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April 17, 2009

Brynn Kepler was not sure what to do with her Animal Sciences major, but she never expected that a brief meeting with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff would lead to a decision....

April 16, 2009

In 1969 Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the Woodstock festival changed music and perhaps the culture forever, Sesame Street debuted on television and Richard Nixon became president. The first quarter of that year was also the only one in Pennsylvania since 1895 drier than the start of 2009, according to Penn State weather and precipitation ...

April 14, 2009

Amid today's bankruptcies, foreclosures and unemployment, one industry is flourishing: vegetable seeds. This year, some suppliers have reported huge increases in seed sales while others have simply sold out. The reason? A grow-it-yourself trend that is germinating a 19-percent increase in home gardening, according to the National Gardening ...

April 14, 2009

An invasion of soybean aphids poses a problem for soybean farmers requiring application of pesticides, but a team of Penn State entomologists thinks a careful choice of nitrogen-fixing bacteria may provide protection against the sucking insects....

April 10, 2009

Three graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received prestigious university-wide awards recognizing their research and teaching achievements....

April 10, 2009

A new publication available from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides a guide for agricultural property owners who want to develop a wildlife-management plan for their farmland....

April 9, 2009

Chinese officials claimed they prevented rain on the first day of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by launching rockets into the rain clouds the night before. Emeritus professor of meteorology Charles L. Hosler asserts that the good weather that day was coincidental. While the impact that humans can have on the weather is currently negligible, Hosler ...

April 9, 2009

When Jeff Nagle was a student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, he used to dream up landscaping plans for local homes and present them to homeowners as projects for a landscape design class. Today, more than a decade later, he is no longer dreaming up landscaping plans -- he is turning them into reality and supervising their ...

April 9, 2009

If Pennsylvania's divorced single mothers are to decrease their dependence on welfare programs, an enhanced, education-oriented approach to public assistance programs is needed, according to a study conducted by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

April 9, 2009

Baseball fields, soybean plots, golf courses and your lawn -- what do these things have in common? Each of them consists of areas maintained with the help of turfgrass and agricultural equipment. A lack of service technicians to keep this machinery running could make it harder for everything from teeing off to harvesting crops. ...

April 9, 2009

The University Park campus will be pulsing with Nittany Lion pride on April 25 for Penn State's annual Blue and White Game, but football is not the only Penn State program to be showcased. Directly across from Beaver Stadium in the Snider Agricultural Arena, the Penn State equine program will be hosting its seventh annual Equine Science Showcase ...

April 6, 2009

While on vacation, most people's goal is to forget about work and everything associated with it, but Jeff Erb spent a vacation in New York City chasing down his dream job. ...

April 3, 2009

Unless you are a chemist, arsenic and trihalomethanes are probably of little consequence to you, or so you might think. But what if these are in your water supply? The Water Resource Extension Group in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences worked with several partners to develop a new Drinking Water Interpretation Tool Web page that can ...

April 2, 2009

Natural gas distributed throughout the Marcellus black shale in northern Appalachia could conservatively boost proven U.S. reserves by trillions of cubic feet if gas-production companies employ horizontal drilling techniques, according to Terry Engelder, Penn State professor of geosciences. ...

March 30, 2009

Penn State's Stone Valley Recreation Area may sound like your typical summer camp, with fields, forests and streams, but students attending the annual College of Agricultural Sciences Conservation Leadership School will gain a lot more than sun and fun. ...

March 27, 2009

More than 100 years of history of Cooperative Extension in Pennsylvania -- as recalled in stories by 100 retired and current extension agents, educators and administrators -- is covered in a new book, "Extension Memories of the 20th Century," available from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

March 26, 2009

Centrice Martin, an AgriBusiness Management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is this year's winner of the Penn State Outstanding Adult Student Award, presented by the Division of Student Affairs and Penn State Outreach. Martin received her award March 26 at an award ceremony held at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. ...