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July 6, 2010

The same spirit of cooperation that led to the passage of state legislation transferring ownership of about 1,800 acres of former Rockview prison land will help the new landowners manage the property for maximum public benefits, according to Bruce McPheron, dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

July 6, 2010

Determining how to save Penn State's elm trees is an ongoing collaboration between University researchers and groundskeepers. Capturing disease-carrying insects to study them has been an elusive task, but researchers believe existing efforts to prevent Dutch elm disease may be a clue to keeping the landmark trees safe from elm yellows....

July 2, 2010

By its nature, a national conference on manure tends to generate more dung jokes than ecological perspective. But at Penn State's 2010 Manure Expo on July 15, humor will give way to insights on principles of environmental balance and nutrient utilization....

July 1, 2010

It's not unusual for someone to love puppies, chocolate or summer. Nor is it strange for someone to love listening to the Beatles, receiving presents or going to the beach. However, it is a bit peculiar for someone to love what Erick Landis does. He fell head over heels for ... turf....

June 29, 2010

Some low-income mothers are more likely than others to introduce their infants to cow's milk too soon. In doing so, they may put their children at risk of health complications, according to a study by researchers at Penn State and the Institute for Children and Poverty, New York....

June 25, 2010

Top researchers, government officials and representatives of organizations from around the world will be presenting their latest findings on honeybees and other pollinators at the inaugural International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy being held by the Penn State Center for Pollinator Research, July 24-28 at the University ...

June 25, 2010

When you think of summer camp, you might envision activities such as volleyball, swimming, hiking, and arts and crafts. You probably wouldn't imagine food microbiology and searching for clues to the cause of an outbreak of foodborne illness. Still, that was the focus of a camp that was held for students in grades 7 to 9 at Penn State's University ...

June 25, 2010

A mechanism that regulates stem-cell differentiation in mice testes suggests a similar process that may trigger degenerative disease in humans, according to a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences reproductive physiologist. ...

June 24, 2010

For a special group of graduating Penn State engineering students, a spring 2010 capstone project involved something unexpected -- a 500-pound plastic horse. Davis Hill, director of Penn State Cooperative Extension's Managing Agricultural Emergencies program, came up with the idea to prepare for dealing with farm crises involving real livestock....

June 21, 2010

Most people have no concept about how much water they use in their homes, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Clean water is a finite resource, he said. Like any other commodity on this Earth, it won't last forever if we don't conserve and use it wisely. ...

June 21, 2010

The recent eruption of a Marcellus shale gas well in Clearfield County has triggered investigations by state agencies. A Penn State Cooperative Extension water specialist said it also should remind Pennsylvanians that drilling can impact surrounding water resources, and well owners near any drill sites should take steps to monitor their drinking ...

June 21, 2010

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding celebrated Dairy Month in Pennsylvania recently with a giant ice cream sundae and praise for the state's dairy industry. An economist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said, along with the praise, dairy farmers are hoping for a little financial help....

June 13, 2010

When raising corn, straw left in the field after grain harvesting, along with legume cover crops reduces nitrogen leaching into waterways, but may lower economic return, according to research conducted in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

June 11, 2010

Pennsylvania's two largest river basins are fountains of information channeling streams of water-quality data to researchers worldwide through remote sensors that dot these waterways. In light of the state's Marcellus shale gas boom, Penn State Cooperative Extension will sponsor a free, Web-based seminar, to air at 1 p.m. on June 17, that will ...

June 11, 2010

From literature to art to science, Penn State offers students a plethora of academic interests, but choosing is never easy. For recent graduate Brooke Osborne, two years of searching led her to the College of Agricultural Sciences, where she excelled in toxicology....

June 7, 2010

Ten people are losing their jobs and dozens of additional positions are being eliminated through attrition as a result of budget shortfalls in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences caused by state appropriations that have not kept pace with rising costs....

June 7, 2010

Penn State has received a $250,000 gift to endow a graduate fellowship in entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. At the request of the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, the endowment will be named the Lorenzo L. Langstroth Graduate Fellowship in Entomology, in honor of the 19th century apiarist widely considered to be the "father ...

June 4, 2010

A dairy nutritionist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is conducting genetic research with mice to determine if cows can be influenced by diet to produce milk with a higher fat content. You read that right. "On the surface, it may seem like a strange concept, experimenting with mice to learn things about cows," said Kevin ...

June 4, 2010

The 2010 edition of Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition will take place from Aug. 17-19, and organizers are planning a variety of activities of interest to agricultural producers, consumers and families, according to manager Bob Oberheim....

June 4, 2010

Fred Gouker came out of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences this spring with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture and a wealth of knowledge as a plant researcher....