Top USDA Official Talks Latest in Organic Crop Insurance at Pennsylvania Farm

A top official from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency took to the road this week to get feedback from farmers in Pennsylvania on how new enhancements to federal crop insurance are helping organic producers. Associate… Read More

FarmFest Brings Outstanding Speakers, Education

Agriculture, Homesteading, and Soil Health Centre Hall, PA: For four years Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest has been bringing innovative speakers to the stage for free educational workshops for farmers, gardeners, and landowners. August 7 and 8th saw a record… Read More

A Case Study Report of Dairy Farms in the Northeast Using Ultra-high Stock Density (UHSD)

By Mena Hautau, Extension Educator Ultra-high stocking density (UHSD) grazing, sometimes referred to as “mob grazing”, is characterized by: high stocking density (units bodyweight/units area; 500,000 + lb/ac), small paddock size, mature forage, short grazing durations, and long… Read More

Carbid Beetles: Your Allies On The Ground

Mary Barbercheck, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University, meb34@psu.edu You may not notice them, but hordes of hungry carnivorous insects are keeping pests at bay in your fields. The ground and tiger beetle family (Carabidae) is extremely diverse,… Read More

2015 Food Trends

2015 Food Trends Heather Manzo Mikulas Extension Educator; Agricultural Marketing & Economic Community Development Penn State Cooperative Extension- Allegheny County 400 North Lexington Street Pittsburgh, PA  15208 Email: hem12@psu.edu ph: 412.473.2540 fax: 412.473.2768 Background   Consumers are aware… Read More

Free Organic Valley/PCO Member Meeting Focuses on Animal Health, Organic Standards

Please join Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative and Pennsylvania Certified Organic for the first in a series of 2015 regional member meetings. On Thursday February 12th CROPP/OV staff and PCO representatives will host an educational event at Folk Meeting House,… Read More

Bacterial Disease Management of Onions

BACTERIAL DISEASE MANAGEMENT OF ONION Beth K. Gugino and Emily E. Pfeufer, Associate Professor and Post-doctoral Scholar Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology, The Pennsylvania State University, 219 Buckhout Lab, University Park, PA 16802 bkgugino@psu.edu Figure 1…. Read More

Tips for Rotational Grazing on Organic Dairy Farms

By Mat Haan, Extension Dairy Educator, Penn State Extension Providing dairy cattle with enough high quality forage is key to ensure milk production and cow health on any dairy farm. For organic dairy farms, which rely on grazed… Read More

FDA Seeks Comments on Food Safety Proposed Rules (comments due December 15)

by Johanna Mirenda, PCO Policy Director The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the publication of its revised food safety proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA is accepting public comments on these… Read More

Farm Success through Successful Employees

Employees are often the farms biggest expense as well as biggest asset. At the recent Penn State’s recent “Farm Success” workshop Mike Peroni from Boistfort Valley Farm discussed his systems for working with employees. Creating realistic expectations “Remember… Read More