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June 4, 2010

The 2010 edition of Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition will take place from Aug. 17-19, and organizers are planning a variety of activities of interest to agricultural producers, consumers and families, according to manager Bob Oberheim....

June 4, 2010

Fred Gouker came out of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences this spring with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture and a wealth of knowledge as a plant researcher....

Stephen Knabel
June 2, 2010

Penn State food science professor Stephen Knabel was among 10 scientific experts recently reappointed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

June 2, 2010

Several scholars representing Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Extension Education were recognized at the recent National Agricultural Education Research Conference, hosted by the American Association for Agricultural Education in Omaha, Neb.

May 28, 2010

For many, summer evokes memories of chowing down on barbeque chicken hot off the grill at the church picnic, needing a handful of napkins to get through a sloppy pork sandwich at the fire hall dinner, or gobbling a juicy cheeseburger at a youth baseball game. While these meals served at outdoor events are a wonderful way for volunteer groups to ...

May 27, 2010

Memorial Day marks the unofficial kick-off of barbecue season, and a meat specialist in Penn State State's College of Agricultural Sciences said the watchword for 2010 is variety. ...

May 26, 2010

Low-salt foods may be harder for some people to like than others, according to a newly published study by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The research indicates that genetics influence some of the difference in the levels of salt we like to eat. ...

Bob Roberts
May 21, 2010

Bob Roberts, associate professor of food science, has been elected by the American Dairy Science Association to serve a multi-year term first as vice president then as president of the organization's Board of Directors.

Andrea Leonard
May 21, 2010

Andrea Leonard, development assistant in the Office of Development, was named recipient of the Esprit de Corps Award by Penn State's Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

May 21, 2010

Penn State received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Consuelo De Moraes, associate professor of entomology, titled "Scent of Disease: Diagnostic for Malaria Infection in Humans."...

May 19, 2010

Some septic system stories are pure gold. One septic tank worker reportedly told some homeowners that they should "throw some raw steaks down in there" after he had pumped out their tank, in order to "get the system started up again." "Or, you could go ahead and cook the steak and eat it and get it in there a little later," said Dana Rizzo, water ...

May 19, 2010

Studying at the University of Reading in England, working on a horse farm in Maryland and even attending an international championship for young horses in Germany is nothing extraordinary for Penn State's Lisa Rankin. With her major in Agribusiness Management and minor in Equine Science, she's giving new meaning to the phrase "horsing around."...

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 ...