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December 8, 2010

A new law recently adopted by the state Legislature will have some immediate and important impacts on eating establishments in Pennsylvania, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

December 7, 2010

The early bird doesn't always get the worm. Moreover, said a consumer-finance expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, being in a hurry to file your federal income tax forms in pursuit of a quick refund isn't always the best idea....

December 6, 2010

Two years ago, Penn State's School of Forest Resources and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry teamed up to offer a free program to teach youth about forests and the concept of forest stewardship. Since then, more than 5,000 youths have participated. ...

December 6, 2010

By now, many are aware of the huge volume of natural gas held in the deeply buried Marcellus Shale formation and its enormous economic potential for Pennsylvania and neighboring states. For those who want to learn more about the Marcellus "play," Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering a free, Web-based seminar at 1 p.m. on Dec. 16, titled ...

December 6, 2010

As more people move to rural areas, farmers and non-farming residents have become next-door neighbors, and nuisance odors from farms have become a problem. Watch a video about Penn State's Odor Assessment Lab to find out how researchers are working to calculate odor levels so they can determine and share effective odor-reduction practices. ...

December 2, 2010

Five years ago, a visiting professor from France, who was staying at Marilyn McPheron's home, encouraged her to go back to school "because you'd like it." And so she did. McPheron will graduate in December with a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking, finally fulfilling a childhood dream she had long ago pushed aside in favor of working and ...

December 1, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension has released an updated version of a publication that addresses the rapidly changing topic of water withdrawals for Marcellus Shale gas drilling....

December 1, 2010

In Australia, when crossing from one state to another, travelers may encounter a quarantine stop and may be required to forfeit recently purchased fruits and vegetables as a hedge against invasive pests. But in the U.S., crossing state lines is freewheeling, according to researchers from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, who evaluated the ...

December 1, 2010

The question of whether it is environmentally correct to buy a real Christmas tree has been asked repeatedly in recent years, and an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences wants to lay it to rest permanently. ...

November 29, 2010

Responding to new demands on Pennsylvania's equine industry concerning nutrient and manure management on horse farms, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is surveying the state's horse-farm owners and managers to gauge their understanding of the challenges of pasture development and manure regulation. ...

November 23, 2010

At today's fuel prices, burning wood remains a wise and viable option to reduce home-heating bills, according to a forest resources expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

November 23, 2010

Growing up in the little town of Summerdale, Pa., near Harrisburg, Brianna Hrusko never suspected that she would land a job most would envy, or that her job would take her around the world. ...

November 19, 2010

Ryan Elias, assistant professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received the inaugural Frederik Sr. and Faith E. Rasmussen Career Development Professorship in Food Science. ...

November 19, 2010

State Sen. Michael Waugh, who represents the 28th District in York County, has received the Friend of Extension Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Cooperative Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional....

November 19, 2010

For hunters lucky enough to bag a deer in the upcoming seasons, a food-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers some advice to properly field dress and store the carcass, and then process the meat. ...

November 19, 2010

Children at Penn State's Child Development Lab (CDL) celebrated the 95th birthday of one of their favorite volunteers -- Norene Bigelow, affectionately known as "Grandma Norene." The children surprised her on Thursday, Nov. 18 with a special song, which they wrote and performed with local children's musician Mark Ross. They also presented her with ...

November 15, 2010

Penn State Mont Alto is mourning the loss of one of its alums, David L. Grove, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 11, 2010. A wildlife conservation officer, Grove attended the campus from 2000 to 2002 before completing his bachelor's degree in wildlife sciences from the College of Agricultural Sciences at University Park in 2004. He was ...

November 15, 2010

Dennis Calvin, who has served as interim director of Penn State Cooperative Extension since July 2009, has assumed the role on a permanent basis. Craig Weidemann, vice president for Penn State Outreach, and Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, made the announcement during this month's Cooperative Extension annual ...

November 12, 2010

Pennsylvania hunters venturing out this fall may be surprised by the level of disturbance and activity on public lands in the northcentral, northeastern and southwestern regions of the state, according to a wildlife expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

Ellen Mahan
November 11, 2010

Ellen Mahan, a master's degree candidate in Food Science, received the Herbert Stone Award for Outstanding Presentation of Leadership from the Society of Sensory Professionals at the group's conference, Oct. 27-29.