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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Seven Penn State students were recognized as recipients of Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation scholarships at a ceremony during the 2015 Farm Show. Front row (from left): Atalie Winters, Katrina Reiff, Alyshia Talmage, Jaylene Lesher and Katherine Dent. Back row (from left): Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture George Greig, Matthew Snyder, Will Jonas and Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Senior Associate Dean Barbara Christ. 
January 15, 2015

Seven Penn State students, including six enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences, were among 24 who received scholarships from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation during the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The students were recognized in a ceremony before the show's Junior Livestock Auction and Sale of Champions on Jan. 13.

January 13, 2015

A series of Web-based Penn State Extension seminars covering various land-use topics will kick off with a session about using an "official map" to aid in proactively planning for future growth.

January 9, 2015

A free, Web-based seminar focusing on the recycling and disposal of fluids from oil and gas drilling will be offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team.

Populations of wild brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis -- an economically, socially and ecologically important species of conservation concern -- have declining precipitously throughout the fish's native range in the eastern United States.
January 6, 2015

A new model that can accurately identify stream sections that still hold suitable habitat for wild brook trout will help fisheries managers from Maine to Georgia find and protect habitat for this fish, which is an economically, socially and ecologically important species.

Penn State Extension food safety and nutrition educators Rick Kralj (left) and Marcia Weber discuss food preservation methods with a Pennsylvania Cable Network crew at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
December 22, 2014

If you enjoy gardening and then preserving the fruits of your labor for consumption year-round, you may want to visit the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 10-17 in Harrisburg. The college will offer a series of daily presentations, many featuring the expertise of Penn State Master Gardeners, who will offer tips and advice for maximizing the productivity of vegetable and flower gardens.

Since she was 10 years old, Arianna De Reus has been volunteering in developing countries, where she has seen how poverty affects national security.
December 18, 2014

Arianna De Reus, a senior in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is moving ever closer toward her dream of working in national security. The Hollidaysburg native's next step in realizing that goal is a spring semester internship with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

December 17, 2014

The Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society has provided a $50,000 gift to create a scholarship endowment that will support students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who have demonstrated financial need. First preference for the Pennsylvania Agronomic Education Society Trustee Scholarship will go to students who enroll in the Crop Production option of the plant sciences major.

The Dairymen's Club, an Alumni Association Affiliate Program Group, has been selling collectible milk bottles since 2000 to support its scholarship programs. This year's design celebrates the S-Zone, the student section that Lion Ambassadors organize every home football game. 
December 17, 2014

Fifteen years ago, the Penn State Dairymen’s Club board of directors brainstormed how to boost the two scholarship programs the group supported. They decided on milk bottles.

The Penn State Interseeder was the brainchild of agronomists grappling with how to persuade farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to plant cover crops.
December 16, 2014

A piece of agricultural machinery developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is starting to achieve commercial success, the latest example of potentially profitable technology transfer spurred by the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiative.

"Some patients with NAFLD can develop a range of health problems, such as steatohepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis that, if it gets this far, may require a liver transplant," said Andrew Patterson, assistant professor of molecular toxicology, Penn State.
December 15, 2014

Inhibiting a nuclear receptor in the gut could lead to a treatment for a liver disorder that affects almost 30 percent of the Western world's adult population, according to an international team of researchers.

December 13, 2014

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.

Kaitlyn Benson landed an internship last summer with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, working in the Clean Water Program. 
December 13, 2014

Junior Environmental Resource Management major Kaitlyn Benson traveled to Costa Rica in high school around the time of the BP oil spill, and was motivated to make a difference.

Penn State is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger.
December 8, 2014

Penn State is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities will sign The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security – a declaration acknowledging their commitment to make food insecurity a priority. There is a ceremonial signing set for Dec. 9 at the United Nations in New York.

December 8, 2014

The scope and effect of methane gas emissions related to shale gas production will be discussed in a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team on Dec 11.

Jonathan Frankman views his trip as one of the most fulfilling experiences of his life.
December 5, 2014

Jonathan Frankman made the most of his recent trip to Southeast Asia. While studying abroad in Singapore, he earned credit for taking classes in immunology, genetics and pathology. He also found time to visit seven other countries over the span of just seven weeks.

Bryan Swistock, who helped create the H2OSolutions app, is a water resources educator from Penn State Extension.
December 5, 2014

App is helping Pennsylvania homeowners solve water problems.

Slugs were unaffected by neonicotinoid insecticides, likely because they are mollusks and not insects, but they did pass the insecticides to their predators.
December 4, 2014

Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations, thus reducing crop yields, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of South Florida.

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December 3, 2014

The public is invited to see how Penn State students are helping the State College Borough become a more sustainable community. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 in Room 304 of the State College Municipal Building, the Sustainable Communities Collaborative in conjunction with the borough will host an end-of-year event to showcase student projects from the fall semester.

Goetz said that suburban residents seem to be the happiest, compared to those who live in rural areas and inner cities. 
December 3, 2014

People in the country's unhappiest communities spend about a quarter of the month so far down in the dumps that it can harm their productivity, according to economists.

A freezer filled with fresh dressed turkeys at the annual Fall Turkey Harvest fundraiser hosted by Penn State's Poultry Sciences Club on Nov. 24 at the Poultry Education and Research Center.
November 24, 2014

The Penn State student-run turkey sale that draws a crowd every year may not last long, but the benefits continue around the calendar. The Poultry Science Club’s popular sale -- open to anyone who wants to celebrate Thanksgiving with a fresh turkey -- sold out of the birds in just under three hours Monday (Nov. 24).