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CSA Experts to Share Advice on Buying Equipment

MILLHEIM, PA. March 6, 2013 - The CSA Expert Exchange is an online conference co-presented by Small Farm Central and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) occurring live on March 15th, 2013 from 11am to 4pm EST. Nationwide, the conference is expected to engage between 500-1,000 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers. The conference will be accessible via any web browser; attendees will be available to watch video of presenters, view powerpoint slides, and interact via chat to ask questions. Read more »

Pennsylvania Plays Instrumental Role in Policy Adoption at National Farmers Union Annual Convention

HARRISBURG, PA (March 7, 2013) – The Pennsylvania Farmers Union (PFU) was represented at the National Farmers Union (NFU) 111th Anniversary Convention by board president, Kim Miller, and executive director, Hannah Smith-Brubaker (delegate). The convention adjourned Tuesday afternoon in Springfield, MA, where the four-day event concluded with the delegates considering and adopting the organization’s policy for the next year. Read more »

On the cheap: go out, get food

by Marilyn Jones

Most of us love the opportunity to get out of the house and have food prepared for us with no dirty dishes to clean afterwards. We love to sneak some bacon and pancakes or doughnuts and bagels (because as we all know, they are not fattening if eaten outside of the house), to have our eggs cooked as we really want them (not as we, oops, make them) and to innocently ingest caffeine (I thought I said decaffeinated). It is a form of relaxation and socialization. It perks us up – gets our day started with a pop! Read more »

Fungus forces bats to near extinction

by Molly Cochran

Little brown bats could be nonexistent in as little as ten years, Mike Gannon, a biology professor at Penn State Altoona, said.

Cave dwelling bats have seen a rapid decline in eastern North America due to a disease known as White Nose Syndrome, or WNS. Between 5.7 and 6.7 million bats in eastern North America have died because of WNS, according to Read more »

Medical center introduces telemedicine

By Brenda L. Palmer

Jen Vance, RN, Stroke coordinator

At State College’s Mount Nittany Medical Center, two new telemedicine programs allow emergency department (ED) physicians to consult with outside specialists in burn and stroke cases. Read more »

Coronal Rain on the Sun

On July 19, 2012, an eruption occurred on the sun that produced all three. A moderately powerful solar flare exploded on the Sun's lower right hand limb, sending out light and radiation. Next came a CME, which shot off to the right out into space. And then, the Sun treated viewers to one of its dazzling magnetic displays -- a phenomenon known as coronal rain. Read more »

Medical center plans teaching program

By Allison Robertson

Mount Nittany Medical Center

Rediscovering the skills of basic survival

By Elizabeth Timberlake-Newell

Modern local survivalists are reviving traditional skills like canning, using a wood furnace for home heating, bee-keeping and growing vegetable crops. But each survival skills practitioner’s choice is guided by his or her personal beliefs. Read more »

Spring break stereotypes gone wild

By Sierra Dole

“When I think of spring break, I think of the beach, partying in mass groups and a lot of drinking,” said Penn State graduate Colleen Klinefelter.

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