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2009

USDA, Penn State invest in training new farmers
December 11, 2009
With half of all current farmers in the United States likely to retire in the next decade, federal and state agriculture officials are looking for ways to encourage and assist the new generation of farmers that will produce the nation's food and fiber in the future. Two groups of researchers and extension educators in Penn State's College of ...
Penn State exhibit at state Farm Show dripping with information
December 10, 2009
The many faces of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be evident at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 9-16 in Harrisburg. The showpiece will be an exhibit highlighting a wide range of research and outreach related to water quality, ...
Researcher studying ways to handle huge quantities of biomass
December 10, 2009
Jude Liu, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is conducting research on the logistics of handling massive quantities of biomass. He recently received a $100,000 grant from the Sun Grant Initiative to support his work. ...
Webinar discusses new legal terrain charted by natural gas drilling
December 9, 2009
As natural-gas drilling activities increase across the commonwealth, Pennsylvanians are finding they may have to drill a bit deeper to find answers to current legal questions unearthed by regional gas exploration. Penn State Cooperative Extension will sponsor a Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, featuring Ross Pifer, director of ...
New scholarships help 10 Penn State students to 'dream green'
December 7, 2009
Developing new ideas to make our world more environmentally friendly will take creative imagination and out-of-the-box dreaming. Ten Penn State students have received financial support to pursue their "greenest" dreams with $5,000 scholarships from a professional football team and a pharmaceutical manufacturer....
To the Point: Fresh Christmas trees still popular, purposeful
December 7, 2009
For many people who celebrate the Christmas holiday, one of the traditions of the season is finding the family tree. Whether the hunt for the right one takes place on a Christmas tree farm or nursery or at a tree stand in the city, everyone is looking for the perfect tree. Ricky Bates, Penn State associate professor of ornamental horticulture, has ...
Grant to support Penn State research on climate and infectious disease
December 4, 2009
A nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling a Penn State-led group of researchers to continue studies on the potential effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. The grant is part of federal stimulus funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act....
Researchers learn why invasive plants spreading so rapidly in forests
December 4, 2009
Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads. ...
Refreshing an old skill: Advantages, tips for buying on layaway
December 4, 2009
The holiday season and an uncertain economy have many shoppers looking at an old stand-by with new appreciation. A consumer-finance specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences explains that the "new" option of layaway offers a useful means for purchasing big- and medium-ticket holiday gifts....
Student Stories: Trip to China opened student's eyes
December 3, 2009
As a junior in the community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Juliane Klos is constantly engaged in classes where the discussion strays thousands of miles away from Penn State's University Park campus....
Pond owners can get help managing their water
November 24, 2009
Lots of folks get the wrong idea about pond-owner education offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension, according to Bryan Swistock. The programs have nothing to do with those ornamental backyard ponds that have become so popular these days, and everything to do with wider and serious water-quality concerns. ...
Kids find hands-on approach to agriculture, nature at Penn State
November 20, 2009
University Park, Pa. -- All of the students of St. Matthew School in Tyrone will tell you that they took a great field trip to Penn State recently: they handled huge cockroaches, conducted a mock "CSI" forensic science lab and ended the day with Penn State ice cream sundaes. They also left with a better understanding of the role of agriculture and ...
Marcellus shale webinar series continues on Dec. 19
November 18, 2009
An ongoing series of monthly, Web-based seminars addressing issues surrounding Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale natural-gas boom will continue through the winter. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Cooperative Extension, upcoming webinars will cover topics such as legal issues, post-leasing considerations ...
Water-quality proposal could affect oil and gas extraction
November 18, 2009
Proposed changes to Pennsylvania's effluent standards regulating total dissolved solids (TDS) and related substances could affect the state's oil and gas industries and other water users. To help citizens understand the proposed changes, Penn State Cooperative Extension has prepared a free publication, "Shaping Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania's ...
Video: Poultry science professor shares turkey news
November 17, 2009
It's Mike Hulet's job to talk turkeys, whether to students at Penn State's Poultry Education and Research Center or to poultry growers across Pennsylvania, one of the nation's top poultry-producing states. The associate professor of poultry science shared insights into emerging research and answers to frequently asked questions about what was ...
