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2017

Feature Spotlight: It Starts in the Headwaters: AEC Teams with Landowners on Chiques Creek Restoration Project
November 17, 2017
The AEC and its Chiques Creek partners help horse owners meet their conservation goals.
Research Spotlight: Overcoming Barriers to Green Infrastructure Solutions
November 17, 2017
Over 70 attended a Chesapeake Stormwater Summit on October 27 which highlighted Penn State research exploring the barriers to greater adoption of green infrastructure approaches to stormwater management, and discussed recommendations for overcoming them.
Extension Spotlight: Master Watershed Stewards Help Meet York County’s Clean Water Goals
November 17, 2017
Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Stewards Program came to York County in 2016 and is educating, training and activating citizens to help meet the county’s clean water goals.
Student Spotlight: The AEC welcomes three new interns for Fall 2017!
November 17, 2017
The AEC brought on board three new interns for the fall semester. Meet Sean, Bill, and Aidan.
Volunteers Green the Lower Susquehanna This Fall
November 17, 2017
From Lititz to Hershey, Greening the Lower Susquehanna volunteers planted hundreds of trees this fall to help improve water quality in priority watersheds in the Lower Susquehanna region.
Farmers, Service Providers Talk Health Soil at Mid-Atlantic Soil Health Conference in Manheim
November 17, 2017
A two day conference last month focused on the foundation for healthy ecosystems and agricultural production: soil health.
Stream Restoration Training Offered December 11 in Mechanicsburg
November 17, 2017
The Center for Watershed Protection and Ecosystem Planning & Restoration is offering a training on stream restoration.
Tis the Season: Attend an Upcoming Penn State Extension Workshop
November 17, 2017
As we finish with fall harvest and head into the holiday season and early winter, Penn State Extension is offering many workshops events for producers.
AEC Fall 2017 Internship Opportunity
August 24, 2017
The Agriculture and Environment Center has an opening for a paid internship for enrolled students for Fall 2017 Semester.
Feature Spotlight: A Vision for the Lost Creek Watershed
July 11, 2017
Since last October, community members in the Lost Creek Watershed in Juniata County have been meeting with the AEC to develop a vision for Lost Creek—what they want to see for their watershed now and into the future. With their dedication and passion for the health of their watershed and a blueprint to guide them, the future is bright.
Research and Extension Spotlight: Over 220 Gather at SEAREC to Explore “Farming for Success”
July 11, 2017
On a warm sunny day in late June, over 220 producers, agriculture industry representatives, conservation professionals, researchers and educators gathered at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences’ Southeast Research and Education Center (SEAREC) for an agronomic field day to learn the latest in research and practice to help “farm for success.”
Student Spotlight: New Agriculture Stewardship and Conservation Certificate Attracts Next Generation of Conservation Professionals
July 11, 2017
Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences is now offering an undergraduate certificate program to help train the next generation of conservation professionals to help agricultural producers meet soil health and water quality goals.
Lower Susquehanna Community Comes Together to Save a Stream Using Trees
July 11, 2017
Volunteers gathered on June 10th at a family farm just outside of New Holland along the banks of Mill Creek. The group included Penn State’s AEC staff, Greening the Lower Susquehanna volunteers, dedicated Lancaster County Citizens, and enthusiastic attendees from Lancaster County’s first annual Water Week activities. The day was filled with hard work for a good cause.
Inaugural Lancaster Water Week a Resounding Success
July 11, 2017
AEC staff members were among the nearly 1,400 who participated in Lancaster Water Week activities June 3-10 to celebrate the county’s waters, educate about the challenges we face in achieving clean water, and activating people to take action.
Landscape Professional Training Comes to Lancaster July 24-25
July 11, 2017
Landscape professionals in Pennsylvania can now become Chesapeake Bay certified through a new training and certification program coming to Lancaster later this month.
Join the AEC this Summer in the Chiques Creek Watershed
July 11, 2017
The AEC and Chiques Creek Re-envisioned partners are offering several events this summer to promote conservation practices and clean water in the Chiques watershed in Lancaster County.
Catch Us at Ag Progress Days August 15-17
July 11, 2017
You can visit the AEC at two locations at this year’s Ag Progress Days
Winter Farmer Meetings offered in Chiques, Conewago watersheds
February 10, 2017
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 part of new regional conservation partnership to improve soil health and water quality
February 10, 2017
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.
Feature Spotlight: Survey finds Pennsylvania farmers have done much to protect Chesapeake Bay water quality
February 10, 2017
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.
Student Spotlight: AEC Interns Play Key Role in Developing Chiques Watershed Plan
February 10, 2017
Agriculture and Environment Center interns work with public and private sector partners to create a blueprint for restoring an impaired watershed.
Research Spotlight: Planting Green – A new cropping technique for a sustainable farming future
February 10, 2017
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.
Extension Spotlight: Winter a Busy Time for Extension Workshops and Meetings
February 10, 2017
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.
Welcome Spring Semester Interns!
February 7, 2017
The AEC welcomes three interns for the Spring 2017 Semester. Meet Jenna, Dylan, and Sarah.
AEC Summer Internships 2017 (Deadline to apply extended)
January 30, 2017
The Agriculture and Environment Center has three openings for internships for summer 2017. Deadline to apply has been extended to February 28, 2017.