3/9/15 – 2015 Green Industry Winter Update webinar, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Fee: $10. Topics: Protecting our Water from Pesticide Contamination; approved for (2) core credits. The presenter is Ruth Benner, Penn State Extension Educator. This presentation will describe the various ways in which our water supplies (wells, streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and reservoirs) can become contaminated by pesticides. The speaker will explain Best Management Practices for pesticide applicators to protect water from nonpoint contamination by pesticides; and Controlling Broadleaf Weeds in Turfgrass with Herbicides; approved for (2) credits in Categories 7, 18, 23, & Private. The presenter is Tanner Delvalle, Penn State Extension Educator. Weeds such as creeping Charlie, plantains, dandelion and heal-all can be controlled if you know how to identify them, understand their lifecycle and have knowledge of pre- and post-emergence herbicides for broadleaf weed management. This talk will describe the common species of broadleaf weeds in turfgrass and discuss current management strategies with herbicides. Pre-registration is required by March 8 by visiting http://extension.psu.edu/plants/green-industry/events.
3/9/15 – One in a series of free Penn State Extension Green Infrastructure webinars, 3:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT/EST). The topic is Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An Overview of Villanova’s Research. The presenter is Robert Traver, Ph.D., PE, F.EWRI, D.WRE., F.ASCE., F.EWRI., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP), Villanova University.
As we continue to change our landscapes, converting fields and forests to buildings, parking lots and lawns, we fragment forests and other productive landscapes and impact our streams, lakes and rivers with polluted stormwater runoff. Learn how Green Infrastructure is helping to conserve viable natural resources and capture, infiltrate and evapotranspire rain where it falls. Green Infrastructure improves both the quality of life and environment in our communities.
For more information and registration visit http://extension.psu.edu/green-infrastructure or contact Vincent Cotrone, Penn State Extension Urban Forester at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry
3/9/15 – Childcare Provider Workshop: Defining Your Destiny – The Basics, 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Honesdale, PA 18431. Fee: $7. Participants will learn methods for becoming more productive, engages, and fulfilled at work and life. This is a motivational class that will challenge participants to complete activity steps toward self-discovery, lasting change, and attaining the work and personal life desired. Registration, including payment, is required by 5:00 PM, March 7. Call 570-296-3400 for more information; visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.
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3/10/15 – Technology Tuesdays: Calf and Heifer System Planning and Design free online workshop, 8:30 -10:00 AM (EDT/EST). This is part of a series that includes presentations on dairy farm facilities design, dairy cattle behavior, nutrition, financing and labor. The future of the dairy enterprise lies in the health and performance of the replacement herd. Developing a management plan and housing system that satisfies the unique needs of each age group is not difficult, but must fit into the farms management goals and allow flexibility. Topics covered management and health care considerations, animal environment needs, common shelter types, and a method to develop a plan that suits the needs of your farm. The presenters are Dan McFarland and John Tyson, Penn State Extension Dairy Team Ag Engineers. For more information about the series visit http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/events. Register for free online no later than noon the day before at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TechnologyTuesdays1314.
3/10/15 – ServSafe Food Safety Management Certification Course, March 10 (8:30 AM - 4:00 The registration deadline is March 3. Register online at http://extension.psu.edu/food/safety/courses/servsafe. To register by phone or for registration questions: Phone: 570-253-5970 x4110; Email: ExtensionRegistration@ag.psu.edu For more information or questions about the event content: 570-296-3400; e-mail: PikeExt@psu.edu.
PM) and March 17 (8:30 AM - 12:00 PM), PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 126 PPL Dr, Hawley, PA 18428. Fee: $175. This course uses the National Restaurant Association (NRA) food safety curriculum for food service establishments. Training meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirements for the Food Employee Certification Act.
