This year’s conference promises attendees a valuable opportunity to hear presentations and sessions on some of today’s most timely and important structural and urban pesticide issues affecting regulators.
Paul Jepson, State IPM Coordinator for Oregon and Director of the Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University, will be hosting a webinar Thursday, August 23 at 2 PM EDT on PRiME, www.ipmprime.org. Paul will be providing an overview of the PRiME tool, followed by a closer look at its risk indices and real-life applications, highlighting his work with specialty crop growers in Oregon and the western region. PRiME is a user-friendly, online tool that ranks pesticide products for impacts
It’s a great opportunity for growers to observe research trials funded by the soybean checkoff and interact with researchers and others involved in soybean production.
Finding outlets for your produce and still making enough money to support production can be a challenge. During this workshop, Tara Rockacy and Kate Romane will describe both sides of the business relationship between farmer and chef.
Ag Progress Days (APD), Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, will return for its annual three-day run. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the event is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Pa. Route 45.
Penn State Fruit Research & Extension Center, Biglerville, Pa.
This session is designed to help green industry professionals improve weed control on the properties they manage by increasing their knowledge of herbicide options for landscape and turfgrass applications. Topics include choosing the appropriate herbicide to control target weeds, choosing the right herbicide for a variety of sites, proper timing of applications in relation to weed growth, and managing herbicide resistance.
The 2012 APS Annual Meeting will focus on communicating our science – sharing the importance of plant pathology with each other and the world. There’s always something to learn, whether it be about geography or plant pathology.
The program will include a farm walk with special emphasis on how Penn Valley Farms manages their soil fertility with cover crops, rotations and humic compost. Penn Valley Farms is a 95-acre farm just outside the town of Lititz in Lancaster County, PA. Field crops, organic free-range egg laying chickens, and compost are all produced under organic certification at the farm. Composting became a part of Penn Valley Farms in the early 90’s. It began on a small scale using a manure spreader to mix the materials and a small crawler loader to turn the rows. In 1994, the first compost turner was brought to the farm, purchased from Midwest Bio-Systems. A one-acre pad was constructed for compost production and later expanded to two acres. Subsequently, a compost screener was built to screen for potting soils and other applications. Since then the production of a high quality humus compost has been implemented.
Equipment! Which piece do I buy? What works best? The Seed Farm will showcase soil and weed management equipment and techniques for small to medium scale vegetable producers. Equipment and techniques include: Weed Control: mulching (black plastic, straw, landscape fabric), hand hoes (wheel hoe, hand stirrup hoe, cobra head hoe), tractor mounted cultivators (low residue cultivator, Williams’s spring tooth tine system), and flame weeding. Soil Management: Spader, Chisel Plow, Moldboard plow, disc, BCS tiller.
Top 12 Summer Maintenance Activities
National Moth Week brings together everyone interested in moths to celebrate these amazing insects. It is hoped that groups and individuals from all the across the country will spend some time during National Moth Week looking for moths and sharing what they’ve found.
This webinar will provide technical guidance about effective radon testing and control strategies for schools, including how to operate and install a radon mitigation depressurization system. Radon experts Josh Miller and Josh Kerber from the Minnesota Department of Health, both specialists in radon control in school environments, will be featured in this webinar.
Learn how one couple has utilized their local resources to make a marketing dream come true. Paula and Jake Fisher started raising pumpkins 11 years ago and this year will open a beautiful roadside farm market to sell their own produce and meats.
Everhart Museum in Scranton will be exhibiting "BEEyond" from 05/04/12 through 09/30/12 in the Maslow Galleries. The Museum has planned a community event from noon till 4 PM on 07/14/12 in conjunction with the summer-long celebration of the honeybee. The Northeast Group of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club is going to show the documentary film "Vanishing of the Bees" during the event starting at 1 PM in the Folk Art Room.
Like last year, Dr. John Tooker will join the tour and showcase some of his insect pest/slug and beneficial insect research at the farm. A number of weed control experiments will be showcased and available for viewing, including corn, soybean, sweet corn, and snapbean trials.
Researcher/educators Steve Bogash and Tim Elkner will lead participants in learning to identify, prevent and manage a number of common vegetable crop diseases and insect pests.
Hosted by the Penn State Extension Crop Management Team. Tour research plots and variety trials to see: Emmer, einkorn, and spelt variety trials (organic & transitioning); Wheat variety trials (soft & hard, winter & spring, heritage & modern varieties are included, organic & transitioning); Fava bean seed production (organic) Heritage hulless oats (non-organic); Soybean performance after different histories of tillage, weed management, and crop rotation (organic). Research and demonstration projects on the tour are supported by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative, the USDA Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program, and the Northeast SARE Pennsylvania State Program.
Come hear the latest in cover crop mixtures, integrated weed management, manure management strategies, and beneficial insects from Penn State researchers along with Pennsylvania practitioners
Attend this webinar to discover why good IAQ is important to maintaining a healthy and green leaning environment and improved academic performance, and gain in-depth knowledge and insight on how the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance provides simple, low-and no-cost resources, such as the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit, which any school can use to create healthy learning environments. See real examples of how IAQ Tools for Schools guidance can help schools meet Green Ribbon Schools’ criteria for Pillar Two of the application. Get your questions answered by healthy learning environment champions. Learn about the Green Ribbon Schools program, including its purpose, eligibility, timelines and materials, FAQs and more. This webinar is offered at no cost to participants. Don’t miss your chance to have your questions about the program answered during the webinar. Send your questions to IAQTfSConnector@cadmusgroup.com by June 14, 2012.