Are you planning to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit? Are you in the first few years of organic vegetable production and ready to refine your techniques to optimize your production and profit?
U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson today announced a forum on the topic of forest management and invasive species. The discussion, which will focus on the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and efforts to protect the health and sustainability of eastern hemlock, will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Penn State University. Participating in this forum will be leading researchers at Penn State University, including entomologist and College of Agricultural Sciences Dean, Dr. Bruce McPheron. Also participating is Dr. Kurt Gottschalk of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (FS). Dr. Gottschalk is the FS Project Leader for Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems.
In April, two farm energy efficiency trainings will be jointly offered for energy and agriculture consultants. On April 10th, Penn State Extension is conducting a “Dairy Farm Energy Efficiency Training.” This will be followed on April 11th, by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) energy efficiency training for individuals and businesses interested in becoming a certified Technical Service Provider for NRCS to write Agricultural Energy Management Plans.
EPA is proud to partner with ASBO to host this webinar to give those working in, or closely with, schools an opportunity to provide feedback on EPA’s K-12 Environmental Health Program Guidelines. Your feedback is essential in ensuring the goals set forth in the guidelines are attainable for states, tribes, and territories.
"IPM on the World Stage—Solutions for Global Pest Challenges"
The work of the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems is focused on small- and medium-scale family farm viability, equal access by all members of a community to a healthy diet, and dispersing animals in the countryside.
Find out how the ‘Indiana Pesticide Rule for Schools’ impacts your facility and staff.
Safer Pest Control Project and its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative partners are hosting a natural lawn care workshop for school and childcare staff. Chip Osborne, one of the nation’s foremost experts in natural turf management, is the featured speaker. In addition, Mr. Leo Reed, from the Indiana State Chemist Office, will be on hand to explain how the Indiana Pesticide Rule for Schools impacts Indiana facilities.
The purpose of the Forum is to bring together researchers and Extension educators from multiple disciplines and Land Grant functions in a think tank approach to define opportunities for regionally coordinated research and extension programming in support of invasive species management in the Northeast.
National Poison Prevention Week is a week nationally designated to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
A meeting will be held with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel so that the Office of Pesticide Programs can receive the panel's expert opinions and recommendations on the design and scientific soundness of the draft EPA product performance testing guideline, OCSPP 810.3900 - "Methods for Efficacy Testing of Bed Bug Pesticide Products."
A free public lecture titled "The Good Bugs: Why Agriculture Needs Microbes" will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 4, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The speaker will be Marilyn Roossinck, professor of plant pathology and biology at Penn State.
This webinar is focused on increasing bed bug issues that health departments and health care and social services providers have to contend with. The program reviews how bed bugs are introduced, how they travel, their identification, bed bug myths, pests often confused with bed bugs, where they hide and how to inspect for them. In addition, we will be covering protection and precautions: how to keep service workers from bring them back home or transporting them to other locations. The attendee will learn how to deal with the problem at work by developing and implementing a plan of action, educating staff and clients, tried and true control and management alternatives, and principles of bed bug integrated pest management.
Free webinar on preventing childhood lead poisoning among homeless children hosted by the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) and National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC).
Hear IPM experts discuss best practices for performing regular inspections and preventive measures to reduce contributing factors for bed bugs and lice, as well as proven methods for responding to and eliminating infestations. Learn how to improve the success of your IPM initiatives for bed bugs and lice by scheduling and tracking inspections as part of a preventive maintenance program.
Program to assist childcare centers in becoming more environmentally sustainable. Open to childcare center directors or representatives in Pennsylvania. Topics include non-toxic cleaning, less toxic and preventative pest management, and healthy, sustainable foods. PQAS credit hours will be awarded to participants for Keystone STARS or DPW purposes. Cost is $20, includes lunch and materials. Register by 2/15/12.
This initial session of this three-part panel series will highlight the outreach and educational opportunities that our Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses provide to our neighboring West Philadelphia community. During these academic courses, our students learn the significance of giving back to the community that they call home during their undergraduate years. The purpose of the panel series is to review some of the focus areas that current ABCS courses explore. To aid the public in understanding the focus of our series, we have invited local and regional experts to share their knowledge and experiences on each of these topics. The initial lecture will focus on the “Healthy Home” and the potential health risks that often plague our community because of residential and environmental exposures. Each seminar will be facilitated by a member of the Earth & Environmental Science Department who has been teaching in the ABCS program.
This workshop will is required by the City of Philadelphia for the licensing of Family Providers for safe food handling.
At this Urban Sustainability Forum, find out how high tunnels could help improve access to affordable, nutritious foods in Philadelphia. High tunnels are nonelectric, temporary structures that consist of a layer of plastic over a pipe frame.