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September 13, 2010

To help farm-related enterprises reap the benefits of social networking tools, Penn State Cooperative Extension's Ag Entrepreneurship program will sponsor a series of Web-based seminars this fall. Each webinar will address at least one social networking tool and how it can be used by operators of farms and other ag businesses to market their ...

Patricia Dunn
September 13, 2010

Patricia Dunn, senior research associate in veterinary and biomedical sciences, has been elected president-elect of the American Association of Avian Pathologists.

September 13, 2010

Federal income tax experts estimate that the families of many Pennsylvania undergraduate college students may have missed out on a valuable tax credit when they filed their 2009 income tax return. But a consumer-finance specialist with Penn State Cooperative Extension says it's not too late to take advantage of this credit, which is also available ...

September 13, 2010

Robin Becker, the 2010-11 Penn State laureate and professor of English and women's studies at the University, is sharing several of her poems via video during the 2010-11 academic year, aiming to engage people "in the deep pleasures of poetry -- language crafted and shaped from words, the 'ordinary' material we all use every day," to explore how ...

September 10, 2010

With the nationwide unemployment rate hovering over 9 percent, many new and recent college graduates are struggling to find jobs in their chosen fields. But graduates in food, agricultural and environmental sciences are in demand, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 10, 2010

While energy companies continue to search beneath Pennsylvania for natural gas, Penn State social scientists are looking for ways to tap into the attitudes of residents about the gas-exploration boom in the region. ...

September 9, 2010

New data show that childhood obesity in the United States is rising exponentially, and the alarming increase is indicative of an environmental issue, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 8, 2010

Sometimes old ideas are the best ideas, and certainly home canning is one of those. But despite generations of practice, many don't do it properly, warns a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 8, 2010

From on-campus blood drives to THON -- Penn State's famous dance marathon -- Penn Staters definitely do not lack philanthropic initiative, and Sarah Peterson is a good example. Last summer, the Immunology and Infectious Disease major in the College of Agricultural Sciences travelled to Heredia, Costa Rica, and volunteered to teach special-needs ...

September 8, 2010

Paul R. Shellenberger, professor emeritus of dairy science, and his wife, Joan M. Shellenberger, have committed $25,000 to Penn State to create an award honoring outstanding teachers in the College of Agricultural Sciences....

Paul Craig
September 7, 2010

Paul Craig, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator in Dauphin County, recently was elected as vice president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents at its annual meeting.

September 3, 2010

When Penn State weed scientist David Mortensen told members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee this summer that the government should restrict the use of herbicide-tolerant crops and impose a tax on biotech seeds to fund research and educational programs for farmers, it caused quite a stir. The growing problem with weeds that have become ...

September 3, 2010

Often called the "miracle tree" for its potential to provide food, fuel and water in harsh environments, the moringa oleifera tree is at the center of a new effort by three Penn State engineers to provide clean drinking water to the developing world. The work -- funded by a year-long, $10,000 Environmental Protection Agency P3 grant -- seeks to ...

September 3, 2010

When it comes to water-test results, one of the murkiest problems facing homeowners is how to interpret the results, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. And with the flood of Marcellus shale gas-drilling activity in Pennsylvania, there has been a steadily rising tide of information about water availability, ...

September 2, 2010

Spiro Stefanou, professor of agricultural economics, recently received the Presidential Special Recognition Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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....