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July 6, 2009

The disease that caused the 1840s Irish Potato Famine now threatens Pennsylvania's home-gardening explosion, and a plant-disease expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says hobbyists must work with commercial growers to protect the state's tomato and potato crops....

July 1, 2009

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- funded by a grant of approximately $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- will study the interaction between weed-, insect- and soil-management methods for organic production of small grains, corn and soybeans. ...

June 29, 2009

Penn State Cooperative Extension has named Dennis Calvin interim director effective July 1. Calvin, who has been associate director since January 2006, will fill the post while a national search is conducted....

June 29, 2009

This year's unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that's wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

June 29, 2009

Through the combined efforts of Penn State students enrolled in the Landscape Contracting Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences and employees at the Office of Physical Plant (OPP), the enclosed courtyard at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus has seen a major overhaul. Before work began, the courtyard was a ...

June 23, 2009

There are an estimated 14,500 vacant lots in Pittsburgh, and a number of organizations throughout the region are coming together to make the best use possible of these derelict spaces. A new online video, titled "The Urban Side of Green: Part Three," tells the story of Penn State's contribution to this effort. ...

June 22, 2009

Visitors to Penn State's Berkey Creamery for a cone of the university's celebrated ice cream June 17 also got a taste of international diplomacy, as representatives of Poland's Ministry of Agriculture came to the University Park campus for a visit that acknowledged Penn State Cooperative Extension's contributions to that nation's agriculture....

June 18, 2009

Farmers should not be paying Pennsylvania sales tax on electricity, according to an energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. However, some are, noted Dennis Buffington, professor of agricultural engineering. "While visiting farms over the past few months, I was surprised to see that a number of producers were being charged ...

June 18, 2009

Three graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. ...

June 16, 2009

Beginning June 25, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Cooperative Extension will offer monthly online seminars addressing impacts related to the development of natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania....

June 15, 2009

It's a big world out there, and Jessica Rivera has seen a lot of it. Thanks to her Animal Bioscience major, combined with minors in Japanese and Equine Science, she's already had the opportunity to explore everything from the peaks of Mount Fuji to the land down under....

June 10, 2009

Scientists and nonscientists now have easy access to information about when living species and their ancestors originated, information that previously was difficult to find or inaccessible. Free access to the information is part of the new Timetree of Life initiative developed by Blair Hedges, a professor of biology at Penn State University, and ...

June 3, 2009

Several state and federal agencies, in collaboration with Penn State Cooperative Extension, are on the lookout for various species of invasive insects once again this summer in many parts of Pennsylvania. Survey efforts are targeting the emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis, which is deadly to ash trees....

June 3, 2009

Smokey Bear has been telling Americans since 1944, "Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires," but a new bill under consideration in the state's General Assembly may begin to change Pennsylvania's approach to the blazes, according to forest experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

June 3, 2009

While many students believe fruits and vegetables come from the grocery store, Brandon Allison, who graduated from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in 2007 with an Agribusiness Management degree, investigated the dynamics of fruit and vegetable production during an undergraduate internship with Seedway in 2006....

May 29, 2009

Feeding a world population of 6.7 billion is no small task, and that's why dwindling interest in the science responsible for a safe and abundant food supply may be cause for alarm, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

May 28, 2009

Growing up on a fruit and vegetable farm in Brookville, Pa., Becky Seigworth spent most of her time working at the family retail market where she developed a love of agriculture. But an internship in Ireland opened up a world of opportunities for the recent graduate from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

May 28, 2009

Jeffrey Catchmark sees the quest to unlock the mysteries of lignocellulose synthesis and assembly as one of the most important research pursuits of the next century. ...

May 28, 2009

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have extended for 18 months a collaborative effort to stop the spread of invasive plant species in state parks....

May 27, 2009

Approximately 200 Penn State employees packed the HUB-Robeson Center's Alumni Hall for their biyearly greening. The 2009 Spring Forum for the Future attracted individuals from all University units, offices and campuses. The morning-long conference focused on environmental purchasing and what Penn State is doing and can do to become more ...