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Farm Bureau Takes Policy Development to Facebook

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s policy development process is starting now, with grassroots members beginning to think about what proposals they want to bring before their county Farm Bureaus with the hope of shaping state, or even national, Farm Bureau policy. And PFB is offering a new tool this year to get those brainstorming gears turning and [...][...]

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Apply Now for Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

Rural entrepreneurs can compete for startup funds in Farm Bureau’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Farm Bureau members age 18 or older may apply with ideas related to for-profit businesses involving food and/or agriculture. Food ideas must incorporate at least one local agriculture product. Judges will review the applications this summer and then announce four finalists to [...][...]

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Farmers Needed for Reality Show

Producers of a new, agriculture-based reality television show that’s planned to air on a major cable network are looking for farm families to be the stars. According to BoBCat Studios, “American Farmer is the sweeping new series that puts viewers on the front lines of the battle farmers wage to produce the food that sustains [...][...]

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FSMA/Risk Management Seminar June 1 in Tamaqua

The Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations (PSCFO) in cooperation with the PA Department of Agriculture will be holding a community service seminar on June 1 to inform farmers/agriculture producers about their compliance requirements under the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as well as tools for risk management.  Held in Tamaqua, It will cover [...][...]

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Seed Vigor in Sweet Corn Revisited

Uneven or poor stands may be caused by reduced seed vigor in a specific lot of sweet corn seed. This results in reduced yields in fresh market sweet corn and may cause losses in processing corn if differences in growth are significant.  See more here.[...]

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Dickeya dianthcola Update

Several plants with suspected Dickeya dianthicola symptoms have been reported in the mid-Atlantic region in spring 2017 and sent for diagnosis. The results of the tests are still pending. Growers should be vigilant in scouting their fields. If you see any suspect symptoms of blackleg, or your potatoes had poor emergence, or you believe that [...][...]

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Seeding and Transplanting Vegetables

Stand establishment means getting the crop off to a quick, healthy, and uniform start in the field. It also means using a planting arrangement that provides adequate room for plants to grow and develop, and one that makes it easy to manage the crop throughout the season. Weed control, pest control, fertilizer applications, irrigation, timing [...][...]

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“Waters of the US” to be Redefined

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army sent a letter to governors today soliciting input from states on a new definition of protected waters that is in-line with a Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion in the 2006 Rapanos v. United States case. Scalia’s definition explains that federal oversight should extend to “relatively permanent” [...][...]

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Capitol Hunger Garden Planted

On May 10 Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Representative Jake Wheatley (D-19) (shown in picture at the right planting the first tomatoes) were joined by members of the Legislative Hunger Caucus and numerous hunger awareness advocates, who came together for a public event to mark the eighth season opening of the Capitol Hunger [...][...]

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Drivers of Insecticide Use

Over the past half century, food production has intensified to meet the growing demand. And as agricultural fields have become ever larger, more pesticides are required to enhance yield.  Among increasingly huge spreads of single crops, insects tend to thrive as the landscape leaves little habitat for natural enemies such as birds or other predators. [...][...]

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