Live town hall, webinars highlight Penn State programs for virtual Pa. Farm Show

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2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show will be held virtually Jan. 9-16

An online, town-hall-style event featuring the dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the secretary of the state Department of Agriculture will highlight Penn State programming during the 2021 Pennsylvania Farm Show, which will be held virtually Jan. 9-16.





Penn State Extension also will offer 29 live webinars during the virtual show, aimed at agricultural producers, families, homeowners, forest landowners and others. Webinars will cover a variety of topics, such as risk management for beginning farmers; ticks, mosquitoes and other disease vectors; solar energy and agriculture; raising poultry; food preservation, food safety and nutrition; water quality, pond management and stormwater management; forest and woodlot management; managing household insect pests; and other subjects.

At 10 a.m. Jan. 13, College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Rick Roush will join Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding for a Zoom town hall meeting to discuss issues affecting Pennsylvania agriculture. Roush and Redding also will answer audience questions during the 60-minute event. Those registering for the town hall can submit questions or suggest discussion topics in advance.





Following is the schedule of planned Penn State Extension webinars to be held during the virtual Farm Show. Sessions will be 45 to 60 minutes long. Webinars are free, but registration is required.

Saturday, Jan. 9

—8 a.m. — Issues Facing Grandfamilies

—9:15 a.m. — Dismiss the Myths: Common Myths About Ticks, Mosquitoes, and Other Vectors

—3 p.m. — Connecting Kids with Nature and Forests





Sunday, Jan. 10

—8 a.m. — Planning for Risk: Risk Management for New and Beginning Farmers

—9:15 a.m. — Tick Behavior and Protection from Ticks

—3 p.m. — Weathering the Storm in Agriculture: How to Cultivate a Productive Mindset

Monday, Jan. 11

—8 a.m. — Solar Energy and Agriculture: New Opportunities

—9:15 a.m. — Protecting Your Family’s Water

—10 a.m. — Spotted Lanternfly 101

—1 p.m. — Points to Ponder Before You Raise Poultry

—3 p.m. — Ask Penn State Extension Experts About Home Food Preservation

Tuesday, Jan. 12

—8 a.m. — Backyard Woodlots

—9:15 a.m. — Techniques for Managing Some Common Household Insect Pests

—3 p.m. — A Positive and Open Discussion About Type 2 Diabetes

Wednesday, Jan. 13

—8 a.m. — Master Watershed Steward Informational Session

—9:15 a.m. — How to Avoid Common Home Food Safety Mistakes and Myths

—10 a.m. — Farm Show Town Hall Meeting with Penn State Dean Rick Roush and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding

—1 p.m. — Small and Backyard Poultry: Ask the Expert

—3 p.m. — Rain to Drain, Slow the Flow (For Adults Teaching Youth Through a Hands-On Activity)

Thursday, Jan. 14

—8 a.m. — Creating a Backyard Oasis for Wildlife

—9:15 a.m. — Pond Management

—1 p.m. — Being an “EggSpert”: Buying and Cooking Eggs

—3 p.m. — Let’s Cook at Home for Weight Management

Friday, Jan. 15

—9:15 a.m. — Backyard Stream Repair

—10 a.m. — Welfare and Practices Employed by Commercial Poultry Farms

—1 p.m. — Candling Eggs at Home

—3 p.m. — Let’s Cook at Home: The DASH Diet

Saturday, Jan. 16

—8 a.m. — Family Forum: Common Challenges Facing Families with Young Children

—9:15 a.m. — Stormwater in Your Community

—3 p.m. — Where to Begin as a Forest Landowner: Exploring Options for Inspired Landowners

More information and online registration for individual sessions can be found at https://extension.psu.edu/farm-show.

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