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July 10, 2009

With demonstrations on chainsaw safety and using tractors safely in the woods, free health screenings, and on-site agricultural-emergency specialists, this year's version of Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, will address the health and safety of farmers. ...

July 10, 2009

With a major renovation and addition nearly complete, the Pasto Agricultural Museum is giving visitors a glimpse of the museum's future, which will include more exhibits highlighting the history of farming and rural life. Both the new and old sections of the facility will be open for Ag Progress Days in August....

July 10, 2009

Two online seminars on forest issues will be offered this summer by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

July 10, 2009

More than 30 graduate students from five Penn State graduate programs over the last six years worked to restore and improve parts of the Spruce Creek watershed in central Pennsylvania....

July 8, 2009

Water is a necessary part of the process of extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale Formation, and Pennsylvania residents should concern themselves with the creation of public policies for managing and protecting water resources, according to a water-policy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Charles Abdalla, professor ...

July 7, 2009

While many Penn State students traded in the tedious, academic demands of spring semester for the fun-filled days of summer vacation, Morgan Firestine, an agribusiness management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, immersed herself in the research, customer service and business aspects of GROWMARK during her summer internship....

July 6, 2009

The disease that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine now threatens Pennsylvania's home-gardening explosion, and a plant-disease expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says hobbyists must work with commercial growers to protect the state's tomato and potato crops....

July 1, 2009

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- funded by a grant of approximately $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will study the interaction between weed-, insect- and soil-management methods for organic production of small grains, corn and soybeans. ...

June 29, 2009

Penn State Cooperative Extension has named Dennis Calvin interim director effective July 1. Calvin, who has been associate director since January 2006, will fill the post while a national search is conducted....

June 29, 2009

This year's unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that's wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

June 29, 2009

Through the combined efforts of Penn State students enrolled in the Landscape Contracting Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences and employees at the Office of Physical Plant (OPP), the enclosed courtyard at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus has seen a major overhaul. Before work began, the courtyard was a ...

June 23, 2009

There are an estimated 14,500 vacant lots in Pittsburgh, and a number of organizations throughout the region are coming together to make the best use possible of these derelict spaces. A new online video, titled "The Urban Side of Green: Part Three," tells the story of Penn State's contribution to this effort. ...

June 22, 2009

Visitors to Penn State's Berkey Creamery for a cone of the university's celebrated ice cream June 17 also got a taste of international diplomacy, as representatives of Poland's Ministry of Agriculture came to the University Park campus for a visit that acknowledged Penn State Cooperative Extension's contributions to that nation's agriculture....

June 18, 2009

Farmers should not be paying Pennsylvania sales tax on electricity, according to an energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. However, some are, noted Dennis Buffington, professor of agricultural engineering. "While visiting farms over the past few months, I was surprised to see that a number of producers were being charged ...

June 18, 2009

Three graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. ...

June 16, 2009

Beginning June 25, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer monthly online seminars addressing impacts related to the development of natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania....

June 15, 2009

It's a big world out there, and Jessica Rivera has seen a lot of it. Thanks to her Animal Bioscience major, combined with minors in Japanese and Equine Science, she's already had the opportunity to explore everything from the peaks of Mount Fuji to the land down under....

June 10, 2009

Scientists and nonscientists now have easy access to information about when living species and their ancestors originated, information that previously was difficult to find or inaccessible. Free access to the information is part of the new Timetree of Life initiative developed by Blair Hedges, a professor of biology at Penn State University, and ...

June 3, 2009

Several state and federal agencies, in collaboration with Penn State Cooperative Extension, are on the lookout for various species of invasive insects once again this summer in many parts of Pennsylvania. Survey efforts are targeting the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, which is deadly to ash trees....

June 3, 2009

Smokey Bear has been telling Americans since 1944, "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires," but a new bill under consideration in the state's General Assembly may begin to change Pennsylvania's approach to the blazes, according to forest experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....