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October 14, 2013

Finding time for the family to enjoy relaxing away from the stress of life is something good to provide for children. When they hear about it, perhaps other parents may notice the value of slowing down their own pace of life.

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October 13, 2013

A look at the use of natural gas in transportation for rail and marine transportation

You may find Oriental beetles, Japanese beetles, masked chafers, Asiatic garden beetles, or Green June beetles – depending on your location.  These beetles lay their eggs in the soil and successful hatches depend in part on soil moisture.
October 11, 2013

If you are experiencing grub damage in turf areas, you may be wondering how much longer rescue treatments will be effective.

This lily leaf beetle is eating a plant near Lock Haven, PA.  The pest was first discovered in Pennsylvania in this local garden, just a few months ago.  Photo by Greg Hoover.
October 11, 2013

The lily leaf beetle was recently identified by Penn State ornamental extension entomologist Greg Hoover, and confirmed by state and federal regulatory agencies as a new ornamental insect pest in Pennsylvania.

October 10, 2013

Whenever you think of glorious fall colors, your mind’s eye inevitably includes the reddish-burnt orange glow that sugar maple brings to autumn’s landscape.

October 10, 2013

As the recipient of this award, Dr. Robert Van Saun is an individual who, through long and continued service, has promoted the goals of the AABP and whose accomplishments have served as a model for service to bovine agriculture through organized veterinary medicine.

A cow gets cleaned automatically.
October 10, 2013

Autumn is a good time to learn more about an important economic sector of our communities. In some Pennsylvania counties farms open their gates to the public at this time of year.

Yoder #1 Shagbark Hickory
October 9, 2013

There are many types of tree nuts that grow in Pennsylvania, especially in the southern and eastern parts of the state. If you’d like to grow nuts to add to your product selection, you are more likely to be successful with a little planning and careful selection of the types of nuts you plant.

As production has grown exponentially over the past few years, getting natural gas to market is a key concern. Pipeline construction across the commonwealth is likely to continue at a rapid pace for the next several years.
October 8, 2013

Natural gas pipeline projects and trends, as well as recent and pending legislation affecting pipelines, will be the subject of an Internet-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension.

pumpkins are loaded with nutrients for good health
October 8, 2013

Fall decorating most likely includes pumpkins. But pumpkins are more than just a decoration. They are loaded with nutrition and do not have many calories.

Dennis Murphy (left), Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health, leads an ATV safety demonstration at a recent Ag Progress Days event. Murphy directs a USDA-supported project to develop a coordinated national approach to youth farm safety education.
October 8, 2013

Reducing the risk of injury or death for young people on farms is the goal of a new project aimed at developing a coordinated national approach to youth farm safety education. Led by safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the Safety in Agriculture for Youth project will serve as an umbrella for curricula, programs, activities and expertise across the country, with an eye toward increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches.

October 8, 2013

As role models, child care providers can have significant influence in encouraging the children they care for to develop healthy physical activity levels.

October 8, 2013

A new website developed by Penn State Extension specialists is designed to be a one-stop resource for those seeking information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, which was created under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Health Insurance Marketplace is a unique opportunity for small businesses, previously uninsured consumers, and others to shop for health insurance and compare plans at one location.

October 7, 2013

Most desirable plants have a difficult time growing in compacted soil, which is why gardeners are typically encouraged to plant flowers and vegetables in well-tilled soil with plenty of organic matter.

October 7, 2013

The importance of human intake of water cannot be underestimated in terms of health and safety!

Discarded pharmaceuticals from a Take-Back Event. Photo: Martha King
October 7, 2013

Many times things get put down our drains or flushed down our toilets that shouldn’t be because they can harm our septic systems or sewage treatment plants and ultimately our water quality and health. But what do you do with something like unused medication?

October 7, 2013

Now that the garden season is winding down, it is a good time to look back over the past growing season to see what went well and what needs to change for next year.

Boxwood blight stem lesions
October 4, 2013

Kelly Ivors, Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at NCSU, provides an excellent summary of her boxwood blight spray trial work.

The cut leaves of  Rhus glabra ‘Laciniata’ turn a bright orange/red in the fall (contrast that to the still green leaves in the background)
October 4, 2013

Cutleaf smooth sumac is a great plant for naturalizing an area.

Screen shot of a On Demand lesson
October 4, 2013

Home-Based Caregiver Orientation.