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April 24, 2009

A recent Penn State report finds that a statewide energy-conservation and energy-efficiency program offers a cost-effective method of reducing both energy consumption and past-due energy bills among low-income Pennsylvanians....

April 24, 2009

Gabriella Varga, professor of animal science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been selected to receive the College's 2009 Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society, the award recognizes faculty members for overall effectiveness in student advising, individual ...

April 23, 2009

Six young people were selected to serve a one-year term as the executive officers of the 2009 Pennsylvania 4-H Council at the Pennsylvania State 4-H Leadership Conference held recently in State College....

April 23, 2009

Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences celebrated Earth Day April 22 by hosting an event to heighten agricultural awareness. ...

April 23, 2009

John Ewing, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2009 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in the Agricultural Sciences for his article, "Types and Cognitive Levels of Questions Asked By Professors During College of Agriculture Class Sessions."...

April 23, 2009

As warm weather arrives, campers setting out on the hiking trail to get in touch with Mother Nature will need to remember food safety. A food expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is presenting handy tips through a program called, "Food Safety on the Trail," which will promote a more conscientious attitude toward food safety....

April 20, 2009

Much of the world's population lacks access to safe water. Bill Sharpe, Penn State professor of emergency forest hydrology, said the world's water supply is endangered, and the possibility that the next big war will be over water, instead of oil, is very real....

April 17, 2009

Richard Johnson has accepted the position of Horticulturist at The Arboretum at Penn State beginning on May 1. Johnson will be responsible for providing curatorial and maintenance oversight to the Arboretum's plant collections and gardens, organizing and coordinating the volunteer program, and working with Extension and resident education faculty ...

April 17, 2009

Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a novice green thumb, you can join the fight to save the honeybees by planting your own pollinator-friendly garden this spring, according to a horticulture specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

April 17, 2009

Ottar Bjornstad, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen to receive the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research. The honor recognizes significant accomplishments in agricultural research at Penn State. ...

April 17, 2009

Brynn Kepler was not sure what to do with her Animal Sciences major, but she never expected that a brief meeting with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff would lead to a decision....

April 16, 2009

In 1969 Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the Woodstock festival changed music and perhaps the culture forever, Sesame Street debuted on television and Richard Nixon became president. The first quarter of that year was also the only one in Pennsylvania since 1895 drier than the start of 2009, according to Penn State weather and precipitation ...

April 14, 2009

Amid today's bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment, one industry is flourishing: vegetable seeds. This year, some suppliers have reported huge increases in seed sales while others have simply sold out. The reason? A grow-it-yourself trend that is germinating a 19-percent increase in home gardening, according to the National Gardening ...

April 14, 2009

An invasion of soybean aphids poses a problem for soybean farmers requiring application of pesticides, but a team of Penn State entomologists thinks a careful choice of nitrogen-fixing bacteria may provide protection against the sucking insects....

April 10, 2009

Three graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received prestigious university-wide awards recognizing their research and teaching achievements....

April 10, 2009

A new publication available from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides a guide for agricultural property owners who want to develop a wildlife-management plan for their farmland....

April 9, 2009

Chinese officials claimed they prevented rain on the first day of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by launching rockets into the rain clouds the night before. Emeritus professor of meteorology Charles L. Hosler asserts that the good weather that day was coincidental. While the impact that humans can have on the weather is currently negligible, Hosler ...

April 9, 2009

When Jeff Nagle was a student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, he used to dream up landscaping plans for local homes and present them to homeowners as projects for a landscape design class. Today, more than a decade later, he is no longer dreaming up landscaping plans -- he is turning them into reality and supervising their ...

April 9, 2009

If Pennsylvania's divorced single mothers are to decrease their dependence on welfare programs, an enhanced, education-oriented approach to public assistance programs is needed, according to a study conducted by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

April 9, 2009

Baseball fields, soybean plots, golf courses and your lawn -- what do these things have in common? Each of them consists of areas maintained with the help of turfgrass and agricultural equipment. A lack of service technicians to keep this machinery running could make it harder for everything from teeing off to harvesting crops. ...