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August 24, 2017

The Agriculture and Environment Center has an opening for a paid internship for enrolled students for Fall 2017 Semester.

Lost Creek, Juniata County
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.

Planting Green demonstration
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.”

Pennsylvania Ag Fields
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.

Mill Creek Riparian Buffer Planting
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.

AEC Watershed technicians, Jenna Mackley and Sarah Xenophon
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.

Green Infrastructure outside city building.
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.

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.

Ag Progress Days
July 11, 2017

You can visit the AEC at two locations at this year’s Ag Progress Days

Ron Kopp, dairy farmer from Londonderry Township, shares his experiences with no-till at a past Conewago winter farmers meeting.
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.

Sustainable Ag Extension Educator, Kristy Borrelli
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.

Stream bank fencing was among the practices reported in the survey.
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.

AEC Interns Rob Ost, Jenna Mackley, and Tyler Erb
February 10, 2017

Agriculture and Environment Center interns work with public and private sector partners to create a blueprint for restoring an impaired watershed.

Planting green with soybeans at the Southeast Agricultural Research Center on May 21, 2016
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.

Forest in winter
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.

February 7, 2017

The AEC welcomes three interns for the Spring 2017 Semester. Meet Jenna, Dylan, and Sarah.

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.

Penn State students and faculty in Öregrund, Sweden, standing at the edge of the Baltic Sea during their two week excursion.
June 6, 2016

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.

June 6, 2016

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!

New AEC interns Tyler Erb(left) and Rob Ost (right)
June 6, 2016

Penn State Environmental Resource Management majors Tyler Erb and Rob Ost have joined the AEC team.