On February 23, 2015, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which supports the work of the nation’s 55 poison control centers, and the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC), a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon State University, announced that they have teamed up to focus on pesticide safety and education. The two organizations will bring their collective expertise and experience to developing bilingual health and safety educational materials for the general public related to pesticides such as antimicrobials, herbicides, and insecticides. Click for links to the full joint press release from each organization.
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.
In the era of STEM and STEAM programming, music and the arts are being highlighted in a stronger way in early care and youth programming. Research has strongly indicated that children who participate in musical instruction benefit academically.
Food Safety in Child Care: From Prep to Cleanup; Deployment Through a Child's Eyes
Pennsylvania smartweed (Polygonum pensylvanicum) is a summer annual that reproduces by seeds, which germinate in the spring.
At the recent Estimating and Bidding classes we had two days of interesting discussion about many aspects of the cost of doing business. One aspect that business owners often don't understand is overhead.
A wintry start to March will lead to more seasonal weather by the middle of the month
A special educational event for the owners of woodlots large and small will be offered by Penn State Extension on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.
Penn State releases a performance data summary of alfalfa and cool-season forage grass variety trials conducted in 2014.
Agronomy Scout School – Entry level crop scouts learn essential skills at this fast-approaching 1 day event/
Snow Mold diagnostic techniques shed light on winter fungus
Weed Resistant Workshops – Get advice about herbicide resistant weed control at four locations around the state.
Crop Insurance Improvements – improved risk management tools broaden usability
Consider The Supplemental Coverage Option in your crop insurance package.
USDA Announcement – Base Acre/Yield History Update Extended.
Hay Production Workshops at 3 separate locations offer opportunity to improve the quality of your hay crop.
Soil Health Educational Events—3 offerings featuring speaker Gabe Brown give insight into soil structure and biology on your farm.
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.
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.