Currently 45% of farmland is rented. For new farmers, leasing can be a viable way to get started without sinking all of your capital into land.
Looking at four successful models of care for older adults with multiple chronic conditions from 1990-2010.
The National Partnership for Women and Families recently released a fact sheet on employed family caregivers and the challenges they face in the workplace. The fact sheet highlights the conflicts caregivers face when they are forced to choose between caring for a lovedone or keeping their job.
Finally, March has rolled around and old man winter has loosened his death grip on us. The days are getting longer and warmer, the daffodils and crocuses are starting to bloom and newborn lambs are frolicking around the barnyard. These wonderful signs of impending Spring should signal all shepherds that March is also the unofficial start of the sheep shearing season.
This is the time of the year to look at your garden, from the plants to the lay of the land. Ask questions, get answers ... before your plants start to grown.
Dave Scott, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture For the first time since 2001, the Pennsylvania regulations governing pesticide registration, distribution and use are changing. Many changes are designed to increase the security surrounding Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP), standardize the regulations with existing state and federal laws and regulations and clarify the meaning of previous regulations. However, the majority of changes will not affect currently certified private applicators.
Since Cucurbits in general and melons specifically love warm temperatures, production of melons (cantaloupe and watermelons) in much of Pennsylvania is a challenge both from the standpoint of temperature and moisture. Melon plants stop growing below 45°F and will have a difficult time maturing fruit when average night temperature drops below 50°F. Optimum growth of melon plants is between 75° and 85°F daytime temperature.
If you are a professional pesticide applicator and want to obtain three aquatic (Category 9) credits, this new correspondence course is for you!
One of the agricultural best management practices related to nutrient management is the use of cover crops.
We are starting our blog, with lots of information, upcoming events and happenings in our display gardens.
Penn State's Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research offers insightful comments on the Marcellus wastewater issues published in the New York Times last week.
Leaf miners can cause significant damage in greenhouse tomatoes. Extension Educator Tom Ford describes the damage and controls.
Groundwater is important to every person in Pennsylvania. Learn more about how to manage and protect your groundwater during Groundwater Awareness Week!
It’s the middle of winter and temperatures seem to keep dropping, but now is the perfect time to start thinking spring! What better way to survive the rest of this winter than by thinking warm spring thoughts – flowers blooming, butterflies fluttering, and gardens thriving. Time to plan your rain garden.
A new Penn State publication examines state tax collection data, specifically comparing Marcellus and non-Marcellus counties.
Composting and compost provide numerous opportunities for farmers to improve their production systems. Potential income either directly from tipping fees or selling surplus compost, or indirectly from increased production supported by compost-improved soil. Here we share the benefits and drawbacks of 4 compost production methods, as well as 6 straightforward tips for using compost.
Dave Hodge shared his wisdom on pricing for profits with farmers who market directly to consumers at Penn State Extension's Grow Your Market conference in Lancaster last Monday.
Simon Huntley, from Small Farm Central, shared a few tips for successful websites at the “Websites for Farmers” workshop sponsored by the PA Women in Ag Network last week.
Do you market directly to consumers through farmers markets or a market on your own farm? Lela Reichart and Kathy Glahn presented SIMPLE – Sales, Interest, Motivation, Purchases, Location, and Evaluation - ways to capture consumers’ interest and dollars in these common direct marketing settings.
Adapted from a University of Vermont brochure by Jennifer Ather and Betsy Greene, and My Horse University