A group of 12 young growers just returned from touring fruit growing regions in Central California. Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance Network Tours provide experiential training in sustainable production practices and encourage innovation among this next generation of growers.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY)
The who, what, why, when, where, how, and how much of everything you need to know about fire blight and its management in preparation for the 2015 season.
Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry will be showcased during the 2015 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, June 5-6 at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs. Known as Timber 2015, the biennial trade exposition is hosted by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.
Penn State University's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has released an online manure pit ventilation design tool.
Here is a newspaper story (reprinted with permission) that was run in the Daily News about the Huntingdon County Master Gardeners facilitating a Poison Prevention Program to nearly 90 first graders! Our Penn State Pesticide Education Program encourages any group to share their stories and photos of the Poison Prevention Program with us!
Penn State Extension, in cooperation with University of Vermont Extension and Rutgers Extension has developed energy-saving resources for Northeast farmers. The information is now available at E-Extension and includes information specific to tree fruit production.
Program highlights include alternative bacterial disease management, simplified pruning for high density orchards, advances in BMSB integrated management, pollinator protection, biological control of orchard pests, antibiotic resistance management, blossom thinning on apples, new apple cultivars and rootstocks, and high density peach plantings. Special guests are Dr. Richard Roush, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Russell Redding, Pennsylvania's Secretary of Agriculture.
Mistakes made in planning and planting an orchard cannot easily be reversed. Before establishing a new orchard block, it is important to carefully assess all the factors that will ultimately affect fruit quality and orchard sustainability. Proper planning includes evaluations of business goals, management style, site characteristics, and market potential.
There are a number of ways local governments and economic development organizations can support local entrepreneurship without spending lots of public dollars.
Since December 2014, USDA has confirmed several cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 in the Pacific, Central, and Mississippi flyways (migratory bird paths). The disease has been found in wild birds, as well as in a few backyard and commercial poultry flocks. Here is information to help you be better informed and advise bird owners, especially about biosecurity, should the need arise.
The 13th Annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Registered Quarter Horse Sale will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. The sale is run by Penn State students enrolled in the Equine Marketing class. Bid on top green broke Penn State Quarter Horses.
The problem for the horse owner is the challenge of controlling the amount of consumption of the green grass when returning the horse to grazing. When the horse’s metabolism is not accustomed to the lush forage dramatic side effects can occur.
Harness Horse Youth Foundation (HHYF) horsemanship camps are an intense, one-of-a-kind interactive experience. You’ll drive – groom – harness – learn. For adults there is the USTA Driving School.
Dr. Robert Causey (Associate Professor, School of Food and Agriculture) and Dr. Donna Coffin, (Extension Professor, Cooperative Extension) at the University of Maine are undertaking a study to determine the needs of the equine industry regarding equine health, especially equine gastrointestinal health.
Video shares bringing jobs home, picturing women in agriculture, kids talk nutrition, and being climate-wise with Woodsy Owl.
The Equine Science Society promotes quality research on equine nutrition and physiology and strives to establish effective communication among researchers, teachers, extension, and production personnel regarding equine nutrition and physiology.
Despite the recent surge of surface water caused by snow melt, parts of the state have below-average groundwater levels. The lack of groundwater recharge has caused the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue a drought watch for 27 counties across Pennsylvania. Low groundwater levels can cause well-fed water supplies, both private and public, to go dry.
Use of rainwater cisterns is nothing new. They were used by both Greek and Roman civilizations and the same basic principles are used in modern-day systems.
You turn the faucet on and there's water; but where does it really come from? Pennsylvania has over a million water wells, which need to be drilled right and kept clean. Join the Pa. Geologic Survey's Gary Fleeger as he steps us through how a well is drilled and what to look for to keep your water source in good shape.