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Figure 1. No-till soybean in cereal rye mulch
Soil Building Practices in Organic Annual Grain Systems - Articles Articles

Soil Building Practices in Organic Annual Grain Systems

Barbara Baraibar Padro, John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Rebecca Champagne, William Curran

Strategies within cover crop-based, rotational no-till systems to build soil quality and reduce tillage frequency and intensity. More
Figure 1. Hairy vetch-triticale cover crop being rolled
Terminating Cover Crops With a Roller Crimper in Organic Grain Rotations - Articles Articles

Terminating Cover Crops With a Roller Crimper in Organic Grain Rotations

Barbara Baraibar Padro, John Wallace, Ph.D., Mary Barbercheck, Ph.D., Ron Hoover, Clair Keene, William Curran

Optimizing timing of hairy vetch and cereal rye rolling can prevent incomplete cover crop termination. More
How to Design a Cover Crop Mixture for Multiple Goals
How to Design a Cover Crop Mixture for Multiple Goals - Videos Videos

How to Design a Cover Crop Mixture for Multiple Goals

Barbara Baraibar Padro

11:33

Researchers describe the main findings of the “Cover Crop Cocktails” research project at Penn State looking at cover crop mixtures that can provide multiple benefits. More
Benefits and Challenges of Planting Cover Crop Mixtures
Benefits and Challenges of Planting Cover Crop Mixtures - Videos Videos

Benefits and Challenges of Planting Cover Crop Mixtures

Barbara Baraibar Padro

10:46

Farmers discuss what are the benefits and challenges of incorporating cover crop mixtures into their farming operations. More
Are Cover Crop Mixtures Cost Effective?
Are Cover Crop Mixtures Cost Effective? - Videos Videos

Are Cover Crop Mixtures Cost Effective?

Barbara Baraibar Padro

5:59

Farmers discuss when they think cover crop mixtures can be cost effective in an organic crop grain rotation. More
Good communication between farmers and neighbors can keep relations positive.
Finding the Common Ground: Good Neighbor Relations: Advice and Tips from Farmers - Articles Articles
Land development is bringing residential development into agricultural areas. New residents may have misconceptions about farms, and conflicts can arise between farm and nonfarm neighbors. More
HACCP in the Egg Industry: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System
HACCP in the Egg Industry: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point System - Articles Articles
Voluntary participation in HACCP-type programs reduces the risk of marketing eggs contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis and maintains consumer confidence in egg products. More
Many people choose to live in the country because they cherish the peace and quiet, the wide open spaces, and the beauty of nature.
Country Living: A Guide for Homeowners - Articles Articles

Country Living: A Guide for Homeowners

Charles Abdalla, Ph.D., Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D.

This article will help people living in or considering a move to the country understand the basics about how government and community services and utilities work in rural areas in Pennsylvania. More
Finding the Common Ground: Understanding Your Community's Agriculture
Finding the Common Ground: Understanding Your Community's Agriculture - Articles Articles

Finding the Common Ground: Understanding Your Community's Agriculture

Charles Abdalla, Ph.D., Timothy Kelsey, Ph.D.

When you live in the country, a basic understanding of agriculture's contribution to the community is useful. More
Creating a Poultry Flock Plan
Creating a Poultry Flock Plan - Videos Videos

Creating a Poultry Flock Plan

Paul Patterson

7:09

An emergency preparedness guide for poultry owners. In this video, animal health experts outline the important steps in the creation of a flock plan. More
Marcellus shale drilling in progress, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland County. Credit: Robert Donnan.
Water’s Journey Through the Shale Gas Processes - Articles Articles
Using publicly available information, we attempt to track and quantify current water use through the stages of the gas well development process. More
Vegetative Buffers
Vegetative Buffers - Articles Articles

Vegetative Buffers

Paul Patterson

Trees and shrubs planted following a conservation plan can help improve the environment for you, your birds, and your neighbors. More
Creating a Farm Plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Creating a Farm Plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Articles Articles
Critical steps for farms to be prepared for an HPAI outbreak in Pennsylvania including a video on how to create a flock plan. More
Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional)
Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional) - Articles Articles

Producción de Huevos en Pequeña Escala (Orgánica y Convencional)

Gregory P Martin, Ph.D., PAS, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D., Paul Patterson, Miguel Antonio Saviroff, MS

La producción de huevos en pequeña escala es una de las empresas agrícolas de animales más antiguas registrada en la historia. More
Small-Scale Egg Production (Organic and Non-Organic)
Small-Scale Egg Production (Organic and Non-Organic) - Articles Articles

Small-Scale Egg Production (Organic and Non-Organic)

Paul Patterson, Lynn Kime, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

Egg production on a small scale is one of the oldest animal farming enterprises in recorded history. A small investment may yield several years of income. More
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States
River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States - Articles Articles
Interstate conflict over water resources is growing in the Mid-Atlantic region. As population increases and industries and energy sources shift, water becomes in greater demand. More
Water Withdrawals for Development of Marcellus Shale Gas in Pennsylvania
Water Withdrawals for Development of Marcellus Shale Gas in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
This article is an introduction to Pennsylvania's water resources and the impact of deep well drilling on those resources. More
Spring Creek running through downtown Bellefonte, PA
Access and Allocation of Water in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Access and Allocation of Water in Pennsylvania

Charles Abdalla, Ph.D., Kristen Saacke Blunk

This article provides an overview of water rights for citizens, farmers, rural business owners, and elected and appointed officials. (This is not a substitute for advice from a qualified lawyer.) More
A Primer on Water Quality Credit Trading in the Mid-Atlantic Region
A Primer on Water Quality Credit Trading in the Mid-Atlantic Region - Articles Articles
Water quality credit trading is a tool for reducing the cost of controlling nutrients and sediments that severely impact streams, rivers, lakes, and estuaries. More