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Agriculture

An effort to save South’s shrinking grasslands

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the early 2000s, a harvest of pine trees on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau led to a remarkable discovery. Once sunlight hit the ground, the seeds and rootstock of native grasses and wildflowers that had lain dormant for decades began to spring to life. The area ...

Cornerstone of HOPE sows seeds to fight hunger

Dave Thomas works in his garden Aug. 11, 2020, in Janesville, Wis. Thomas, of Janesville’s Cornerstone of Hope, works to bring people and fresh vegetables together through a program called Produce for Pantries. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP) Dave Thomas shows off a handful of ...

“Friends of Fair” announced

Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show is proud to announce the recipients of the Mifflin County Youth Fair & Open Show 2020 “Friend of Fair” award. Wilson and Nancy Goss were among the nominations and the Open Show Committee chose the Goss’, aware that Wilson passed away ...

New breed of growers tout resurgence of Hemp

BEECHER, Ill.— In early 2019, Rachael and Jesse Smedberg took a leap of faith and bought a corn farm in Beecher. A corn silo remains on the 65-acre property that is now Tulip Tree Gardens and Wellness Farm, but corn is no longer grown there. Instead, the Smedbergs operate a boutique-style ...

Local volunteers to hold livestock show and sale

PORT ROYAL—After finding out that the 4-H youth fair was canceled due to COVID-19, a group of volunteers are looking to put on a show of their own. The smaller version of the fair is called the Juniata County Youth Livestock Show and Sale, will be held at the Juniata County Fairgrounds. The ...

Applications are being accepted for a farming tax credit program

from Jennifer Kocher, Communications Director Applications are now being accepted for a tax credit program intended to support Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry by helping new farmers get established, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34), who supported the legislation ...

Wolf Administration Awards $1 Million in Farm Vitality Grants

HARRISBURG—Secretary Russell Redding today announced $1 million in Farm Vitality Grants awarded to 133 farms in 46 counties. The grants, which aim to enhance the long-term vitality of Pennsylvania’s family farms, will be administered by the Ag Business Development Center created under the ...

Biodiversity supported by Penn State solar array

From Penn State Ag Service UNIVERSITY PARK—An innovative project is creating a buzz around Penn State’s University Park campus, especially among the many species of pollinators that call Centre County home. In early June, millions of flower seeds were planted around and under 10 acres of ...

Get your probes and shovels

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN, Heterodera glycines) is the most damaging soybean pest in the United States. In Pennsylvania, it was it was detected in Lancaster County in 2002, however, very little is known about its distribution across Pennsylvania. Over the past year we have documented ...