The AEC and other partners will provide winter farmer meetings focused agriculture and conservation in the Chiques and Conewago watersheds in Lancaster, Dauphin and Lebanon Counties. The Chiques farmers meeting will be held February 23 at Acorn Farms in Mt. Joy. Londonderry Township will host the Conewago meeting on March 3 at Sunset Golf Course in Middletown.
Penn State Extension is part of a recently announced Regional Conservation Partnership Program provided by USDA NRCS to support soil and water conservation efforts on farms in Centre, Clinton and Lycoming Counties. Along with Extension, lead partner Chesapeake Bay Foundation will work with the Pennsylvania No-Till Alliance, Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, and local conservation districts and NRCS offices to conduct outreach, education and research to accelerate adoption of soil health practices to improve water quality.
A recent College of Ag study shows Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented many conservation practices with their own dollars. The study is the first comprehensive effort to document and report these previously unreported practices to the Chesapeake Bay Program.
Agriculture and Environment Center interns work with public and private sector partners to create a blueprint for restoring an impaired watershed.
Could “planting green” be the preferred tool in the soil health tool box, one that brings multiple conservation and management benefits to producers without negatively impacting yield? An interdisciplinary team of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers is exploring the answers to this question.
Winter is a great time to attend a Penn State Extension workshop or conference. There are many Extension offerings related to land and water conservation coming up in February and March.
The AEC welcomes three interns for the Spring 2017 Semester. Meet Jenna, Dylan, and Sarah.
The Agriculture and Environment Center has three openings for internships for summer 2017. Deadline to apply has been extended to February 28, 2017.
College of Agricultural Sciences students and faculty, fresh off an amazing educational and cultural exchange in Sweden, returned to the United States with a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced in restoring the Baltic Sea, and lessons learned for Chesapeake Bay restoration.
Farming for Success, an agronomic field day for professionals in the agricultural field, will take place on Thursday, June 23. Register by June 21 to guarantee your spot today!
Penn State Environmental Resource Management majors Tyler Erb and Rob Ost have joined the AEC team.
The AEC will be out and about in the Chiques Creek Watershed in Lancaster County later this month.
GLS Volunteers kick off the spring with tree plantings, live stakings, and litter pickups.
GLS volunteers convened in the Hershey area to create a new pollinator conservation area with butterfly-friendly plants.
The AEC will be in featured in two locations at this year's Ag Progress Days!
In early March in Hershey, PA, AEC Director, Matt Royer coordinated a three-day conference, hosted by Penn State, aimed at developing a strategy for Pennsylvania contributing to Chesapeake Bay restoration. The event, titled "Pennsylvania in the Balance," included leaders in agriculture and the environment working together to identify new, innovative solutions that can help ensure the state maintains a vibrant and productive agriculture industry, while meeting water-quality goals for the Commonwealth's rivers and streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
The survey, administered by the Penn State Survey Research Center, inventories conservation practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Riparian buffers are one of the most effective ways to improve water quality and stream health. Attend one of these buffer workshops to learn more on how you can help your local streams.
Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center held fifth annual Winter Farmers Meeting with farmers from both Chiques and Conewago Creek watersheds.
Meet our newest AEC Intern!