Elias Bloom, PhD candidate in entomology at Washington State University, is in the middle of a five-year study of wild bees on diversified farms in western Washington State. The project began in 2014 with a study of urbanization and how it impacts bee diversity and bee pollination services. [Read more…]
Farmers are eager to talk about the weather, the growing season and the market, but they’re usually reluctant to talk about their physical limitations or ask for help with tasks they can’t perform.
Everyone is familiar with the statistics for the average age of a farmer — around 56 or perhaps 59 depending on the survey. “Farmers know they’re old,” said Ned Stoller, Michigan AgrAbility agricultural engineer and assistive technology professional. [Read more…]
BINGHAMTON, NY — After the rush of the holiday season Christmas tree growers from across New York and Pennsylvania gathered at the annual CTFANY Convention and Workshop to meet with other growers and stay up to date in the industry. This trade show has previously been held in Syracuse but was moved downstate to encourage attendance from southern New York and Pennsylvania growers, which tied into this year’s theme of “Stronger Together”. [Read more…]
Sometimes it takes a certain set of circumstances to put a man on course to do what he really wanted to do. This is the story of the beginnings of Lilypons Water Gardens which was founded in 1917 as Three Springs Fisheries and owned by the great-grandfather of current owner, Margaret Koogle. Ms. Koogle’s grandfather, C. Leicester Thomas, ran the fisheries until one of Maryland’s regular weather debacles — others call them hurricanes — came along and flooded his fisheries so severely all of his stock went south down the nearby Monocacy River. [Read more…]
Trade growth and enhanced commerce have aided many invasive organisms in their spread to new ecosystems.
Human mediated introduction is the way invasive insects and pathogens have entered and continue to enter the U.S. Ninety percent of the recent wood-boring insects arrived in the U.S. via solid wood packaging, or dunnage, and 70 percent of all damaging invasive insects have entered through agricultural shipments. Larvae can survive for months or years inside wooden dunnage or spools. [Read more…]