stations with large parking lots.

January 29, 2014

Penn State safety experts warn that, without proper ventilation, propane and kerosene space heaters may cause serious health effects related to carbon monoxide poisoning.

2013 sweet corn evalualtion site in central Pennsylvania
January 28, 2014

In 2012-13 we evaluated 24 cultivars of bicolor and white synergistic cultivars of sweet corn in 3 locations across Pennsylvania. This article presents our methods and results.

January 28, 2014

One of the main "tools of the trade" in a green cleaning program is microfiber.

Stream and snow. Photo: Bryan Swistock
January 28, 2014

Residents of Pennsylvania are used to dealing with snow. Annual snowfall ranges from an average of about 20 inches in southeastern counties to nearly 100 inches downwind of Lake Erie. While the winter of 2013-14 has produced some snow, most areas of the state have lacked a persistent snow cover for much of the winter.

January 28, 2014

Traces of 18 unregulated chemicals were found in drinking water from more than one-third of U.S. water utilities in a nationwide sampling, according to new, unpublished research by federal scientists. Included are 11 perfluorinated chemicals, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.

Penn State safety experts warn that, without proper ventilation, propane and kerosene space heaters may cause serious health effects related to carbon monoxide poisoning.
January 27, 2014

Frigid winter temperatures might prompt homeowners, farmers and others to help heat houses, occupied outbuildings or other structures with kerosene or propane space heaters. But without proper precautions, that could be a fatal mistake, according to safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Above center: A male spotted wing drosophila (SWD) on blueberry; another likely SWD is in the background.
January 24, 2014

One option for avoiding injury from spotted wing drosophila is to plant earlier-maturing varieties. This article discusses some cultivars that might fit the bill.

January 24, 2014

A must-have investment for folks in the tree fruit business is the recently released Compendium of Apple and Pear Diseases and Pests, Second Edition. The first edition was published in 1990 and the second edition has evolved to be nearly double in size. My one word review of the second edition: awesome.