This Spring, the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) at Penn State awarded pilot funding to the Prevention Research Center to conduct a feasibility study of a promising childhood obesity prevention program, Lifestyle Triple P (Positive Parenting Program).
When nice heads of broccoli and cauliflower are abundantly available at produce stands, it makes sense to buy a little extra to freeze for out-of-season use. In fact, some heads are too large for use at one time, and freezing the extra simply prevents the food from going to waste.
A narrowly averted farm tragedy in September has a farm safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences renewing his warning about the dangers of toxic gases emanating from manure-storage facilities. Davis Hill, senior extension associate in the University's Agricultural Safety and Health Program, notes four predominant toxic gases that are produced during manure storage and released during agitation. The most serious of these, from a health standpoint, is hydrogen sulfide. Federal and state agriculture officials have raised concerns about the possibility of higher-than-usual levels of hydrogen sulfide gas being emitted from manure pits containing gypsum-based animal bedding.
The demand for locally grown produce continues to rise in Pennsylvania, providing excellent opportunities for producers to extend their marketing season into the fall and winter. Proper storage management in vegetables such as winter squash, onions and carrots will result in less decay, fewer losses and more high quality product to sell to eager consumers during the cold months.
It’s getting a little late in the season to do much about SWD for this year, but here are some observations that you might want to consider as you make plans for next year.
Some unsettled weather for the next few days, along with the first chance of a few wet snowflakes in the state’s coldest regions, highlights this weeks’ weather outlook.
A recent scare at a dairy farm in Montour County reminds us about the dangers from gases that are present in and around manure storage facilities.
Read about fall manure applications, and in particular, how we should manage manure around fall cover crop establishment.
Thinking about harvesting alfalfa yet this fall? Read about some factors to consider when harvesting alfalfa in fall.
We’ve been hearing about more marestail resistance problems. Fall herbicide treatments are one option for battling this weed.
Guessing at your lime and fertilizer needs just doesn’t cut it. Fall is a great time to do your soil testing!
If you purchase hay or straw from the south, extra precautions to insure your product is free from fire ants needs to be taken.
Every year, we usually hear of at least one farmer being overcome by silo gas. Since there is still some silage corn standing across PA, it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves about the dangers surrounding silo gas.
Farm record keeping is usually not the reason we became farmers. However, there is much value to be had when we establish a system that not only meets our legal obligations, but also allows us to study and explore how we can become what we want to be.
In today’s ever-changing marketplace, choosing foods to nourish your family while maintaining a budget can be both difficult and confusing. It seems there are so many foods touting health claims these days, which makes it harder to decode what will be a good choice for your family’s dinner table. “Organic”, “all-natural”, “fresh”, “antibiotic-free”, “cage-free”, “free-range” - what does all this mean and is it worth the price?
Suppose you and some of your friends and colleagues have decided supporting and growing entrepreneurs would be an important part of a strategy to improve the local economy. It would be important to agree about “Who is an entrepreneur?” and develop a strategy that targets those entrepreneurs.
Food preservation information usually addresses the safety of the preserved food in terms of spoilage organisms. However, the preparation of home preserved foods provides opportunities for injury in the kitchen.
Please note that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Decentralized Wastewater Program website has moved. According to EPA, “the septic web content has been migrated and reorganized to better serve key stakeholder groups.”
Suppose you are thinking about buying a house with a basement, how can you tell if it might have water problems?