Penn State is teaming up with establishing farmers to help new farmers become more profitable, productive, and sustainable. With funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher project the Penn State Start Farming team is offering study circles, courses and “Models for the Future” demonstration plots.
Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August. All spring and summer these wild birds have shared aquatic habitats, food supplies, brood-rearing responsibilities and likely something ominous—avian flu.
Experts aren't sure why Pennsylvania so far has been spared in the outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza that has caused massive losses to the poultry industry in the Midwest. But it could be just a matter of time until the virus shows up in the Keystone State.
Are trees not top-of-mind during the winter? Maybe they should be. Winter is an ideal time to inspect tree branches for defects, decay, or structural issues without the camouflage of leaves. Wounds, decay cavities, crooked growth, and weak branch unions are problems in the making that can be more easily spotted when the trees are bare.
The snow is falling and the best place to be is snuggled on the couch, covered with a blanket, and drinking a cup of hot cocoa. Can't you just smell the chocolate? But, while you are inside a warm house, the farm animals are living outside. Don't they need to be inside during the cold weather?
Maybe you do it every day, once a week, or once a month--whatever the case, we all spend some amount of time in the grocery store shopping for food.
If holiday eating leaves you worried about foods high in fat and calories or overeating in general, here are some tips to help enjoy the holidays without increasing your waistline.
In order to continue to feed everyone in the world, farmers select livestock based on performance.
Most likely if you are a "Black Friday" shopper, you have already been looking online for the best deals and the hours in which you need to shop.
With deer season just around the corner, the yearly job of preserving game meat begins.
There is no better feeling than walking in the door and smelling a delicious stew cooking, and knowing that dinner is already take care of.
The growing season is officially over for the year; so farmers are beginning the transition from summer pastures to fall feeding programs.
As the weather gets a little cooler, it is only natural to have hearty, warm soups on the brain.
Fall always seems to be such a busy time of year. Everyone seems to be going in different directions at different times, making it a challenge to prepare meals and gather everyone together to eat as a family.
If you are like a lot of families, it can become very challenging to deal with everyone's work and school schedules.
It's all in a day's work for farmers when they feed and monitor their animals every day.
It is that time of year again when folks are thinking about roasting pumpkin seeds and chestnuts.
For most families with children, fall is “back to school time.” If your children are very young, between birth and 5 years old, you may not consider them always ‘in school’ since they are learning every waking moment. Everything you do with them, including raking and jumping in leaves, cutting up pumpkins and singing seasonal songs, stimulates their brain and learning.
If you have a child or children in college this fall (especially for the first time), you are probably concerned about how they are going to survive without you!
For a farmer, making economic decisions may be a stressful task if accounting records and financial statements are not available.