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The annual Pennsylvania Cattlemen's Conference, co-sponsored by Penn State Extension, will feature an agricultural engineer's presentation about the sustainability of beef production.
Donors with a long history of supporting entrepreneurship education at Penn State have established a new scholarship endowment to help students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need. Alumnus Earl Harbaugh and his wife, Kay, of The Villages, Fla., created the Harbaugh Family Trustee Scholarship, the first Penn State Trustee Scholarship to support students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor.
Growth in minority populations in the United States is providing opportunities for the specialty-crop industry on the East Coast to fill the rising demand created by ethnically diverse consumers. To help agricultural producers and others to tap into these markets, researchers and extension staff from four land-grant universities will hold a one-day workshop on March 3 in Valley Forge.
A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on the latest, six-month natural gas production and waste figures released by the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Female Asian longhorned beetles lure males to their locations by laying down sex-specific pheromone trails on tree surfaces, according to an international team of researchers. The finding could lead to the development of a tool to manage this invasive pest that affects about 25 tree species in the United States.
Whitney VanArtsdalen has always loved animals.
Students majoring in Turfgrass Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences will receive first consideration for a new Trustee Scholarship established by a pair of Penn State alumni. William F. and Diane Randolph, of Powell, Ohio, created an endowment to fund the M. Forest Randolph and William F. Randolph Trustee Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in the college with demonstrated financial need.
Farmers should take extra precautions so drifting herbicides do not create unintended consequences on neighboring fields and farms, according to agricultural researchers.
Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across many species, even though animal aggression today varies widely from territorial fighting to setting up social hierarchies, according to researchers from Iowa State University, Penn State and Grand Valley State University.
A new series of Web-based seminars focusing on land use, offered by Penn State Extension, will kick off at noon on Feb. 19 with a presentation about transit-oriented communities.
A free public lecture titled "Hot Chocolate: Helping the Cacao Plant Adapt to Climate Change" will take place at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The speakers will be Mark Guiltinan and Siela Maximova, professors in the Department of Plant Science at Penn State.
The increasing use of chemical herbicides is often blamed for the declining plant biodiversity in farms. However, other factors beyond herbicide exposure may be more important to species diversity, according to Penn State researchers.
Many students have the chance to study abroad. Morgan Porter, a senior Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences major, took the concept to a new level last year.
Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.
The Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has named eight faculty members as distinguished professors.
In October 2013, the Sustainability Institute announced its new internal grant program, The Reinvention Fund, intended to support collaborative projects by faculty, staff and students that will improve and expand sustainability efforts at Penn State. Of the more than $700,000 allocated for investment in these projects, $102,000 has been dedicated to support proposals received by student teams.
A multi-pronged, systems approach to solving water pollution caused by nutrients in the environment is the focus of a new center housed in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. With a $2.2 million Science to Achieve Results grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, researchers will launch the Center for Integrated Multi-scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions.
Frigid winter temperatures might prompt homeowners, farmers and others to help heat houses, occupied outbuildings or other structures with kerosene or propane space heaters. But without proper precautions, that could be a fatal mistake, according to safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
Although the Steelers and Eagles didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, Pennsylvania and Penn State will still be represented on game day — on your plate. And more likely than not, Penn State experts have had a hand in developing, or evolving, many of the Keystone State’s famous finger foods.