PA landowners get big payments as Marcellus shale bidding escalates
November 16, 2009
As legislators, environmentalists and others strive to balance the many interests involved in developing the natural gas deposits contained in the Marcellus shale formation, a fierce bidding war has doubled the prices being offered for leases in Pennsylvania. The resulting competition could be a boon for landowners, according to experts in Penn ...
Penn State Extension program recognizes National Diabetes Month
November 16, 2009
November is National Diabetes Month -- a good time, according to Penn State Cooperative Extension educators, to raise awareness of a program that has seen early success in helping those with Type 2 diabetes to manage the disease....
Students go 'hog wild' at PA Pride Series event
November 11, 2009
Hogs Galore of Julian, Pa. set up shop for dinner on Friday, Nov. 6 in Findlay Dining Commons. The tasty event was a part of Food Services' PA Pride Series, a bi-semester showcasing of local cuisine and products from regional farms and businesses....
Student Stories: Horticulture alumnus has grown into big job
November 10, 2009
Although Holly Harmar Shimizu can't remember what she thought she'd be doing 30 years after graduating from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, she realized after a recent visit to the University that she is doing what she hoped to all along: working with public horticulture....
Penn State research leads to development of 'healing bandages'
November 6, 2009
It seems like a strange concept -- bandages made from cellulose produced by microbes that contribute to wound healing -- but to hear Jeffrey Catchmark explain it, the idea makes perfect sense. ...
Extension offers course on pandemic preparedness for businesses
November 6, 2009
Imagine you're a business owner, and one day a third of your employees can't show up for work because they are sick or caring for ill family members. How are you going to stay in operation and ensure the continuity of your business? To help small- and medium-sized businesses survive a pandemic, Penn State Cooperative Extension has developed a ...
International visitors to Penn State link agriculture, democracy
November 5, 2009
In a recent, busy day for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, members of a delegation from Ukraine discovered that creating biofuels was easier than they expected, while agricultural envoys from Iraq learned how techniques from the century-old American tradition of cooperative extension can help them re-establish effective farms in ...
Penn State presence made major difference in plum pox eradication
November 2, 2009
When plum pox was discovered in Adams County peach trees in October 1999 -- the first time the disease had been found in North America -- the nation's stone-fruit growers watched anxiously to see how Pennsylvania would respond. As the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officially lifted the quarantine of the area's stone fruit Oct. 29 -- ...
Glaciers subject of three Penn State grants
November 2, 2009
Glaciers, water under the glaciers, seismic activity and robotic rovers are all part of three National Science Foundation Polar Program grants awarded to Sridhar Anandakrishnan, professor of geosciences, Penn State. The grants, which total nearly a million dollars, are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding....
Spider mite predators serve as biological control
November 2, 2009
The control of spider mites, which damage tree leaves, reduce fruit quality and cost growers millions of dollars in the use of pesticide and oil spraying, is being biologically controlled in Pennsylvania apple orchards with two tiny insects known to be natural predators, according to Penn State researchers. ...
H1N1 flu virus in Minnesota pigs -- it may or may not be important
October 29, 2009
Recent news reports about the novel H1N1 virus being discovered in Minnesota pigs left a lot of people scratching their heads, wondering why -- with a frightening flu pandemic spreading in humans around the world -- it is important that the virus that causes it has been found in Land of Lakes swine....
Modified crops reveal hidden cost of resistance
October 26, 2009
Genetically modified squash plants that are resistant to a debilitating viral disease become more vulnerable to a fatal bacterial infection, according to biologists. "Cultivated squash is susceptible to a variety of viral diseases and that is a major problem for farmers," said Andrew Stephenson, Penn State professor of biology. "Infected ...
A silo fire doesn't have to ruin all stored silage
October 23, 2009
Sometimes, when harvest conditions are less than ideal, silage with lower-than-optimum moisture levels is put into a silo, potentially leading to excessive heating and a spontaneous-combustion fire. ...
