Approximately 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with asthma, including over six million children. Allergens in the air, such as pollen and animal dander, as well as chemicals found in pesticides, cleaners and other products, can potentially irritate the lungs and be triggers for asthma attacks in some individuals. Pay attention to pests and how they are managed to help reduce conditions that irritate the lungs to help prevent asthma attacks.
Sieglinde Snapp, a professor of soils and cropping systems ecology and associate director of the Center for Global Change at Michigan State University, will present a talk on March 27 titled "Cover Crops and Perennial Grains for Future Cropping Systems." Her talk, which will take place at 12:20 p.m. in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, is part of the 2015 Sustainable Ag Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Ag Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The lecture also will serve as the keynote address for the 5th Annual Sustainable Cropping Systems Symposium, a forum for members of the Penn State community involved in sustainable cropping systems research to share research results and plan collaborative activities.
On February 13, Mark Van Horn, director of the student farm at University of California-Davis, delivered the first lecture in the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series. During his talk, he explained why the farm was created, how it has evolved over its 37-year history, and the many ways in which students engage with the farm today. He also described the complementary Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major offered at UC Davis. A recording of his talk is now available online.
On February 8, Professor of Weed Ecology David Mortensen was awarded the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Leadership Award by the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA). Presented as part of the PASAbilities Award Series at PASA’s 24th annual Farming for the Future conference, the award recognizes Mortensen for his research, teaching and leadership in the sustainable agriculture field.
If you are an organic-crop producer in the Northeast, or a farmer interested in transitioning to organic, there is a new resource available to provide the research-based information you need to be successful.
Rivers and streams could be a major source of antibiotic resistance in the environment. A new study found that greater numbers of resistant bacteria exist close to some waste water treatment works, and that these plants are likely to be responsible for at least half of the increase observed.
Penn State Extension and the Penn State Master Well Owner Network are excited to offer a special one hour webinar on March 10, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM in recognition of National Groundwater Awareness Week.
Penn State Extension Water Resources Educator, Jim Clark, based in McKean County, PA, assisted farmers and other pesticide applicators protect the groundwater that flows beneath their feet by offering an extension program about groundwater.
Arsenic is the biggest public-health problem for water in the United States -- yet we pay far less attention to it than we do to lesser problems. Private wells present continuing risks. Even low doses of arsenic may reduce intelligence in children. There are also well-documented risks of cancer, heart disease, and reduced lung function.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hypertension, or high blood pressure affects one out three adults. Having hypertension increases our risk for strokes and heart attacks.
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned a Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the fifth looking at impacts on Pennsylvania schools and education.
Tree topping is unfortunately all too common despite years of recommendations against it, and a body of research documenting its harmful effects.
Many of the communities we live in strive to provide a clean environment to their citizens including clean water, green recreation areas and parks, agricultural fields and tree-lined commercial areas. Green infrastructure – a natural approach to managing rainfall with trees, rain gardens, wetlands and other natural areas can protect our water quality while also providing green space which attracts residents, visitors and commercial businesses.
Organic fruit growing in the Mid-Atlantic Region can be successful and profitable with careful study and planning. There are natural features in the Mid-Atlantic region that offer nearly ideal conditions for growing high quality organic fruit. Also, the market in this area for locally grown organic fruit far exceeds the current production capacity of existing organic fruit farms.
Disease management begins with the fundamental understanding the three factors must be present and interact for disease to develop. These include: 1) a susceptible host crop; 2) the pathogen and 3) an environment that is favorable for the pathogen. This concept is called the disease triangle and all disease management practices can be related back to breaking/disrupting one or more of these interactions.
Penn State Extension is hosting a day-long program on the science of produce handling and the art of produce marketing. This workshop is appropriate for new employee training and as a refresher for existing employees. The Retail Farm Market School will be held at Yoder's Restaurant and Buffet, New Holland, on Wednesday, March 11 from 9:30 to 3.
Many times when we introduce our products to the marketplace, we don't always think about how our potential customers will view the product. We may know how special our new product is, but how do we get that information to our customers?
Appropriate job descriptions communicate the image of a well-managed business and can be useful in a very competitive labor market.
Record keeping templates designed by the Farmers Legal Action Group.
Producing the highest quality hay is a goal that every farmer should have. Whether you are feeding hay to your own animals or marketing your hay to others, quality is of the highest importance. Pre-registration is required at all locations. Locations include Chambersburg (Franklin Co), Madisonburg (Centre Co) Bethlehem (Northampton Co), and Dimock (Susquehanna Co)