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Dairy Outlook: March 2019 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: March 2019

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania income over feed costs averages continue along the $8/milk cow/day levels. Marginal gains in milk income have been offset by increases in feed costs. More
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Dairy Outlook: February 2019 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: February 2019

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania All Milk Price remains plateaued around $18/cwt through the first quarter of 2019 with futures indicating moderate increases during the last two quarters. More
Herramientas para escribir un plan de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta
Herramientas para escribir un plan de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta - Articles Articles

Herramientas para escribir un plan de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, Lee Stivers

El Sistema de Extensión Cooperativa de Penn State tiene a su disposición una serie de plantillas, listas de verificación y registros para ayudar a los agricultores de frutas y vegetales frescos en la escritura de sus planes de inocuidad de los alimentos para la huerta. More
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Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) - Articles Articles

Keep Fresh Produce Safe Using Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Jeffrey Stoltzfus, Lee Stivers

Minimizing farm food safety risks are discussed along with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State Extension contacts for information on FSMA food safety inspections and USDA audits. More
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Dairy Outlook: December 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: December 2018

David L. Swartz, Robert C. Goodling, Jr., Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Pennsylvania All Milk Price is projected to oscillate between $18.00 and 18.50/cwt in the first half of 2019 given current futures. Though slightly higher than 2018, it still may be at or below an operation's breakeven. More
Let's Preserve: Freezing Fruits
Let's Preserve: Freezing Fruits - Articles Articles

Let's Preserve: Freezing Fruits

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Martha Zepp, Andy Hirneisen, MA

This article explains how to freeze foods successfully and provides details on freezing specific fruits. More
Entendiendo FSMA: Norma de Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos
Entendiendo FSMA: Norma de Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos - Articles Articles
Este artículo trata sobre las actividades de las huertas y los productos agrícolas frescos cubiertos por la Norma de Inocuidad de los Productos Agrícolas Frescos bajo la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos (FSMA, por sus siglas en inglés), los requisitos clave, las posibles exenciones y las fechas de cumplimiento. More
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Manteniendo seguros los productos agrícolas frescos usando las Buenas Prácticas Agrícolas - Articles Articles
Este artículo aborda las formas en que los productores pueden minimizar los riesgos a la inocuidad de los alimentos a través de la evaluación de las prácticas en sus huertas e implementando las buenas prácticas agrícolas. More
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Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently - Articles Articles

Margins and Cash Flow Impacted Herds Differently

Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Good decisions can only be made when a farm’s breakeven margin is known and monitored. More
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Dairy Outlook: November 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: November 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Milk prices appear to be starting a slow, methodical climb. Feed costs remain in flux with harvest and quality uncertainties. More
Impacto de FSMA en el Compostaje de Sustratos para la Producción de Hongos
Impacto de FSMA en el Compostaje de Sustratos para la Producción de Hongos - Articles Articles
Bajo la Ley de Modernización de la Inocuidad de los Alimentos (FSMA, por sus siglas en inglés) los productores de hongos tienen que reconocer peligros potenciales a la inocuidad de los alimentos y establecer medidas de control. More
Mushroom GAPs Audit and FSMA Resources
Mushroom GAPs Audit and FSMA Resources - Articles Articles
This article lists the information and resources needed to meet Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) standards specific for the mushroom industry. More
Control de Listeria Monocytogenes en el Medio Ambiente de Cultivo y Empaque de Hongos
Control de Listeria Monocytogenes en el Medio Ambiente de Cultivo y Empaque de Hongos - Articles Articles
En los últimos años ha aumentado el conocimiento de que Listeria monocytogenes puede ser un posible contaminante microbiano en alimentos listos para el consumo. More
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Dairy Outlook: October 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: October 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Timothy Beck, Virginia A. Ishler

Current dairy markets are hinting at potential gradual increase in milk price into 2019. Global trade volatility continues to hinder widespread optimism. More
Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania
Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles

Guidelines for Producing Unpasteurized Cider in Pennsylvania

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Robert Crassweller, Ph.D.

This publication explains how to follow established food safety and sanitation standards that minimize the risk for contamination. More
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Dairy Outlook: September 2018 - Articles Articles

Dairy Outlook: September 2018

Robert C. Goodling, Jr., David L. Swartz, Claudia Schmidt, Ph.D., Virginia A. Ishler, Timothy Beck

Milk prices remain on the low side of a four-year modest price range. Monitoring a producer's individual price regularly is vital to see trends and potential opportunities at the farm level. More
Dark and Light Mushroom Peat Casing Soils Suppress Populations of Listeria and Salmonella
Dark and Light Mushroom Peat Casing Soils Suppress Populations of Listeria and Salmonella - Articles Articles
Studies show that when light peat is replaced with dark peat that contains lower microbial levels, developing plants tend to become more susceptible to diseases. More
Eradicating Listeria Monocytogenes From Mushroom Slicing and Packaging Environments
Eradicating Listeria Monocytogenes From Mushroom Slicing and Packaging Environments - Articles Articles
Now is the time for the mushroom industry to take all possible measures to minimize risks for Listeria contamination. More
FSMA Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Regulations: How Do They Apply?
FSMA Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Regulations: How Do They Apply? - Articles Articles
This article reviews the basics for Produce Safety and Preventive Controls and provides some information on how they may affect the mushroom industry. More
Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment
Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment - Articles Articles

Method for Validating Thermal Sanitization of Mushroom Disk Slicing Equipment

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., Ramaswamy C. Anantheswaran, Hilary Tobin

This study demonstrates the feasibility of thermal sanitization treatment to eliminate L. monocytogenes at niche sites within slicer heads without requiring complete disassembly. More
Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food
Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food - Articles Articles
Part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the goal of the Sanitary Transportation rule is to prevent practices during transportation that create food safety risks. More
List of Co-packers and Manufacturers in Pennsylvania and Beyond List of Co-packers and Manufacturers in Pennsylvania and Beyond - Articles
A co-packer, or co-manufacturer, is an established food company that processes and packages your product according to your specifications. More
Food Entrepreneurs
Food Entrepreneurs - Articles Articles

Food Entrepreneurs

Luke LaBorde, Ph.D.

Are you looking to start a new food business? Are you an existing business looking for information on how to maximize your profitability? More
State and Federal Regulations for Food Processors State and Federal Regulations for Food Processors - Articles
Regulations vary from state to state. Here we provide resources from Pennsylvania and Federal sources. Check with your state Department of Agriculture or local Health Department to determine which regulations you need to follow. More
Flats of tomato seedlings ready to be planted. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Overview of Coverage Under the Produce Safety Rule - News News
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of food safety laws in more than 70 years. The focus has shifted away from merely responding to contamination events toward establishing systems to prevent them from occurring. More
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