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January 27, 2011

Improved plant efficiency, not more fertilizer, is key to global food security: A conversation with plant nutritionist Jonathan Lynch....

January 22, 2011

While its coordinator anticipates capping "Ice Cream 101: Introduction to Frozen Desserts" enrollment this year, he said what excites him the most is not the high numbers of enrollees, but the different types of people who attend annually....

January 21, 2011

Andrew Herr has spread his wings and officially flown the coop. Since graduating from Penn State in May 2007 with a degree in animal sciences, he has soared to new and impressive heights within Rembrandt, a company that takes full control of every step in egg production, from growing feed for its chickens to the distribution of eggs around the ...

January 21, 2011

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded a $1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his investigation of anthracnose disease in sorghum....

January 20, 2011

Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers pro football team know the stars who fueled a come-from-behind victory on Sunday, but they probably don't know about the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences' behind-the-scenes contributions to the win....

January 20, 2011

There are concerns that developing children, particularly those still in utero, may be affected by low-level contaminants in drinking water, says Rachel Brennan, assistant professor of environmental engineering at Penn State....

January 18, 2011

Pennsylvania dairy farms are invited to apply for this year's Dairy of Distinction award from the Northeast Dairy Farm Beautification Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15. ...

January 14, 2011

The problem plaguing the Chesapeake Bay is widely known and obvious, according to a crops and soils expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. But after decades of trying to save the famous estuary by spending billions of dollars on pollution-control measures, we have made a lot of progress but we still have a long way to go to solve ...

January 14, 2011

Ten students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received 2010 Internship Awards from the college's Alumni Society. ...

January 14, 2011

A consortium of universities including Penn State recently received a national award for research that scientists hope will result in a blight-resistant American chestnut tree being reintroduced into U.S. forests. ...

January 14, 2011

Dan Shemesh's earliest and fondest memories involve sports. So it was only natural that he chose a career related to fields where they are played. ...

January 12, 2011

Penn State plant scientists will conduct research to explore the development of cropping systems for the production of renewable biofuels, as part of a newly announced center. The nonprofit Center for Sustainable Energy Farming was founded by Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. of Los Angeles, Calif., a company that specializes in eco-friendly ...

January 12, 2011

Thirteen students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were among 25 who were awarded scholarships by the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation during the 95th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The students were recognized before the show's Junior Livestock Auction and Sale of Champions on Jan. 11....

January 7, 2011

Making ice cream in January may seem counter-intuitive -- with highs averaging 32 degrees and lows averaging just 18 in Happy Valley -- but it's tradition. In 1892, the Pennsylvania State College offered a dairy manufacturing class during the winter "when farm work is least pressing and the boys can best be spared."...

January 7, 2011

An online seminar offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20 will provide expert analysis of state legislation enacted and considered related to the exploration and production of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation....

January 7, 2011

As global agribusiness brings us apples from Chile and cheese from New Zealand, more and more consumers are turning to local farmers for their food needs. Pennsylvania's proximity to the northeastern population centers makes it the ideal supplier to these "locavores." Yet these locavores also increasingly demand assurances that their produce is ...

January 6, 2011

A program launched recently by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to put rollover protective structures, or ROPS, on hundreds of tractors and save the lives of Keystone State farmers. ...

January 4, 2011

Food and agricultural research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be featured in a new series debuting this week on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The segment featuring the College of Agricultural Sciences will be broadcast initially at 8 p.m. on Jan. 5. Those who do not have cable television can view the ...

January 3, 2011

Hydrocephalus in Ugandan children and other developing countries is seasonal, linked to farm animals and in part, caused by previous bacterial infection, according to an international team of researchers from Uganda and the United States, who believe that the best approach to this problem is prevention....

December 26, 2010

The production of high quality chocolate, and the farmers who grow it, will benefit from the recent sequencing and assembly of the chocolate tree genome, according to an international team led by Claire Lanaud of CIRAD, France, with Mark Guiltinan of Penn State, and including scientists from 18 other institutions....