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Penn State Extension's 4-H youth development program has received a $100,000 donation from Shell Oil Company to support the growth of 4-H science programming in 11 Pennsylvania counties in 2014. John Hines, government relations representative for Shell, presented the check to 4-H'ers during a ceremony held Jan. 6 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Sean Fitzsimmons was one of the lucky 13 chosen from around the country to work as an intern at Ball Horticultural Co. in 2012.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students in entomology are building upon their international experiences by conducting a new graduate seminar series on tropical entomology. The students, Ariel Rivers and Loren Rivera-Vega, are enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development dual-title degree program, which provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.
Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by two Penn State alumni. With a $50,000 gift, Jay and Joyce Rush, of Boalsburg, created the Jay V. and Joyce H. Rush Family Trustee Scholarship.
Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids -- an expensive, yet effective, solution that has been widely adopted by farmers -- may now be unnecessary in some areas.
Programs that develop and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive a boost as a result of a gift from an alumnus of the college and his wife. William and Margaret Donley, of Pittsburgh, targeted their $50,000 gift to an existing endowment that provides programmatic support for the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.
On-farm internships and land-link programs are two important models for increasing the number of farmers in the sustainable-agriculture movement, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Beef, sheep, meat-goat and swine producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of four home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension this winter.
Picture this: a flock of parrots gathered around a television, watching Cinderella. If that sounds unrealistic, think again. Ashley Hallowell, a graduate from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences veterinary and biomedical sciences program, got to witness this very spectacle during her internship with the Philadelphia Zoo last year.
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2013 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $760 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Denise Gardner, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences extension enologist, recently achieved the Certified Specialist of Wine designation from the Society of Wine Educators.
The reclamation of cuttings from the drilling of Marcellus Shale natural gas wells and the construction of gas pipelines is the subject of a Web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19.
A diverse team of judges has recognized an interdisciplinary team of graduate students as the grand prize winner of $10,000 in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) at Penn State.
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored three of its graduates with 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni. Recipients were Scott A. Burk, of Boalsburg; H. Louis Moore, of Linden Hall; and A. David Carroll Jr., of Berks County.
Penn State junior Kenzie Brancato had a revelation of sorts when she interned with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition last year.
The economic impact of Marcellus Shale natural gas development in counties where the most drilling is occurring is the subject of a Web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.
In all but the shortest supply chains, food travels through wholesale distribution centers on its way from farm to consumer, and the location of these distributors can have a big impact on the efficiency of a food system. Now, a new mathematical model can help business owners and policy makers determine the optimal locations for such distributors, thanks to a research team led by an engineer in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Vegetable and small-fruit growers will have a chance to gain knowledge that can enhance their operations during a series of monthly, Web-based seminars that will kick off Dec. 18. Presented by Penn State Extension in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension, the webinars will provide timely updates in vegetable and small-fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York and surrounding states.
Some companies could economically convert their operations to wood boilers for heat and power, according to a team of forestry researchers.
Alexandra Lukasiewicz got an up-close look at the oceans' mysteries while she studied abroad in Bonaire.