Various Notes

  • PDA asked gardeners to be on the lookout for Boxwood Blight, a fungal disease-causing sudden leaf loss and possible death of these popular evergreen shrubs. It has been found in nine states and in nine PA counties: Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and Warren. Those affected are asked to take samples to Extension before destroying the potentially impacted plant.
  • PSCFO member Hunger-Free PA announced that the PA Food Safety Coalition will convene October 16, 2015 in Harrisburg. Details: sachristopher@pafoodbanks.org.
  • Native Americans college students majoring in agriculture or related disciplines may be eligible for one of five $1,000 scholarships from First Nations Development Institute. Application deadline is September 30, 2015. Details: Kendall Tallmadge at 303-774-7836 or ktallmadge@firstnations.org

Scholarship News

  • Scholarships$3,000 Student Leader Scholarship applications from the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and the PA Dairymens’ Association are due June 1.  Details: www.centerfordairyexcellence.org Jayne Sebright 717/552-3865. (PA residents planning or currently enrolled in Dairy & Animal Science, Ag Marketing & Business, or related fields.)
  • $1,000 PA Association of Conservation Districts applications are due May 31.  Details: http://pacd.org/education/scholarships/  (PA college students majoring in an agriculture or environmental field)

2015: International Year of Soils

SoilsOn December 5, USDA announced that it was promoting the United Nations’ designation of 2015 as the International Year of Soils, an effort to promote the importance of soils in everyday life.

According to the media release, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization spearheaded the international effort because the “year of awareness aims to increase understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions.”  Details: www.nrcs.usda.gov/.

There may be some state specific observances of the International Year of Soils organized by the PA Association of Professional Soil Scientists, details pending.

Del Val Applies for University Status

DelValCol logoDelaware Valley College submitted an application to the PA Department of Education to change its status to Delaware Valley University with an effective date of December 1, 2014.  NOTE:  This is a corrected effective date as the original posting in the September 27 PA Bulletin said incorrectly that the change would take effect in 2015.