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June 12, 2017

While Pennsylvania shale gas permits hit an eight-year low in 2016, issues relating to leasing, operations, air quality and royalties have been in the news, and numerous legislative bills and regulatory changes have been proposed to respond to these issues. A web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will provide a current legislative and regulatory update pertaining to shale energy.

People often have the mistaken idea that backyard birds and their eggs are free from Salmonella, but a recent study at Penn State showed a small percentage of positive eggs exist even in this sector. In fact, any poultry can be carriers of Salmonella, and they usually have no outward symptoms of disease.
June 9, 2017

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this spring reports that there are eight ongoing outbreaks of Salmonella in 47 states linked to backyard poultry in the United States. As of May 13, 71 people had been hospitalized — 36 percent of those infected are children under the age of 5. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported.

The transition period just before and after calving is the most critical period in the life of a dairy cow, so anything that can decrease metabolic diseases during that time could prove to be significant, researchers say. Nutritional strategies that improve animal health and immune response in transition cows are important. 
June 9, 2017

Americans drink more than 6 billion gallons of milk per year, and another 10 billion gallons are used to produce cheese, not to mention the milk that goes into products such as ice cream and yogurt. Yet, it's safe to say, most consumers take the wellbeing of dairy cows for granted. But the country's 65,000 dairy farmers don't -- they can't afford to.

Pennsylvania state Sen. Judith L. Schwank, D-11th District, will receive the 12th annual Friend of Penn State Legislative Award on June 15. 
June 8, 2017

Pennsylvania state Sen. Judith L. Schwank, D-11th District, will receive the 12th annual Friend of Penn State Legislative Award for the significant role she has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.

Melanie Miller Foster, assistant professor of international agriculture in the Office of International Programs, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Young Professional Award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.
June 7, 2017

Melanie Miller Foster, assistant professor of international agriculture in the Office of International Programs, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Young Professional Award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.

Miguel Saviroff
June 7, 2017

Three individuals have received the 2017 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Francis Alvaré participated in a multi-part prescribed fire experience for the National Guard at Fort Indiantown Gap as part of his major in forest ecosystem management.The National Guard conducts controlled fires to maintain the safety of its grounds and practice how to deal with wildfires.
June 6, 2017

Francis Alvaré, a forest ecosystem management major with a minor in military studies, assisted the National Guard's forestry department in a series of prescribed fires on training facilities as part of an independent study program in the spring of 2017.

Blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, often carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
June 6, 2017

Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state. Although it is unclear whether the number of ticks actually is higher this spring — and if so, why — it nonetheless is always a good idea to take precautions to avoid ticks and the diseases they can transmit, according to entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

June 6, 2017

In keeping with Penn State's recent focus on microbiome research, the University will join the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner, both organizations announced on June 6. An international, nonprofit consortium of academic institutions, large and small companies, and governmental agencies, the Phytobiomes Alliance was established in 2016 to coordinate public-private research projects on various aspects of agriculturally relevant phytobiomes.

Previous studies have shown that, generally, there has been a decline in walleye populations in Wisconsin lakes and that warming water temperatures seem to be the culprit. But researchers have seen variability in the trend from lake to lake, so they are trying to determine what other factors are involved.
June 4, 2017

A few degrees, on average, can make a huge difference in lakes and streams as aquatic species struggle to compete and in some cases survive, and that's why a warming climate is of concern to fisheries managers.

June 1, 2017

The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently became the first such department in the country -- and the University became one of just a few academic institutions -- to take the lead for their state in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's GenomeTrakr network.

A panel of experts closed out Penn State Energy Days 2017. From left to right: Karen Thole, Chéri Faso Olf, Scott Foster, Thomas Foust and Hari Osofsky.
May 30, 2017

Energy leaders from around the country took part in the second annual Energy Days conference on May 22–23 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The group sought to identify and address the energy challenges facing our society.

Reduced substance abuse among young adults
May 30, 2017

PROSPER, a community-based preventive intervention system, delivered in middle school, shows that participants had up to a 41 percent reduction in substance abuse during the first year after leaving high school.

May 24, 2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.

Will Miller, a doctoral degree candidate in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, is studying  the spread of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania deer by focusing on whether some animals might be susceptible to the disease because of their genes. 
May 23, 2017

The recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that it found 25 more wild deer with chronic wasting disease last year underlines the importance of studies being conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Marvin Hall, Penn State professor of forage management in the Department of Plant Science, on the site of his latest research project, a reclaimed strip mine in Clearfield County.
May 23, 2017

Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is currently working a project to bring highly productive life back to damaged land by planting a crop — switchgrass — that can be used as an alternative fuel source.

May 23, 2017

Amber Gabel leveraged the academics, scholarship options, internship programs, and alumni network in the College of Agricultural Sciences to prepare for a career in dairy cattle genetics.

Penn State's academic rank promotions have been announced for tenure-line faculty members, effective July 1.
May 22, 2017

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.

Hunter Swisher and Penn State President Eric Barron on the Penn State Golf Course.
May 19, 2017

Penn State President Eric Barron joined providers of entrepreneurship resources in celebrating innovative Penn State startup, Phospholutions, on Thursday, May 18, at the Penn State Golf Course in State College.