Penn State Extension will host a Sheep Lambing School on February 19, 2015 at the Penn State Sheep Center. The purpose of the school is to improve a sheep producer’s skills for managing pregnant ewes and managing lambing.
Penn State Extension will once again be taking a virtual walk – this year visiting the natural beauty of Pennsylvania State Parks. Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences (PGSAS). This no-cost program provides high school juniors with the opportunity to live on campus at Penn State University (University Park campus) and participate in an intensive study of the agricultural sciences. PGSAS is a five week, residential program that allows students to engage with and explore agricultural sciences through core courses, hands-on laboratory/field-based learning, field trips, special events and unique lectures. Deadline to register is February 13, 2015
As winter ends, can spring be far away? Now is the time to increase your knowledge of lawn and garden related topics. Attend the Tenth Annual Dauphin County Master Gardener Spring Workshop Series on five consecutive Saturday mornings from February 28 through March 28, 2015.
This winter the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team will be offering the Green Industry Winter Updates Series. The series will include three webinars and three workshops. Each of the two-hour long sessions will feature two speakers from the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team. The first speaker will deliver a one hour core topic (2 core re-certification credits) with practical information on using pesticides safely.
Allegheny County Extension will host a two-day short course, “Estimating and Bidding for Landscape Installation,” Scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, January 28 and 29, 2015, the course is a must for anyone bidding on landscape jobs. Responding to a long-term survey, participants from the 2013 sessions, offered in Allegheny and Lehigh counties, reported a total increase of at least $1,052,500 in net returns to their businesses in the nine months after taking the class and using the techniques they learned there.
Dining with Diabetes is a program for adults with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. The program gives basic facts about how to manage diet and activity to control blood glucose levels. It offers support for persons making lifestyle changes. The program is also helpful to family members and persons at risk for developing diabetes. At the end of the program, many past participants say they are better at managing their diet and exercising more. Several have had significant improvement in their blood glucose levels, which helps to prevent complications.
Beef, sheep, meat-goat and swine producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of four home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension this winter.
Penn State Extension will be offering StrongWomen classes in several locations this winter.
Poinsettia plants have been grown and used as a holiday decoration for a considerable period of time.
The series will include three webinars and three workshops. Each of the two-hour long sessions will feature two speakers from the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team. The first speaker will deliver a one hour core topic (2 core re-certification credits) with practical information on using pesticides safely.
Q. I've read in one or two places that strawberries continue to ripen after harvest, but most other articles I've read say they don't. Do they continue to ripen after harvest or no. The answer isn't simple, as there are a number of components to ripening, including color development, flavor and aroma development, and fruit softening.
In these workshops we will focus on the science and art of soil health – what is it, how is it measured, and finally, how can it be improved. Learn how healthy soils promote sustainable high yields.
The Convention will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Over 2,100 fruit, vegetable, and berry growers and other industry persons from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond are expected to attend. This year’s convention will again feature several pre-convention workshops, a farm market bus tour, and a trade show with over 160 exhibitors plus three full days of seven or more concurrent educational sessions. This year’s keynote speaker will be Russell Redding, Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture
“Cumberland County 4-H members, volunteers, and families spread holiday cheer with the residents of Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Carlisle. Christmas carols were sang and cards were given to residents from the 4-H members.”
Penn State Extension held a "Home Water and Septic System Workshop" twice on September 9 in Carlisle. A total of 50 people attended from 40 households, primarily from Cumberland County but also Adams, York, and Chester Counties.
Teens and safety rarely go hand in hand, but the next generation of agricultural producers is proving that safety is an important part of rural work and life.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, "National Farmers Market Week". Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.
Farmers had to tread carefully at Penn State’s Landisville research farm during a recent twilight meeting for vegetable growers.
The Cumberland and Perry Counties Plant, Prepare, Partake! project won 1st place for community service in the 2014 Master Gardener Search for Excellence awards.