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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
February 19, 2010

As winter loses its grip on Pennsylvania, warmer days followed by cold nights signal the beginning of maple syrup season. When spring conditions are right, sap in sugar maple trees begins to flow, and sugars made with last summer's sun move from their storage sites into the tree's trunk, according to Bob Hansen, Penn State Cooperative Extension ...

February 17, 2010

Pests and pesticide use in buildings can increase the risk of health problems such as asthma, and exposures to both are a common problem encountered in buildings across the country. The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program (PA IPM) at Penn State is working with partners to help address these issues, thanks to a grant from the U.S. ...

February 17, 2010

Hunting-preserve operators and the breeders who supply them with gamebirds will gather to get the latest management information at the 2010 Pennsylvania Game Breeders and Hunting Preserves Annual Conference, Feb. 21-23 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in State College. ...

February 17, 2010

For the 14th time in 17 years, Penn State's student Beef Quiz Bowl team earned a top-two finish at the National Beef Quiz Bowl. Held on Jan. 29, in San Antonio, Texas, this year's Beef Quiz Bowl boiled down to a double elimination contest between Penn State and the challenge's eventual champion, Kansas State University....

February 17, 2010

Research and practices for Pennsylvania's animal agricultural operations and best protection of air and water quality are the focus of the weekly "Manure du Jour: Serving Pennsylvania's Best Practices on Animal Ag, Water, and Air Quality" webinar series being held from Feb. 18 to April 23....

February 17, 2010

The Pennsylvania Ground Water Association has presented “Ground Water Protector” awards to two members of the Water Resources Extension team in the School of Forest Resources.

February 12, 2010

What makes someone an adult student? For Centrice Martin, it was when her daughter, Mavalynn, was born. According to Penn State policy, adult students are those age 24 or older or who are considered independent and have at least one child to support....

Christine Duryea (center), GROWMARK employment coordinator, met with Associate Dean Marcos Fernandez and Denise Connelly, manager of the Office for Undergraduate Education, to present a $5,000 check to the college.
February 12, 2010

The College of Agricultural Sciences this week received a $5,000 gift from the Glenn Webb Educational Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation to support student enrichment/enhancement opportunities.

February 11, 2010

Heart health is a complicated matter involving many factors that thread between genetics, lifestyle choices and, yes, even your emotions, said Barb McDanel, a registered nurse and director of the Penn State Beaver Health Center. Some emotions, such as anger, depression and anxiety, are just plain bad for your heart if they become chronic emotional ...

February 9, 2010

The calls to "reduce, reuse and recycle" have long been the watchwords of resource conservation, and when it comes to disposing of wastewater from shale-gas operations, those refrains still run deep, sometimes thousands of feet beneath groundwater sources....

February 8, 2010

The 12th Pennsylvania Cattleman's College, co-sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be held Feb. 27 at the Sheraton Four Points in Greensburg, Pa. The program will present innovations in genetic prediction and selection, estrus synchronization and reproduction available to beef producers, and advances using sexed semen in ...

Hannah Atkins, senior in Animal Sciences, won the Frank Perdue Student of the Year Award, as well as a prize of $1000 for the honor.
February 5, 2010

Undergraduates from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were big winners in the College Student Program at the recent 2010 International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta.

February 5, 2010

Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health, gave a presentation on real-time tractor stability/instability feedback research being conducted in Penn State 's College of Agricultural Sciences, at the first-ever “Be Safe, Be Profitable: Protecting Workers in Agriculture” conference, Jan. 27-28 in Fort Worth, Texas.

February 5, 2010

A financial-literacy training curriculum developed by Penn State Cooperative Extension has been recognized for excellence by the Institute for Financial Literacy.

February 5, 2010

Jonathan Lynch, professor of horticulture at Penn State, investigates ways to increase crop yields through improving plant root systems. His work recently received a boost when philanthropist Warren G. Buffett offered him the use of a 50-acre field in South Africa along with a $1.5 million research grant. Having an experimental base in the ...

February 5, 2010

Three faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- Thomas Baker, professor of entomology, Douglas Beegle, professor of agronomy, and Jeffrey Peters, professor of environmental toxicology -- have been named distinguished professors by the university....

February 5, 2010

Members of the Penn State Poultry Science Club had their hands full earlier this year -- full of awards. Penn Staters were big winners in the College Student Program at the recent International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Ga....

Dean Bruce McPheron talks to students, including three at the University of Illinois via videoconference, about the U.S. land-grant system.
February 2, 2010

Two groups of students preparing for study-abroad trips this spring recently received an overview of the U.S. land-grant system from Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

February 1, 2010

A common plant virus lures aphids to infected plants by making the plants more attractive, but when the insects taste the plant, they quickly leave for tastier, healthier ones. In the process, the insects rapidly transmit the disease, according to Penn State entomologists....

January 29, 2010

Wildlife resources expert Margaret Brittingham has partnered with Penn State's Office of Physical Plant to help relocate and manage the extremely large crow population living on the University Park campus. The goal of the "crow relocation" program is to coax thousands of crows away from vehicles, sidewalks and populated spots, and guide them to a ...