Northampton County News
Eastern poultry producers brace for avian flu this fall as waterfowl migrate
July 21, 2015Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Pesticides and Pollinators
June 11, 2015Researchers believe that long term honey bee declines are a result of a complex set of factors. The primary suspects are: poor nutrition, pesticides, pathogens/ parasites, and poor quality genetic stock. Here we will consider recent research results describing how pesticides might affect pollinators.
Precautions, preparations help Pa. brace for potential avian flu threat
June 4, 2015Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Penn State Extension News
Extension offers home-study courses on beef, sheep, goat, swine production
August 28, 2015Pennsylvania producers looking for information about how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable through pasture and grazing management can take advantage of a home study course offered by Penn State Extension this fall.
Ag Progress Days sessions to cover workforce and economic development, avian flu
August 14, 2015Government officials, industry representatives and university experts will gather in public forums at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 18-20 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, to exchange ideas and discuss solutions for two critical issues facing Pennsylvania agriculture: workforce and economic development, and highly pathogenic avian influenza. Both sessions are open to the public.
Agricultural 'Brigadoon' offers a wide assortment of activities for visitors
August 11, 2015Almost Brigadoon-like, a small agricultural "city" is nearly ready to spring up amongst the fields at Rock Springs, along state Route 45, 9 miles southwest of State College. Penn State's Ag Progress Days, one of the East's largest agricultural expositions, will be held Aug. 18-20, providing visitors with about 150 acres of commercial and educational exhibits, crop displays, machinery demonstrations, family and youth activities, equine presentations, workshops and an agricultural museum.
Upcoming Regional Events
Nutrition Links: Introduction to Nutrition Links/My Plate
When: September 8, 2015Where: Tannersville, PA
Nutrition Links: Fix It Safe/Plan: Know What's For Dinner
When: September 9, 2015Where: Tannersville, PA
When: September 9, 2015Where: Stroudsburg, PA
Southeast PA Crops Summer Twilight Meeting
When: September 10, 2015Where: Bernville, PA
The Down and Dirty: Soil Building Secrets for Greener Gardens
When: September 10, 2015Where: Doylestown, PA