Our programs target ponds and lakes that range from an impoundment on a farm of less than an acre to a small private lake of many acres. The one thing these ponds have in common is that they all somehow are connected to nearby streams or groundwater aquifers.
Penn State offers a wide range of courses related to sustainable agriculture for undergraduate and graduate students. From across several majors and departments, here are a selection of course offerings for the Spring 2010 semester.
Agriculture in Pennsylvania relies upon insects for crop protection and pollination. Unfortunately, many of our crop production practices can have unintended negative consequences for some beneficial organisms and the valuable agroecological services they provide. Given the recent decline in managed honey bee populations, many growers in Pennsylvania are now looking for alternative ways to ensure pollination of their crops. One way that this can be accomplished is by providing or improving habitat for wild bees.
Researchers are strapping small solar-powered satellite transmitter onto the back of Ospreys to monitor the bird's location, within a few hundred yards, for the next two to three years.
As an old saying goes, “without some sense of direction, you can wind up anywhere.”
It doesn’t take a lot of cows to make biogas from manure. The real question is how does the capital and management cost of a digester fit into your farm business and management situation?
Nutrition has many effects on the health of the calf and improvements must be considered to reduce the high incidence of morbidity and mortality as found on dairy farms around the world.
Shrink is defined by Kansas State Extension Specialist Michael Brouk as the amount of feed delivered or grown on a farm that is never consumed. Brouk estimated that shrink may account for 5 to 30 percent of feed purchased.
Thousands of hunters who took to Pennsylvania's woods and fields for the archery antlered deer season opener last Saturday may have unintentionally poisoned the state's deer herd.
By Charlie White, Extension Associate
By Kate Butler, Program Coordinator, Agroecology Major
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the USDA recently announced its funded projects for 2010. Twelve projects were funded in Pennsylvania for a total of $536,000.
At the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s Farming for the Future Conference this past February, there were no doubt a lot of people in attendance who were inspired by the growing enthusiasm for local and sustainable food systems to pursue farming as a business and livelihood. But would-be growers often encounter two seriously intimidating entry barriers to making a go in farming: access to the land and capital that starting a farm venture requires. Fortunately, opportunities in urban and peri-urban environments may offer a way around these barriers and a path towards viable, small-scale agricultural enterprises.
By Rich Smith, Penn State Weed Ecology Lab
By Paige Arthur, Secretary, Sustainable Agriculture Club
By Ron Hoover, On-Farm Research Coordinator and Sjoerd Duiker, Soil Management Extension Specialist
By Winifred McGee, Lebanon County Extension Director
Forests are not exempt from the ongoing financial crisis. Pennsylvania's forest products industry clearly links to the general state of the economy. Fortunately, forest landowners have the option of waiting until markets for their trees rebound. But it still makes sense for landowners to do a little analysis to understand financially optimal harvest decisions.
By Lynn Kime, Senior Extension Associate
By Tianna DuPont, Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Northampton and Lehigh County