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January 22, 2010

Puerto Rico is known as La Isla Del Encanto, or the Island of Enchantment. Timothy Silberg understands why. But for him, it's not just about the people and scenery -- it's also about the soil....

January 21, 2010

The Pennsylvania Association of Extension 4-H Agents recently named the winners of its State Awards.

January 21, 2010

Several individuals and teams recently received 2009 Penn State Cooperative Extension Director's Awards.

January 21, 2010

Lawrence Muller, professor emeritus of dairy science, recently received an alumni award from Purdue University.

January 15, 2010

Seven students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were among 23 who were awarded scholarships by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation during the 94th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The students were recognized before the show's Junior Livestock Auction and Sale of Champions on Jan. 12....

January 14, 2010

As scientists struggle to come to grips with Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious disease threatening to wipe out domesticated honey bees in the United States, they have begun to cast a worried eye towards wild bees -- trying to gauge their numbers, health and ecological status. ...

January 13, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- Pennsylvania dairy farms are invited to apply for this year's Dairy of Distinction Award from the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15. The award is based on the idea that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk ...

January 7, 2010

Penn State's Department of Food Science recently received re-approval of its undergraduate program from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). The recognition verifies that the university has one of the premier food science programs in the country. ...

January 7, 2010

We all have heard someone refer derogatively to their workplace as a zoo, but for Rebecca Miller, it really is, and that's a good thing. The 2005 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences works at The Smithsonian National Zoological Park -- commonly known as the National Zoo -- in Washington, D.C....

January 6, 2010

While many landowners across Pennsylvania have signed lease agreements with natural-gas exploration companies, new questions -- which may or may not be clear in the original leases -- continue to emerge. A discussion of these questions will be the focus of a free Web-based seminar titled, "Post Leasing -- Considerations of What Happens Next, ...

December 11, 2009

With half of all current farmers in the United States likely to retire in the next decade, federal and state agriculture officials are looking for ways to encourage and assist the new generation of farmers that will produce the nation's food and fiber in the future. Two groups of researchers and extension educators in Penn State's College of ...

December 10, 2009

The many faces of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be evident at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 9-16 in Harrisburg. The showpiece will be an exhibit highlighting a wide range of research and outreach related to water quality, ...

December 10, 2009

Jude Liu, assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is conducting research on the logistics of handling massive quantities of biomass. He recently received a $100,000 grant from the Sun Grant Initiative to support his work. ...

December 9, 2009

As natural-gas drilling activities increase across the commonwealth, Pennsylvanians are finding they may have to drill a bit deeper to find answers to current legal questions unearthed by regional gas exploration. Penn State Cooperative Extension will sponsor a Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, featuring Ross Pifer, director of ...

December 7, 2009

Developing new ideas to make our world more environmentally friendly will take creative imagination and out-of-the-box dreaming. Ten Penn State students have received financial support to pursue their "greenest" dreams with $5,000 scholarships from a professional football team and a pharmaceutical manufacturer....

December 7, 2009

For many people who celebrate the Christmas holiday, one of the traditions of the season is finding the family tree. Whether the hunt for the right one takes place on a Christmas tree farm or nursery or at a tree stand in the city, everyone is looking for the perfect tree. Ricky Bates, Penn State associate professor of ornamental horticulture, has ...

December 4, 2009

A nearly $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling a Penn State-led group of researchers to continue studies on the potential effects of climate change on the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and dengue. The grant is part of federal stimulus funding authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act....

December 4, 2009

Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads. ...

December 4, 2009

The holiday season and an uncertain economy have many shoppers looking at an old stand-by with new appreciation. A consumer-finance specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences explains that the "new" option of layaway offers a useful means for purchasing big- and medium-ticket holiday gifts....

December 3, 2009

As a junior in the community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Juliane Klos is constantly engaged in classes where the discussion strays thousands of miles away from Penn State's University Park campus....