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May 19, 2010

A project conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is investigating whether feeding cattle low-protein diets might result in the animals more efficiently utilizing nitrogen in their diet and reduce ammonia emissions from dairy operations....

May 18, 2010

A team of students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences finished second overall at the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, held last month at Louisiana State University....

May 18, 2010

Five Pennsylvania youth leaders were elected to serve one-year terms in executive positions on the Pennsylvania State 4-H Council at the 2010 Pennsylvania State 4-H Leadership Conference held recently in State College, Pa. The Pennsylvania State 4-H Council is a pre-eminent group of young people selected from around the state to be the official ...

May 17, 2010

As the public and various interest groups debate the relative pros and cons of different egg-production practices and poultry-housing options, poultry scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences say modern, science-based methods are helping to meet consumer demand for safe and nutritious eggs. ...

May 14, 2010

Paul Heinemann, professor in Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, has been named head of the department, effective July 1. He succeeds Roy Young, who is retiring after 12 years as department head. ...

Roy Young
May 14, 2010

After 12 years as head of Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Roy Young is retiring effective July 1.

May 14, 2010

The acronym NIMBY -- "Not in My Back Yard" -- is a battle cry commonly hurled by neighbors in Fort Worth, Texas, where prior to 2000, there were no gas wells in town. Ten years later, there are 1,675 shale-gas wells within city limits, according to Sarah Fullenwider, senior assistant city attorney for the city. Fullenwider will describe Fort ...

May 13, 2010

Africa is home to about 1 billion people, and a recent report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicates as many as 30 percent of them suffer from chronic hunger or malnutrition. A new initiative announced by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at working with African institutions to ease this human ...

May 12, 2010

For most, the idea of consuming a chemistry project sounds far from appetizing. For Laura Weir, however, it might just be the sweetest meal of the day....

May 12, 2010

Semen that has been separated into male and female sperm is now available for the beef and dairy industries, a bovine specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences told attendees of a recent Pennsylvania Cattleman's College Purebred Breeders Workshop. ...

May 10, 2010

Alyssa Klein, a Penn State Animal Sciences major and Schreyer Honors College scholar, was part of a four-member team that won the Business Plan Competition at Washington State University, sponsored by the College of Business's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

May 8, 2010

There is increasing awareness that our everyday decisions have an impact on the environment and on people. This impact is often unseen and its cost (or benefit) unknown. News about electronic waste ending up in developing countries or the impact on drinking water from gas exploration makes us aware that our decisions impact people's health and not ...

May 7, 2010

As the debate about the health attributes and risks of raw milk spills into capitols and courts across the country, a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is urging people to think carefully about the risks before consuming unpasteurized dairy products....

May 7, 2010

It's that time of year. Tulips are in bloom all across campus. The mall trees are coming back to life. The ducks have returned to bring entertainment to the usually quiet pond outside the Alumni Center. All signs point to the arrival of spring in Happy Valley. But what is behind every perfectly placed flower? Who is responsible for ensuring our ...

May 5, 2010

The executive committee of the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center has authorized the initiation of a heifer development and breeding program at the facility near State College in Centre County. ...

May 5, 2010

Plant roots enmeshed in layers of discarded materials inside upright pipes can purify dirty water from a washing machine, making it fit for growing vegetables and flushing toilets, according to Penn State horticulturists. ...

May 4, 2010

Boalsburg, Pa., resident Fred Strouse credits 4-H with making him a successful farmer, auctioneer and entrepreneur. "My 4-H experience taught me so much about responsibility, planning and leadership that it really influenced me throughout my life," said Strouse. "It gave me knowledge and self confidence that have helped me become successful."...

April 29, 2010

Nearly 1,000 kilometers north of Norway stands an impressive vault. Dug deep below the permafrost into solid rock, so far north that four months out of the year the sun doesn't shine, the vault contains some of mankind's most precious resources, preserved at a constant minus-8 degrees Celsius. What lies inside? Gold? Irreplaceable art or ...

April 29, 2010

Obesity is rampant, food-borne illnesses are rising and the food supply chain is now global, leaving all but the largest food manufacturers scrambling to compete. How can smaller companies create healthier products, improve food safety and increase efficiencies, when they lack in-house resources? A new effort in southeastern Pennsylvania aims to ...

April 28, 2010

The proper response to farm emergencies is often a bit different than that to other crises, and Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers a special training course to prepare likely responders. That ag-rescue training recently was credited with saving another life -- the fifth in recent years -- according to Davis Hill, director of the ...