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Camphor Shoot Borer (Cnestus mutilatus) - Articles Articles
Camphor shoot borers are an introduced species of ambrosia beetle that attack small-diameter branches and trunks of stressed, weakened, and dying trees. They also accidentally bore holes into plastic gasoline containers, hoses, and tanks. More
Insects on Real Christmas Trees
Insects on Real Christmas Trees - Articles Articles

Insects on Real Christmas Trees

Michael J. Skvarla

Most real Christmas trees are free of insects and other arthropods. However, it is possible that some trees may harbor one or more species. More
Asian longhorned ticks are can be found on deer and other wildlife, as well as livestock and companion animals.
Asian Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis - Articles Articles

Asian Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis

Erika Machtinger, Michael J. Skvarla

The Asian Longhorned tick is a recent invasive tick to Pennsylvania. This tick can be found on wildlife and on livestock. It is important to be aware of the presence of this tick and to implement prevention and control measures when necessary. More
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Nonfat Dry Milk - Is it on the Comeback? - News News
Nonfat dry milk (NFDM) was first invented in 1802. It’s amazing that more than 200 years later, we are still using it in a variety of ways. More
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Eating Better on a Budget - News News

Eating Better on a Budget

05/02/2018

Get the most for your budget! There are many ways to save money on the foods that you eat. More
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Make Your Own Sanitizing Solution - News News
When was the last time you sanitized your kitchen sink? Keeping food safe involves more than keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold. More
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Garden Craft - News News

Garden Craft

05/01/2018

Are you planning to start a garden this spring? Garden arts and crafts are a fun way to make your garden beautiful. More
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Encouraging Kids to Eat New Vegetables - News News
Trying new vegetables can be very difficult for kids. Textures and colors could be barriers for your child. More
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Are You Ready for the Vegetable Challenge? - News News
If you have tried five or more of these vegetables, do you think you could try more? More
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Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results - Articles Articles

Pumpkin Cultivar Trial Results

Elsa Sanchez, Ph.D., Timothy Elkner, Robert Pollock, Tom Butzler, William Lamont, Jr., Ph.D.

We evaluated twenty-one pumpkin cultivars in 2016 and 2017. More
Sclerodermus Latreille
Sclerodermus Latreille - Articles Articles

Sclerodermus Latreille

Michael J. Skvarla

Sclerodermus are small wasps that can become pestiferous and sting people when they attack wood-boring beetle larvae that have infested wooden structures and furniture. More
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug - Articles Articles

Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Magnolia leaf-footed bugs are brown bugs occasionally found on magnolia. They do not pose a risk to human health and do not cause damage to or reduce the vigor of infested trees, but may be nuisance pests. More
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Washing Food: Does it Promote Food Safety? - News News
Should we wash our food? The answer depends on the type of food. Some foods are recommended to be washed, others are not. More
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In the Kitchen - News News

In the Kitchen

02/09/2018

Here are some abbreviations to remember when you are reading recipes More
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Buying Fruits and Vegetables on a Budget - News News
We may look at buying vegetables and fruits for our families to eat but they can seem too expensive. More
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Bulgur - What is it? - News News

Bulgur - What is it?

02/09/2018

Bulgur is not a food found frequently on shopping lists. However, it is a whole grain. Most Americans consume enough grains, but only a few are whole grains. More
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Does Spinach Fit the Top 2018 Diets? - News News
Recently the media has reported on the best diets for 2018. The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) ranked at the top of the list! More
Coconut Oil: Why All the Excitement?
Coconut Oil: Why All the Excitement? - Articles Articles

Coconut Oil: Why All the Excitement?

Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Lynn James, MS, RDN, LDN

Saturated fats raise the “bad cholesterol” (LDL, or low-density lipoprotein), which may lead to atherosclerosis (heart attacks and strokes). More
Jalysus wickhami. Photo © John Rosenfeld
Spined Stilt Bug - Articles Articles

Spined Stilt Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Spined stilt bugs are an occasional pest of greenhouse tomatoes that can cause flower and fruit abortion and unsightly feeding damage in mature fruits. More
Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) adult. Photo: Michael Skvarla, Penn State
Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Yellowmargined Leaf Beetle Serious Pest in Pennsylvania

Michael J. Skvarla, Shelby Fleischer, Ph.D.

Yellowmargined leaf beetle (YMLB) (Microtheca ochroloma) is a serious pest of cruciferous crops. More
Eggplant
Eggplant - Videos Videos

Eggplant

Debra Boyd, Kathy DiGuiseppe, Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Elise Gurgevich, PhD, MPH, CHES, Mandel Smith, MS, Suzanne Weltman

4:14

Eggplants are available year round; low in calories and high in fiber. Watch this video to learn how to select, store and prepare Mediterranean eggplant. More
Pumpkin
Pumpkin - Videos Videos

Pumpkin

Debra Boyd, Kathy DiGuiseppe, Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Elise Gurgevich, PhD, MPH, CHES, Mandel Smith, MS, Suzanne Weltman

4:04

Pumpkin is more than a fall decoration. In this video we learn how to select, store pumpkin and cook a fresh pie pumpkin and make a pumpkin smoothie. More
Kale
Kale - Videos Videos

Kale

Debra Boyd, Kathy DiGuiseppe, Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Elise Gurgevich, PhD, MPH, CHES, Mandel Smith, MS, Suzanne Weltman

4:29

Watch this video to learn why kale is a superfood and how to include it in your diet. Also learn how to buy, store and prepare different varieties of kale. More
Brussel Sprouts
Brussel Sprouts - Videos Videos

Brussel Sprouts

Debra Boyd, Kathy DiGuiseppe, Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Elise Gurgevich, PhD, MPH, CHES, Mandel Smith, MS, Suzanne Weltman

4:01

What vegetable is named for the capital of Belgium? If you guess Brussels sprouts, you are correct. Watch this video to learn how to make roasted Brussels sprouts that really taste good. More
Red Beets
Red Beets - Videos Videos

Red Beets

Debra Boyd, Kathy DiGuiseppe, Mary Reistetter Ehret, M.S.,R.D.,L.D.N., Elise Gurgevich, PhD, MPH, CHES, Mandel Smith, MS, Suzanne Weltman

4:54

Fresh or canned, red beets are versatile and can be enjoyed a variety of ways. This video will show how to select, store and prepare fresh beets. More
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