Mid Atlantic

Preparing the pasture puff for the trail

CM-MS-50-3-Trail-ri1de2by Sally Colby

It’s spring, and many riders anticipate the first trail ride of the season. While some riders make it a point to keep both themselves and their horses in shape year-round, many haven’t been on a trail ride since last fall.

Riders expect that they might be a little stiff or sore after the first ride of the season, but what about the horse? [Read more…]

In memoriam of Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacom

Tina Marie (Acker) Giangiacomo, 58, of Reading, PA passed away April 7 in Lancaster General Hospital. She was the wife of Michael Giangiacomo.

Born in Chester Springs, PA she was the daughter of the late Sam and Charlotte Acker.

Tina was a graduate of Downingtown High School and West Chester University. She was a member of West Wyomissing Chapel. Tina enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking. [Read more…]

Don’t get stuck! Preventing needle stick injuries in agricultural settings

CEW-MR-1-Don't-get-stuc1k1by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

Needle stick injuries (NSI) in agricultural settings have become more focused on by Ag health and injury prevention personnel.

In a recent farm safety workshop, where graphic photos resulting from NSI were shown, James Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist for New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), reported that studies show over 80 percent of farmers have had an NSI.

Heading up one of those studies is Dr. Jeff Bender, Co-Director of the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH). [Read more…]

Beware the allium leaf miner

CM-MR-38-2-Allium-leaf-miner21by Steve Wagner

How does a plant pest whose existence was not chronicled before 1858 in England, cross the Atlantic Ocean 158 years later to land on a farm in Lancaster County, PA? That is the travel history of the allium Leaf Miner. This pest, native to Poland and Germany, first spread across Europe into Turkey, Russia and Asia during that time span. “One possibility is someone bringing garlic over,” says Penn State Extension Specialist Tim Elkner. “The pupa might have been down amongst the cloves. Certainly, it could have been brought in with leeks or onions. It’s just that this is not typically the kind of thing that would be transported around. Probably it was not an insect — most likely a group of them in order to start the population. You need male and female in a bunch, so it might have been like an infected shipment of garlic or something was sent over.” [Read more…]