Student Stories: Agroforestry class goes to South Africa
October 23, 2009
Amy Stauffer jumped at the chance to travel to South Africa last spring with her Agroforestry class. Turns out it was the best thing she has ever done....
From mushrooms to millions: mushroom industry man to share his story
October 23, 2009
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Penn State's Brandywine campus, Penn State grad John Swayne III will explore his family's long history in the mushroom industry. The story began with his grandfather, John Swayne Sr., who, according to the New York Times, "started the nation's mushroom business" with the founding of J.B. Swayne and Son Inc. in Kennett ...
Project uses community-based approach to improve nutrition for Kenyans
October 22, 2009
Two faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are combining knowledge of local customs with meat science and food-safety principles to help establish small food businesses in rural Kenya. The ultimate goal is to improve health and nutrition for Kenyan women and children....
Prevent tomato late blight next growing season
October 21, 2009
Across the northeast, home gardeners expecting the usual bumper crop of tomatoes this season were dismayed to find their plants affected by late blight, the same fungus that caused Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century. According to Beth Gugino, assistant professor of plant pathology at Penn State, late blight is a fungus that primarily ...
Webinar to address wastewater challenges in Marcellus shale drilling
October 21, 2009
When Marcellus shale gas drillers probe for natural gas using the hydrofracture technique, they inject about 3 million gallons of water underground. Typically, about 30 to 40 percent of the injected water -- or about 1 million gallons -- returns quickly to the surface at the wellhead. What to do with this wastewater will be the subject of an ...
'Meat is Neat' -- professor of meat science harnesses power of the Web
October 20, 2009
The temptation, of course, is to simply dismiss Chris Raines as an odd-duck college professor. After all, who else would have a blog titled "Meat is Neat" and the Twitter handle, "I tweet meat"?...
Renowned stem-cell researcher to present Alumni Fellow seminar
October 16, 2009
Acclaimed stem-cell scientist John D. Gearhart, a 1964 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will present a special seminar titled "Instructing Ourselves to Rebuild Our Bodies" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, in 324 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus. The seminar is in conjunction with ...
Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Show Turns 50
October 16, 2009
The Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Show turns 50 this year, and 4-H'ers, volunteers and leaders will celebrate throughout the three-day event, Oct. 23-25 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Some participants from the first show will be recognized, and early programs, early tack and other memorabilia will be displayed....
Ag alumni tailgate to benefit student scholarships and awards
October 15, 2009
Alumni and friends of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are invited to attend the Ag Live '09 Tailgate on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Snider Ag Arena, starting three and one half hours prior to the Penn State vs. Indiana football game. Hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society, the tailgate will feature a hearty ...
College of Ag Sciences students receive internship awards
October 15, 2009
Nine Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2009 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $750 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences....
Penn State researchers promote pollinator-friendly native gardens
October 15, 2009
Across the country, pollinators such as honeybees and hummingbirds are declining due to habitat loss, diseases such as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), pests and excessive pesticide use. Penn State researchers and educators are hoping to help combat these issues by promoting ways home gardeners can help pollinator populations thrive....
O'Keeffe Foundation gift will enhance Penn State honeybee research
October 14, 2009
Penn State research on honeybee health and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) will receive a boost as a result of a $100,000 gift from the E.B. O'Keeffe Foundation. The award will fund a competitive graduate fellowship that will pair a student's area of study with a leading researcher already working on that problem....
After the successful hunt: venison butchering and preservation
October 14, 2009
Once hunters have bagged their bucks during hunting season, they still have to decide what to do with their meat. While some hunters leave the choices to their local butcher, many are finding that they can save money and increase their personal enjoyment by butchering their own deer, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of ...
College of Ag student featured in national pest magazine
October 12, 2009
A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was recently featured in a national trade magazine after receiving the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Minorities in Pest Management scholarship. Alexis Barbarin, a doctoral degree candidate in the college's entomology department, was featured in the June issue of Pest ...
Arboretum concert set for Oct. 18
October 12, 2009
The Penn State Arboretum will turn into The Sound Garden from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, as musicians from Penn State and the surrounding community gather there to perform music in a variety of genres. The concert is free and open to the public, and free Creamery ice cream will be served....
