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Don't let food safety be a casualty of the holiday season (:48)
December 20, 2011
The holiday season can be a time of family, friends and favorite foods. And a food scientist in Penn State's College of agricultural sciences warns that the excitement of parties and get-togethers can bring with it food-safety challenges.
Real Christmas trees can have environmental benefits (:53)
December 20, 2011
Some people avoid fresh Christmas trees because they think cut trees are not ecologically friendly. But an expert in penn state's college of agricultural sciences says real trees can provide environmental benefits.
High tunnels can change the "local" in local foods (:46)
December 13, 2011
If you're a local-foods enthusiast, you're coming to Pennsylvania's toughest season. But a vegetable specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says high tunnels can help producers and gardeners to grow local, grow longer and make a profit.
Marcellus Shale development offers pluses, minuses for Pennsylvania agriculture (:50)
December 6, 2011
As Pennsylvania state legislators debate bills related to natural-gas drilling, specialists in Penn State's College of agricultural sciences consider how Marcellus shale development will impact one of the state's top industries.
2012 may be tough for Pennsylvania's dairy producers (:51)
November 29, 2011
The droughts, floods and tornadoes of 2011 are now just a fading memory to most Americans. But an ag economist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says this year's bad weather will impact next year's milk supply.
Pennsylvania wrestles with Sunday hunting (:49)
November 22, 2011
As the 2011 deer rifle hunting season approaches, Pennsylvania hunters and others are still sharply divided on the pro's and cons of Sunday deer hunting. A wildlife expert in Penn State's College of agricultural sciences says the experience of other states can help inform the debate.
Prepare to pay more on Turkey Day (:50)
November 15, 2011
Thanks to rising commodity prices, consumers should expect to pay a little more for their traditional Thanksgiving dinner. But a Penn State turkey expert says the price jump won't be evenly distributed.
National "Food Stamp Challenge" highlights difficulties of living on less (:54)
November 8, 2011
From U-S Congressmen to clergy in New Jersey, people are taking up the Food Stamp Challenge to highlight the daily struggles of the unemployed and poor. A specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says the real challege goes beyond a week of tight budgeting.
Water testing near Marcellus drilling shows need to educate consumers (:49)
November 1, 2011
A big question surrounding Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale well drilling has been: does it harm the state's private wells and water supplies? But a Penn State Extension study indicates that fracking may not be the biggest challenge to safe drinking water.
Penn State researcher says super-weeds are closing in on Pennsylvania (:48)
October 25, 2011
Agricultural scientists have warned that herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing national problem. A Penn State Extension specialist says several resistant species are currently threatening Pennsylvania.
Penn State researcher says super-weeds are closing in on Pennsylvania (:48)
October 22, 2011
Agricultural scientists have warned that herbicide-resistant weeds are a growing national problem. A Penn State Extension specialist says several resistant species are currently threatening Pennsylvania.
Penn State researcher studies food insecurity, local-foods movement (:46)
October 18, 2011
Nationwide, farmers are struggling while more than 17 million people face food insecurity. A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences asks if the local-foods movement can increase affordability while helping farmers.
Weather, speculation affect U.S. ag commodity prices (:53)
October 11, 2011
The last month has been bad for agricultural commodity producers, with falling prices impacting Pennsylvania's farmers. A specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences explains why.
Listeria outbreak in cantaloupes shows need for good agricultural practices (:53)
October 4, 2011
The current listeria outbreak traced back to Colorado cantaloupes is a rare occurence. But a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says it's not a complete surprise.
Up-and-down weather season could make for muted fall foliage (:49)
September 27, 2011
If September's cooler weather has you anticipating Pennsylvania's annual explosion of colorful leaves, a specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers a cautious but hopeful fall foliage forecast.
Help researchers combat mysterious bat disease (:54)
September 20, 2011
As you get your home ready for the coming cooler weather, you can help naturalists track a disease afflicting Pennsylvania's bats. A specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says homeowners may see tell-tale signs.
Conventional wisdom changes on rabies (:49)
September 6, 2011
Pennsylvania's annual wildlife rabies oral vaccination program continues with aerial baiting in eight western Penna. counties. After a year of unusual rabies encounters, a wildlife specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says the rules concerning the disease are changing.
Study shows Marcellus Shale benefits economy (:53)
August 31, 2011
New research looking at Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale boom suggests that natural-gas development is having a positive economic impact in the state. But a study co-authored in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says the benefits may not be as big as previously reported.
Pennsylvania forests slowly deteriorating (:48)
August 30, 2011
The name "Pennsylvania" means "Penn's Woodlands," But a new report indicates that the state's forests are experiencing a slow decline. A forestry expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences thinks the decline is reversible.
Exercise caution when personalizing canning recipes (:52)
August 23, 2011
As summer's harvest rolls in, a new generation of gardeners has rediscovered the joys of creative canning. But a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences explains that there are limits to artistic expression.