Share

News & Information

Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
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....

November 24, 2009

Lots of folks get the wrong idea about pond-owner education offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension, according to Bryan Swistock. The programs have nothing to do with those ornamental backyard ponds that have become so popular these days, and everything to do with wider and serious water-quality concerns. ...

November 20, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- All of the students of St. Matthew School in Tyrone will tell you that they took a great field trip to Penn State recently: they handled huge cockroaches, conducted a mock "CSI" forensic science lab and ended the day with Penn State ice cream sundaes. They also left with a better understanding of the role of agriculture and ...

November 18, 2009

An ongoing series of monthly, Web-based seminars addressing issues surrounding Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale natural-gas boom will continue through the winter. Sponsored by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Cooperative Extension, upcoming webinars will cover topics such as legal issues, post-leasing considerations ...

November 18, 2009

Proposed changes to Pennsylvania's effluent standards regulating total dissolved solids (TDS) and related substances could affect the state's oil and gas industries and other water users. To help citizens understand the proposed changes, Penn State Cooperative Extension has prepared a free publication, "Shaping Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania's ...

November 17, 2009

It's Mike Hulet's job to talk turkeys, whether to students at Penn State's Poultry Education and Research Center or to poultry growers across Pennsylvania, one of the nation's top poultry-producing states. The associate professor of poultry science shared insights into emerging research and answers to frequently asked questions about what was ...

November 16, 2009

As legislators, environmentalists and others strive to balance the many interests involved in developing the natural gas deposits contained in the Marcellus shale formation, a fierce bidding war has doubled the prices being offered for leases in Pennsylvania. The resulting competition could be a boon for landowners, according to experts in Penn ...

November 16, 2009

November is National Diabetes Month -- a good time, according to Penn State Cooperative Extension educators, to raise awareness of a program that has seen early success in helping those with Type 2 diabetes to manage the disease....

November 11, 2009

Hogs Galore of Julian, Pa. set up shop for dinner on Friday, Nov. 6 in Findlay Dining Commons. The tasty event was a part of Food Services' PA Pride Series, a bi-semester showcasing of local cuisine and products from regional farms and businesses....

November 10, 2009

Although Holly Harmar Shimizu can't remember what she thought she'd be doing 30 years after graduating from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, she realized after a recent visit to the University that she is doing what she hoped to all along: working with public horticulture....

November 6, 2009

It seems like a strange concept -- bandages made from cellulose produced by microbes that contribute to wound healing -- but to hear Jeffrey Catchmark explain it, the idea makes perfect sense. ...

November 6, 2009

Imagine you're a business owner, and one day a third of your employees can't show up for work because they are sick or caring for ill family members. How are you going to stay in operation and ensure the continuity of your business? To help small- and medium-sized businesses survive a pandemic, Penn State Cooperative Extension has developed a ...

November 5, 2009

In a recent, busy day for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, members of a delegation from Ukraine discovered that creating biofuels was easier than they expected, while agricultural envoys from Iraq learned how techniques from the century-old American tradition of cooperative extension can help them re-establish effective farms in ...

November 2, 2009

When plum pox was discovered in Adams County peach trees in October 1999 -- the first time the disease had been found in North America -- the nation's stone-fruit growers watched anxiously to see how Pennsylvania would respond. As the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officially lifted the quarantine of the area's stone fruit Oct. 29 -- ...

November 2, 2009

Glaciers, water under the glaciers, seismic activity and robotic rovers are all part of three National Science Foundation Polar Program grants awarded to Sridhar Anandakrishnan, professor of geosciences, Penn State. The grants, which total nearly a million dollars, are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding....

November 2, 2009

The control of spider mites, which damage tree leaves, reduce fruit quality and cost growers millions of dollars in the use of pesticide and oil spraying, is being biologically controlled in Pennsylvania apple orchards with two tiny insects known to be natural predators, according to Penn State researchers. ...

October 29, 2009

Recent news reports about the novel H1N1 virus being discovered in Minnesota pigs left a lot of people scratching their heads, wondering why -- with a frightening flu pandemic spreading in humans around the world -- it is important that the virus that causes it has been found in Land of Lakes swine....

October 26, 2009

Genetically modified squash plants that are resistant to a debilitating viral disease become more vulnerable to a fatal bacterial infection, according to biologists. "Cultivated squash is susceptible to a variety of viral diseases and that is a major problem for farmers," said Andrew Stephenson, Penn State professor of biology. "Infected ...

October 23, 2009

Sometimes, when harvest conditions are less than ideal, silage with lower-than-optimum moisture levels is put into a silo, potentially leading to excessive heating and a spontaneous-combustion fire. ...