Tillage Timing Influences Nitrogen Availability and Loss on Organic Farms
October 1, 2015
In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver of nitrogen losses that contribute to groundwater pollution, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Denise Finney, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Jason Kaye, associate professor of soil biogeochemistry, conducted the research described in this Penn State News story.
Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepting Applications for Conservation Programs
September 22, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help producers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits.
Field day explores the challenges and rewards of growing malting barley
June 24, 2015
Where the craft brewing and local food movements intersect, an opportunity lies for Pennsylvania farmers, as brewers seek to purchase more locally sourced ingredients for their beers.