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July 23, 2010

The garden demonstration plots at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19 at Rock Springs, will be abuzz this year not just with gardeners championing the importance of pollinators, but with many of the actual pollinators themselves, drawn to the vicinity by the specialized plantings designed to do just that. ...

July 23, 2010

Folks with questions about managing their crops or weeds can get answers at the Crops, Soils and Conservation Tent at Penn State's Ag Progress Days Aug. 17-19. Visitors to the crops and soils area can also take the "Weed ID" quiz and/or bring weeds with them for the experts to identify....

July 23, 2010

More than 750 youth from across the state will participate in this year's 4-H Pennsylvania State Achievement Days, to be held from Aug. 3 to 5, on Penn State's University Park campus. The annual three-day educational program provides an opportunity for Pennsylvania 4-Hers to demonstrate knowledge gained through participation in the 4-H program....

July 22, 2010

Visitors to Penn State's Ag Progress Days Aug. 17-19 can learn about the hazards of confined-space manure storages and how to reduce the risks associated with entering them. ...

July 22, 2010

When the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards convene their annual meeting on Saturday, July 24, at the Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, they will celebrate making a difference for the state's woodlands. ...

July 21, 2010

Penn State's efforts to address Colony Collapse Disorder, a nationwide phenomenon in which the adult honey bees of a hive disappear, often spelling death for the colony, will benefit from a gift of $100,000 to aid pollinator research. Honey distributor Dutch Gold Honey and William and Kitty Gamber, of Lancaster, have each contributed $50,000 to ...

July 21, 2010

As one of the nation's leading agricultural expositions, Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 17-19 at Rock Springs, is well-known for presenting agriculture's technological and research innovations. And young people attending the outdoor event can take part in science-based, hands-on exhibits that combine education and fun as they reveal ...

July 21, 2010

Hiking around the 1,500-acre Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs would be a taxing way to learn about the science of agriculture, but for those interested in agricultural research, there's an alternative to shoe leather. During Penn State's 2010 Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 17-19, visitors can be conveyed to the latest ...

July 20, 2010

A community garden in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is set to become part of Carver's Secret Garden. Carver's Secret Garden is a 4-H educational outreach program of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The program was initiated by Dauphin County cooperative extension to address the specific needs of urban and ...

July 20, 2010

The Equine Experience at Penn State's Ag Progress Days has a history of delivering attractions and activities that educate and entertain horse lovers of all ages and experience levels. The 2010 version of the exhibit will be no exception....

July 20, 2010

If breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, then Agnes Lim is a very important person. The Penn State Food Science major, who graduated from the College of Agricultural Sciences last spring, landed two internships with the Kellogg Company, the world's leading producer of cereal and other nutritious breakfast foods, in the fall of ...

Catherine Cutter
July 19, 2010

Associate Professor of Food Science Catherine Cutter was recently reappointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection.

July 15, 2010

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently presented its Young Faculty Award to Howard Salis, an assistant professor in Penn State's colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering....

July 15, 2010

Jellyfish moved into the oceans off the coast of southwest Africa when the sardine population crashed. Now another small fish is living in the oxygen-depleted zone part-time and turning the once ecologically dead-end jellyfish into dinner, according to an international team of scientists....

July 14, 2010

A study conducted by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has shown that eggs produced by chickens allowed to forage in pastures are higher in some beneficial nutrients. ...

July 14, 2010

Recycling and energy conservation have become part of the daily routine for many homeowners. You might even think you're doing your best for the environment. But what about those food scraps and plant materials you're dumping in the trash can? Organic materials from your garden and kitchen should be recycled in a different way, according to an ...

July 12, 2010

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will lead a seven-year, $14.5-million project to fight malaria in Southeast Asia. Liwang Cui, professor of entomology, is the principal investigator for the Southeast Asia Malaria Research Center, one of 10 International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research announced July 8 by ...

July 10, 2010

Pennsylvania farmers were reeling from the effects of the recent heat wave plaguing the Northeast, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

July 9, 2010

With Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale-gas epoch still in its infancy, some experts doubt we have seen one-tenth of what is yet to come and recommend that municipalities brace themselves for rapid change. "People who are not in the Marcellus areas have no clue how big this is going to be," said Kurt Hausammann Jr., planning director for Lycoming ...

July 8, 2010

Even though Idaho recently surpassed Pennsylvania as the fourth largest dairy state in the country -- behind California, Wisconsin and New York -- the dairy industry is still huge and thriving in the Keystone State, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. However, said Chad Dechow, associate professor of dairy ...