An overview of USDA's GreenSchools! program, told through stories from students and their teachers.
Learn to diagnose your school’s IAQ issues!
This one day short-course will cover how to set up your perennial production facility, potting media, irrigation, pH, fertility, overwintering, culinary herbs and plug versus from seed production.
Asthma in America is epidemic among children, impacting nearly 25% in urban areas and becoming the leading cause of hospital visits in low-income neighborhoods each year. Pest allergens and pesticides are contributing factors, with cockroaches being among the most potent asthma triggers. So how can you utilize best management practices to effectively control pest allergens through integrated pest management (IPM)?
Penn State's Extension Vegetable & Small Fruit Program Team presents a series of webinars to keep you informed on critical production issues. The series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Topics include irrigation, nutrient management, GAPs, pollinators, and cucurbit pest management strategies.
Confirmed speakers: State House Representative Greg Vitali on PA State House Happenings and USGS presentation on pesticides in our waterways. Additional presentations on pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors and more. Tabling opportunities available.
Managing and maintaining healthy, high-producing honeybees continues to occupy the minds of the best beekeepers. Worldwide, honeybee numbers, adequate insect pollination for food crops, and honey production continue to decline. While research has provided many answers, success in beekeeping lies with healthy bees, good nectar flows, and knowledgeable honeybee managers. Penn State Extension and experts from local beekeeping organizations and the PA State Beekeepers Association are again pleased to offer the Western PA Beekeeping Seminar, aimed at addressing these concerns in an atmosphere of creative idea sharing to improve the knowledge and management skills of those who attend.
The Penn State Extension Winter Tree Fruit Educational Meetings are designed to address current challenges with the latest research-based information. The program highlights include: Fungicide Resistance Management Strategies for Apple Scab, Powdery Mildew, and Brown Rot; the Impact of BMSB Management on IPM Systems in Fruit Orchards; Bacterial Spot Management on Stone Fruit; Managing Perennial and Other Hard-to-Control Weeds in New and Established Pome and Stone Fruit Orchards; Adjusting Orchard Practices to Climate Changes and Pesticide Applicator Training.
Children like bugs, so it is unfortunate and inaccurate when they learn that insects are harmful. In this webinar, John will describe the techniques and materials used in a 4 day Bug Camp to build and sustain student interest in entomology or science. He will briefly discuss collecting, pinning, classifying and showing off collections. Techniques covered will include micro-lessons or entomological moments, managing the hidden curriculum or using free time for instructional goals and peer teaching. Finally, he will cover the requisite skills, knowledge base and teaching resources. Most of the campers at John's Bug Camp become a source of authority on insects in their families, schools and communities.
Each year our Farming for the Future Conference seeks to inform our members of the latest innovations in sustainable agriculture, while also giving them an opportunity to celebrate the past year and look forward to the next. The full program is never the same twice. This year we have even more innovations in store to inspire you for the year ahead and to prepare you for the changes happening throughout the agricultural community.
The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Weed Science Society of America promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world.
Managing honeybees can be a very rewarding enterprise and a profitable sideline. Some keep bees for the honey they produce while others for pollination they provide. Penn State Extension in conjunction with the Beaver Valley Area Beekeepers, Westmoreland County Beekeepers, Armstrong/Indiana County Beekeepers and the Central Western PA Beekeepers, is pleased to offer the Beginning Beekeeping Workshop at two locations again this year - Wexford and Greensburg. The same information will be presented at each location.
This inaugural Don’t Bug Me webinar will provide answers on what works and what doesn’t work to control fire ants. Dani Carroll, a regional home grounds agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will host this free webinar on Friday, February 1 at 1 p.m. Central time. Shawn Banks, an extension agent from North Carolina State University, will co-host the event.
This presentation discusses why bed bugs are such a challenge and how you can be proactive. The presentation also reviews how and where to inspect for bed bugs, how to manage bed bugs with control tactics that are consistent with school IPM guidelines and regulations; and bed bug prevention such as reducing hiding spaces through clutter containment and removal, limiting the items being brought to school, and proper coat and backpack storage. Finally we address avoiding litigation due to bed bugs.
Tecnicas de Produccion de Frutas y Hortalizas
What are the benefits of IPM when adopted by your school district? What are the actions needed to eliminate pests through IPM in schools? We will identify pests that commonly sneak into schools, how they get into schools, and what types of conditions they are looking for. Specific IPM steps will be described, such as setting pest thresholds, inspecting for evidence, monitoring for pests, and identifying points of entry.
Learn about USDA’s efforts to connect schools with local or regional producers in order to serve local or regionally produced foods in school cafeterias. In addition to procurement activities, food, agriculture, and nutrition-based educational efforts that span a host of hands-on experiential activities, the session will also discuss school gardens, field trips to local farms, and cooking classes, and standards-based curriculum centered on food, agriculture, and nutrition. The webinar will discuss how farm to school fits in with the new meal pattern for school lunches, as well as the farm to school grant program.
The Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention has become the premier grower meeting in the Northeast combining three days of six or more concurrent educational sessions with a large industry trade show and numerous networking opportunities - all designed to enable fruit, vegetable and berry growers as well as direct marketers to stay on the cutting edge of their industries. About 1,900 persons from throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond gather each year at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center for the Convention. Registration is open to all interested commercial fruit, vegetable and berry growers, direct marketers and allied industry personnel.
Join noted biologist, environmental advocate, and author Sandra Steingraber as she explores the links between human health and environmental toxins, especially those found in our water. Networking Reception 5:30 p.m. • Lecture 6:30 p.m., followed by book signing
Despite being banned in Europe due to health risks, atrazine, a hormone-disrupting herbicide, is one of the world's most largely used pesticides – hundreds of millions of pounds per year. It can be found in our lakes, streams, rain, and drinking water, at levels that make a difference to human health. Scientists link exposure to increased risk of birth defects, infertility and cancer, among other health impacts. It turns tadpoles into hermaphrodites.