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.
Penn State Extension Offering Free Energy Review
USDA has recently noticed that some growers are using bleach (Clorox TM) as a disinfectant in post-harvest washing systems. Disinfectants are regulated the same way as pesticides and unless the label on the bottle indicates EPA approval for washing fruits and vegetables, it is against federal law to use it for that purpose.
The rustic beauty of Pennsylvania's farmhouses, barns and outbuildings often strikes motorists traveling the highways that crisscross the rural heartland of the state, but few people realize the stories these buildings can tell us about the past -- and maybe the future -- of agriculture.
I’ve shared bits of this story with some of you yet it bears repeating as we celebrate 100 years of beneficial research and advice to America’s farmers and ranchers from America’s land grant universities. America's land grant colleges provide invaluable service to growers.
Local youth were among 88 4-Hers from 38 counties across the state who met in Harrisburg recently for the annual Pennsylvania 4-H Capital Days program.
While traveling last fall through a rural area, every several miles along the highway, there were temporary signs that said, "Harvest in Progress, Watch for Slow Moving Vehicles." What a good reminder for our non-farming neighbors that there are farms in the area and what to expect.
Learn about the importance of rain gardens, how to plan and plant your own rain garden, and weather permitting, participate in establishing a new rain garden at the township building.