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January 27, 2010

Stan Lembeck was very happy recently when he learned that a newly certified Master Planner had been appointed to a township planning commission in Berks County.

January 22, 2010

Water quality and water conservation will be the focus of five Web-based seminars produced by Penn State Cooperative Extension this spring. Topics will include water testing, septic systems, managing ponds and lakes, and safe drinking water.

January 21, 2010

Wildlife biologists often speak about "balancing" the deer herd. What does this mean? Webinars and the Deer Density and Carrying Capacity Workshops are two types of programs to enlighten participants about white-tailed deer habitat management.

January 15, 2010

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Merrick Beef Filet Squares for dogs distributed by Merrick Pet Care with a package date of “Best By 111911” because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

January 14, 2010

Omega 3 study results on stallion fertility and broodmares.

January 13, 2010

Years ago, Ross Perot made famous the saying, “A giant sucking sound.” Well, that “giant sucking sound” you heard in September was landmen with their leases and money leaving PA! Land leasing for natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale areas has apparently ended.

December 15, 2009

I have had the privilege to visit numerous dairy herds which consistently achieve high milk production and excellent reproductive performance. This article lists the major common characteristics among these herds.

December 15, 2009

Although this may not be a fun thing to do in a year like this, NOT knowing how bad it was is worse than knowing.

December 15, 2009

We are all aware of the recent passage of Proposition 2 which banned the use of veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates in California. Tie-stalls for dairy cows may not be far behind if the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has its way.

December 15, 2009

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently studied the impact of milk replacer feeding rate and protein concentration on animal performance through the second lactation.

December 15, 2009

Providing a dry comfortable resting area for dairy cattle is essential to their health.

December 15, 2009

Dr. Michael O’Connor’s retirement at the end of December will mark the conclusion of a career that has significantly impacted Pennsylvania dairy producers.

December 8, 2009

Two years after the last U.S. horse slaughter plant ceased operations, the government wants to look into the implications the closures have had on horse welfare. Congress has requested the Government Accountability Office to study the issue and report its findings by March 1, 2010.

December 7, 2009

A drug commonly used to treat cattle and sometimes dogs for a blood parasite, can eliminate the parasite Babesia caballi from horses, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

December 7, 2009

Summary all of equine disease outbreaks throughout the world during the 2009 year.

December 1, 2009

Fall snow and ice storms are especially damaging because the leaves on many trees have not yet fallen. Faced with toppled trees, split trunks, and damaged limbs, the urge is to do something -- to salvage the damaged trees. Do not act too quickly.

November 30, 2009

Pennsylvania agriculture continues to change. The number of farms that produce agricultural commodities such as milk or most grains has been falling for a number of years. Commodity items tend to be made into processed products and sold at large retailers and restaurants. Some consumers prefer these foods. However, other consumers place strong value on traits such as how or where the food was produced. Some also simply prefer to support their local farmer. This creates a very real market opportunity for smaller-scale farmers.

November 30, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning consumers to beware of unscrupulous vendors who may market ineffective and unregistered products or services that claim to disinfect surfaces or entire rooms against the H1N1 influenza virus. In the current flu-conscious climate, heightened anxiety about the spread of the H1N1 virus has bred false claims in the marketplace.