3/10/15 – Free PA Forest Stewardship Webinar: Remediation and Stabilization Strategies for Disturbed Forest Sites, 12:00 -1:00 PM and 7:00 -8:00 PM (EDT/EST). Understanding the physical dynamics of your site and other limiting factors weigh heavily on restoring desired vegetation on disturbed forest sites. Natural gas development, timber sales, and other activities are projected to impact thousands of acres of Pennsylvania woodlands. Whether you intend to establish trails, wildlife food plots, or early succession forest species, having a plan of action and a list of available natural resource professionals to guide your efforts will increase the odds of achieving your desired outcome. Included among the issues we will explore are: Evaluating your Needs and Cost/Affordability of Restoration, Landowner Health, Natural Gas Lease Restrictions, Soil Compaction and Fertility Issues, Invasive Species and their Control, and Species Selection - Putting the Right Plants in the Right Place. The presenter is Gary Micsky, Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension Educator, Penn State Extension – Mercer County. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/paforestweb/
3/10/15 – Free Water Resources Webinar: Pennsylvania Groundwater: Individual Actions to Protect this Valuable Resource, 12:00 -1:00 PM (EDT/EST). The presenter is Bryan Swistock, Penn State Extension. This is a special webinar in honor of Groundwater Awareness Week. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/water1
3/10/15 – Free Northeast Woody/Warm-Season Biomass Consortium Webinar: Can Cover Crops Play a Role in Shrub Willow Establishment for Weed and Nutrient Management, 1:00 -2:00 PM (EDT/EST). Controlling weed competition is a critical component of shrub willow establishment due to low planting density and initially poor competitive ability. Recommendations formed in the US fifteen years ago stress the need for cultivation and herbicides that leave the soil surface exposed for long periods of time, increasing the risk of soil erosion and nutrient losses. Very little work has been done to investigate the use of cover crops for improving the sustainability of shrub willow establishment. We initiated two trials in September of 2013 to test the effects of fall-seeded cover crops on weed suppression and nutrient availability in shrub willow planted the following spring. In one trial, we tested cereal rye and a brassica cover crop alone and in combination against a conventional field preparation control. In the second trial, we tested three fall-seeded cereal crops along with a conventional preparation control. Cover crop plots received no herbicides and cover crops were managed by rolling with a residue cutter/roller to produce a mulch layer. Fertility treatments were used to manipulate nutrient availability. Weed populations, nutrient availability and willow growth were measured over one growing season. Results from these two trials suggest that cover crops could have a role in improving the sustainability of shrub willow crop establishment, but important factors such as cover crop selection and management methods are important considerations. Lessons learned and suggestions for future research will also be discussed. The presenter is Eric Fabio, Cornell University. To view the webinar visit https://meeting.psu.edu/bioenergy
3/10/15 – First session of a StrongWomen/Growing Stronger program, 4:45 – 5:45 PM, Pike County Administration Building, 506 Broad St, Milford PA 18337. The classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 10 – May 28 and consist of a nutrition lesson and 8-12 strength training exercises that help improve strength, balance, and flexibility. Fee: $90. Registration deadline is March 6. Pre-registration, including payment and completed paperwork, is required. To register or for more information visit http://extension.psu.edu/health/strongwomen/events or contact Penn State Extension at 570-296-3400, by fax at 570-296-3406, or send an e-mail message to PikeExt@psu.edu.
3/11/15 - Pesticide Updates 2015: 2+2 Series, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Polk Firehouse, 511 Interchange Road, Kresgeville PA 18333. Fee: $15. This is a traditional two-core and two-category credit session for private pesticide applicators, but any applicators may attend. Recertification education addresses the pest management decision-making process, pest identification, life cycles and control alternatives as well as the safe, proper and legal use of pesticides. Pre-registration is required. Register online at http://www.cvent.com/events/pesticide-updates-2015-2-2-series-in-monroe-county/event-summary-a4309c93ffd04d6a8c3388617984291d.aspx. For more information call 570-421-6430 or email email@example.com.
3/13/15 - Bows on Fire 4-H Archery Club meeting, 4:00 – 6:30 PM, Archery Adventures, 301 E Harford St, Milford PA 18337. For more information, call 570-296-3400.
3/14/15 – Rough Riders 4-H Horse Club meeting, 10:00 AM, Pocono Ranchlands Stable, Bushkill, PA 18324. 4-H is open to youth ages 5 - 18. For more information, call 570-296-3400 or visit http://tinyurl.com/ncagxy4.
3/14/15 – Childcare Provider Workshop: STEM Rules! Making STEM Come Alive for School-age Children, 10:45 AM – 12:45 PM, Emergency Management Bldg., 1 Emergency Lane, Nesquehoning, PA 18240. This course focuses on the need for every family and child to feel they belong. Do you ever wonder why parent involvement is not strong? Perhaps you are sending an incorrect message without even knowing it. This course focuses on the need for every family and child to feel that they belong in your program. Participants will self-assess their own program to identify welcoming/unwelcoming messages in their environment and written policies. Using strategies acquired throughout the course, participants will develop an action plan to increase welcoming messages in their programs. Pre-registration, including payment, is required by March 12. Call 570-325-2788 Ext. 3803 for more information or visit the PA Keys website at https://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx to register. This educational program for early education professionals and parents is offered as part of a statewide Penn State Extension program to support quality early learning.