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To Continue Practices To Keep Your Families Safe From The Coronavirus

On April 04, 2020

To Continue Practices To Keep Your Families Safe From The Coronavirus
 
On Tuesday of this week The White House released its updated coronavirus guidelines “30 days to slow the Spread” They are an extension of the previous “15 days to slow the spread” guidelines. These include the following.
 
First listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work or out in public. Contact your medical provider. If your children are sick, keep them at home and contact your medical provider. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people. The best way to protect your family and your community is keeping up to date with  accurate information available at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
 
To Complete And Return The Survey Of Farm Conservation Practices By May 1
 
The deadline for farmers in Lancaster, York, Franklin and Adams counties to respond to a survey documenting conservation practices installed on their farms has been extended by a month, to May 1, due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The survey was mailed to farmers in these four counties in late February. We know that Pennsylvania farmers have done much to improve water quality and soil health. Yet many of the conservation practices that farmers have implemented are not accounted for in tracking progress toward priority water quality goals, including cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. This is especially true where farmers have implemented practices on their own initiative, using their own means to do so. The survey will provide a more complete picture in these four counties of the many conservation practices that have been implemented. This survey will inventory these practices, ensuring that the agricultural community receives the credit it deserves for improving water quality. 
“However, over the last 10 days, significant transitions of work environments to safer, work-from-home options has decreased the number of on-campus staff, making it impossible to mail individual extension notices to farmers,” explained Matt Royer, director of the Agriculture and Environment Center in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and lead researcher for the survey.
 
“We know farmers also are experiencing changes and disruptions to normal business operations during this unprecedented time as they work to fulfill the ultimate in life-sustaining work — providing us all with an abundant and safe supply of food,” he said. “While several farmers have already completed the survey, we certainly want to give those who haven’t more time to fill out and return the survey.”
 
The Penn State Survey Research Center is continuing its operations and is able to process returns and answer questions farmers may have. Once the survey is complete, responses will be analyzed by College of Agricultural Sciences researchers, and cumulative results will be provided to Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Office to document the practices farmers have adopted to conserve soil and water and protect water quality.
 
Responses will be completely confidential and never will be associated with a farmer’s name or location.
 
Questions about the survey can be directed to Matt Royer at mroyer@psu.edu.
 
For more information about the survey or to complete it online, visit http://src.survey.psu.edu/farmbmp/.
 
To Earn Commodity, Space, And Soil Fumigation Pesticide Credits Online
 
With the cancellation of all Pesticide Education Events to due to coronavirus concerns, earning credits online is an alternative for those needing pesticide credits. The recording of the 2020 Commodity, Space, and Soil Fumigation webinar, is available at:  https://extension.psu.edu/commodity-space-and-soil-fumigation-webinar .  The webinar is 60 minutes long and is worth two category 18, 20, and 21 pesticide recertification credits. There is a $10 registration fee.  Participants must pass a quiz with a 70% score and have three attempts to pass it. 
 
To Become A USDA Crop Progress and Condition Reporter
 
If you are knowledgeable about crops across your county and have Internet access, you qualify to be a weekly Crop Progress and Condition Reporter. It only takes about 10-15 minutes each week to alert USDA of the crop situation in your county using the Internet report form.  USDA will use that information to generate the weekly report of Crop Conditions across the Northeastern Region.
 
You can help alert USDA about crop progress and unusual crop conditions during the growing seasons. Instead of waiting until the crop is in, you can give us an early warning of crop situations that may need our attention for possible assistance.
 
To learn more, visit the USDA website and click on the “Help Wanted” link found here:  https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Pennsylvania/Publications/Crop_Progress_and_Condition/index.php. To become a Crop Progress and Condition Reporter or for more information, call 1-800-498-1518 and ask for the Crop Progress Statistician; or send an email message to nassrfoner@usda.gov.#
 
Quote Of The Week: “I just really want to speak from my heart to all you folks out there that are working at the front lines of our food supply chain. You know, we’re spoiled in America. You’ve provided such abundant, healthy, wholesome, affordable, available food that we take you for granted. I know these are uncertain times, but I just want to tell you from my heart, as an American citizen, I am so grateful for what you’re doing. You know that America depends on you if we are going to have the food we need to feed our families, you are the ones that can make that happen. Thank you. God Bless you. Stay safe. And God bless America.” Sonny Perdue, United States Secretary Of Agriculture