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A professor in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been honored by The Wildlife Society for his wildlife research.
A Penn State Soil Judging Team finished first in the Northeast Regional Soil Judging Contest held Oct. 21 to 25 near Adamstown, Md.
If you want to do something good for the environment, consider not mowing so much grass, advises an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
We've all heard versions of the story, and many of us have relatives or ancestors who were a part of it. Small farmers, the story goes, are being squeezed out of business by large-scale, "industrial agricultural" corporations. Forced to buy patented, more expensive but higher-yielding hybrid seeds and the fertilizer and pesticides they require from multinational conglomerates, farmers harvest larger crops but at the price of rising debt. It is sometimes portrayed as a David and Goliath morality play -- with Goliath winning -- but the reality is much more complicated.
Despite continuing development, urban sprawl and changing land use, Pennsylvania's forest area has remained stable in recent decades, according to a forest scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
A project spearheaded by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Uganda's Makarere University is helping African youths establish businesses and generate income. And these young people, in turn, are providing services that can help farmers improve dairy nutrition and increase milk production.
The Berkey Creamery at Penn State is known as one of the best college creameries in the nation -- but it's not the only one of its kind. Creameries have been a staple of life at land-grant universities, where educating farmers about safe and innovative farming practices long has been part of the curriculum.
For Michael Bartolomucci, majoring in Agricultural Systems Management in college wasn't his first goal – it wasn't even his second or third. But now, as an adult student, he calls Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences home.
We rely on them for virtually all of the fruits and vegetables that grace our tables. Yet our country's farmworkers are among the poorest of the working poor. Working long hours in the fields, they are constantly exposed, not just to hardship and severe weather but to dangerous pesticides. As Amy Snipes puts it, "Farmwork is more than an occupation. It is a condition of risk." An assistant professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, Snipes spends months at a time with farmworker families, observing and recording their lives and concerns as she works alongside them in the field.
An information night for the spring semester course “Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in the North American Context” and Maymester field study (CED 497B and 497C) will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in 113 Thomas Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. This program offers students an opportunity to learn about the history, culture and ways of life of the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe Nations in northern Minnesota through an unforgettable, immersive field study experience.
Cheese making certainly has become an art, especially with the increasing desire of cheese makers to create their own unique product. With rising interest among consumers in knowing where their food comes from and who makes it, standing out matters.
What level of fall wild turkey harvest by hunters causes population declines? That's what researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are learning midway through a five-year study of the birds.
Penn State Berks professors and students were recognized for their research at the 37th annual meeting of the Waterbird Society in Wilhelshaven Germany in September. Jennifer Arnold, associate professor of biology; Stephen Oswald, instructor in biology; and three students -- Amy Rutter, Christy Wails and Brittany Morey; were all recognized for their work. Amy Rutter, junior wildlife and fisheries science major, has been conducting research at Penn State Berks for one year, and has completed an international conservation Internship. She won the Best Student Poster Award.
Unused prescription medications should not be flushed or washed down the drain because the residue from pharmaceuticals adversely affects fish and other aquatic species, according to a Penn State Extension water specialist.
As part a newly formed organization, student members of the Teach Ag! Society in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were not sure what to expect when they chose to do a domestic study-abroad trip to Arizona. But over the course of eight days, 1,500 miles, six agriscience-education programs and three national parks, they found more than they were looking for.
Kerry Kaylegian, dairy foods research and extension associate and director of the Center for Food Manufacturing in the Department of Food Science, has been named recipient of the Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
For the average person, ignorance is bliss. But for Alyssa Patt, not knowing was not an option during her internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
About one in four graduates from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences move on to graduate school, veterinary school, law school or other professional courses -- showing that a bachelor's degree in the ag sciences is a great foundation for acquiring another degree.
For more than half a century scientists have looked on the DNA molecule as life's blueprint, but biological engineers are beginning to see the molecule not as a static plan, but more like a snippet of life's computer code that they can program. Penn State researchers are now unraveling the mystery of how nature codes and recodes this program to address some of the world's biggest challenges, says Howard Salis, assistant professor of biological engineering and chemical engineering.
Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal officials assess the impacts of land use on local governments.