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Dennis vanEngelsdorp
October 8, 2010

Dennis vanEngelsdorp, senior extension associate in entomology, has been recognized for his work by the Eastern Apiculture Society.

October 7, 2010

Transgenic corn's resistance to pests has benefited even nontransgenic corn, according to agricultural researchers and entomologists....

October 7, 2010

James Grace, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, was recently selected as the new Maurice K. Goddard chair in forestry and environmental resource conservation in Penn State's School of Forest Resources....

October 6, 2010

On weekdays, John Siefert's day begins at 7 a.m. He has to feed the animals, prepare labs and answer e-mails. No, Siefert isn't a farmer, or a researcher. He's a teacher at Conrad Weiser High School in Berks County, Pennsylvania....

October 5, 2010

The pace and extent of Marcellus Shale development across Pennsylvania can be "seen" in animated maps produced by the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Based on data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the animations show both the number of drilling permits issued for the Marcellus Shale target and ...

October 4, 2010

Visitors flocked to Penn State's Great Insect Fair on Saturday, Oct. 2. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Department of Entomology, the fair featured games, educational displays, insect-related arts and crafts, a butterfly tent, an insect petting zoo and of course, the Insect Fair's insect deli, where visitors were able to sample ...

October 4, 2010

Many homes and orchards in the mid-Atlantic region have been overrun by the brown marmorated stink bug, the latest in what seems to be a steady stream of exotic, invasive insects that have found their way into the United States in recent years. And as with many of its fellow interlopers -- such as the Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash ...

October 1, 2010

Denise Gardner knew she liked wine before she even tasted it. The Reading, Pa., native, who grew up in tiny Robesonia, Pa., was sure of her interest in the wine industry when applying to college. When Gardner decided to attend Penn State, she chose to major in Food Science and minor in Horticulture. She knew her education would prepare her well ...

September 28, 2010

Pennsylvania's recently declared drought watches and warnings present a dilemma for the state's home gardeners and professional landscapers: How do they satisfy thirsty landscapes and the state Department of Environmental Protection at the same time? A horticulturist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said that any drought tactics ...

September 24, 2010

After months of very little rainfall, and with long-term weather forecasts predicting little improvement through fall and early winter, well owners across the state have begun to grow uneasy, according to a groundwater expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 24, 2010

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored eight of its graduates with 2010 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni....

September 24, 2010

Pennsylvania farmers dealing with a precipitation deficit approaching 9 inches below average are trying to make the best of a parched situation, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 23, 2010

Hilary Peterson came to Penn State in 2005 to major in Food Science and ended up with a sumptuously sweet deal four years later. After graduating in 2009, she took her dream job with the Mecca of candy corporations, the Hershey Company. ...

September 23, 2010

If it seems to you, as you drive around Pennsylvania, that the leaves on many trees began turning colors early this year, it's because they have, according to a forest expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

September 23, 2010

Out of concern for our natural resources, many people recycle waste materials. But they may not realize that insects are the ultimate recyclers. Visitors to Penn State's Great Insect Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2, can discover how bugs help us recycle in the environment. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Department of ...

September 21, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension has received the 2010 Friend of County Government Award from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania. The award recognized Extension for its leadership and partnership with the commonwealth's county governments and for its educational efforts on issues related to Marcellus Shale natural-gas exploration....

September 18, 2010

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) provide a fun means to keep physically fit, enjoy quality family time and accomplish work, but they also pose risks, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

September 17, 2010

As scientists with the federal government search for the source of the salmonella that made thousands of people sick this summer and trace how it spread, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing a new and more accurate method of acquiring the bacteria's identity. ...

Siela Maximova (left), Mark Guiltinan (right) and a graduate student inspect cacao trees in a Penn State greenhouse.
September 16, 2010

The sequencing and analysis of the genome for the Criollo variety of the cacao tree, generally considered to produce the world's finest chocolate, was completed by an international team led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, with Mark Guiltinan of Penn State, and included scientists from 18 other institutions....

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 ...