How can that be, that the greatest gifts you give your children and families are free? Some favorite books on this topic share these gifts with you.
With an incubation period of one to four days, how do you know if you have the flu or just the common cold?
Knowing what kinds of aquatic plants may be growing in a pond is the first step to obtaining an ideal balance of plant life to meet the pond's intended use. This new Learn Now video looks at the four categories of pond plants, and some of the most common aquatic plants that are found in Pennsylvania.
The pastoral image of cows drinking from a stream has a hidden story. Pennsylvania has long been home to a robust agriculture industry, where cows, hay bales, and horse-drawn plows dot rolling hills of grasses and grain. For those acquainted with these scenic landscapes and the hard-working farmers who maintain them, the pastoral image of lazy dairy cows drinking from a trickling stream is a familiar one. To the untrained eye, it seems a natural ornament of bygone days.
Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The National Lakes Assessment (NLA) is a statistical survey of the condition of our nation's lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. It is designed to provide information on the extent of lakes that support healthy biological condition and recreation, estimate how widespread major stressors are that impact lake quality, and provide insight into whether lakes nationwide are getting cleaner.
The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center is excited to announce its Sixth Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest, offering a total of $60,000 in cash prizes for the three best shale energy-oriented innovations, new product ideas, or service concepts that are either in the development stage or recently launched. Deadline to enter is 11:59PM on February 6th, 2017.
The risk of getting a food-borne illness can occur by tasting or sampling raw ingredients that require a cooking (heating) process. Avoid taste sampling the product during the preparation of the recipe in which raw ingredients are combined and the final product must be fully cooked.
Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time. As producers, we all strive to prevent parasite infections as much as possible, but one avenue that many of us have overlooked is the opportunity to utilize EBV (Estimated Breeding Values) data generated through NSIP, the National Sheep Improvement Program, to help promote genetic resistance to parasites.
AgrAbility PA had a busy and productive year in 2016! It was filled with meeting new clients, farm assessments, outreach events, and more. The staff, which is comprised of members from Penn State and UCP Central PA, traveled and networked throughout the state spreading the word about how AgrAbility can assist farmers and other agricultural workers with a disability or long-term health condition.
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.
Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal-feed producers striving to navigate the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now have new educational resources to help them determine what their farms and businesses must do to comply with new regulations. Penn State Extension recently launched a new FSMA information website and will be organizing several FSMA educational workshops throughout the state during 2017.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing standards for applicators who apply restricted-use pesticides that are not available for purchase by the general public, and require special handling.
Ag Marketing Educator, John Berry, reflects on one of the most common questions he's been asked over the course of his 20 years with Penn State Extension.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing safety measures to stop poisonings caused by ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure. Since 2000, there have been 17 deaths – three involving children – caused by accidental ingestion of paraquat. These cases have resulted from the pesticide being illegally transferred to beverage containers and later mistaken for a drink and consumed. A single sip can be fatal.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action to remove 72 ingredients from its list of ingredients approved for use in pesticide products. Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use.
EPA is clarifying where first aid statements must be placed on pesticide product labels. First aid statements provide important information concerning appropriate first aid in the event of accidental exposure to a pesticide. First aid statements must be immediately visible on a pesticide product when the product is sold or distributed. It should not require opening a booklet or other manipulation of the label to read the first aid statement.
EPA is issuing guidance for requesting waivers of acute dermal toxicity testing requirements for pesticide formulations, which will lead to fewer animal tests for acute dermal toxicity for pesticides. Last March, EPA released a “Draft Retrospective Analysis for Waiving Acute Dermal Toxicity Tests for Pesticide Formulations,” which included guidance for pesticide manufacturers to request waivers of acute dermal toxicity studies for formulations.
Lynn M. and Helen B. Henninger, of Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, have pledged an estate gift of $25,000 in support of Penn State Extension's Dauphin County 4-H program. Available funds from the endowment will be used to provide supplemental support for the program, including recognition for outstanding accomplishments achieved by 4-H members.
If you are considering running for local elected office, you can get helpful advice by attending a workshop to be offered by Penn State Extension early next year. The "Toss Your Hat in the Ring" workshop will be offered both as a web-based seminar on January 17 and 24 and as an in-person seminar at various locations throughout the state January 25 to February 2. All face-to-face workshops will run from 7 to 9 p.m.