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Penn State Plant Science majors Casey Baxter and Mikaela Hermstedt may know all there is to know about the Irish potato famine. This past spring, they took HORT 499H Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Irish Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies. The honors class included a 10-day trip to Ireland after a semester of lectures on the potato and other essential crops of both the United States and Ireland.
The ability to provide fresh food while reducing the environmental impacts of hot buildings in urban settings will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on Aug. 17.
Collaborative strategies to meet water-quality goals for Pennsylvania's rivers and streams while ensuring productive agriculture will be the topic of a panel discussion at this year's Ag Progress Days exposition. The Aug. 17 event will be hosted by Rick Roush, dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and Russell Redding, state agriculture secretary.
Dr. David Wolfgang, who has served for the past 17 years as the Penn State Extension veterinarian overseeing the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program, has been named the state veterinarian by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an evolutionary advantage over their archaic competitors, including Neandertals, according to a team of researchers.
Penn State appears in the news hundreds of times every day. Monthly, the University’s Office of Strategic Communications features national and international news coverage of the work and expertise of Penn State’s faculty, students and staff.
Considering Penn State’s long history of working with the U.S. military, the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness has only been in existence for a tiny piece of that timeline. But in those six years, the applied research center has been working at a feverish pace to ensure that military families are getting the most effective programs.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a two-year grant to Jason Rasgon, associate professor of entomology and disease epidemiology at Penn State, to test whether common American mosquitoes can carry the Zika virus.
Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18, can learn how to reduce the risk of overturning tractors.
Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition, which takes place Aug. 16-18, offers farm operators the chance to compare goods and services, see the latest machinery in action, and find out about new methods and technologies that can help them maximize productivity.
Visitors can see a variety of exhibits and demonstrations on how best to manage our natural resources and wildlife at the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18.
Children and family members can play mini games, watch food demonstrations, taste healthy food and drink, participate in a scavenger hunt, and learn first aid and firearm safety tips in the Family Room building at Penn State's 2016 Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18.
Penn State Extension educators will be visiting hundreds of farms in the next month to follow up on a survey Pennsylvania farmers received earlier this year asking about conservation practices they have adopted to promote water quality and soil health.
During the 25 years Bob Oberheim has been managing Ag Progress Days for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, the show has … well, made a lot of progress. And he's proud of that.
On July 20, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is working with the state department of agriculture to develop the policies, procedures and applications needed to facilitate and guide such research projects.
Two Penn State University Libraries faculty librarians have partnered with the head of adult services at Schlow Centre Region Library to earn one of just 14 Knight News Challenge grants nationwide totaling $1.4 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant winners’ projects aim to help shape the future of libraries, meeting 21st-century information needs as centers for digital learning, data sharing, community connection and discovery.
As of July 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 611 people had been infected with Salmonella in 45 states, likely as a result of contact with live poultry, such as chicks and ducklings, in backyard flocks. Of the people who were infected, 195 were children 5 years of age or younger and 138 were hospitalized. Twenty-six individuals were residents of Pennsylvania.
Animal lovers may instinctively know it, but many people may not realize the therapeutic value of our domesticated four-legged friends. Visitors who come to the Equine Exhibits Building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18, can learn more about how animals help humans heal.
New at the Yard and Garden area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 16-18, visitors can learn about growing garlic, as well as flower arranging, growing herbs, square-foot gardening, hydroponics, pollinators and creating habitat for bees and butterflies, high-tunnels, potato varieties -- and have their questions about gardening answered by experts.
Children and their families can explore animals, plants and much more at Penn State's 2016 Ag Progress Days expo, Aug. 16-18. Activities will keep kids active and entertained as they explore the event.