Renowned ichthyologist's research in Africa spans three decades
October 9, 2009
When Jay Stauffer began studying fish in Africa's huge Lake Malawi back in the early 1980s, it was really all about the finned creatures. He didn't recognize the immense social and economic implications of his research until later....
Insect Deli serves meal worms, crickets and global nutrition awareness
October 8, 2009
Those ants on a log aren't raisins; they're real ants. And they're much healthier than a bag of chips or candy. At the annual Great Insect Fair, hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, one professor and several students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences cooked and served delicious insects and tried to make it clear why ...
Doctoral candidate to lecture on subsurface flow patterns
October 7, 2009
Jun Zhang, a doctoral candidate in soil science in Penn State's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, will present "Identification of Subsurface Flow Patterns Using a Combination of Ground Penetrating Radar and Real-time Soil Moisture Monitoring" at 12:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in room 101 of the ASI building. For further details, call ...
Conti Symposium to focus on healthy, cost-effective food
October 7, 2009
Creating healthy, cost-effective food will be the focus of an upcoming symposium hosted by Penn State's Center for Food Innovation and Penn State's School of Hospitality Management. "Stay One Step Ahead: Creation of Sustainable and Profitable Healthy Food Innovations" is the fourth symposium in the Conti Educational Series and will take place Oct. ...
Scanlon Trustee Scholarship to assist agricultural education students
October 7, 2009
Retired Penn State faculty member Dennis C. Scanlon and his wife, Janet Scanlon, of State College, have given $50,000 to the University to create a Trustee Scholarship for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need. "Dennis and I wanted to establish a scholarship to help give struggling students the motivation to keep ...
Penn State agricultural research tour tackles emerging issues
October 5, 2009
Understanding the implications of the H1N1 flu, responding to federal clean water mandates and managing Pennsylvania's natural gas rush were among the pressing issues addressed during the Penn State Agricultural Council's annual College of Agricultural Sciences Research Tour at the University Park campus recently....
Annual insect fair draws thousands
October 4, 2009
Many tend to avoid insects and other many-legged creatures, but on Saturday, Oct. 3, thousands of insect-interested people swarmed to the Great Insect Fair held in the Snider Agricultural Arena for the sole purpose of holding, touching and learning about the world of entomology - the study of insects. This year's theme, "Moth Madness," featured ...
Pennsylvania youth make biofuel for 4-H National Youth Science Day
October 2, 2009
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, youth across Pennsylvania will join hundreds of thousands of young people around the nation to simultaneously create biofuel as part of "Biofuel Blast," the 2009 National Science Experiment scheduled for 4-H National Youth Science Day....
Ag Sciences graduate students receive mushroom science scholarships
October 1, 2009
Three graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received scholarship awards totaling $25,000 from the American Mushroom Institute. ...
Student Stories: Food science grad carved out her own niche
October 1, 2009
Every college student dreams of getting the opportunity to land the perfect career after graduation, but if you can't find it, why not create it? While at Whole Foods Market, recent Penn State Food Science graduate Jill Kuzo had the opportunity to do just that as head of her own gluten-free testing lab....
2009 turning out to be dry year for much of Pennsylvania
September 25, 2009
When it comes to the weather, perception often is not reality, according to a precipitation expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and never has that been truer than this year. ...
Penn State's 2010 Manure Expo balances conservation, production
September 25, 2009
Manure management is a critical issue for livestock operations and has become a priority of conservation and nutrient-management activities. To help manure handlers adopt new technologies and best-management practices, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host the 2010 Manure Expo, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 15, 2010, at Russell E. ...
This could be an awesome year for fall foliage, expert says
September 24, 2009
For more than 20 years, Marc Abrams has studied how precipitation and temperature influence the timing and intensity of fall foliage colors in Pennsylvania. For a number of reasons, this year could be the best one he's seen....
