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May 12, 2010

Semen that has been separated into male and female sperm is now available for the beef and dairy industries, a bovine specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences told attendees of a recent Pennsylvania Cattleman's College Purebred Breeders Workshop. ...

May 10, 2010

Alyssa Klein, a Penn State Animal Sciences major and Schreyer Honors College scholar, was part of a four-member team that won the Business Plan Competition at Washington State University, sponsored by the College of Business's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

May 8, 2010

There is increasing awareness that our everyday decisions have an impact on the environment and on people. This impact is often unseen and its cost (or benefit) unknown. News about electronic waste ending up in developing countries or the impact on drinking water from gas exploration makes us aware that our decisions impact people's health and not ...

May 7, 2010

As the debate about the health attributes and risks of raw milk spills into capitols and courts across the country, a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is urging people to think carefully about the risks before consuming unpasteurized dairy products....

May 7, 2010

It's that time of year. Tulips are in bloom all across campus. The mall trees are coming back to life. The ducks have returned to bring entertainment to the usually quiet pond outside the Alumni Center. All signs point to the arrival of spring in Happy Valley. But what is behind every perfectly placed flower? Who is responsible for ensuring our ...

May 5, 2010

The executive committee of the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center has authorized the initiation of a heifer development and breeding program at the facility near State College in Centre County. ...

May 5, 2010

Plant roots enmeshed in layers of discarded materials inside upright pipes can purify dirty water from a washing machine, making it fit for growing vegetables and flushing toilets, according to Penn State horticulturists. ...

May 4, 2010

Boalsburg, Pa., resident Fred Strouse credits 4-H with making him a successful farmer, auctioneer and entrepreneur. "My 4-H experience taught me so much about responsibility, planning and leadership that it really influenced me throughout my life," said Strouse. "It gave me knowledge and self confidence that have helped me become successful."...

April 29, 2010

Nearly 1,000 kilometers north of Norway stands an impressive vault. Dug deep below the permafrost into solid rock, so far north that four months out of the year the sun doesn't shine, the vault contains some of mankind's most precious resources, preserved at a constant minus-8 degrees Celsius. What lies inside? Gold? Irreplaceable art or ...

April 29, 2010

Obesity is rampant, food-borne illnesses are rising and the food supply chain is now global, leaving all but the largest food manufacturers scrambling to compete. How can smaller companies create healthier products, improve food safety and increase efficiencies, when they lack in-house resources? A new effort in southeastern Pennsylvania aims to ...

April 28, 2010

The proper response to farm emergencies is often a bit different than that to other crises, and Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers a special training course to prepare likely responders. That ag-rescue training recently was credited with saving another life -- the fifth in recent years -- according to Davis Hill, director of the ...

April 28, 2010

Food safety experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently conducted a weeklong training workshop for nearly 100 food inspectors with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. ...

April 28, 2010

For first- and second-grade students in the State College Area School District, trees have become more than something to climb. After the first annual "Tree Farm Visit" -- thanks to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- trees have been transformed from toy to environmental treasure....

April 28, 2010

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is now taking registrations for its third Penn State Youth Beef Cow Camp, scheduled for June 20-23....

April 27, 2010

Phillip Clauer, senior instructor in poultry science, is the recipient of this year's Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society, the award recognizes faculty members for overall effectiveness in student advising, individual student ...

April 25, 2010

A chilly and overcast April 25th was not enough to keep a crowd of more than 600 attendees from celebrating the long-anticipated formal opening of the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in The Arboretum at Penn State. Bounded by Park Avenue and Bigler Road, on the University Park campus, the gardens serve as the front door to the remainder of the ...

April 23, 2010

The American Meat Science Association recently awarded its Distinguished Teaching Award to Ed Mills, associate professor of dairy and animal science.

April 23, 2010

Two graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded awards by the university for their work and accomplishments in international matters....

April 23, 2010

According to the ancient Chinese proverb, if you give a man a fish you will feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish you will feed him for a lifetime. In a sense, Penn State's Agricultural Student Council, in collaboration with other student organizations, recently accomplished both of these feats....

April 23, 2010

Public water systems are required by law to protect customers and regularly test for impurities. But in Pennsylvania, 3.5 million residents are served by private water systems, such as wells, springs and cisterns, and they have no such legal oversight. "If you own your own private supply, it's all your own responsibility to provide clean water to ...