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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
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.

November 10, 2010

Do fish feel pain? The question is so troubling that many wish it were not even asked in a serious way, let alone answered. Penn State professor of fisheries and biology Victoria Braithwaite asks this question in her recently published book, "Do Fish Feel Pain?"

November 10, 2010

As raptors migrate over Pennsylvania this fall, the number of bald eagles among them is close to an all-time high, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

November 5, 2010

As the natural-gas drilling boom into the deep Marcellus Shale formation has unfolded, state regulators have become increasingly aware of pollution risks to ground and surface water, and they have scrambled to develop regulations to protect valuable natural resources....

November 4, 2010

In support of its efforts to disseminate research-based information on natural-gas-related issues to Pennsylvanians, Penn State Cooperative Extension has joined with several key business firms to form the Penn State Marcellus Educational Consortium. The group's goals are to provide expertise on Marcellus topics and to facilitate discussions among ...

November 3, 2010

Pennsylvania's secretary of agriculture, a college student from Carlisle and a statewide youth organization were honored when the Penn State Ag Council presented its 2010 Leadership Awards at the council's fall delegate meeting Oct. 28....

November 3, 2010

The natural-gas industry is pursuing ways to minimize potential environmental impacts during development of the rich Marcellus Shale formation, such as by treating and re-using wastewater produced during the process. However, according to one Penn State expert, as the Marcellus natural-gas play grows, the demand for water for hydraulic fracturing ...

November 2, 2010

Deer hunting is an old tradition worth preserving, and when it comes to preserving venison, according to a food scientist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an old traditional method for preserving meat might be best....

Judy Chambers
November 2, 2010

Judy Chambers, economic and community development educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension in Adams County, is the recipient of the Buckstopper Award for her leadership of the new "Local Governance" flagship extension program.

The soil judging team practices for competitions
November 2, 2010

Penn State's student soil judging team finished second overall in the Northeast Collegiate Soil Judging Contest held in late October at Penn State.

Robert Beelman
November 1, 2010

Food science researcher Robert Beelman recently retired from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences after 40 years of service.

October 28, 2010

The National Food Industry MarketMaker project, in which Penn State collaborates, has been recognized with the 2010 Partnership Award for multistate efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)....

October 28, 2010

Louis Galliker, who graduated from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in 1956 with a degree in dairy science, was one of 23 Penn State alumni recognized recently for outstanding professional accomplishments and given the title of Alumni Fellow by the University....

October 28, 2010

Jenna Moser had a pretty good idea of what to expect when she arrived in India for her two-month-long internship last summer -- she had done some research on the standard of living in parts of the country -- but still she found herself unprepared for the squalid conditions she would witness....

October 26, 2010

Parents and guardians of children, as well as those in households distributing treats, should remember some important points for keeping kids safe during trick-or-treating that occurs over the Halloween holiday, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

October 26, 2010

Penn State's leading student agricultural club has reached an important fundraising milestone in its efforts to establish a scholarship endowment. Block and Bridle, an organization for undergraduate students interested in animal sciences, has raised $20,000 -- the first stage in its goal to establish a $100,000 endowment....

October 26, 2010

Not only are restaurant patrons willing to pay more for meals prepared with produce and meat from local providers, the proportion of customers preferring local meals actually increases when the price increases, according to a team of international researchers....

Ag Advocates pose with state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding
October 22, 2010

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding this week urged a group of students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to remain ambassadors for agriculture long after they graduate.