Low prices for commodity crops are never good for agricultural producers. But for small farmers, many of whom already depend on off-farm income, this is not a good scenario. Navigating this uncertain financial terrain is not for the faint of heart; fortunately, at-risk residents in rural communities have the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) on their side to provide them with the information they need. Land-grant universities (LGU) provide research-based information through non-formal, non-credit to residents in their state.
Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County for a free workshop on “Homegrown Vegetables” on Thursday, March 12, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.
If you are anxious, after a long winter, to get outside and start digging in your vegetable garden, then this is the gardening workshop for you. Join local garden guru George Weigel for Ready, Set, Grow! on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Penn State Extension office in Carlisle, 310 Allen Road, Carlisle, PA 17013.
On Thursday, March 12, Dr. James Finley, Penn State Professor of Forest Resources, will speak on how you can help create a healthy, environmentally-friendly backyard living area that you and your family can enjoy for years to come.
Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County for a free workshop on “Soil Health and Cover Crops” on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 South Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, PA.
Penn State Extension and The Penn State Department of Plant Science are excited announce the latest all-day Strawberry School. This school covers everything you need to know about strawberry production in one intensive day. The school will take place March 17 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Penn State Extension Office at 670 Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg. The early registration fee is $75 per person until March 12, 2015, then $95
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
Irrigation water can save a crop during drought, and is necessary to grow crops in sheltered environments such as greenhouses and high tunnels. That water can come from a variety of sources and its chemistry can vary tremendously. This impacts the ease of operating an irrigation system, plant nutrition, whether fertilizers and pesticides are effective, and ultimately a farm’s productivity. Investments in water testing and treatment can pay off rapidly if growers have the data to make good irrigation management decisions.
The North American Manure Expo is returning to Pennsylvania and promises to provide “Manure than you can Handle.”
The Professional Pest Manager's School offers category and core recertification credits that help you keep up with changes in regulations, product information, and your roles and responsibilities as a pesticide applicator.
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.
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.
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.”