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August 20, 2010

The introduction of species like "Frankenfish" or "Rock Snot" into Pennsylvania waters doesn't sound pretty, and it's not. These are just two of the more colorful nicknames for aquatic invaders, but the innocent-sounding ones -- such as parrot feather or water chestnut -- also have the capacity to spell doom for some local ponds and streams....

August 19, 2010

Ramping up biofuels production to replace fossil fuels and provide a significant portion of the nation's energy will require nothing short of a transformation of the U.S. agricultural, transportation and energy sectors in the next few decades, according to a bioenergy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

August 18, 2010

Penn State is creating an education and research center focused on the Marcellus Shale to help state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, industry and environmental groups protect the Commonwealth's water resources, forests and transportation infrastructure while advocating for a science-based and responsible approach to handling ...

August 17, 2010

Turns out, for most people, eating between meals may not be such a bad thing after all....

August 17, 2010

Some college students say they don't know what they want to do after graduation because they simply have no idea. For Lisa Ward, it's different. She has lots of ideas -- so many careers hold an attraction for the Penn State Agricultural Science major....

August 16, 2010

Three county commissioners -- Mark Smith of Bradford County, Pamela Tokar-Ickes of Somerset County and Paul Heimel of Potter County -- will be the featured speakers during a free, Web-based seminar titled, "Local Natural Gas Task Force Initiatives," which will air at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19. Sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, the webinar ...

August 13, 2010

Federal and state lawmakers will hold public events to hear comments on various agricultural issues and Chesapeake Bay restoration on Aug. 17 and 18 during Penn State's Ag Progress Days....

August 13, 2010

Nothing says agricultural marketing like four iPads and a wireless router, but that's how it's being done with the PA MarketMaker program this year at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17 to 19. The center aisle of Dairy and Livestock Tent #2 on West 12th Street will be going high-tech this year as ag economists debut a new interactive database ...

August 12, 2010

From the headlines, you might think America was under attack by an army of millimeter-sized parasites. Media reports have bed bug "epidemics" plaguing cities from New York City to Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles. Similar upticks in bed bug populations have been reported in recent years, an apparent resurgence after almost 50 years of relative ...

Robert Steele
August 10, 2010

Robert Steele, professor of food science and former dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was among three people recently honored by the State Conservation Commission for dedication in protecting the state's natural resources and agriculture.

August 10, 2010

Mandel Smith, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator in Montgomery County, is the recipient of the 2010 Family and Consumer Science Scholarship in honor of Helen E. Bell.

August 10, 2010

Pennsylvania harvested $34.5 million worth of potatoes in 2009. It's no surprise, then, that with the state's proximity to population centers in the Northeast, potato farming is a big deal -- big enough to warrant research through the Penn State Potato Variety Trials, which will be showcased with displays and demonstration plots during Ag Progress ...

August 10, 2010

In the last several years, beekeepers across the country have seen the overall number of pollinator bee colonies drop dramatically. By each winter's end, about three out of every 10 colonies die out. Penn State experts gathered colleagues from around the world to try to figure out what is causing the death and disappearance of honeybees and other ...

August 9, 2010

Unplug the TV, turn off the computer and force the kids to quit stalling and go to bed. Doing so can help parents and caregivers recover up to 200 hours of sleep a year lost due to children's nighttime awakenings, according to a Penn State Cooperative Extension expert....

August 4, 2010

Big-box stores are featuring prominent and colorful displays of back-to-school gear, hoping for excited parents to quickly make choices and move on. But by budgeting for back-to-school clothing and supplies, a family can purchase exactly what is needed and save money, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

August 4, 2010

The commercial side of agriculture will be on display at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, according to Ag Progress Days manager Bob Oberheim....

August 3, 2010

Seven members of the faculty and staff in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received an Honor Award from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Aug. 3 for their efforts in helping to wipe out plum pox virus in Pennsylvania. USDA Honor Awards recognize accomplishments that help ensure access to safe, nutritious and balanced meals ...

August 3, 2010

In "The Omnivore's Dilemma," author Michael Pollan attempts to answer the question "What should we have for dinner?" As the title suggests, deciding what to eat -- especially when faced with so many choices -- is not as straightforward as it once was. Sometimes, Pollan argues, connecting the ingredients in our diet back to the natural world takes ...

July 30, 2010

Your mother was right -- breakfast is the most important meal of the day, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

July 29, 2010

Penn State is well known for its traditional excellence in dairy and animal science education, and some of that expertise will be exhibited at the Animal Sciences Facility at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19. ...