In September 2014, the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council adopted the Pennsylvania AIS Rapid Response Plan. A hands on mock response exercise on October 22, 2015 from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center will guide users through the components of this plan to help build an understanding of the rapid response effort, how management decisions are made, and the proper steps agencies and organizations can take when potentially invasive species are detected.
Chris Walsh and Mike Newell, University of Maryland, report that there is an increased potential for internal browning and breakdown in 'Olympic' Asian pear fruit. Growers are advised to harvest ‘Olympic’ one to two weeks earlier this year to minimize consumer complaints and ensure adequate storage life.
Spotted wing drosophila is present just about anywhere we look these days—even in berry fields where fruit is no longer present.
Dairy farming requires a large capital investment. Land, buildings, equipment, and cows are expensive and few new dairy farmers have the capital required to purchase everything when first getting started. Extension Dairy Educator, Mat Haan weighs in on two potential options for getting a start in the industry.
A free workshop will be held at Eden View Farm, 4707 Warriors Mark Rd. Tyrone, PA 16686 (Huntingdon County) on October 14th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Must register with Beth Futrick by October 9th.
The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) are working together to host a free workshop on best practices for preventing and managing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on pastured poultry farms.
Composting and compost provide numerous opportunities for farmers to improve their production systems. Potential income either directly from tipping fees or selling surplus compost, or indirectly from increased production supported by compost-improved soil. Here we share the benefits and drawbacks of 4 compost production methods, as well as 6 straightforward tips for using compost.
EPA’s Pesticides website has a new look, feel, and address. Many of our stakeholders have noticed our gradual move to new versions of our content as part of the larger EPA effort to build a more user-friendly website. With the new pesticides website, information should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device you use, including tablets and smartphones.
A solid understanding of milestones and developmental pathways across each domain of children’s development can benefit child care providers in several ways.
Nutrition Links: A Food and Nutrition Program for Low-income Families; Fresh Harvest: Children Grow in the Garden
Projects and programs geared toward environmental education are now eligible to apply for grants from the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Environmental Education Grants. Schools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and businesses can to apply for the grants. Applications are due by December 18.
Recent unconventional shale development has raised concerns about how public, animal and environmental health is affected. Studies have been conducted, but with some many variables, how can research be accurate?
Chrysanthemum White Rust (CRW) is caused by the fungal pathogen Puccinia horiana. If you suspect that it is present on your plants, you are required to report it to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture—as there have been documented cases this year in Pennsylvania.
Penn State Extension held a Home Water and Septic System Workshop twice on September 29 in South Coatesville. A total of 74 people from 57 households attended, primarily from Chester County but also Lancaster and Cumberland Counties
Do you have a picky eater in your family? Often children go through periods of being particular about what they eat.
A low-cost method of removing phosphates from tile drainage water has been developed, and may help protect lakes and streams. Using steel byproducts to trap phosphates in simulated tile drainage water, the researchers envision installing a steel-containing cartridge as an add-on to nitrate-capturing bioreactors.
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is marking the start of the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign for 2016 by offering a free webinar for school science teachers and facility staff called “Creating a Healthy School Environment.” The webinar will focus on the dangers associated with the mismanagement of chemicals within schools, stress the importance of implementing best practices in the management of chemicals, and provide reference to available tools and guidance.
Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Denise Finney, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Jason Kaye, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry, conducted the research described in this Penn State News story.