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President Holds Farmer’s Roundtable

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today joined President Trump for a “Farmers Roundtable” at the White House to address issues facing the American agriculture community, as the president signed an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.  The roundtable discussion allowed representatives from all corners of American agriculture to [...][...]

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USDA Declares Drought Disaster in 14 Counties

The USDA has designated 14 counties in Pennsylvania, including several in western Pennsylvania, as natural disaster areas with assistance to farmers in Ohio and West Virginia.  Hollis Baker, Farm Service Agency’s acting state executive director in Pennsylvania, requested the designation due to losses caused by a drought that occurred from May 1, 2016, through Dec. [...][...]

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Organic Farms Keep Growing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new data indicating the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States, and 37,032 around the world. The 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and [...][...]

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Allium Leafminer Update April 24

Allium leafminer has landed…on our traps.  The week of April 17 to April 23 we found adult allium leafminers indicating that the populations are increasing. We expect populations to continue to increase, reaching peak populations in the beginning of May, so control measures should be taken.  See more here.[...]

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Fertility Considerations for Potatoes

 The following should be considered when developing a fertilizer program for potato production. pH pH is an important factor in any fertilizer program and in controlling common scab. As pH increases to near 6.0 plant nutrients also increase and toxic elements become less available, thereby providing optimal growing conditions from the standpoint of nutrients. Where [...][...]

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Strawberry Planting and Other Basics

A successful strawberry planting hinges on getting the basics right at planting time. If you can pay attention to the basics, you are well on your way to having a vigorous planting.  Here are a few of the things that are most important when it comes to establishing a healthy planting.  See more here.[...]

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Research Field Days Set for July 12 and July 25

A summer Vegetable and Fruit Field Day at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center is being planned for July 12, 2017. Growers will have an opportunity to see equipment demonstrations and learn about the latest developments in vegetable, berry, and tree fruit research. Breakout sessions related to vegetable disease identification, high tunnel berry [...][...]

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Consumer Food Prices Remain Pretty Steady

After adjusting for inflation, the price of Easter eggs is at the lowest level in more than 20 years, down four percent from 1995. The real inflation-adjusted value of an 11-item subset of the Spring Picnic Marketbasket is $13.04, the lowest level since 2010. The informal survey completed by 117 volunteer shoppers across 31 states [...][...]

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PSU Researches Great Pumpkin Project

A researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is reaching out to Master Gardeners, teachers, students and other interested parties to participate in a citizen-science project that ultimately could benefit growers, crops, pollinators and the environment. – See more here.[...]

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Cover Crops Help Address Climate Change

Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher. Climate-change mitigation and adaptation may be additional, important ecosystem services [...][...]

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