A New Democratic Party Member of Parliament is calling on the Canadian government to list microbeads, tiny plastic flakes used in cosmetics, as a potential toxic substance. Health Canada claims the beads are safe for use as an additive, but this MP says they pose a danger to the aquatic environment. Researchers are warning that microbeads and plastic debris of all sizes could be a bigger environmental problem for the Great Lakes than previously thought.
The Senate and House Appropriations Committee hearings on Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget for the Department of Environmental Protection are now complete. Here are five things we learned as a result of those hearings--
The Penn State Extension Water Resources Team was present at the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society Annual Conference at the Ramada Inn in State College, Pa, on March 18 and 19, 2015. Extension Water Educators helped out by moderating and teaching educational sessions and presenting an educational poster for conference participants.
Most models predict that rivers only transport sediment during conditions of high flow and, moreover, that only particles on the surface of the river bed move due to the force of the flowing water above. But using a custom laboratory apparatus, a new study shows that, even when a river is calm, sediment on and beneath the river bed slowly creeps forward.
The controlled environment and season extension characteristics of high tunnels open up all kinds of opportunities for growers seeking to explore alternative production systems.
This two-day event seeks to empower women (and men) interested in learning more about entry to the energy field and includes practical information on industry terminology and practices, networking, and opportunities for development with industry HR professionals. (more...)
Warmer temperatures are often the first sign of spring’s arrival. Shortly afterwards a common six-legged pest also may let you know spring has arrived by making an appearance inside your building.
Penn State Extension's Livestock Team is offering a two-part, Web-based seminar series focused on beef-production topics available to view at home and at various locations across the commonwealth.
The Penn State Extension Livestock Team will hold a sheep and goat FAMACHA training, and a sheep-productivity workshop on Saturday, April 18, at the Beaver County Soil and Water Conservation office, outside of Aliquippa, near the Pittsburgh Airport.
Shale Gas production eclipsed 4 trillion cubic feet in Pennsylvania in 2014, and reports of pipeline construction – to move this production to market – have been in the news almost daily. Those pipeline projects will be the topic of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team.
Through a combination of lecture and demonstration, casual horse enthusiasts and professionals alike will gain a better understanding of hoof care and management. This workshop is offered by Maryland Extension on May 15th in Cockeysville, MD. Deadline to register is May 12th.
Register now for the Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Certificate Program VII! We still have a few seats available for this valuable Continuing Education opportunity.
Now that Old Man Winter has lost his firm grip on much of our area, one of the activities that will happen rather quickly this spring is the transfer and application of liquid fertilizer on the farm. Many farms take advantage of using polyethylene (poly) tanks for transportation, storage and application of fertilizers and chemicals.
Populations of winter annual weeds will become more prevalent in early April and can compete with wheat and barley and slow the rate of crop development potentially reducing yield. If winter annual weeds like common chickweed, henbit, purple deadnettle, horseweed, and others emerge with the small grain and are left unchecked, the potential impact on yield could be great.
This time of year, manure piles are growing and pits are filling up snfarmers are anxious to get the manure spread before the busy planting season starts. But because most of the soil pores are continuously filled with water, infiltration capacity is low, and the threat of runoff high.
If historical patterns have any value for understanding today; the seasonal corn prices of the past 24 years suggest the March through June time frame typically offers the best price levels for a marketing year.
After a colder than normal winter in the Northeast, the last thing you want to think about is firewood. But now is the time to turn your thoughts to next winter and start caching your wood. Burning unseasoned, or worse green, wood is problematic because you lose heat, you create more smoke, and you increase unwanted fire risk as residues collect in venting systems.