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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. ...

October 23, 2009

Amy Stauffer jumped at the chance to travel to South Africa last spring with her Agroforestry class. Turns out it was the best thing she has ever done....

October 23, 2009

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Penn State's Brandywine campus, Penn State grad John Swayne III will explore his family's long history in the mushroom industry. The story began with his grandfather, John Swayne Sr., who, according to the New York Times, "started the nation's mushroom business" with the founding of J.B. Swayne and Son Inc. in Kennett ...

October 22, 2009

Two faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are combining knowledge of local customs with meat science and food-safety principles to help establish small food businesses in rural Kenya. The ultimate goal is to improve health and nutrition for Kenyan women and children....

October 21, 2009

Across the northeast, home gardeners expecting the usual bumper crop of tomatoes this season were dismayed to find their plants affected by late blight, the same fungus that caused Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century. According to Beth Gugino, assistant professor of plant pathology at Penn State, late blight is a fungus that primarily ...

October 21, 2009

When Marcellus shale gas drillers probe for natural gas using the hydrofracture technique, they inject about 3 million gallons of water underground. Typically, about 30 to 40 percent of the injected water -- or about 1 million gallons -- returns quickly to the surface at the wellhead. What to do with this wastewater will be the subject of an ...

October 20, 2009

The temptation, of course, is to simply dismiss Chris Raines as an odd-duck college professor. After all, who else would have a blog titled "Meat is Neat" and the Twitter handle, "I tweet meat"?...

October 16, 2009

Acclaimed stem-cell scientist John D. Gearhart, a 1964 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will present a special seminar titled "Instructing Ourselves to Rebuild Our Bodies" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, in 324 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building on the University Park campus. The seminar is in conjunction with ...

October 16, 2009

The Pennsylvania 4-H Horse Show turns 50 this year, and 4-H'ers, volunteers and leaders will celebrate throughout the three-day event, Oct. 23-25 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Some participants from the first show will be recognized, and early programs, early tack and other memorabilia will be displayed....

October 15, 2009

Alumni and friends of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are invited to attend the Ag Live '09 Tailgate on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Snider Ag Arena, starting three and one half hours prior to the Penn State vs. Indiana football game. Hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society, the tailgate will feature a hearty ...

October 15, 2009

Nine Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2009 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $750 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences....

October 15, 2009

Across the country, pollinators such as honeybees and hummingbirds are declining due to habitat loss, diseases such as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), pests and excessive pesticide use. Penn State researchers and educators are hoping to help combat these issues by promoting ways home gardeners can help pollinator populations thrive....

October 14, 2009

Penn State research on honeybee health and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) will receive a boost as a result of a $100,000 gift from the E.B. O'Keeffe Foundation. The award will fund a competitive graduate fellowship that will pair a student's area of study with a leading researcher already working on that problem....