Over one-hundred stakeholders gathered on May 19-20, 2009 in Kerhonkson, New York to explore the research, what works, and what we still need to learn about local and regional food systems.

Weed scientist Matt Ryan identifies velvetleaf at the Ecological Weed Management field day. (Photo by Liesel Dreisbach-Williams)

Ecological weed management promotes weed suppression, rather than weed elimination, by enhancing crop competition and using diverse management practices.

Eric Nord describes how hairy vetch can be used as a weed suppressing cover crop at the field day in June.

Clean air and water, recycling of nutrients, crop pollination, weed and pest suppression: these are just a few of the services provided to us by the ecological systems that function within our agricultural fields.

Planting soybeans into a rye cover crop flattened with a roller/crimper. (Photo by Matt Ryan)

Use cover crops to grow your own mulch right where it will be used to suppress weeds for your crops!

A mobile pelletizer on display at the Central PA Biomass Workshop converts a roundbale of switchgrass into pellets that can be used as a heating fuel. (Photo by Dan Ciolkosz)

During the last few years we have conducted numerous trials at Penn State to assess the potential of various energy crops.

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, with support from the USDA-Extension Service, has developed a series of publications called Agricultural Alternatives.