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March 9, 2011

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a grant from the Department of Defense through USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help prepare the children of military families to be successful as they enter the school system by increasing the quality of their early care and educational experiences....

March 4, 2011

The boom in natural-gas drilling into the Marcellus Shale formation has presented some Pennsylvania counties with public-safety concerns, and an online seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on March. 17 will highlight them....

March 3, 2011

Penn State Extension, in partnership with the Quality Deer Management Association and the University's School of Forest Resources' Web Seminar Center, will offer three webinars this spring focusing on the management of white-tailed deer. ...

March 3, 2011

A research article published in the February issue of the Journal of Food Protection presents disturbing findings to consumers, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

February 25, 2011

Penn State turfgrass research and education will get a boost as the result of a recent gift to the College of Agricultural Sciences. Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. gave the college $300,000 to establish an endowment -- the Pennsylvania Turf Research Innovation Fund -- that will provide financial support for studies to address important ...

February 25, 2011

A new publication from Penn State Cooperative Extension, "River Basin Approaches to Water Management in the Mid-Atlantic States," introduces the concept of regional river basin commissions and explores several current and emerging issues these commissions and similar river basin management organizations face....

February 25, 2011

Get ready for some mandated changes in lighting, warns an energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Effective Jan. 1, 2012, it will be a federal offense for any company, organization or individual in the United States to manufacture or import 100-watt incandescent light bulbs for general-use lighting. Dennis Buffington, ...

February 25, 2011

A plant geneticist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop genomics resources to address forest-health issues affecting hardwood trees. ...

February 24, 2011

A little over a year ago, a University committee started a process of reviewing academic programs, college-by-college, in response to a strategy in goal #2 of the University strategic plan calling for a consolidation of academic programs through targeted reviews. The committee was charged with identifying new ways to maintain academic excellence, ...

February 23, 2011

Sarah Colten is no stranger to roughing it. Having already spent time as a student at a school in Honduras, Colten had no trouble adjusting to life in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Getting up for 6:30 or 7 a.m. classes and wearing a uniform was no big deal to the Community, Environment and Development and Spanish double major at Penn ...

February 19, 2011

The production of inexpensive hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel may be possible by mimicking photosynthesis, according to a Penn State materials chemist, but a number of problems need to be solved first....

February 18, 2011

Researchers need to use all available resources in an integrated approach to put agriculture on a path to solve the world's food problems while reducing pollution, according to a Penn State biologist. Changes in national and international regulations will be necessary to achieve this goal....

February 18, 2011

Several recent gifts will create new scholarships and enhance programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

February 18, 2011

The Penn State Agronomy Guide always has been nearly indispensable for many farmers. But the 2011-12 edition may be even more valuable than before. ...

February 17, 2011

Taxpayers once had few options for how to receive refunds from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service -- they either got a check in the mail or a direct deposit to a bank account. But family-finance experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences said savvy management of refunds and adjustments to withholding rates offer tax filers painless ...

February 17, 2011

The popular Tomato Growers School offered by Penn State Extension is being revived this winter in an expanded format after a six-year hiatus. ...

February 15, 2011

Mountaintop removal mining, a particularly destructive form of surface mining which involves literally blasting away the tops of mountains to get at the coal reserves below, impacts vast areas of West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky. Brad Woods, who received his doctorate in rural sociology and human dimensions of natural resources and the ...

Route 30 Bridge over Susquehanna River, Lancaster County (Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS)
February 15, 2011

Penn State Extension's Discovery Watershed Initiative is offering an e-newsletter to highlight some of the tools and approaches developed for nutrient and sediment reduction within Pennsylvania's watersheds.

February 14, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Penn State's Department of Accounting, is sponsoring the U.S. Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, from now through April 14 on the University Park campus....

February 14, 2011

Before interning with an agricultural statistics agency, Terri Woodling never saw herself as a "math person," but now she has a whole new appreciation for the calculations behind farming. ...