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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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Perdue Indicates Trump May Allow Undocumented Farm Workers to Stay

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Friday said President Trump may be open to creating a way for some undocumented immigrant workers to stay in the U.S. and Perdue is already working on a “blueprint” of policy guidelines to offer the president.  Refusing to call it a pathway to citizenship, Perdue says he would like [...][...]

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Tillage Practices Damages Earthworms

The digging, stirring and overturning of soil by conventional ploughing in tillage farming is severely damaging earthworm populations around the world, say scientists.  The findings published in the scientific journal Global Change Biology show a systematic decline in earthworm populations in soils that are ploughed every year. The deeper the soil is disturbed the more [...][...]

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Allium Leafminer Spring Update: May 1

Protect every chive, onion and garlic! The allium leafminer is here!   The allium leafminer is here and beginning to reach peak populations as of last week, April 25th to April 30th.  See more here.[...]

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2016 Vegetable Research Reports Available

Reports from nine vegetable research projects funded jointing by PVGA and the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program (PVMRP) in 2016 are now available on the PVMRP website here.[...]

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Agriculture is Good for Honey Bees

While recent media reports have condemned a commonly used agricultural pesticide as detrimental to honey bee health, scientists with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have found that the overall health of honey bee hives actually improves in the presence of agricultural production. – See more here.[...]

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California Strawberry Legal Battle

A coalition of independent strawberry growers is petitioning state leaders to resolve a messy legal dispute between two respected agricultural researchers and the University of California, Davis.   A group of 60 independent growers – representing one-third of the planted acreage of California’s strawberry industry – have sent letters to UC Davis, the UC Board [...][...]

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