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August 13, 2009

As state lawmakers consider legislation to sell land currently managed by the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, the dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is speaking out to clarify what he believes are misconceptions about the vision behind the University's proposed ownership of part of the tract....

August 13, 2009

It has been said that the sun never sets on Penn State-developed turfgrass varieties because they carpet so many golf courses around the world. Similarly, many of the best golf courses on the planet are under the care of Penn State-educated turfgrass professionals....

August 12, 2009

A new invasive pest recently found in Pennsylvania could mean serious losses to corn growers in the state. Western bean cutworm (WBC) was first trapped in July 2009 in Erie and Lycoming counties and has also been found recently in low numbers in Forest, Clarion, Washington, Franklin, and Tioga counties, said John Tooker, assistant professor of ...

August 12, 2009

Honeybees in colonies affected by colony collapse disorder (CCD) have higher levels of pathogens and are co-infected with a greater number of pathogens than their non-CCD counterparts, but no individual pathogen can be singled out as the cause of CCD, according to a new study by researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, other ...

August 11, 2009

As the name suggests, Penn State's 2009 Ag Progress Days -- Aug. 18-20 at Rock Springs -- highlight many of the latest advances in the agricultural and natural sciences. But visitors may be surprised by the range of events, issues and outright fun to be found at the state's largest outdoor agricultural exposition....

August 4, 2009

For most, the thought of working with exotic animals brings to mind the humid jungles of South America and the vast planes of Africa. Barbara Toddes, however, discovered that one may have to look no further than the urban jungle of Philadelphia....

August 4, 2009

With the recently launched official Penn State page on Facebook, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and fans of the University have a new way to stay connected to Dear Old State. Featuring important news and interesting stories, photos and videos about Penn State, the Penn State page on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/pennstate, allows Penn ...

August 3, 2009

Daytime temperature fluctuations greatly alter the incubation period of malaria parasites in mosquitoes and alter transmission rates of the disease. Consideration of these fluctuations reveals a more accurate picture of climate change's impact on malaria. Most studies use average monthly temperatures to study the impact of climate change on the ...

August 3, 2009

Agricultural producers who attend Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs will find a supermarket of technology, advice, goods and services. That's according to Ag Progress Days manager Bob Oberheim, who said the event will be a one-stop shop for farmers and others involved in ...

August 3, 2009

At athletic events, the University's rallying chant rings out, "We are ... Penn State!" At Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, a variation will emphasize the work that the College of Agricultural Sciences performs with animals. ...

July 30, 2009

"Our whole system of representative democracy depends on [the census]," said sociologist Gordon De Jong. Because representation is based on population, an up-to-date tally is essential. The equitable distribution of public funds, he adds, also depends on up-to-date population data....

July 30, 2009

Since they share a focus on programs related to crops, soils and natural resources, it only makes sense that Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service again join forces under the same tent at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 18-20....

July 29, 2009

A wide range of research and outreach related to water quality will be highlighted by special exhibits at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18 to 20 at Rock Springs....

July 29, 2009

In 2008, 44 people were killed in Pennsylvania farm and agriculture-related accidents -- a sharp increase from previous years. Such statistics illustrate the need for farm-safety and farm-rescue training for emergency responders, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

July 29, 2009

Gardening enthusiasts attending Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, can get tips on providing safe havens for butterflies, honeybees and other struggling pollinators....

July 28, 2009

An entomologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, an honor that means he is among the top insect scientists in the world. ...

July 27, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and FieldTurf, which bills itself as the world leader in sports surfacing, have partnered to develop the world's first facility dedicated to sports surface research, with a five-year commitment that will center around research on synthetic turf, running tracks and indoor sports surfaces. This research ...

July 23, 2009

Even though the new Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act of 2009 was signed into law more than a month ago, experts are still trying to understand its ramifications. A family-finance specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said some of the law's features give consumers an assist in managing the credit card game in specific ...

July 23, 2009

The opening of 30 Hope Drive on the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's East Campus has provided a variety of opportunities to patients and therapists alike. For individuals with limited mobility, strength or endurance, participation in leisure activities is at times limited because of the physical demands they require. Inability to ...

July 22, 2009

The gardening explosion across the nation due to the recession and the desire for home-grown food means that many people will soon have fruits and vegetables to can or freeze, but a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says "putting up" your harvest is not as simple as going back to Grandma's favorite canning ...