A few things the Tick Guy wants you to know

CM-51-2-Tick-guy1by Sally Colby

Ten years ago, a tick was a tick. They crawled onto a dog, perhaps hitched a ride on your pants leg and then latched onto your scalp. Moms became experts at finding and removing ticks after kids played outside.

“The tick climbed up to the top of your head, and you’d feel the bump,” said Dr. Tom Mather. “Your mom would remove it because she had pointy fingernails. And no one got sick.” [Read more…]

More than a ribbon

CEW-MR-3-More-than-aw2by Sally Colby

Ben Weikert has seen nearly every side of beef production possible. He started with beef projects as a young 4-Her, and he competed on a collegiate livestock judging team as he pursued a degree in animal science. He and his brother Owen have developed an elite herd of show cattle and have served as judges at numerous livestock shows. After receiving a master’s degree and serving as an extension agent, Ben is now working toward a PhD in agricultural leadership, and has some tips for youth who plan to show cattle this season. [Read more…]

Everything has to be somewhere

CM-51-3-Manure-Digester-2-copyby Sally Colby

Managing manure on a dairy farm can be challenging, especially with ever-changing regulations about when, how and where to put it.

Dr. Robert Graves, Penn State professor emeritus of Ag and Biological Engineering, says that methane digesters are a good option for handling manure on some dairy farms, but producers should be well informed about what a digester does, the cost of establishment and upkeep, and how to keep a digester healthy. Graves added that having an on-farm digester means that the farmer must acquire skills in wastewater treatment, electric power and organic materials management. [Read more…]

Beginner poultry class

CEW-MR-1-Beginner-Poutry2by Katie Navarra

Spring has arrived at farm supply stores. Peeping young chicks serenade visiting customers.

Whether you’re looking to add farm raised eggs to your market offerings or are simply interested in having fresh eggs for your family, chickens are relatively easy to integrate on any farm. [Read more…]

Coalition emerges to support farmers in effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — As Pennsylvania renews efforts to clean the state’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to craft a strategy in which farmers spearhead clean-water initiatives.

Agriculture has high standards for conservation, with roots in a culture of stewardship, and farmers are ready to lead and be the solution for clean water, according to Matthew Royer, director of the college’s Agriculture and Environment Center.  [Read more…]