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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....

June 3, 2009

While many students believe fruits and vegetables come from the grocery store, Brandon Allison, who graduated from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in 2007 with an Agribusiness Management degree, investigated the dynamics of fruit and vegetable production during an undergraduate internship with Seedway in 2006....

May 29, 2009

Feeding a world population of 6.7 billion is no small task, and that's why dwindling interest in the science responsible for a safe and abundant food supply may be cause for alarm, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

May 28, 2009

Growing up on a fruit and vegetable farm in Brookville, Pa., Becky Seigworth spent most of her time working at the family retail market where she developed a love of agriculture. But an internship in Ireland opened up a world of opportunities for the recent graduate from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

May 28, 2009

Jeffrey Catchmark sees the quest to unlock the mysteries of lignocellulose synthesis and assembly as one of the most important research pursuits of the next century. ...

May 28, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have extended for 18 months a collaborative effort to stop the spread of invasive plant species in state parks....

May 27, 2009

Approximately 200 Penn State employees packed the HUB-Robeson Center's Alumni Hall for their biyearly greening. The 2009 Spring Forum for the Future attracted individuals from all University units, offices and campuses. The morning-long conference focused on environmental purchasing and what Penn State is doing and can do to become more ...

May 22, 2009

Continuing reports on the spread of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu, have served as reminders that animal health and human health are more closely linked than many people realize, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

May 20, 2009

Pennsylvania Fuels for Schools and Beyond, a statewide working group promoting local, renewable energy alternatives for Pennsylvania schools and businesses, is holding a public meeting from 10 a.m. until noon on May 30 in the Special Events Building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College on Pa. ...

May 19, 2009

As Jenn Oliver will tell you, changing the wasteful energy-consumption habits of college students is a daunting task, but she tries every day. ...

May 18, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association's bi-annual trade exposition, May 29-30....

May 18, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences held its spring 2009 commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 in Eisenhower Auditorium. Robert Steele was the commencement speaker. He is dean of the college and is stepping down after 12 years to return full-time to the college's faculty as a professor in the Department of Food Science...

May 15, 2009

The winners of an international competition organized by Penn State for new plant-biology videos on YouTube were announced Friday (May 15). More than $8,000 in cash prizes were awarded in this first competition organized by ChloroFilms, a nonprofit collaborative project started by Daniel Cosgrove, the Eberly Professor of Biology at Penn State. ...