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August 10, 2010

Mandel Smith, Penn State Cooperative Extension educator in Montgomery County, is the recipient of the 2010 Family and Consumer Science Scholarship in honor of Helen E. Bell.

August 10, 2010

Pennsylvania harvested $34.5 million worth of potatoes in 2009. It's no surprise, then, that with the state's proximity to population centers in the Northeast, potato farming is a big deal -- big enough to warrant research through the Penn State Potato Variety Trials, which will be showcased with displays and demonstration plots during Ag Progress ...

August 10, 2010

In the last several years, beekeepers across the country have seen the overall number of pollinator bee colonies drop dramatically. By each winter's end, about three out of every 10 colonies die out. Penn State experts gathered colleagues from around the world to try to figure out what is causing the death and disappearance of honeybees and other ...

August 9, 2010

Unplug the TV, turn off the computer and force the kids to quit stalling and go to bed. Doing so can help parents and caregivers recover up to 200 hours of sleep a year lost due to children's nighttime awakenings, according to a Penn State Cooperative Extension expert....

August 4, 2010

Big-box stores are featuring prominent and colorful displays of back-to-school gear, hoping for excited parents to quickly make choices and move on. But by budgeting for back-to-school clothing and supplies, a family can purchase exactly what is needed and save money, according to experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

August 4, 2010

The commercial side of agriculture will be on display at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, according to Ag Progress Days manager Bob Oberheim....

August 3, 2010

Seven members of the faculty and staff in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received an Honor Award from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Aug. 3 for their efforts in helping to wipe out plum pox virus in Pennsylvania. USDA Honor Awards recognize accomplishments that help ensure access to safe, nutritious and balanced meals ...

August 3, 2010

In "The Omnivore's Dilemma," author Michael Pollan attempts to answer the question "What should we have for dinner?" As the title suggests, deciding what to eat -- especially when faced with so many choices -- is not as straightforward as it once was. Sometimes, Pollan argues, connecting the ingredients in our diet back to the natural world takes ...

July 30, 2010

Your mother was right -- breakfast is the most important meal of the day, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. ...

July 29, 2010

Penn State is well known for its traditional excellence in dairy and animal science education, and some of that expertise will be exhibited at the Animal Sciences Facility at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19. ...

July 29, 2010

The diversity of teaching, research and Cooperative Extension programs offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be on display at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19. ...

July 23, 2010

The garden demonstration plots at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 17-19 at Rock Springs, will be abuzz this year not just with gardeners championing the importance of pollinators, but with many of the actual pollinators themselves, drawn to the vicinity by the specialized plantings designed to do just that. ...

July 23, 2010

Folks with questions about managing their crops or weeds can get answers at the Crops, Soils and Conservation Tent at Penn State's Ag Progress Days Aug. 17-19. Visitors to the crops and soils area can also take the "Weed ID" quiz and/or bring weeds with them for the experts to identify....

July 23, 2010

More than 750 youth from across the state will participate in this year's 4-H Pennsylvania State Achievement Days, to be held from Aug. 3 to 5, on Penn State's University Park campus. The annual three-day educational program provides an opportunity for Pennsylvania 4-Hers to demonstrate knowledge gained through participation in the 4-H program....

July 22, 2010

Visitors to Penn State's Ag Progress Days Aug. 17-19 can learn about the hazards of confined-space manure storages and how to reduce the risks associated with entering them. ...

July 22, 2010

When the Pennsylvania Forest Stewards convene their annual meeting on Saturday, July 24, at the Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, they will celebrate making a difference for the state's woodlands. ...

July 21, 2010

Penn State's efforts to address Colony Collapse Disorder, a nationwide phenomenon in which the adult honey bees of a hive disappear, often spelling death for the colony, will benefit from a gift of $100,000 to aid pollinator research. Honey distributor Dutch Gold Honey and William and Kitty Gamber, of Lancaster, have each contributed $50,000 to ...

July 21, 2010

As one of the nation's leading agricultural expositions, Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 17-19 at Rock Springs, is well-known for presenting agriculture's technological and research innovations. And young people attending the outdoor event can take part in science-based, hands-on exhibits that combine education and fun as they reveal ...

July 21, 2010

Hiking around the 1,500-acre Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs would be a taxing way to learn about the science of agriculture, but for those interested in agricultural research, there's an alternative to shoe leather. During Penn State's 2010 Ag Progress Days, set for Aug. 17-19, visitors can be conveyed to the latest ...

July 20, 2010

A community garden in the Allison Hill neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is set to become part of Carver's Secret Garden. Carver's Secret Garden is a 4-H educational outreach program of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The program was initiated by Dauphin County cooperative extension to address the specific needs of urban and ...