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December 24, 2013

The 2014 garden catalogs are beginning to arrive. Here are a few recommendations that will give you the best outcome...

December 23, 2013

Does your organization make New Year resolutions? You may conduct year-end reviews of finances and personnel, discuss board and committee appointments and agree on programming for the coming year. But the organizational report card isn’t complete if you haven’t evaluated your progress in meeting your mission.

December 23, 2013

As the holiday season draws to a close, you may be searching for options for how to get rid of your real Christmas tree. Luckily, there are some eco-friendly options that can reduce landfill waste, and even contribute to habitat improvement!

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December 22, 2013

Much discussion about shale gas and the job market has been in the news, but finding current and helpful information on long-term careers and financial and growth opportunities in the field may not be as easy to find.

December 20, 2013

Do you struggle during the holidays trying to figure out how to manage all the different family favorite recipes and requests while trying to control your weight? Learn how to take control over the holidays.

December 19, 2013

Newly released from The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety

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December 18, 2013

The Ups and Downs of Outdoor Play, Take a New Look at Dramatic Play.

December 17, 2013

Choosing gifts is a thoughtful process - how fun would it be to select food and nutrition related gifts that will actually promote a healthy lifestyle?

The giant water lily at Longwood Gardens, was first forced into bloom in 1851 by Caleb Cope, marking it’s first flowering in the USA.
December 17, 2013

As the year draws to a close, it is natural to reflect upon the past, near past or long past, and that would pertain to our horticultural field as well. Did you know when the first greenhouses were erected in the USA, and what they were used for?

December 17, 2013

Preliminary research from Purdue found that on average, farms could spend an additional $7.50 for polled genetics and break even with the average costs of dehorning.

December 17, 2013

Look for those “grey areas” that may be costing you money and workers. Taking steps to eliminate the grey – creating SOPs that are used and having good conversations daily – can be two steps forward towards a better environment for you and your workforce.

December 17, 2013

Approximately half of U.S. and one-third of Pennsylvania ag businesses use technology to assist in business management. If you have not yet made the switch to computerized financial records, Penn State Extension provides a comparison of features in the major software packages.

December 17, 2013

What makes good housing for cows with a robotic milking system? The simple answer is, the rules haven’t changed! Every dairy shelter, no matter the style, needs to provide good ventilation, ready access to high-quality water and feed, a clean, dry, comfortable resting area, and confident footing. It doesn't matter how she is milked, the measures of what makes good housing and husbandry don't change.

Commercial corridor of the future?   US Route 30 - http://www.route30plan.com/
December 17, 2013

Commercial strip corridors are a common sight in American towns and cities. They typically connect downtowns with outer neighborhoods, but are also prevalent in suburban locations—often as the only connection between neighborhoods and destinations such as office parks and shopping malls.

December 16, 2013

Bear Creek is poised to become the third ski area in Pennsylvania, and one of only a few in the country, to use highly treated liquid effluent to make snow for use on public trails.

A hot bowl of chili is perfect on a cold day
December 13, 2013

With cold weather and a hectic schedule, it’s sometimes hard to find time to prepare a homemade dinner. There is a quick, easy, affordable and healthy way to make dinner every night of the week.

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December 13, 2013

Denise Gardner, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences extension enologist, recently achieved the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) designation from the Society of Wine Educators.

December 12, 2013

When most Americans envision a farm pictures of lush pastures, fields of ripening crops, and fat grazing cattle come to mind. Yet for the small percentage of Americans actually operating a farm, the images are not always as picturesque. Farmers today face numerous challenges such as high input costs, soaring land prices, and economic uncertainty, just to name a few. One group that has especially felt the pressure of these challenges is beginning farmers. Without years of experience this group can be particularly vulnerable to risk.

December 12, 2013

During the season everything is a rush. This winter take some time to calibrate your equipment so you have more precise sprays and seedings in the spring.