Study confirms U.S. amphibian populations declining at rapid rate
May 22, 2013
The first-ever estimate of how fast frogs, toads and salamanders in the United States are disappearing from their habitats reveals they are vanishing at an alarming and rapid rate. The landmark study indicates that the amphibian declines first recognized in the 1990s are ongoing, noted David Miller, assistant professor of wildlife population ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, who contributed to the research.
Study suggests dairy herd water quality linked to milk production
May 22, 2013
A recently completed study of water supplies on Pennsylvania dairy farms found that about a quarter of those tested had at least one water-quality issue. And average milk production for these farms was about 10 percent lower than farms with good water quality.
'Mooofins' carry food product-development team into national finals
May 17, 2013
The Penn State Product Development team, a group of students in the food science department, recently was named one of three finalists in the Dairy Research Institute New Product Competition.
Mysterious insect to emerge in parts of Pennsylvania
May 8, 2013
One of the world's most mysterious insects is about to invade the skies over wooded areas in eastern Pennsylvania and other states, but an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says it's not a cause for alarm. Residents of 17 Pennsylvania counties soon will see an emergence of periodical cicadas, commonly but mistakenly called 17-year locusts.