Sustainable Ag News
Starting a seed is the same no matter where that seed will be planted. For urban growers, there can be several considerations to take into account during the development of a production area. In early July 2013, over twenty faculty, staff, and members of Penn State's Sustainable Agriculture Working Group traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to learn about the challenges faced by urban growers and how several innovative farms are responding to them.
Researchers at Penn State, Iowa State, and University of Kentucky are testing different methods to control cucumber beetles in organically managed cucurbit fields.
Natural enemies are beneficial insects that prey upon pests in agricultural landscapes. Entomology graduate student Ian Grettenberger created a video series to highlight the stunning and graphic encounters that take place when these predators meet their prey.
On-farm internships and land-link programs are two important models for increasing the number of farmers in the sustainable-agriculture movement, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Customers are demanding local food, and they want it all winter long. Some growers are finding effective ways to meet this demand. Jeff Frank from Liberty Gardens, Coopersburg PA explained his winter production system to a group of eighty growers at Penn State Extension’s Organic Vegetable Intensive.