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January 4, 2011

Food and agricultural research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be featured in a new series debuting this week on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The segment featuring the College of Agricultural Sciences will be broadcast initially at 8 p.m. on Jan. 5. Those who do not have cable television can view the ...

January 3, 2011

Hydrocephalus in Ugandan children and other developing countries is seasonal, linked to farm animals and in part, caused by previous bacterial infection, according to an international team of researchers from Uganda and the United States, who believe that the best approach to this problem is prevention....

December 26, 2010

The production of high quality chocolate, and the farmers who grow it, will benefit from the recent sequencing and assembly of the chocolate tree genome, according to an international team led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, with Mark Guiltinan of Penn State, and including scientists from 18 other institutions....

December 22, 2010

When Pennsylvania farmer Mac Curtis stopped and evaluated his turkey operation in Snyder County, he realized he needed to do something about his high heating bills, the comfort of his birds and compliance with federal mandates to clean up the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Curtis quickly discovered the Litter Incinerator Hot Water Boiler -- a piece of ...

December 20, 2010

Two faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were recognized for outstanding teaching and other contributions by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities at its recent 123rd annual meeting in Dallas, Texas....

December 17, 2010

New estimates on the number of foodborne illness cases that occur each year in the United States, just released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, show that food safety remains a concern in this country, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

December 17, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension will be hosting three Natural Gas Taxation and Finance Workshops across the state in January. ...

December 17, 2010

For now, Timothy Silberg has chosen making memories over making money. Recently the Bucks County, Pa., native had to decide between what he saw as cushy jobs with Tyson Foods or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or embarking on a journey to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to be the sole manager of a farm....

December 17, 2010

The holidays are a special time -- family, friends, food and more food. But many of the folks handling the preparations are not used to cooking for large groups, and it is easy for them to overlook some important practices, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

December 13, 2010

If you need advice on home gardening, stink bugs or how to manage your diet if you have diabetes, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences might have just the information you're looking for at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 8-15 in Harrisburg, Pa. ...

Patricia Comerford, right, receives the Outstanding Service Award for the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup from Nancy Kadwill, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator and the event's award committee chair.
December 9, 2010

Patricia Comerford, extension equine specialist in Dairy and Animal Science, received the 2010 Outstanding Service Award in special ceremonies at the recent Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, Ky.

December 8, 2010

A new law recently adopted by the state Legislature will have some immediate and important impacts on eating establishments in Pennsylvania, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

December 7, 2010

The early bird doesn't always get the worm. Moreover, said a consumer-finance expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, being in a hurry to file your federal income tax forms in pursuit of a quick refund isn't always the best idea....

December 6, 2010

Two years ago, Penn State's School of Forest Resources and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry teamed up to offer a free program to teach youth about forests and the concept of forest stewardship. Since then, more than 5,000 youths have participated. ...

December 6, 2010

By now, many are aware of the huge volume of natural gas held in the deeply buried Marcellus Shale formation and its enormous economic potential for Pennsylvania and neighboring states. For those who want to learn more about the Marcellus "play," Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering a free, Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16, titled ...

December 6, 2010

As more people move to rural areas, farmers and non-farming residents have become next-door neighbors, and nuisance odors from farms have become a problem. Watch a video about Penn State's Odor Assessment Lab to find out how researchers are working to calculate odor levels so they can determine and share effective odor-reduction practices. ...

December 2, 2010

Five years ago, a visiting professor from France, who was staying at Marilyn McPheron's home, encouraged her to go back to school "because you'd like it." And so she did. McPheron will graduate in December with a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking, finally fulfilling a childhood dream she had long ago pushed aside in favor of working and ...

December 1, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension has released an updated version of a publication that addresses the rapidly changing topic of water withdrawals for Marcellus Shale gas drilling....

December 1, 2010

In Australia, when crossing from one state to another, travelers may encounter a quarantine stop and may be required to forfeit recently purchased fruits and vegetables as a hedge against invasive pests. But in the U.S., crossing state lines is freewheeling, according to researchers from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, who evaluated the ...

December 1, 2010

The question of whether it is environmentally correct to buy a real Christmas tree has been asked repeatedly in recent years, and an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences wants to lay it to rest permanently. ...