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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.

June 6, 2016

The AEC will be out and about in the Chiques Creek Watershed in Lancaster County later this month.

The GLS Litter Pickup team
June 6, 2016

GLS Volunteers kick off the spring with tree plantings, live stakings, and litter pickups.

GLS volunteers working hard to eliminate invasive plants and improve the habitat
June 6, 2016

GLS volunteers convened in the Hershey area to create a new pollinator conservation area with butterfly-friendly plants.

Ag Progress Days
June 6, 2016

The AEC will be in featured in two locations at this year's Ag Progress Days!

Matt Royer addresses PA in the Balance conference attendees in Hershey, PA.
March 21, 2016

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.

February 29, 2016

The survey, administered by the Penn State Survey Research Center, inventories conservation practices in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Before & After Riparian Buffer (photo courtesy of CREP website)
February 29, 2016

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.

PA Dept of Ag Secretary, Russell Redding.
February 29, 2016

Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center held fifth annual Winter Farmers Meeting with farmers from both Chiques and Conewago Creek watersheds.