Webinar looks at recent shale gas legislative, regulatory developments

June 12, 2017

While Pennsylvania shale gas permits hit an eight-year low in 2016, issues relating to leasing, operations, air quality and royalties have been in the news, and numerous legislative bills and regulatory changes have been proposed to respond to these issues. A web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will provide a current legislative and regulatory update pertaining to shale energy.

Backyard poultry present Salmonella risk -- take precautions to stay safe

June 9, 2017

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this spring reports that there are eight ongoing outbreaks of Salmonella in 47 states linked to backyard poultry in the United States. As of May 13, 71 people had been hospitalized — 36 percent of those infected are children under the age of 5. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported.

Spicing up diet of transition dairy cows may be good for their health

June 9, 2017

Americans drink more than 6 billion gallons of milk per year, and another 10 billion gallons are used to produce cheese, not to mention the milk that goes into products such as ice cream and yogurt. Yet, it's safe to say, most consumers take the wellbeing of dairy cows for granted. But the country's 65,000 dairy farmers don't -- they can't afford to.

State Sen. Judith Schwank to receive Friend of Penn State Legislative Award

June 8, 2017

Pennsylvania state Sen. Judith L. Schwank, D-11th District, will receive the 12th annual Friend of Penn State Legislative Award for the significant role she has played in the continued improvement of Penn State.

Penn State professor wins Young Professional Award in international agriculture

June 7, 2017

Melanie Miller Foster, assistant professor of international agriculture in the Office of International Programs, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Young Professional Award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.

Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

June 7, 2017

Three individuals have received the 2017 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Ag sciences student completes prescribed fire experience at Fort Indiantown Gap

June 6, 2017

Francis Alvaré, a forest ecosystem management major with a minor in military studies, assisted the National Guard's forestry department in a series of prescribed fires on training facilities as part of an independent study program in the spring of 2017.

Higher tick populations or not, take precautions against Lyme disease

June 6, 2017

Recent media reports have suggested that tick populations in Pennsylvania may be particularly high this year, leading to an increased risk of Lyme disease in the state. Although it is unclear whether the number of ticks actually is higher this spring — and if so, why — it nonetheless is always a good idea to take precautions to avoid ticks and the diseases they can transmit, according to entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

June 6, 2017

In keeping with Penn State's recent focus on microbiome research, the University will join the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner, both organizations announced on June 6. An international, nonprofit consortium of academic institutions, large and small companies, and governmental agencies, the Phytobiomes Alliance was established in 2016 to coordinate public-private research projects on various aspects of agriculturally relevant phytobiomes.

From brook trout to walleyes, warming waters to play havoc with fisheries

June 4, 2017

A few degrees, on average, can make a huge difference in lakes and streams as aquatic species struggle to compete and in some cases survive, and that's why a warming climate is of concern to fisheries managers.

Penn State Food Science Department marks 'first' in USDA's GenomeTrakr

June 1, 2017

The Department of Food Science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently became the first such department in the country -- and the University became one of just a few academic institutions -- to take the lead for their state in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's GenomeTrakr network.

Energy challenges discussed at recent conference

May 30, 2017

Energy leaders from around the country took part in the second annual Energy Days conference on May 22–23 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The group sought to identify and address the energy challenges facing our society.

Young adult substance abuse down 41 percent among PROSPER program participants

May 30, 2017

PROSPER, a community-based preventive intervention system, delivered in middle school, shows that participants had up to a 41 percent reduction in substance abuse during the first year after leaving high school.

Gift to Penn State will support ongoing research in food safety, energy

May 24, 2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.

Chronic wasting disease research with deer in Pa. becomes more crucial

May 23, 2017

The recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that it found 25 more wild deer with chronic wasting disease last year underlines the importance of studies being conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Research focuses on reclaiming strip-mine sites for biofuel crop production

May 23, 2017

Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is currently working a project to bring highly productive life back to damaged land by planting a crop — switchgrass — that can be used as an alternative fuel source.

Animal science major Gabel stands out from the herd

May 23, 2017

Amber Gabel leveraged the academics, scholarship options, internship programs, and alumni network in the College of Agricultural Sciences to prepare for a career in dairy cattle genetics.

Penn State announces fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2017

May 22, 2017

The following is a list of Penn State fixed-term faculty promotions, effective July 1.

Penn State promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2017

May 22, 2017

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.

Penn State startup Phospholutions demonstrates product on White Course

May 19, 2017

Penn State President Eric Barron joined providers of entrepreneurship resources in celebrating innovative Penn State startup, Phospholutions, on Thursday, May 18, at the Penn State Golf Course in State College.

Baker gift to support College of Agricultural Sciences LGBTQA student club

May 19, 2017

Generous support from MeeCee Baker, a respected alumna of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will support Students for Cultivating Change.

Pennsylvania's forest-products industry the focus of Timber 2017 expo

May 18, 2017

Businesses and individuals interested in Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2017 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which will take place Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

Kang elected Fellow of American Phytopathological Society

May 18, 2017

Seogchan Kang, professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.

'An Apple a Day' event to give research view into apple microbiomes May 24

May 18, 2017

Do the microbes associated with apples help keep the doctor away? This is one of the many questions that will be investigated at a May 24 workshop titled "An Apple a Day!" The event, hosted by the Microbiome Center at Penn State, will enable participants to learn about and discuss the "apple microbiome," from seed to soil to the human gut and beyond.

Penn State to launch undergraduate Ag Stewardship and Conservation certificate

May 17, 2017

A new undergraduate certificate program offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will give students interested in agricultural stewardship an opportunity for classroom and hands-on learning in the sustainability of agricultural soil and water resources. The Agricultural Stewardship and Conservation Certificate program will provide critical coursework and practical experience that will help make students marketable for jobs in the public and private sector.

Grant aimed at solving agricultural water issues through community engagement

May 17, 2017

A group of institutions led by Penn State has received nearly $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project aimed at developing a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. Partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Innovating Abroad

May 17, 2017

Robinson Laventure, Penn State student in biological engineering, spent three months helping to redesign 3D-printed prosthetics for TakeaHand, a biotechnology company located in Santiago, Chile.

American chestnut rescue will succeed, but slower than expected

May 16, 2017

The nearly century-old effort to employ selective breeding to rescue the American chestnut, which has been rendered functionally extinct by an introduced disease — Chestnut blight, eventually will succeed, but it will take longer than many people expect.

From Coca to Cacao

May 15, 2017

As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State scientists are helping poor farmers switch from growing coca, the stuff of cocaine, to growing cacao, the principal ingredient in chocolate. Cacao for Peace, the international partnership they are a part of, seeks to transform Colombia's rural Caribbean coast in a cacao-growing hotspot.

Penn State researchers hope to extend berry growing season in Northeast

May 15, 2017

Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are among a group of researchers examining how the use of high and low tunnels and plastic coverings extend the growing season for strawberries and raspberries, and as a result, increase yields while also reducing pesticide use and improving berry quality and shelf-life.

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