Research aimed at finding way to sooth thunderstorm-stressed dogs
September 24, 2009
During the 13 years that veterinarian Nancy Dreschel was in private practice, she saw a lot of dogs that were severely frightened by thunder and lightning storms. So when she got the opportunity in 2003 to conduct research on what might be done to help animals suffering from this problem, she jumped at it....
'Moth Madness' at Penn State's Great Insect Fair
September 17, 2009
What's the difference between a moth and a butterfly? Why do they fly by night? Find out the answers to these and other questions about moths and other six-legged critters at Penn State's 16th annual Great Insect Fair, being held on Oct. 3, in the Snider Agricultural Arena at the corner of Park Avenue and Fox Hollow Road. ...
Researcher teams with Howard Buffett Foundation in African crop study
September 17, 2009
A new partnership between a professor in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and one of the world's leading philanthropists is aimed at easing Africa's hunger problems long-term. ...
Open house set to help prospective students decide on college
September 17, 2009
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is trying to make it a little easier for high school students to decide which college to attend with its Fall Open House from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 at the University Park campus. ...
Students Stories: Ag student leads national champ rugby team
September 17, 2009
Lauren Rusert has always been an athlete, but after years of softball, soccer, cross-country running and even men's wrestling, she decided to try something new. Now a senior majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education, Rusert showed up for Penn State women's rugby Rookie Day during the fall of her freshman year to check out the team....
Chesapeake Bay cleanup a local issue for Pennsylvania, expert says
September 14, 2009
As federal agencies respond this month to President Barack Obama's executive order to redouble efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the challenge in Pennsylvania is to focus on local initiatives aimed at helping agricultural producers and their nonfarming neighbors adopt conservation practices that can improve water quality in bay tributaries, ...
Ag Sciences students awarded Haagen-Dazs fellowships
September 14, 2009
Two graduate students in Penn State's College of Ag Sciences were recently awarded fellowships in pollinator health sponsored by ice cream-maker Haagen-Dazs....
Webinar to address community issues surrounding natural-gas drilling
September 11, 2009
Drilling into the Marcellus shale could unearth many new layers of public concern in addition to natural gas and associated revenues, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. How communities can respond will be the topic of a Sept. 17 online seminar, "Response Options to Marcellus Shale and Energy Development," ...
Sixty-four flavors of fun with Jerry Greenfield
September 8, 2009
Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, will be on the Penn State Altoona campus Sept. 24....
Penn State's Ag Career Day set for Oct. 27
September 3, 2009
The recession-impaired economy may have diminished recruitment for many employers, but companies still need to identify young talent and fill their leadership pipelines. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will offer an opportunity for ag-industry employers to meet talented students at its Ag Career Day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, ...
Professor to lecture on olfactometry in agriculture
September 2, 2009
From 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 10, in room 244 Agricultural Engineering Building on Penn State's University Park campus there will be a seminar presentation titled, "How do YOU know that stinks? Olfactometry in Agriculture," presented by Eileen Fabian Wheeler, professor in the department of agriculture and biological engineering. ...
Penn State Great Valley brings farmers market to corporate park
August 28, 2009
Penn State Great Valley has joined forces with Liberty Property Trust to launch the Farmers Market at Great Valley this fall. Starting Sept. 10, the market will be held at Penn State Great Valley from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday through November. The fall market will feature a variety of seasonal produce including red peppers, melons, winter ...
Student Stories: Turfgrass grad focuses on baseball fields
August 27, 2009
Few can say that millions have looked upon their work with approval, but Andrew Bartley can; for the Penn State alumnus, it's just another day at the office....
Penn State energy-crops field display is now open to visitors
August 27, 2009
The Penn State energy-crops field display, created by Penn State Farm Services, is now open to visitors on land across from the old armory building on Fox Hollow Road, showing a variety of energy crops in production. ...
Penn State aims to set an example by planting cover crops this fall
August 27, 2009
Seeking to be a role model for farmers in the state and across the Northeast, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will undertake aerial seeding of a cover crop in late August or early September. ...
