Managing plant diseases challenges many organic producers, but with the right products and techniques, farmers can improve yield, according to presenters at the recent eOrganic.info webinar, “Using biofungicides, biostimulants and biofertilizers to boost crop productivity and help manage vegetable diseases”, co-hosted by the Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project. [Read more…]
by Steve Wagner
“None of you would be here today if it were not for this protein,” according to Troy Ott, a reproductive biologist and associate director of the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences at Penn State University. “This protein is called syncytium (pronounced sin-SISH-um),” he told attendees at the 2017 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. “If your mother could not express that protein, she could not form a placenta…Every baby was born because of this protein.” [Read more…]
by Deborah Jeanne Sergeant
Controlling disease challenges many organic growers. The University of Vermont Extension presented “High Glucosinolate Mustard as an Organic Biofumigant in Vegetable Crops” as a webinar recently in partnership with eOrganics. Dr. Heather Darby, professor and University of Vermont Extension representative, Abha Gupta, crops and soils coordinator with the University of Vermont Extension, and Katie Campbell-Nelson, a University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension agent, presented the webinar. [Read more…]
Pennsylvania can count itself lucky in the matter of spreading high path avian influenza; it has not yet reached the commonwealth. Bird flu is never inevitable. It’s the luck of the draw.
Bird flu could wind up in any state from Maine to New York to Virginia. [Read more…]
Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony on April 25 at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on April 24. After Secretary Perdue took the oath of office, he addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work. On April 25, USDA launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny. [Read more…]
“What can we do as a college and a university to work with farmers, communities and municipalities that are dealing with issues related to water quality, and really meet what we try to say are the dual goals of productive viable growing of agriculture into the future, healthy communities, and also clean rivers and streams?” asked Matt Royer, Director of the Penn State Agriculture & Environment Center at the Winter Farmers Meeting in Mount Joy, PA. [Read more…]
Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Scillieri Smith, of Quality Milk Services in New York, says when it comes to foul ups in milking systems, there’s usually more going on than just the milking system.
“When we look at the herd to work on problems and trouble-shoot, we like to look at everything,” she said. “If a farmer says, ‘I think it’s the milking system’, more often than not there’s more than one thing going on.” [Read more…]
by Rebecca Long Chaney
ASHLAND, KS — “The rancher we helped told me it reminded her of the dirty 30s and Dust Bowl,” said Rianna Chaney, 13, formerly of Thurmont, MD. “Because there were no trees left and just sand, and that’s what it looks like now.”
Rianna joined nine other 4-H members from her Pride of the Prairie 4-H Club and two 4-H moms from Elwood, NE, to help ranchers affected by the devastating wildfires that swept across Clark County, KS, destroying nearly half a million acres on March 6 in just hours. Pastures were burned, homes were lost, thousands of miles of fencing were destroyed, equipment was burned and one trucker tragically was killed. [Read more…]