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Home Food Preservation

Acidity Level of Fruit in Jam and Jelly Preparation

Fruits have varying levels of acidity. The higher the acid level the better the gelling process, low acid fruits require additional acid to obtain a good gel.

Don't Get "Bugged" - Keeping Food Safe for You and Your Family

Learn about the Four Core Principles of Food Safety to prevent foodborne illness.

Extension at Home: Canning Foods for Preservation Featuring Strawberry Jam

Join us for an introduction to the basics of home food preservation, including canning, freezing, and drying.

Extension at Home: Drying and Freezing Foods for Preservation - Featuring Strawberries

Join us for an introductory overview to drying and freezing foods.

Food Waste: What You Can Do About It

Far too often, good food goes bad before we get the chance to eat it. This video highlights simple methods to reduce food waste and lower your grocery bill.

Key Ingredients for the Perfect Jam or Jelly

Ripeness and type of fruit determine a fruit's pectin content, both critical ingredients to making jam and jelly with a firm, tender texture, and excellent flavor.

Making Low Sugar Jam and Jelly with Low Methoxyl Pectin

Low methoxyl pectin, if correctly used, will create a gel in the absence of sugar and acid for those desiring jams and jelly containing less sugar.

Making Low or No Sugar Jam and Jelly

Commercial products are available that create a gel without sugar. Low and no sugar jam and jelly will have different characteristics than regular jam or jelly.

Preventing Crystal Formation when Making Jam and Jelly

Following proper procedure is critical to prevent jam or jelly from becoming grainy. This video describes causes as well as tips to prevent crystal formation.

Preventing Jam and Jelly from Not Setting

This video describes the possible causes of jam and jelly not gelling or setting, as well as tips to prevent this from happening.

Safe Handling and Preparation of Hamburgers

Raw meat can contain harmful bacteria that can lead to food-borne illness when not handled and prepared properly. Follow these practices to ensure that you, your friends, and family enjoy a safe meal.

Animals and Livestock

Applying Manure with A Drag Line System

Drag line manure application is attracting farmers attention in Pennsylvania. Numerous advantages can be found when compared to hauling manure in tankers.

COVID-19 Ag Legal Update Webinar #2: Focus on Dairy

This webinar, presented by The Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law, provides a focus on the dairy industry and related legal developments stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crossbreeding Dairy Cattle With Beef Semen

In recent years, the use of beef semen to breed dairy cows has increased at a dramatic rate. This video will explore a research program designed to investigate the outcomes of those crossbred matings, the calves.

H-2A Agricultural Workers Visa Growers Forum: Employer Compliance with COVID-19 Legal Requirements for Ag Labor

This webinar recording covers employer and employee workplace legal responsibilities and recommendations, to protect businesses, business owners, and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Long Term Decisions Through Milk Supply Management

Many dairy farms are experiencing economic hardships with COVID-19, facing difficult decisions including ending operation in the dairy industry. Join this live webinar for money saving tips.

Manure Incorporation in No-Till Cropping Systems

Learn how manure incorporation and injection can change the way we manage our crops and nutrients.

Rotational Grazing for Horse Farms

Make the most of your pasture acreage using rotational grazing!

Tick Series: Protecting Pets from Tick-Borne Disease

Ticks carry diseases that can greatly affect the health of your pets. Learn how to protect your pets from tick-borne diseases during this informative webinar.

Tick Series: Protecting Your Horses from Tick Bites

Learn how to treat horses and their environments to prevent ticks with this live webinar!

Tick Series: Tick Risks for Pennsylvania Cattle

Learn how to control ticks in your herd with this webinar.

Forests and Wildlife

Connecting Children with Nature

This video presents the importance of adults helping young children enjoy and appreciate nature. Three tips are presented on how to guide the process of connecting kids to nature and the outdoors.

Do Lichens Cause Harm to Trees?

Lichens are often thought to be a pest or disease to trees and shrubs.

Landscaping for Wildlife: Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Guidelines for selecting woody plants such as trees, shrubs, and vines and designing your landscape with the goal of providing wildlife habitat.

Meadows and Prairies: Wildlife-Friendly Alternatives to Lawn

By replacing all or part of your lawn with native vegetation that provides food and cover, you can create a refuge to attract variety of wildlife.

One Herbicide Mix to Do It All (Almost)

Using a mixture of the herbicides glyphosate plus triclopyr provides a broadly effective and low-risk treatment for invasive plant species

Proper Chainsaw Sharpening Techniques

Learn about sharpening chainsaws during this webinar.

Silent Survivors: The Winter Life of Trees

Trees have many enemies. Insects, diseases, wildlife, and fungi are among the cast of characters that harm them throughout their lives. Trees also face climatic challenges.

The Secret Life of Bluebirds

A behind the scenes and "inside the box" view of the secret and busy life of a nesting bluebird.

