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April 2, 2010

Looking back, it's a good thing Curtis Frederick, a recent Horticulture graduate in the College of Agricultural Sciences, took his bicycle with him while interning in Ireland. Turned out, on a whim, he decided to spend the two months following his semester abroad cycling through Europe....

April 2, 2010

A team of food scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has shown that an edible film can be used for wrapping ready-to-eat meat products to deliver a slow release of a naturally occurring antimicrobial agent capable of killing a foodborne pathogen. ...

March 30, 2010

Faculty and staff in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have made financial commitments that will strengthen programs and benefit students in the college. The gifts come on the eve of the kick-off of the public phase of the University's capital campaign, For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students, scheduled for the weekend of ...

March 26, 2010

Scientists and education specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing an innovative new educational program aimed at helping young people understand the relationships between environmental quality and human health....

March 25, 2010

Increasingly, Pennsylvania farmers are using cover crops to limit erosion from fields, control weed growth, fix nitrogen in the soil, feed livestock and produce biomass for energy. But depending on an agricultural producer's needs, all cover crops are not created equally, according to a crop and soil scientist in Penn State's College of ...

March 25, 2010

"All toads are frogs," said Bill Hamilton, assistant professor of biology at Penn State's New Kensington campus. "But not all frogs are toads."...

March 25, 2010

A study led by researchers in the Department of Entomology provides additional evidence that pesticide exposure may be contributing to honey bee health issues, including Colony Collapse Disorder.

March 25, 2010

When you taste Country Bleu Cheese, Heavenly Havarti or any of the other artisanal cheeses of God's Country Creamery in Potter County, Pa., don't be surprised if you detect a strong blue-and-white flavor. Since 2008, Penn State sophomore Philip Bachman and his family have been operating a cheese-production facility that is clearly influenced by ...

March 24, 2010

With a new name and new look, Penn State Ag Science magazine debuted with the Winter/Spring 2010 issue.

March 23, 2010

Green, fuzzy water isn't a given when it comes to Pennsylvania ponds, but aesthetic qualities can go down the drain quickly if water features aren't managed properly. Water quality, wildlife and plant control will be featured in "Managing Your Pond or Lake," a Web-based seminar at noon and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31. It is the third of five ...

Amanda Bachmann and Jason Weigle
March 22, 2010

The College of Agricultural Sciences has honored two graduate students, Jason Weigle and Amanda Bachmann, for outstanding achievement in teaching and extension work.

March 19, 2010

Alessandro Bonanno, assistant professor of agricultural economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2009 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in the Agricultural Sciences for his article, "Competition Effects of Supermarket Services." The award recognizes an untenured faculty member in the college for the best article in the ...

March 19, 2010

A group of professionals from China who focus their time on water resources will visit Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB) in a visitor exchange program in March. They will view a PSPB-produced documentary on U.S. water infrastructure and discuss the public outreach efforts that complemented the national broadcast. The group of 12 arrives at ...

March 18, 2010

Before embarking on a renewable-energy project, such as installing a wind machine or solar panels, consider the Energy Pyramid, urges an energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

March 16, 2010

A group of Penn State students are sponsoring an "Iron Chef" contest that will benefit the State College Area Food Bank. Hosted by the Nutrition Graduate Student Association (NGSA), the second annual "Iron Chef" fundraising event pits twelve teams of students, faculty, and staff in the College of Health and Human Development against each other in ...

March 16, 2010

Last year an epidemic of late blight disease on tomatoes not only forced many home gardeners to throw out their plants but also threatened the crops of thousands of growers throughout the state. Along with cool, wet weather, the distribution of infected plants through big-box stores spurred along the widespread outbreak. With springtime ...

March 12, 2010

Sometimes research can provide clarity to a question, and sometimes it can cloud the waters even further. That may be the case with some economic-impact studies of shale-gas drilling in Pennsylvania. At 1 p.m. on March 18, Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will deliver a free Web-based ...

March 12, 2010

It's a question that has captured the imagination of Keystone State deer hunters and wildlife lovers: Has increased predation on helpless deer fawns by an growing population of Eastern coyotes resulted in dwindling whitetail numbers across Pennsylvania's rugged northern reaches? The answer is no, according to a deer researcher in Penn State's ...

March 12, 2010

Financial assistance aimed at supporting conservation projects, including pest management, is now available for Pennsylvania specialty crop producers. The Seasonal High Tunnel System for Crops is a new conservation practice being piloted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Part of the "Know Your Farmer; Know Your Food" ...

March 11, 2010

In their continuing effort to evaluate crops that can serve as biofuel feedstocks as well as cover crops -- and that can fit into crop rotations in Pennsylvania and the Northeast -- researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have found that forage sorghum holds potential for producers in the region...