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Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety? - Articles Articles

Label Date Marks: Quality or Food Safety?

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Brad Beatty

Food labels provide consumers with valuable information. Unfortunately, the meaning of label date marks are often misunderstood. More
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Fall Forage Establishment - Articles Articles

Fall Forage Establishment

Jessica A. Williamson, Ph.D., Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Pasture managers and hay producers have a window of opportunity in the late summer and early fall to improve existing or establish new stands through seeding. More
Foodborne Illness Symptoms, USDA
Long Term Health Consequences of a Foodborne Illness - Articles Articles
With 1 in 6 Americans developing food poisoning each year, or more accurately foodborne illness, it is not something to be taken lightly! More
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Employee Illnesses: What You Need to Know - Articles Articles

Employee Illnesses: What You Need to Know

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Food service employees who work when sick can easily contaminate food and food contact surfaces, resulting in a foodborne illness outbreak. More
Forage Variety Trials Reports
Forage Variety Trials Reports - Articles Articles

Forage Variety Trials Reports

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Forage Trials Report summarizes performance data collected from ongoing forage trials at two sites in Pennsylvania. More
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Reducing Food Waste with Food Safety in Mind - Articles Articles

Reducing Food Waste with Food Safety in Mind

Dori Owczarzak, MS, RD, LDN, Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Megan Wall

Throwing away food is a waste! Here are tips to help you reduce the amount of food you throw out, while being sure the foods you eat are safe. More
Game Meat Safety
Game Meat Safety - Articles Articles

Game Meat Safety

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

As you are getting ready to go hunting, there are three things about caring for and preserving game meat that should be stressed. More
Determining Pasture Yield
Determining Pasture Yield - Articles Articles

Determining Pasture Yield

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Direct and indirect methods of determining pasture yield. More
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Foodborne Illness and Listeria monocytogenes - Articles Articles

Foodborne Illness and Listeria monocytogenes

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes is particularly harmful to pregnant women, newborns, children, elderly, and immune compromised individuals. More
Tall Fescue
Tall Fescue - Articles Articles

Tall Fescue

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

In Pennsylvania, Tall fescue has been used primarily for conservation purposes but is well suited as hay, silage, or pasture. More
Keeping Your "Tummy" Healthy and Happy!
Keeping Your "Tummy" Healthy and Happy! - Articles Articles

Keeping Your "Tummy" Healthy and Happy!

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Prebiotics and Probiotics are functional components of foods that help keep our digestive system running smoothly! More
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Alfalfa Frost Heaving: Assessing the Damage - Articles Articles
March is the time to scout for alfalfa frost heaving so that preparations can be made if the stand will need to be rotated out in spring. More
Look for higher fiber foods to lead you and your colon's good bacteria
Prebiotics: How to Feed Your Good Bacteria - Articles Articles

Prebiotics: How to Feed Your Good Bacteria

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Want to include more prebiotics in your diet? Here are a list of best food sources and a recipe for incorporating these beneficial foods in your diet. More
Stay Hydrated All Year Long!
Stay Hydrated All Year Long! - Articles Articles

Stay Hydrated All Year Long!

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Remember to stay well hydrated as you enjoy outdoor activities all year long. More
Need Forage? Try Annual Crops
Need Forage? Try Annual Crops - Articles Articles

Need Forage? Try Annual Crops

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Alternative species to meet forage needs and supplement feedstocks. More
Poisonous Pasture Weeds
Poisonous Pasture Weeds - Articles Articles

Poisonous Pasture Weeds

Marvin Hall, Ph.D., Dwight Lingenfelter, William S. Curran, Ph.D.

Grazing animals will very rarely eat poisonous weeds if there are other options. However, the wet weather has been great for poisonous plant growth and the concern is heightened. More
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
Grass Tetany in Grazing Animals - Articles Articles

Grass Tetany in Grazing Animals

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Be alert to the potential risk for Grass Tetany in high potassium soils and when other conditions are favorable for the development of this livestock illness. More
Cooked Fruit Adds Variety to Menus
Cooked Fruit Adds Variety to Menus - Articles Articles

Cooked Fruit Adds Variety to Menus

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Poached pears, roasted cherries, peach compote just the thought makes your taste buds tingle! Cooked fruit is a great way to add variety to your diet. More
Probiotics: The Good Bugs!
Probiotics: The Good Bugs! - Articles Articles

Probiotics: The Good Bugs!

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Probiotics are live bacteria that are the same or similar to those found in the body. Consuming these in adequate amounts may result in a health benefit. More
Weight Management
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Weight Management

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Excess weight can put you at a greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. More
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Soy Protein and Soy Isoflavones - Articles Articles

Soy Protein and Soy Isoflavones

Lynn James, MS, RDN, LDN, Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, J. Lynne Brown, Ph.D., R.D.

Soy foods are popular because of the many health benefits they provide. More
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Lactose Intolerance - Articles Articles

Lactose Intolerance

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down and absorb the components of lactose, the sugar that occurs naturally in dairy products. More
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Nondairy Foods with Calcium - Articles Articles

Nondairy Foods with Calcium

Sharon McDonald, MEd, RD, LDN, Lynn James, MS, RDN, LDN

While dairy foods are the best source of calcium, dark green leafy vegetables and fish with soft bones you can eat will also add calcium to your diet. More
Beware of the Dangers of Hot Hay
Beware of the Dangers of Hot Hay - Articles Articles

Beware of the Dangers of Hot Hay

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Wet weather can make hay making difficult. Therefore, it’s especially important to monitor the temperature and condition of stored hay. More
Fig. 1. Brown stripe on orchardgrass
Diseases in Orchardgrass - Articles Articles

Diseases in Orchardgrass

Marvin Hall, Ph.D.

Major diseases of orchardgrass in our area has no quick fix yet, but fertility management helps. More
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