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September 2, 2010

We all have foods we dislike, and some of us might be termed picky eaters, but when we have to deal with a youngster who refuses to eat the food we prepare -- the experience can be frustrating, acknowledges an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

August 26, 2010

Penn State offers new students nearly limitless options through its Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP), designed to help freshmen interact with peers, take advantage of university resources and ease the transition to the college life. ...

August 26, 2010

Although a Salmonella scare and egg recall is taking place across much of the country, Pennsylvania-produced eggs are safer to eat, according to poultry experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.That's thanks to a program Penn State researchers helped Keystone State egg producers start almost two decades ago, which was the model for ...

August 26, 2010

Cow belches, a major source of greenhouse gases, could be decreased by an unusual feed supplement developed by a Penn State dairy scientist....

August 25, 2010

As investigators track a Salmonella outbreak that has forced the recall of more than a half-billion eggs, a specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences says consumers have a simple means of protecting themselves from foodborne illness....

August 25, 2010

The return to school marks an abrupt transition in a family's routine. It forces children into a schedule that in turn affects playtime, sleep and other free time. ...

August 24, 2010

At a time when two of the nation's largest egg producers have issued a 550 million egg recall because of reports of potential salmonella contamination, it is clear that the issue of vulnerability in America's agricultural and food production systems remains a vital concern. Salmonella bacteria, like other human disease-causing organisms, can cause ...

August 22, 2010

A dry steambed in a small wooded valley near Penn State's Stone Valley Recreation Area became a "living" laboratory Wednesday (Aug. 18) for a group of high school students getting an early taste of earth science from University researchers. Using soil moisture probes and water-level sensors, the teens sampled 16 sites to determine the depth of the ...

August 20, 2010

The New Holland building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs, Pa., was bustling with kids clambering across tractors and farmers looking to upgrade their fleets. And Penn State alumni, in official New Holland polo shirts, were everywhere, answering questions about the company's products. ...

August 20, 2010

The introduction of species like "Frankenfish" or "Rock Snot" into Pennsylvania waters doesn't sound pretty, and it's not. These are just two of the more colorful nicknames for aquatic invaders, but the innocent-sounding ones -- such as parrot feather or water chestnut -- also have the capacity to spell doom for some local ponds and streams....

August 19, 2010

Ramping up biofuels production to replace fossil fuels and provide a significant portion of the nation's energy will require nothing short of a transformation of the U.S. agricultural, transportation and energy sectors in the next few decades, according to a bioenergy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

August 18, 2010

Penn State is creating an education and research center focused on the Marcellus Shale to help state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, industry and environmental groups protect the Commonwealth's water resources, forests and transportation infrastructure while advocating for a science-based and responsible approach to handling ...

August 17, 2010

Turns out, for most people, eating between meals may not be such a bad thing after all....

August 17, 2010

Some college students say they don't know what they want to do after graduation because they simply have no idea. For Lisa Ward, it's different. She has lots of ideas -- so many careers hold an attraction for the Penn State Agricultural Science major....

August 16, 2010

Three county commissioners -- Mark Smith of Bradford County, Pamela Tokar-Ickes of Somerset County and Paul Heimel of Potter County -- will be the featured speakers during a free, Web-based seminar titled, "Local Natural Gas Task Force Initiatives," which will air at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19. Sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, the webinar ...

August 13, 2010

Federal and state lawmakers will hold public events to hear comments on various agricultural issues and Chesapeake Bay restoration on Aug. 17 and 18 during Penn State's Ag Progress Days....

August 13, 2010

Nothing says agricultural marketing like four iPads and a wireless router, but that's how it's being done with the PA MarketMaker program this year at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17 to 19. The center aisle of Dairy and Livestock Tent #2 on West 12th Street will be going high-tech this year as ag economists debut a new interactive database ...

August 12, 2010

From the headlines, you might think America was under attack by an army of millimeter-sized parasites. Media reports have bed bug "epidemics" plaguing cities from New York City to Bloomington, Ind., to Los Angeles. Similar upticks in bed bug populations have been reported in recent years, an apparent resurgence after almost 50 years of relative ...

Robert Steele
August 10, 2010

Robert Steele, professor of food science and former dean of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was among three people recently honored by the State Conservation Commission for dedication in protecting the state's natural resources and agriculture.

August 10, 2010

Mandel Smith, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator in Montgomery County, is the recipient of the 2010 Family and Consumer Science Scholarship in honor of Helen E. Bell.