Seats available on bus trip to Penn State vs. Illinois football game
August 26, 2009
Some Penn Staters traveling to October's football game against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini won't have to spend time fighting crowds, fighting traffic or fighting ticket lines this year. Penn State's Ag Alumni Society is sponsoring a four-day bus trip to the game and limited seats are still available for the university community and ...
Looking back: Ag Progress Days
August 24, 2009
Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exhibition, kicked off on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and ran through Thursday, Aug. 20. For information on next year's event, visit http://apd.psu.edu/ For photos of this year's Ag Progress Days, go to http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2120...
Trustee Scholarship honors memory of Penn State alumna
August 21, 2009
Sarah Donaldson loved Penn State. So much that after earning two degrees at the University -- a bachelor's degree in animal bioscience and a master's degree in pathobiology -- she chose to begin her career as a research cellular biologist with a job in the College of Agricultural Sciences. She was working in the field of molecular epidemiology, ...
Student stories: Strange Yuletide experience in Antarctica
August 20, 2009
Christine Olarte, an environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent the ultimate white Christmas in the far southern latitudes last winter....
Citizen scientists: master gardeners survey native bee populations
August 17, 2009
Penn State master gardeners team up with Penn State professor Dennis vanEngelsdorp and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to track local bee activity. Their goal: to make recommendations to gardeners about types of plants they should include in their gardens to make them pollinator-friendly. See them (and the bees!) in a slideshow at ...
Extension online seminar to address Marcellus shale workforce needs
August 14, 2009
With Marcellus shale natural gas development expanding employment opportunities, Pennsylvania residents will need to be prepared for the issues surrounding any potential job surge. Specialists with Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania College of Technology will review and predict direct workforce demand related to the Marcellus ...
Dean of Ag Sciences lays out a vision for Rockview property
August 13, 2009
As state lawmakers consider legislation to sell land currently managed by the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, the dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is speaking out to clarify what he believes are misconceptions about the vision behind the University's proposed ownership of part of the tract....
Penn State turfgrass alum grooms PGA Championship course
August 13, 2009
It has been said that the sun never sets on Penn State-developed turfgrass varieties because they carpet so many golf courses around the world. Similarly, many of the best golf courses on the planet are under the care of Penn State-educated turfgrass professionals....
New Invasive Pest Threatens Corn Growers in Pennsylvania
August 12, 2009
A new invasive pest recently found in Pennsylvania could mean serious losses to corn growers in the state. Western bean cutworm (WBC) was first trapped in July 2009 in Erie and Lycoming counties and has also been found recently in low numbers in Forest, Clarion, Washington, Franklin, and Tioga counties, said John Tooker, assistant professor of ...
Study finds higher pathogen loads in collapsed honeybee colonies
August 12, 2009
Honeybees in colonies affected by colony collapse disorder (CCD) have higher levels of pathogens and are co-infected with a greater number of pathogens than their non-CCD counterparts, but no individual pathogen can be singled out as the cause of CCD, according to a new study by researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, other ...
'Greener' gardens, family fun: abundance, variety at Ag Progress Days
August 11, 2009
As the name suggests, Penn State's 2009 Ag Progress Days -- Aug. 18-20 at Rock Springs -- highlight many of the latest advances in the agricultural and natural sciences. But visitors may be surprised by the range of events, issues and outright fun to be found at the state's largest outdoor agricultural exposition....
Student stories: Alumna decides what beasts should eat
August 4, 2009
For most, the thought of working with exotic animals brings to mind the humid jungles of South America and the vast planes of Africa. Barbara Toddes, however, discovered that one may have to look no further than the urban jungle of Philadelphia....
Become a fan of Penn State on Facebook
August 4, 2009
With the recently launched official Penn State page on Facebook, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and fans of the University have a new way to stay connected to Dear Old State. Featuring important news and interesting stories, photos and videos about Penn State, the Penn State page on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/pennstate, allows Penn ...
Daily temperature shifts may alter malaria patterns
August 3, 2009
Daytime temperature fluctuations greatly alter the incubation period of malaria parasites in mosquitoes and alter transmission rates of the disease. Consideration of these fluctuations reveals a more accurate picture of climate change's impact on malaria. Most studies use average monthly temperatures to study the impact of climate change on the ...
