The Ag. Entrepreneurship Extension Team at Penn State (farmbusiness.psu.edu) investigates opportunities for stakeholders (e.g. growers, wholesalers, processors, retailers) and disseminates applicable information to these groups. A few of us in the team have been focusing on gathering data from consumers residing in Pennsylvania and surrounding states pertaining to their fruit and vegetable purchasing attitudes and behaviors, with particular emphasis on better understanding the fresh and processed apple purchaser. We have conducted a few studies since 2008 and would like to share that data and provide examples of marketing strategies that stakeholders could implement based on the research.
Considering fifty percent of Americans now own smart phones, this article explores how these devices might be used to improve health and wellnes.
The amount of natural gas reported in the Marcellus Shale has varied greatly. Learn what the differences are in these reports
Previously, butternut was thought to be not susceptible to Thousand Cankers Disease. Recent reports have clearly shown now that butternut is susceptible.
This program is designed for landscaping, roofing, architect and construction professionals to obtain training and accreditation as a Green Roof Professional. The training is 32 hours over four days, and will be held at the Moyer Recreation Center in Annapolis.
Pennsylvania health authorities said Tuesday that the number of confirmed cases in an outbreak of Campylobacter infection has risen to 20 - 16 from that state and 4 from Maryland.
Nationwide, consumers are looking for more ways to purchase and consume locally grown foods throughout the year. In response, winter farmers markets are on the rise. And to supply those winter markets, growers in the northeast are focusing on improving their ability to store vegetables through the winter.
The choices most consumers face for their food and fiber purchasing are many. Why do they shop with us? I expect they are comfortable with our brand of customer service delivery. However, we have some time yet before spring work to consider how we might best enhance the buying experience for our current and future customers.
The Rose Bowl, the Tournament of Roses Parade, Valentine’s Day roses – everyone is familiar with roses, the “Queen of Flowers,” for beauty and fragrance. But as an herb?
Winter! While some plants rest during this season, others put on their best cloaks and seem to be transformed by the glistening snow. Winterberry holly, Ilex verticillata, is one of these winter standouts.
As we settle down for the winter we often spend time thinking about our gardens and landscapes. We take stock of what we enjoyed in the garden, what we would like to change, and can’t wait for that first visit to the garden center to look for plants to add to our gardens and landscapes. If you are like me, you are an impulse buyer. You may see something that looks good in the pot and want to take it home. It does not matter where you will place it, if you have the correct growing conditions, or how big it will get, just that it looks nice in the pot. Today, I challenge you to think differently. First Challenge-Take stock
Proper well siting and construction leads to better water quality. Tips for inspecting older wells such as looking for signs of casing failure, the use of grout and the value of a sealed cap are discussed. A worksheet to help evaluate the condition and construction of an older well is discussed and linked.
The Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Science (DAS) was recognized with the Pennsylvania Angus Association's 2011 Seedstock Breeder of the Year Award.
An important component to winter tree identification is the shape or silhouette of the tree. The juxtaposition of the dark tree against winter snow or sky provides new "views" to learn your trees.
When it is very cold, horses will reduce their water consumption and be at risk of colic. Horses should not be fed excessively cold water, as it may bring on colic symptoms. Try a heated waterer or consider taking warm buckets out when it's cold outside.
We’re halfway through winter and on the verge of winter first cold spell. Winter has arrived and along with it several things to consider that will keep your customers’ horses happy and healthy the whole season long.
We all have come across that horse that we think might be too thin or the one we know is overweight but just don’t want to admit it. Though most horse owners may be at a loss as to how to accurately determine what their horse actually weighs or what the ideal body condition is.
The American Quarter Horse Association recognized the Pennsylvania State University with its Legacy award in October at its Breeder Recognition dinner in Amarillo, Texas at the Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum. The award honors those who have registered at least one foal for fifty consecutive years.
In order to look at the possible labor and resource savings Penn State Extension educators, working with growers, laid biodegradable mulch at seven sites in Northampton, Berks, Schuylkill, Snyder, and Bucks Counties. Take a look at what we learned and farmer tips on how to work with biofilms.