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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....

October 14, 2009

Once hunters have bagged their bucks during hunting season, they still have to decide what to do with their meat. While some hunters leave the choices to their local butcher, many are finding that they can save money and increase their personal enjoyment by butchering their own deer, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of ...

October 12, 2009

A student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences was recently featured in a national trade magazine after receiving the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Minorities in Pest Management scholarship. Alexis Barbarin, a doctoral degree candidate in the college's entomology department, was featured in the June issue of Pest ...

October 12, 2009

The Penn State Arboretum will turn into The Sound Garden from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, as musicians from Penn State and the surrounding community gather there to perform music in a variety of genres. The concert is free and open to the public, and free Creamery ice cream will be served....

October 9, 2009

When Jay Stauffer began studying fish in Africa's huge Lake Malawi back in the early 1980s, it was really all about the finned creatures. He didn't recognize the immense social and economic implications of his research until later....

October 8, 2009

Those ants on a log aren't raisins; they're real ants. And they're much healthier than a bag of chips or candy. At the annual Great Insect Fair, hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, one professor and several students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences cooked and served delicious insects and tried to make it clear why ...

October 7, 2009

Jun Zhang, a doctoral candidate in soil science in Penn State's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, will present "Identification of Subsurface Flow Patterns Using a Combination of Ground Penetrating Radar and Real-time Soil Moisture Monitoring" at 12:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in room 101 of the ASI building. For further details, call ...

October 7, 2009

Creating healthy, cost-effective food will be the focus of an upcoming symposium hosted by Penn State's Center for Food Innovation and Penn State's School of Hospitality Management. "Stay One Step Ahead: Creation of Sustainable and Profitable Healthy Food Innovations" is the fourth symposium in the Conti Educational Series and will take place Oct. ...

October 7, 2009

Retired Penn State faculty member Dennis C. Scanlon and his wife, Janet Scanlon, of State College, have given $50,000 to the University to create a Trustee Scholarship for students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need. "Dennis and I wanted to establish a scholarship to help give struggling students the motivation to keep ...