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With the arrival of summer comes the activity of pollinators -- birds, bees, butterflies and more -- which are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, pollution and climate change. To help them, the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, the Penn State Master Gardener Program and The Arboretum at Penn State are partnering to create a large network of public and private pollinator gardens throughout central Pennsylvania.
GreenTowers, a local start-up run by Penn State students, have announced the launch of their Kickstarter campaign, as a way to fund their newest prototype, the Living Table. The crowdfunding campaign will begin on June 30. GreenTowers, LLC originated two years ago as a student research team at Penn State, dedicated towards finding a solution to the growing concern of how to feed 9.5 billion people in the year 2050.
A variety of new and returning events will delight horse lovers of all ages who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days this year, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The event's Equine Experience, Aug. 12-14, will offer a full schedule of training and breed clinics, demonstrations, informational displays and lectures.
Penn State's equine science team uses microchips, social media and live-streaming video technologies throughout the life cycle of the University's horses and during the department’s various events.
Contrary to recent well-publicized research, habitat loss, not insecticide use, continues to be the best explanation for the declines in grassland bird populations in the U.S. since the 1980s, according to a new study by ecologists.
A unique timber frame structure, built onsite during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, will be included in the Pasto Agricultural Museum's annual silent auction.
Urban agriculture -- including its economics, successes and challenges -- will be the topic of a free Web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. June 27. The 90-minute webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.
Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has begun a one-year term as president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, an organization of U.S. and internationally based members who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation.
Penn State student Celine Colbert spent last summer in the West assisting with research that may help to prevent severe wildfires.
With recent headlines about dangerous "superbugs," an outbreak of Salmonella from chicken parts on the West Coast and the announcement by a national restaurant chain that it plans to serve only "antibiotic-free" chicken, it's no wonder the public is alarmed and confused.
A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will analyze the natural gas potential of another shale formation.
Most college students originally enrolled in their studies following high school graduation, but Penn State food science major Steve Bookbinder took a different path.
The UNESCO Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership through Sport and Recreation will be held Aug. 28 at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in conjunction with the American football game between Penn State and the University of Central Florida, scheduled for Aug. 30 at the stadium.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students -- each from different backgrounds and primary areas of study -- graduated this spring with something in common. Both gained valuable international experience and earned dual degrees that make them stand out as they embark on their professional careers.
“The Power of Agricultural Cooperative Extension: 100 Years of Penn State Service,” an exhibition, is on display June 17 through September 15, in The Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library, Penn State University Park.
Conservation easements and their role in enhancing the landscapes and greenways of Pennsylvania communities will be the topic of a Web-based seminar in a land-use series offered by Penn State Extension.
By 2040, 63 percent of the nation’s electricity will be generated by lower-carbon options, which will result in double-digit demand for green energy jobs. Penn State is launching graduate certificate programs in bioenergy, solar energy, wind energy, and sustainability management and policy, delivered online by Penn State World Campus, to prepare adults for these jobs.
Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application -- or app -- called "H2OSolutions," to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.The objective of the app is to help users diagnose the causes of observed water-quality problems and guide water-testing decisions.
Penn State Extension will offer the Dive Deeper -- Youth Water Educators' Summit at the Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg on Sept. 25.
Bradford County dairy farmer Robert E. Macafee encouraged his children to attend college, and all three were able to graduate from Penn State. Now other students may have that same opportunity, thanks in part to the generosity of Macafee's family. With a pledge of $50,000, Macafee's widow, Joan, of Sayre, Pennsylvania, has created the Robert E. Macafee Memorial Trustee Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.