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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Christine Duryea (center), GROWMARK employment coordinator, met with Associate Dean Marcos Fernandez and Denise Connelly, manager of the Office for Undergraduate Education, to present a $5,000 check to the college.
February 12, 2010

The College of Agricultural Sciences this week received a $5,000 gift from the Glenn Webb Educational Fund/The GROWMARK Foundation to support student enrichment/enhancement opportunities.

February 11, 2010

Heart health is a complicated matter involving many factors that thread between genetics, lifestyle choices and, yes, even your emotions, said Barb McDanel, a registered nurse and director of the Penn State Beaver Health Center. Some emotions, such as anger, depression and anxiety, are just plain bad for your heart if they become chronic emotional ...

February 9, 2010

The calls to "reduce, reuse and recycle" have long been the watchwords of resource conservation, and when it comes to disposing of wastewater from shale-gas operations, those refrains still run deep, sometimes thousands of feet beneath groundwater sources....

February 8, 2010

The 12th Pennsylvania Cattleman's College, co-sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be held Feb. 27 at the Sheraton Four Points in Greensburg, Pa. The program will present innovations in genetic prediction and selection, estrus synchronization and reproduction available to beef producers, and advances using sexed semen in ...

Hannah Atkins, senior in Animal Sciences, won the Frank Perdue Student of the Year Award, as well as a prize of $1000 for the honor.
February 5, 2010

Undergraduates from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences were big winners in the College Student Program at the recent 2010 International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta.

February 5, 2010

Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health, gave a presentation on real-time tractor stability/instability feedback research being conducted in Penn State 's College of Agricultural Sciences, at the first-ever “Be Safe, Be Profitable: Protecting Workers in Agriculture” conference, Jan. 27-28 in Fort Worth, Texas.

February 5, 2010

A financial-literacy training curriculum developed by Penn State Cooperative Extension has been recognized for excellence by the Institute for Financial Literacy.

February 5, 2010

Jonathan Lynch, professor of horticulture at Penn State, investigates ways to increase crop yields through improving plant root systems. His work recently received a boost when philanthropist Warren G. Buffett offered him the use of a 50-acre field in South Africa along with a $1.5 million research grant. Having an experimental base in the ...

February 5, 2010

Three faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences -- Thomas Baker, professor of entomology, Douglas Beegle, professor of agronomy, and Jeffrey Peters, professor of environmental toxicology -- have been named distinguished professors by the university....

February 5, 2010

Members of the Penn State Poultry Science Club had their hands full earlier this year -- full of awards. Penn Staters were big winners in the College Student Program at the recent International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Ga....

Dean Bruce McPheron talks to students, including three at the University of Illinois via videoconference, about the U.S. land-grant system.
February 2, 2010

Two groups of students preparing for study-abroad trips this spring recently received an overview of the U.S. land-grant system from Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

February 1, 2010

A common plant virus lures aphids to infected plants by making the plants more attractive, but when the insects taste the plant, they quickly leave for tastier, healthier ones. In the process, the insects rapidly transmit the disease, according to Penn State entomologists....

January 29, 2010

Wildlife resources expert Margaret Brittingham has partnered with Penn State's Office of Physical Plant to help relocate and manage the extremely large crow population living on the University Park campus. The goal of the "crow relocation" program is to coax thousands of crows away from vehicles, sidewalks and populated spots, and guide them to a ...

January 29, 2010

A beautiful tropical vacation to Costa Rica sounds like the perfect spring break, but for 15 students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences majoring in environmental resource management or in community, environment and development, the 10-day trip last year was more than just sun and fun. The group spent the first five days at a ...

January 28, 2010

Budding environmental engineers will learn about job opportunities when Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering sponsors its annual Agricultural Systems Management, Biological Engineering and Environmental Resource Management Career Day program. The event will be held from noon until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, in the ...

January 28, 2010

Student teams from Penn State's four-year and two-year turfgrass programs won their respective divisions at the recent Sports Turf Managers Association Student Challenge.

January 28, 2010

The College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Advocates student group has won a national award for organizing and sponsoring an ag-literacy event on campus last year.

January 28, 2010

The College of Agricultural Sciences will offer Venison 101, a one-day course designed to help hunters expand their knowledge of deer diseases, processing venison and preparing delicious venison for friends and family.

January 26, 2010

Technological advances in medicine have helped increase someone's chance of surviving cancer, recovering from a traumatic injury, or beating the odds of a disease that was once considered untreatable. But there are no advances that can substitute for the need of blood. The three major components of blood--red cells, platelets, and plasma--play a ...

January 22, 2010

Penn State Cooperative Extension is offering several programs this spring on deer and habitat management. According to Dave Jackson, extension forester, deer populations larger than the habitat can support pose serious problems for homeowners, agricultural producers, woodland owners and the public. Safety -- from Lyme disease to deer-vehicle ...