Thinking of Selling Your Timber? Beware of "High Grading"

A common form of timber cutting in Pennsylvania and many other states is known as high-grading. This practice is sometimes called "select", or "selective" cutting as it removes only the most valuable timber and leaves the rest in the woods.

Timber Harvesting Essentials

Three key things people should know about timber harvesting are managing competing and invasive plants, decreasing deer impacts, and getting light to the forest floor.

Timber Sales: A Guide to Selling Timber

This publication is intended to help landowners understand some of the complex decisions around timber harvesting, and ensure a successful timber sale.

Tree of Heaven: Accurate Identification

Learn the distinguishing characteristics of the invasive tree-of-heaven that you can use to accurately identify it.

Tree of Heaven: Control Strategies

Tree-of-heaven is especially difficult to eliminate. Learn when and how to apply control measures, including herbicides, to eradicate this prolific tree.

Understanding Equilibrium Moisture Content

A look at how moisture in the air affects the moisture content of lumber.

Understanding Forest "Regeneration"

Forest "Regeneration" is an important word to know. It has two meanings that are related but different. It is a process observed by looking down in the woods, and it is the future forest.

Valuing Standing Timber and the Role of the Consulting Forester

As part of their ownership goals, woodland owners may want or need to harvest trees from their woods. Understanding the value of those trees is generally the first step in the process.

Why Does Lumber Need to be Dried?

After lumber is sawn from the log it must be dried before it can be put into use. The forest products industry spends a lot of time and money to dry lumber and this video explains the reasons why.

Why are My Spruce Trees Dying?

Learn how to identify types of spruce trees, symptoms of two common fungal diseases, and what if any treatments are available.

Health and Wellness

DASH Recommendations for Heart Health

Learn about the DASH eating plan and how to follow this heart healthy way of eating.

DASH Serving Sizes for Heart Health

Learn about the DASH eating plan food groups, the recommended number of servings needed each day and the serving sizes, based on a 2000 calorie-a-day diet.

Health and Nutrition: The New Nutrition Facts Panel

This video explains the new nutrition facts panel on food products.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Learn about new research in healthy aging and strategies for aging well.

Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together (LIFT)

Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together (LIFT) is an educational program for older adults to promote balance, flexibility, and strength training to improve functional fitness.

Mental Wellness During COVID-19: Grief, Loss, and COVID-19

Grief and loss during challenging times - you don't have to go through it alone!

Mental Wellness During COVID-19: Helping Others in Distress

Join this live webinar to learn the signs of distress and how to help those expressing symptoms.

Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Building Resilience

Get through difficult times one step at a time. Learning how to cope during COVID-19 crisis can help you prepare for future challenges.

Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Emotional Overload

Join this live webinar to learn strategies to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Mental Wellness during COVID-19: Substance Misuse in Times of Crisis

Join this live webinar to learn tips and techniques for healthy coping.

Protein Supplements: Are They for You?

In this video, you will learn what protein is, why people take protein supplements, the various protein requirements, the pros and cons of taking protein, and the sources of protein found in protein supplements.

The Importance of Sleep

We discuss the impact adequate sleep has on our mental and physical health. Foods which help and hinder sleep are also covered.

Victory Kitchen Series: Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage are easy to incorporate into meals. Join us for a live webinar for tips on getting your daily recommended vegetables.

Victory Kitchen Series: Leafy Green Vegetables

Getting the recommended serving of vegetables per day can be tough. Find creative ways to add nutrient rich vegetables to your diet in this live webinar.

Water Resources

Citizen Science Tool - First Investigation of Stream Health (FISH)

Learn to use FISH online tools for monitoring stream health, stream changes and updates.

Extension at Home: Backyard Stream Repair

Join us for the Extension at Home webinar series to prepare and protect your outdoor sanctuary.

Extension at Home: Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater

Join us for the Extension at Home webinar series to prepare and protect your outdoor sanctuary.

Extension at Home: Water Use, Conservation, and Testing

Learn all about water use, conservation, and testing during this live webinar!

How To Use the Penn State Drinking Water Test Kit

This video will walk you through how to use the Penn State drinking water test kit to successfully analyze the quality of your drinking water.

Protecting Dogs and Animals from Harmful Algae Blooms

Learn about harmful algae blooms and their possible toxins during this live webinar.

Roadside Guide to Clean Water: Manure Storage and Application

Manure is a great resource for farms because it contains valuable nutrients that benefit growing crops.

Roadside Guide to Clean Water: Riparian Buffers

A riparian buffer involves planting or retaining trees, shrubs, or tall grasses along the banks of rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds.

Solving Bacteria Problems in Wells and Springs

This video discusses various steps homeowners can take to solve or treat bacteria problems in wells, springs and cisterns used for drinking water.

Watershed-Friendly Property Certification Program

Learn how to manage your property to protect our waterways and how to apply to have your property officially certified!