Two Penn State University Libraries faculty librarians have partnered with the head of adult services at Schlow Centre Region Library to earn one of just 14 Knight News Challenge grants nationwide totaling $1.4 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant winners’ projects aim to help shape the future of libraries, meeting 21st-century information needs as centers for digital learning, data sharing, community connection and discovery.
In late 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency issued the long awaited revision to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS). Although it is now technically active it will not be enforced until 2017 but the original WPS will still be enforced until the end of 2016. Please keep in mind that the WPS covers both restricted use AND general use pesticides. This article will deal with the highlights to the revision but also some areas of the current WPS that need emphasized.
Do you own a hard cider operation? Are you an apple producer eager to extend your marketing to include sales to hard cider businesses? Would you be interested in touring a cider production and tasting room facility and network with industry peers?
Join Penn State Extension for a special 20th Anniversary Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour of the Finger Lakes region of New York on September 13 and 14, 2016. This tour is for retail farm market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm market peers during their best and most robust season. The 2016 event will include behind the scenes tours and information directly from farm market owners including unique display and merchandising ideas and information on market expansion and farm transition.
Many people struggle to find ways to incorporate vegetables into their diets. To help individuals and families add the healthy flavor, texture and color of vegetables to their meals, Penn State Extension has just released the "Totally Veggies Resource Guide."
Penn State alumnus Robert W. Knight III and his wife, Jacque, of Alpharetta, Georgia, have included a bequest in their future estate to support agricultural safety and health programs within the University's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease from 2012–2014, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Private wells and on-site wastewater systems don’t come with a monthly or quarterly bill, but homeowners should budget for routine maintenance and eventual repairs. Proper construction and regular inspection and maintenance can help put off major expenses, but wells and septic systems do have a lifespan.
Corrosive groundwater, if untreated, can dissolve lead and other metals from pipes and other components in water distribution systems. Two indicators of potential corrosivity—the Langelier Saturation Index (LSI) and the Potential to Promote Galvanic Corrosion (PPGC)—were used to identify which areas in the United States might be more susceptible to elevated concentrations of metals in household drinking water and which areas might be less susceptible.
A recent study out of the University of Colorado indicates since introduction of horizontal drilling combined with high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the rate of groundwater contamination remained the same as in the previous years (more...)
Looking around the places where we live and work, it does not take long to find at least one sign of trees that are stressed by a shortage of rainfall across Pennsylvania.
All human beings have basic needs in addition to food and water. These basic needs are: Belonging, Power, Enjoyment and Independence. This applies to teenagers as well. Because this is a time of tremendous social and emotional growth, these needs are even stronger.
Faculty and staff from the Department of Ag and Biological Engineering Ag Safety and Health are currently in the process of packing and moving out of the building and into temporary Swing Space.
It is summer and our landscapes are green and growing well, but it is important that our landscapes don’t contribute to the increasing problem of polluted streams and lakes, including harmful algae blooms that deplete oxygen and kill fish each year.
These reports of downy mildew are not surprising given the confirmed reports on cucumber in many of the surrounding states including multiple counties just south east of these reports in New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware. The infections likely occurred last week when the conditions were more favorable and symptoms are just now becoming visible. It is important to be scouting your cucumber fields frequently for symptoms.
The College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State conducts nearly $100 million worth of research each year at research stations and in labs scattered across the commonwealth. Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition, which takes place Aug. 16-18, offers visitors a chance to see a sampling of these scientific studies, which contribute to a safe and plentiful food supply, a healthy environment and a vibrant agricultural sector.
There is so much to love about a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter day. To breathe in that rising steam, feel the hot liquid take the chill out of your bones as you sip, and getting those hearty meats and/or vegetables into your body to provide the calories and nutrients overflowing in the bowl of goodness. It’s a convenient way to use our canned or frozen vegetables in a winter meal. While cooking, it warms our home and creates an inviting aroma, welcoming us in from the cold outdoors.
The "dog days of summer" will arrive soon!
With the spotty rains over the past few weeks, some growers might be thinking about abandoning the current crop and planting an emergency forage crop.
Management options for weed escapes in soybeans are limited at this point in the growing season. The goal is to prevent the spread of Palmer amaranth and waterhemp before and during harvest.