Topics include: Report on the Retirement and Health Poll, Go4Life, Upcoming Event: A Celebration of Active Aging, and New Report from the World Health Organization
Julianne Schieffer, Extension Urban Forester for the Penn State School of Forest Resources teaches Tree Tenders in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
The 2012 Rachel Carson contest will focus on water, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.
The 4-H program is all about people sharing, doing and learning together.
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) burst onto the scene in 2010, causing catastrophic damage in most mid-Atlantic states.
While the slaughter of horses in the U.S. has been an emotional issue, some argue these law have grown a long way in promoting humane treatment and proper disposal of horse that are beyond their usefulness. Current economic and harsh weather conditions have placed the humane treatment of horses at risk; making it harder for some owners to properly care for the unwanted horses.
The Keystone International Exposition (KILE) that was held Oct 1-9, 2011 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA was a wonderful opportunity for youth and adults to show case their prize livestock, including both light and draft horses.
The 52nd annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held October 28, 29 and 30 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Over 900 youth with 996 horses participated in 48 performance and 100 production classes and special events throughout the weekend.
Why not a gift horse? The obvious reply is: Where will the horse be stabled? Whether you have your own place or will have to board there is enormous financial cost and responsibility in owning a horse. My advice to anyone that is contemplating giving a “gift horse,” is to think deeply of the commitment it will take.
The Penn State Extension Equine Team consisting of co-chairs Dr. Ann Swinker, PSU Campus, and Donna Foulk, Northampton County Extension, and the 2011 team members of county and PSU experts were presented with the Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Team Recognition.
As gardeners, we often receive plants or give plants for the holidays. Poinsettias, cyclamen, and Christmas cactus are among the most popular plants given, however, other houseplants are easy to find this time of year. Here are some tips to growing your holiday plants and keeping them alive well after the packages and decorations have been put away.
The 45th Annual Farm City Feast was held at Mountain View High School in Kingsley on Saturday, November 19th. Nearly 300 community members came together to celebrate the continued partnership between agriculture and local businesses here in Susquehanna County. Bill and Ginny Beeman of Kingsley served as the emcees for the evening. The Beeman’s are long time dairy farmers, and Ginny has served on the Farm City Feast Committee and chaired the event for numerous years.
December 17th is the date for the Stillhouse Road and Railroad Street illegal dumpsite cleanup efforts in Newberry Township and Goldsboro Borough. The cleanup is being organized by Keep York County Beautiful.
Chestnut Ridge Fire Company in Cook Township hosted 21 nonprofit volunteers eager to learn how to safely prepare and serve food for the masses.
If you own or board horses, raise livestock, operate a crop or vegetable farm or own agricultural land you should pay attention.
A new pest has been pigging out on many of North America’s most important crops, posing an unprecedented threat to U.S. farmers. The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) burst onto the scene in 2010, causing catastrophic damage in most mid-Atlantic states. Some growers of sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, apples, and peaches reported total losses that year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has now awarded $5.7 million to ten institutions across the country for research and education to help growers cope. The value of susceptible crops in the 33 states where BMSB has been established or sighted exceeds $21 billion, says Tracy Leskey, the USDA entomologist at the project’s helm. Last year, the pest cost apple growers alone $37 million. Leskey’s team of 51 researchers has its work cut out: uncover the mysteries of BMSB and use that knowledge to find management tactics that work—traps and lures, biopesticides, and natural enemies that kill BMSB. The Northeastern IPM Center will coordinate outreach, putting solutions in the hands of growers who need them.
It's getting tougher all the time to be a farmer, and managers of small agricultural operations have to be increasingly efficient, clever and resourceful just to stay profitable. But the concept of "agritainment" -- any form of farm-based tourism operation that provides economic benefit to the farm owner and offers entertainment, activities or product for the visitor -- may help farmers improve their bottom lines, according to agricultural business experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "Agritainment creates the opportunity for farm owners to entice visitors to their farm, provide education about agriculture and increase their overall profits," said Lynn Kime, senior extension associate in agricultural economics. "The concept offers hope for small, struggling farms."
Homeowners often become concerned about their houseplants this time of year because they look unthrifty and may even shed leaves.
The heavy wet snow we experienced in October damaged many trees. Maples, sweetgums, sycamores and other trees that had not yet dropped their leaves were hit particularly hard.
Fall management of leaves in the home landscape has been an evolving issue. Thick layers of leaves left alone on our lawns can damage the turf, by blocking out needed sunlight.