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August 24, 2009

Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exhibition, kicked off on Tuesday, Aug. 18, and ran through Thursday, Aug. 20. For information on next year's event, visit http://apd.psu.edu/ For photos of this year's Ag Progress Days, go to http://live.psu.edu/stilllife/2120...

August 21, 2009

Sarah Donaldson loved Penn State. So much that after earning two degrees at the University -- a bachelor's degree in animal bioscience and a master's degree in pathobiology -- she chose to begin her career as a research cellular biologist with a job in the College of Agricultural Sciences. She was working in the field of molecular epidemiology, ...

August 20, 2009

Christine Olarte, an environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent the ultimate white Christmas in the far southern latitudes last winter....

August 17, 2009

Penn State master gardeners team up with Penn State professor Dennis vanEngelsdorp and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to track local bee activity. Their goal: to make recommendations to gardeners about types of plants they should include in their gardens to make them pollinator-friendly. See them (and the bees!) in a slideshow at ...

August 14, 2009

With Marcellus shale natural gas development expanding employment opportunities, Pennsylvania residents will need to be prepared for the issues surrounding any potential job surge. Specialists with Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania College of Technology will review and predict direct workforce demand related to the Marcellus ...

August 13, 2009

As state lawmakers consider legislation to sell land currently managed by the State Correctional Institution at Rockview, the dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is speaking out to clarify what he believes are misconceptions about the vision behind the University's proposed ownership of part of the tract....

August 13, 2009

It has been said that the sun never sets on Penn State-developed turfgrass varieties because they carpet so many golf courses around the world. Similarly, many of the best golf courses on the planet are under the care of Penn State-educated turfgrass professionals....

August 12, 2009

A new invasive pest recently found in Pennsylvania could mean serious losses to corn growers in the state. Western bean cutworm (WBC) was first trapped in July 2009 in Erie and Lycoming counties and has also been found recently in low numbers in Forest, Clarion, Washington, Franklin, and Tioga counties, said John Tooker, assistant professor of ...

August 12, 2009

Honeybees in colonies affected by colony collapse disorder (CCD) have higher levels of pathogens and are co-infected with a greater number of pathogens than their non-CCD counterparts, but no individual pathogen can be singled out as the cause of CCD, according to a new study by researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, other ...

August 11, 2009

As the name suggests, Penn State's 2009 Ag Progress Days -- Aug. 18-20 at Rock Springs -- highlight many of the latest advances in the agricultural and natural sciences. But visitors may be surprised by the range of events, issues and outright fun to be found at the state's largest outdoor agricultural exposition....

August 4, 2009

For most, the thought of working with exotic animals brings to mind the humid jungles of South America and the vast planes of Africa. Barbara Toddes, however, discovered that one may have to look no further than the urban jungle of Philadelphia....

August 4, 2009

With the recently launched official Penn State page on Facebook, students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and fans of the University have a new way to stay connected to Dear Old State. Featuring important news and interesting stories, photos and videos about Penn State, the Penn State page on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/pennstate, allows Penn ...

August 3, 2009

Daytime temperature fluctuations greatly alter the incubation period of malaria parasites in mosquitoes and alter transmission rates of the disease. Consideration of these fluctuations reveals a more accurate picture of climate change's impact on malaria. Most studies use average monthly temperatures to study the impact of climate change on the ...

August 3, 2009

Agricultural producers who attend Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs will find a supermarket of technology, advice, goods and services. That's according to Ag Progress Days manager Bob Oberheim, who said the event will be a one-stop shop for farmers and others involved in ...

August 3, 2009

At athletic events, the University's rallying chant rings out, "We are ... Penn State!" At Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, a variation will emphasize the work that the College of Agricultural Sciences performs with animals. ...

July 30, 2009

"Our whole system of representative democracy depends on [the census]," said sociologist Gordon De Jong. Because representation is based on population, an up-to-date tally is essential. The equitable distribution of public funds, he adds, also depends on up-to-date population data....

July 30, 2009

Since they share a focus on programs related to crops, soils and natural resources, it only makes sense that Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service again join forces under the same tent at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 18-20....

July 29, 2009

A wide range of research and outreach related to water quality will be highlighted by special exhibits at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18 to 20 at Rock Springs....

July 29, 2009

In 2008, 44 people were killed in Pennsylvania farm and agriculture-related accidents -- a sharp increase from previous years. Such statistics illustrate the need for farm-safety and farm-rescue training for emergency responders, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

July 29, 2009

Gardening enthusiasts attending Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, can get tips on providing safe havens for butterflies, honeybees and other struggling pollinators....