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December 1, 2010

The question of whether it is environmentally correct to buy a real Christmas tree has been asked repeatedly in recent years, and an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences wants to lay it to rest permanently. ...

November 29, 2010

Responding to new demands on Pennsylvania's equine industry concerning nutrient and manure management on horse farms, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is surveying the state's horse-farm owners and managers to gauge their understanding of the challenges of pasture development and manure regulation. ...

November 23, 2010

At today's fuel prices, burning wood remains a wise and viable option to reduce home-heating bills, according to a forest resources expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

November 23, 2010

Growing up in the little town of Summerdale, Pa., near Harrisburg, Brianna Hrusko never suspected that she would land a job most would envy, or that her job would take her around the world. ...

November 19, 2010

Ryan Elias, assistant professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received the inaugural Frederik Sr. and Faith E. Rasmussen Career Development Professorship in Food Science. ...

November 19, 2010

State Sen. Michael Waugh, who represents the 28th District in York County, has received the Friend of Extension Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Cooperative Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional....

November 19, 2010

For hunters lucky enough to bag a deer in the upcoming seasons, a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers some advice to properly field dress and store the carcass, and then process the meat. ...

November 19, 2010

Children at Penn State's Child Development Lab (CDL) celebrated the 95th birthday of one of their favorite volunteers -- Norene Bigelow, affectionately known as "Grandma Norene." The children surprised her on Thursday, Nov. 18 with a special song, which they wrote and performed with local children's musician Mark Ross. They also presented her with ...

November 15, 2010

Penn State Mont Alto is mourning the loss of one of its alums, David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 11, 2010. A wildlife conservation officer, Grove attended the campus from 2000 to 2002 before completing his bachelor's degree in wildlife sciences from the College of Agricultural Sciences at University Park in 2004. He was ...

November 15, 2010

Dennis Calvin, who has served as interim director of Penn State Cooperative Extension since July 2009, has assumed the role on a permanent basis. Craig Weidemann, vice president for Penn State Outreach, and Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, made the announcement during this month's Cooperative Extension annual ...

November 12, 2010

Pennsylvania hunters venturing out this fall may be surprised by the level of disturbance and activity on public lands in the northcentral, northeastern and southwestern regions of the state, according to a wildlife expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

Ellen Mahan
November 11, 2010

Ellen Mahan, a master's degree candidate in Food Science, received the Herbert Stone Award for Outstanding Presentation of Leadership from the Society of Sensory Professionals at the group's conference, Oct. 27-29.

November 10, 2010

Do fish feel pain? The question is so troubling that many wish it were not even asked in a serious way, let alone answered. Penn State professor of fisheries and biology Victoria Braithwaite asks this question in her recently published book, "Do Fish Feel Pain?"

November 10, 2010

As raptors migrate over Pennsylvania this fall, the number of bald eagles among them is close to an all-time high, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

November 5, 2010

As the natural-gas drilling boom into the deep Marcellus Shale formation has unfolded, state regulators have become increasingly aware of pollution risks to ground and surface water, and they have scrambled to develop regulations to protect valuable natural resources....

November 4, 2010

In support of its efforts to disseminate research-based information on natural-gas-related issues to Pennsylvanians, Penn State Cooperative Extension has joined with several key business firms to form the Penn State Marcellus Educational Consortium. The group's goals are to provide expertise on Marcellus topics and to facilitate discussions among ...

November 3, 2010

Pennsylvania's secretary of agriculture, a college student from Carlisle and a statewide youth organization were honored when the Penn State Ag Council presented its 2010 Leadership Awards at the council's fall delegate meeting Oct. 28....

November 3, 2010

The natural-gas industry is pursuing ways to minimize potential environmental impacts during development of the rich Marcellus Shale formation, such as by treating and re-using wastewater produced during the process. However, according to one Penn State expert, as the Marcellus natural-gas play grows, the demand for water for hydraulic fracturing ...

November 2, 2010

Deer hunting is an old tradition worth preserving, and when it comes to preserving venison, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an old traditional method for preserving meat might be best....

Judy Chambers
November 2, 2010

Judy Chambers, economic and community development educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension in Adams County, is the recipient of the Buckstopper Award for her leadership of the new "Local Governance" flagship extension program.