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December 11, 2009

With half of all current farmers in the United States likely to retire in the next decade, federal and state agriculture officials are looking for ways to encourage and assist the new generation of farmers that will produce the nation's food and fiber in the future. Two groups of researchers and extension educators in Penn State's College of ...

December 10, 2009

The many faces of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be evident at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 9-16 in Harrisburg. The showpiece will be an exhibit highlighting a wide range of research and outreach related to water quality, ...

December 10, 2009

Jude Liu, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is conducting research on the logistics of handling massive quantities of biomass. He recently received a $100,000 grant from the Sun Grant Initiative to support his work. ...

December 9, 2009

As natural-gas drilling activities increase across the commonwealth, Pennsylvanians are finding they may have to drill a bit deeper to find answers to current legal questions unearthed by regional gas exploration. Penn State Cooperative Extension will sponsor a Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, featuring Ross Pifer, director of ...

December 7, 2009

Developing new ideas to make our world more environmentally friendly will take creative imagination and out-of-the-box dreaming. Ten Penn State students have received financial support to pursue their "greenest" dreams with $5,000 scholarships from a professional football team and a pharmaceutical manufacturer....

December 7, 2009

For many people who celebrate the Christmas holiday, one of the traditions of the season is finding the family tree. Whether the hunt for the right one takes place on a Christmas tree farm or nursery or at a tree stand in the city, everyone is looking for the perfect tree. Ricky Bates, Penn State associate professor of ornamental horticulture, has ...

December 4, 2009

A nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling a Penn State-led group of researchers to continue studies on the potential effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. The grant is part of federal stimulus funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act....

December 4, 2009

Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads. ...

December 4, 2009

The holiday season and an uncertain economy have many shoppers looking at an old stand-by with new appreciation. A consumer-finance specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences explains that the "new" option of layaway offers a useful means for purchasing big- and medium-ticket holiday gifts....

December 3, 2009

As a junior in the community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Juliane Klos is constantly engaged in classes where the discussion strays thousands of miles away from Penn State's University Park campus....

November 24, 2009

Lots of folks get the wrong idea about pond-owner education offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension, according to Bryan Swistock. The programs have nothing to do with those ornamental backyard ponds that have become so popular these days, and everything to do with wider and serious water-quality concerns. ...

November 20, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- All of the students of St. Matthew School in Tyrone will tell you that they took a great field trip to Penn State recently: they handled huge cockroaches, conducted a mock "CSI" forensic science lab and ended the day with Penn State ice cream sundaes. They also left with a better understanding of the role of agriculture and ...

November 18, 2009

An ongoing series of monthly, Web-based seminars addressing issues surrounding Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale natural-gas boom will continue through the winter. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Cooperative Extension, upcoming webinars will cover topics such as legal issues, post-leasing considerations ...

November 18, 2009

Proposed changes to Pennsylvania's effluent standards regulating total dissolved solids (TDS) and related substances could affect the state's oil and gas industries and other water users. To help citizens understand the proposed changes, Penn State Cooperative Extension has prepared a free publication, "Shaping Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania's ...

November 17, 2009

It's Mike Hulet's job to talk turkeys, whether to students at Penn State's Poultry Education and Research Center or to poultry growers across Pennsylvania, one of the nation's top poultry-producing states. The associate professor of poultry science shared insights into emerging research and answers to frequently asked questions about what was ...

November 16, 2009

As legislators, environmentalists and others strive to balance the many interests involved in developing the natural gas deposits contained in the Marcellus shale formation, a fierce bidding war has doubled the prices being offered for leases in Pennsylvania. The resulting competition could be a boon for landowners, according to experts in Penn ...

November 16, 2009

November is National Diabetes Month -- a good time, according to Penn State Cooperative Extension educators, to raise awareness of a program that has seen early success in helping those with Type 2 diabetes to manage the disease....

November 11, 2009

Hogs Galore of Julian, Pa. set up shop for dinner on Friday, Nov. 6 in Findlay Dining Commons. The tasty event was a part of Food Services' PA Pride Series, a bi-semester showcasing of local cuisine and products from regional farms and businesses....

November 10, 2009

Although Holly Harmar Shimizu can't remember what she thought she'd be doing 30 years after graduating from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, she realized after a recent visit to the University that she is doing what she hoped to all along: working with public horticulture....

November 6, 2009

It seems like a strange concept -- bandages made from cellulose produced by microbes that contribute to wound healing -- but to hear Jeffrey Catchmark explain it, the idea makes perfect sense. ...