Small farmer conference offers useful insight for landowners of smaller acreages.
When drilling a water well, no one can guarantee you that you will have water or how much water you will have. When you hire a well driller to drill you a well, you are paying for a developed hole in the ground — nothing more.
By DARRIN YOUKER Contributing Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. — If cuts in the proposed Pennsylvania budget stand, Cooperative Extension programs across the state could radically change. Gov. Tom Corbett wants to slash funding to Penn State by 50 percent, a reduction of $182 million. And that means funding to agriculture research and Cooperative Extension programming could […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Department of Environmental Protection recently announced results of in-stream water quality monitoring for radioactive material in seven of the commonwealth’s rivers. Results All samples showed levels at or below the normal naturally occurring background levels of radioactivity. The tests were conducted in November and December of 2010 at stations downstream of […]
We are in an atmosphere of questioning spending, taxes and finding ways for all levels of government to live within its means. But cutting investments in agricultural R&D, innovation and education is like eating your seed corn — and next year you’ll go hungry.
I grew up on a farm in Washington County. We never had much money, but most people thought we did because we owned property. Farmers understand their land is often worth more than their farm business. A common joke among farmers is that if they come into some money, they will just keep farming until it’s all gone. Enter Marcellus Shale.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An online seminar offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension at 1 p.m., Feb. 16, will cover what Pennsylvania residents, who benefit financially from natural-gas wells on their properties, need to know about tax implications. Associate Professor of Forest Resources Mike Jacobson will address primarily landowners who want to understand the basic […]
By ANDY ANDREWS Contributing writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — During a portion of the Farming for the Future Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center Feb. 4, a forum explored Marcellus Shale drilling issues and was informative, and at times, divisive. Issues Several speakers cut through the emotions and issues regarding drilling through the Marcellus […]
Editor: I was disappointed by the interview with Tom Murphy on the Marcellus gas drilling (Agriculture changing as Marcellus Shale drilling gains ground). Today with the media being scrutinized for bias reporting, I would expect Farm and Dairy to do a better job researching a topic before they publish this stuff. There are a lot […]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Department of Environmental Protection released a report on a four-week air quality study conducted near Marcellus Shale natural gas operations in Susquehanna and Sullivan counties. “This short-term study of the air emissions at surveyed sites shows no emission levels that would constitute a concern to the health of residents living near […]
Tom Murphy, Penn State University extension educator for Lycoming County, sat down Jan. 26 for a one-on-one interview with the Farm and Dairy.
Murphy is co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.
Marcellus Shale 2010: The year the gas boom came to the region SALEM, Ohio —Before this year, many Ohioans probably had never heard of drilling through the Marcellus Shale fro natural gas. That was then. Now, you can hear people whispering about the prospects, good and bad of the drilling almost everywhere in the Buckeye […]
2010 is a year that many in agriculture will not soon forget. Here is a look back at some of the stories that have touched the ag community.
WASHINGTON — The Annual Energy Outlook 2011, released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, predicts recoverable shale gas resources are nearly double what the agency forecasted a year ago. The projection shows the growing importance of natural gas from domestic shale gas resources, according to Energy Information Administration Administrator Richard Newell. Shale jackpot The technically […]
Two new regulations were passed in Pennsylvania in 2010.
WASHINGTON — U.S. natural gas proved reserves, estimated as “wet” gas, which includes natural gas plant liquids, increased by 11 percent in 2009 to 284 trillion cubic feet, the highest level since 1971, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Summary: U.S. Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Liquids Reserves, 2009 , released recently. […]
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Signing a Marcellus Shale natural gas lease is a life-changing event for landowners lucky enough to be on top of the major find. But huge questions arise and need to be answered before and after any landowner signs a lease. That’s why American Agriculturist, Ag Choice Farm Credit, Penn State Cooperative […]
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As the natural-gas drilling boom into the deep Marcellus Shale formation has unfolded, state regulators have become increasingly aware of pollution risks to ground and surface water, and they have scrambled to develop regulations to protect valuable natural resources. Webinar Two experts with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will offer […]
Editor’s Note: The Farm and Dairy published a three-part series on Marcellus Shale earlier this fall. Follow these links for more information: Can a safe water drinking supply sustained?, Consulting an attorney and Sifting through the good and bad. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Billions of dollars already have been invested by natural gas companies in […]
If there had been a couple rows of letters above his image, the distant bull elk would have illustrated the cover of any respectable outdoor magazine. I had seen the same image more than once in my dreams but this was no sleep time show, this bull was the real deal and he was cruising […]