Producers can get the goods at Penn State's Ag Progress Days
August 3, 2009
Agricultural producers who attend Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs will find a supermarket of technology, advice, goods and services. That's according to Ag Progress Days manager Bob Oberheim, who said the event will be a one-stop shop for farmers and others involved in ...
APD feature to show progress with animals
August 3, 2009
At athletic events, the University's rallying chant rings out, "We are ... Penn State!" At Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, a variation will emphasize the work that the College of Agricultural Sciences performs with animals. ...
Probing Question: Why is the census important?
July 30, 2009
"Our whole system of representative democracy depends on [the census]," said sociologist Gordon De Jong. Because representation is based on population, an up-to-date tally is essential. The equitable distribution of public funds, he adds, also depends on up-to-date population data....
It's natural: Conservation, agronomy work together at Ag Progress Days
July 30, 2009
Since they share a focus on programs related to crops, soils and natural resources, it only makes sense that Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service again join forces under the same tent at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 18-20....
Water quality research, outreach to be highlighted at Ag Progress Days
July 29, 2009
A wide range of research and outreach related to water quality will be highlighted by special exhibits at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18 to 20 at Rock Springs....
Penn State agriculture rescue program preserves farmers' lives
July 29, 2009
In 2008, 44 people were killed in Pennsylvania farm and agriculture-related accidents -- a sharp increase from previous years. Such statistics illustrate the need for farm-safety and farm-rescue training for emergency responders, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....
Tips on providing safe havens for pollinators at Ag Progress Days
July 29, 2009
Gardening enthusiasts attending Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, can get tips on providing safe havens for butterflies, honeybees and other struggling pollinators....
Penn State entomologist named one of the top scientists in his field
July 28, 2009
An entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, an honor that means he is among the top insect scientists in the world. ...
FieldTurf, Penn State Partner in new center for sports surfaces
July 27, 2009
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and FieldTurf, which bills itself as the world leader in sports surfacing, have partnered to develop the world's first facility dedicated to sports surface research, with a five-year commitment that will center around research on synthetic turf, running tracks and indoor sports surfaces. This research ...
Penn State expert says 'credit card bill of rights' can help consumers
July 23, 2009
Even though the new Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009 was signed into law more than a month ago, experts are still trying to understand its ramifications. A family-finance specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said some of the law's features give consumers an assist in managing the credit card game in specific ...
Occupational therapy: Planting seeds for a healthier life
July 23, 2009
The opening of 30 Hope Drive on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's East Campus has provided a variety of opportunities to patients and therapists alike. For individuals with limited mobility, strength or endurance, participation in leisure activities is at times limited because of the physical demands they require. Inability to ...
Get ready now to save your garden harvest safely
July 22, 2009
The gardening explosion across the nation due to the recession and the desire for home-grown food means that many people will soon have fruits and vegetables to can or freeze, but a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says "putting up" your harvest is not as simple as going back to Grandma's favorite canning ...
Kids can find farming fun at Penn State's Ag Progress Days
July 20, 2009
Adults visiting Penn State's Ag Progress Days, to be held Aug. 18 - 20 in Rock Springs, Pa., will find acre after acre of exhibits, demonstrations and displays at the state's largest outdoor agricultural exposition. They will be relieved to know that their children will also encounter fun and fascination as they discover the youthful side of ...
Research tours offer 'drive-by' convenience at Ag Progress Days
July 20, 2009
Visitors to Penn State's Ag Progress Days, to be held Aug. 18 - 20 in Rock Springs, might feel overwhelmed by the dizzying array of options and information available at the 1,500-acre Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center. Fortunately, there's an easy way to learn more about Penn State field research aimed at producing safe and abundant ...
Tradition continues with Ag Progress Days' Equine Experience
July 17, 2009
The Equine Experience at Penn State's Ag Progress Days has a history of offering attractions and activities that educate and entertain horse lovers of all ages and experience levels. Visitors at this year's event, to be held Aug. 18 - 20, will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics through training and breed clinics, ...