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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
April 23, 2010

Public water systems are required by law to protect customers and regularly test for impurities. But in Pennsylvania, 3.5 million residents are served by private water systems, such as wells, springs and cisterns, and they have no such legal oversight. "If you own your own private supply, it's all your own responsibility to provide clean water to ...

April 23, 2010

A Web-based resource developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is helping crop producers manage insects, diseases and weeds, often while reducing the need for pesticides....

April 22, 2010

Attenuated live vaccines that protect poultry against Newcastle Disease may be altering the genetic makeup of the wild virus strains, which could make future outbreaks unpredictable and difficult to tackle, according to biologists....

April 22, 2010

This year's take Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day event, presented by Penn State's Office of Human Resources and Educational Equity, took place Thursday, April 22, on the University Park campus. The event drew more than 500 participants and their mentors to 50 career sites highlighting the food industry, animals, nursing, horticulture, ...

Tom Murphy
April 21, 2010

Tom Murphy, extension educator in Lycoming County, was one of 16 individuals and organizations to receive a 2010 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

April 20, 2010

The Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network has announced its 2010 series of field days.

Tom Palchak, manager of the Berkey Creamery, explains creamery operations to a visiting delegation from five Asian countries.
April 19, 2010

An international delegation from south Asia visited the College of Agricultural Sciences recently to learn about best practices and new technologies for ensuring food safety.

April 17, 2010

Three graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been honored with University-wide awards this spring to recognize excellence in teaching, outreach or research. Robert D. Cameron, doctoral candidate in horticulture, received the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. Matthew R. Ryan, doctoral ...

April 16, 2010

The grass sometimes looks greener on the other side of the fence -- or in the other corner of the state -- not necessarily because it actually is greener, but because a disturbance in one's own backyard makes the local situation lose its luster. That's the case with some property owners in southwestern Pennsylvania as they compare their situations ...

April 15, 2010

Dave Mortensen, professor of weed ecology/biology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen to receive the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research....

April 14, 2010

"Salute to the Military Child," a free event in support of children and youth in local communities whose parents are serving in the military, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Pa....

April 14, 2010

Bryan Burhans, president and CEO of the American Chestnut Foundation and certified wildlife biologist, will present this year's Umbaugh Lecture at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, April 23, at Penn State DuBois.

April 12, 2010

The College of Agricultural Sciences' Office of Multicultural Programs will present "In Their Own Words," from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 19 in 324 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building.

April 12, 2010

When hip hop artist Drake brought "The Far Away from Home Tour" to Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center on April 9, college students got to take part in more than a party. They also participated in several events designed to raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sustainability....

April 9, 2010

The Penn State Extension Portable Classroom, titled “Natural Gas Drilling and Private Water Supplies,” won a Gold Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

April 9, 2010

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Crabgrass is the number-one weed problem in Pennsylvania lawns and can turn your picture-perfect turf into a real mess by late summer. But crabgrass can be controlled if you choose the right herbicide and apply it at the correct time of year, according to a turfgrass specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural ...

April 9, 2010

Some say there's nothing new under the sun, but researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are finding new ways to squeeze more out of it every year by extending Pennsylvania's growing season. They're also squeezing more out of this geographic growing zone by producing exotic fruits and vegetables normally found in more temperate ...

April 9, 2010

Having a knowledgeable and committed group of residents serving on a municipal tree commission is the best way to assure that public trees receive proper maintenance and contribute to a community's quality of life. To provide the training required to be an effective tree-commission member, Penn State Extension is partnering with several other ...

April 9, 2010

A renewable-energy team co-led by the College of Agricultural Sciences is being honored by the university's Office of Planning and Institutional Assessment for its effectiveness.

April 7, 2010

When viewers tuned in to watch the Master's the weekend of April 10 -- whether to see how Tiger Woods would play after his recent troubles, or just to watch the greatest golfers in the world perform on arguably the game's most prominent stage -- many no doubt marveled at the beauty of the Augusta National Golf Club....