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Environmental resource management might sound like a white-collar desk job to most, but to Tyler Yost, it is much more. Last summer he studied abroad in Germany, where he had the opportunity to put his Penn State education to practical use.
"The most affordable foods, the most inflation-resistant foods, the most accessible foods are the least healthy foods. ... When you marry this information to the information on what our policies do at the farm level, it's hard to escape the conclusion that what Americans are overeating is exactly what we're incenting our farmers to produce." -- David Wallinga, senior adviser in science, food and health at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis. Wallinga delivered the 2013 M. E. John Lecture on April 19 in the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on Penn State's University Park campus. His talk, titled “Growing Health: A Vision for U.S. Food and Agriculture Policy,” was sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, and by the College of Agricultural Sciences.
It's time to plant, prune, prepare beds and spruce up the landscape. Residents from around the region can get a head start by visiting the Garden Fair and Plant Sale hosted by Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County on May 18 at the Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.
Proposed new Food and Drug Administration regulations developed under the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, will affect how Pennsylvania farmers, processors and retailers operate. But the devil is in the still-to-be-finalized details, and implementing the most sweeping changes to the nation's food-safety laws in more than 70 years will require collaboration, communication and education.
Possible shale-gas development in the Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County will be the focus of a free, Web-based seminar sponsored by Penn State Extension. To be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, "Information on Potential Loyalsock State Forest Natural Gas Development" is a special presentation recently added to a monthly series of one-hour webinars.
In the wake of several manure-pit fatalities on mid-Atlantic farms in recent years, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have published a new, international standard to vent confined animal-manure storage facilities used at large livestock operations.
The explosion in popularity of water gardening has resulted in the proliferation of aquatic invasive species, according to Diane Oleson, a Penn State Extension educator based in York County, who created an educational program that shows water gardeners how to avoid giving aquatic invaders a free ride.
Two women from the Penn State Woodsmen Team placed first in their events at a competition in Syracuse, N.Y., on March 23, defeating their opponents in the women's obstacle course and women's stock saw.
Penn State's Block and Bridle Club was named the No. 1 club in the nation for chapter activities at the 93rd annual Block and Bridle Convention, held April 4 to 6 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Three Penn State engineering faculty members have been named winners of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.
Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum will hold its first open house of 2013 during Blue-White Weekend on Sunday, April 21.
Reservoirs of natural gas in the Utica Shale formation will be the focus of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension. To be presented at 2:30 p.m. on April 24, "Utica Reservoirs" is part of a monthly series of one-hour webinars.
Penn State Extension and Penn State Small Business Development Center will host Social Media Boot Camp for businesses. The basic training will be held June 18-19 in 115 Keller Building on the University Park campus.
To most people, swimming with sharks in an enclosed area would be terrifying, but to Jenifer McAndrew, it is just another day on the job.
Nina Jenkins and Matt Thomas of Penn State's entomology department will host the NanoDays Science Café from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Zola New World Bistro, 324 W. College Ave., State College, Pa.
The tours and presentations have been finalized for Penn State's first statewide Private Forest Landowners Conference, and the program promises to be unparalleled for providing forest stewardship information to Pennsylvania citizens.
Jerome K. Pasto, associate dean emeritus in the College of Agricultural Sciences and founder and namesake of the Pasto Agricultural Museum, died March 17 at the age of 97.
Matthew Royer, an environmental attorney, with experience working for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been named as the new director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar showing community leaders how to better engage local citizens in issues surrounding land-use planning. To be presented at noon and 7 p.m. on April 17, "Developing More Effective Citizen Engagement: A How-To Guide for Community Leaders," will give participants thoughtful suggestions for dealing with and involving citizens in land-use decision making.
Matthew Thomas, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology, has been chosen to receive the 2012-13 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research. The award, which includes a $1,500 cash stipend and a plaque, recognizes significant accomplishments in agricultural research at Penn State.