One year ago, Penn State’s University Park campus officially switched from coal to natural gas to power and heat the buildings on campus.
Encouraging youth to have empathy for others is the goal of a research initiative spearheaded by a graduate student at Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians Advisory Group held their annual meeting in State College on March 16. The group met to review the project scope, responsibilities, and overall efforts of the grant-based program. The goal of the project is to assist farmers and agricultural workers in overcoming a disability or long-term health condition so that they may continue to work and remain in production agriculture in the state of Pennsylvania. The grant for the project was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Spring is one of the busiest times of the year on a farm and sometimes things are so busy that safety is not given the priority that it needs to keep everyone safe. Below are some ways to help improve safety and decrease the risk of injury at your farm operation.
Farmers are often surprised by the amount of record keeping that their agricultural enterprise can entail. After all, your passion is likely in the production of your crops! Nevertheless, good planning and records are paramount to running a smooth operation that is capable of success and expansion. Here are some quick tips on how to get off to a good start with your planning and record keeping this season and beyond.
There is a popular saying that contends, "You don't want to see how the sausage is made." But Jonathan Campbell, assistant professor of animal science at Penn State, doesn't buy it.
Children are at risk of injury because their developmental stages limit their physical, mental, and emotional abilities. As they grow, children naturally test out their environments, but their curiosity and fearlessness put them at great danger for injuries.
A brief reprieve from the wet weather will lead into the next period of unsettled weather on Thursday and Friday followed by a roller-coaster ride in temperatures through next week.
Grazing can be a great way of farming on steep slopes not suited for crop production. However, care has to be taken to manage the grazing animals so that undue soil degradation does not occur.
Penn State Extension will again monitor black cutworm populations across the state. Keep monitoring for this prospective pest.
Mild winter weather and a more severe than usual stripe rust season in the south in 2016 may put us at risk for early rust issues in our PA wheat and barley crops in 2017.
Spending some time going over your sprayer this spring can pay dividends. Worn or partially clogged nozzles will cause uneven spray distribution, which can lead to problems later this spring.
Scout your grass forage fields now and treat winter annuals and biennials with a foliar-applied herbicide when they are susceptible. Prowl H2O can now be used for summer annual grass and broadleaf weed control in grass hay and pasture.
Managing pastures for nutrient and soil retention is in the best interest of producers and the environment. Spring is a great time to evaluate your management techniques; you can learn a lot at this time of year when things look their worst.
March was a busy month for AgrAbility with the National AgrAbility Training Workshop held Tennessee and the annual meeting of the advisory group. Learn about the PA Assistive Technology Foundation and visit the AT Spotlight that highlights ergonomic gardening tools.
The link between hydraulic fracturing and increased seismic activity will be the topic of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension. The presentation, from 1 to 2 p.m. on April 13, will feature David Eaton, professor of geoscience at the University of Calgary and NSERC/Chevron Industrial Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics, who will discuss his research.
Changes in operational structure and programming now underway will enhance the value of Penn State Extension to the Pennsylvania communities and clients it serves.
Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is an invasive, non-native woody plant that can grow 3 to 6 feet tall with a similar width.
The European Water chestnut has nothing to do with the edible variety. It is a rooted aquatic plant that can dominate ponds, shallow lakes, and rivers.