Agriculture

Service trip set Schreyer senior on a new career path

April 23, 2014

Kate Ortbal, a senior in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College, found a way to focus her studies and her honors thesis on social entrepreneurship.

Birding Cup, Native Plant Festival take flight at Shaver’s Creek on May 2 and 3

April 22, 2014

Shaver’s Creek, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, will co-host its fourth Central Pennsylvania Native Plant Festival and Sale on Saturday, May 3. Visitors can enjoy programs about plants, gardening and birds of prey, and purchase native plants and local food from vendors.

Student Stories: Wildlife major camps in Serengeti during semester abroad

April 21, 2014

To junior Rob Ritson, African wildlife was the stuff of books and documentaries, not college experience. But a semester in Tanzania turned the exotic ecosystem into a place where he could bring his education from the classroom to the field.

Finney receives 2014 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award

April 18, 2014

Denise M. Finney, doctoral candidate in ecology, is the recipient of the 2014 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievements of degree candidates in any of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Programs that relate to bringing their scholarship to the community in order to benefit society in some manner.

Celebration of Life Planned for Grace Lefever

April 18, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Grace Fellowship
1405 Seven Valleys Road
York, PA 17408
(Rt. 616 south of York New Salem)

4:00 to 5:00pm - Visitation
No viewing; Grace donated her body to Hershey Medical Center

5:00pm - Memorial Service
Followed by a covered dish / potluck / carry-in meal. more»

Penn State welcomes groundwater experts for May 7 symposium

April 18, 2014

In observance of National Drinking Water Week, Penn State Extension and the state Department of Environmental Protection are collaborating with numerous other sponsors to offer the 2014 Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium.

Kids can explore fascinating world of insects at Bug Camp

April 17, 2014

Children attending one summer camp this year will encounter a lot of bugs. But they won't have to pack insect repellent. Young bug enthusiasts can satisfy their curiosity about insects by attending Penn State's Bug Camp for Kids from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23 to 26.

Student Stories: Wildlife major helps with research on endangered prairie dogs

April 17, 2014

Getting up before dawn never appealed to Penn State senior Elyse McMahon, but last summer it was exactly what she wanted to be doing. From June to August, her days began early with trapping and handling endangered Utah prairie dogs for data collection.

East African honeybees are safe from invasive pests … for now

April 16, 2014

Several parasites and pathogens that devastate honeybees in Europe, Asia and the United States are spreading across East Africa, but do not appear to be impacting native honeybee populations at this time, according to an international team of researchers.

'Leafy' plant-moisture sensor wins 2014 Ag Springboard student contest

April 16, 2014

A five-student team known as "Leafy," marketing a wireless sensor that detects moisture directly from plant leaves, won the $7,500 first-place prize April 10 in Ag Springboard 2014, a student business plan competition designed to spark and nurture innovation in agriculture.

3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest a Success!

April 14, 2014

Thanks to all sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, presenters & attendees for another wonderful Philly Farm and Food Fest on Sunday, April 13th. more»

Thirteen graduate students receive the Alumni Association Dissertation Award

April 14, 2014

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award this spring in recognition of their outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishments. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students.

Agribusiness management degree now available through Penn State Online

April 14, 2014

The nation’s increasing focus on local and regional food systems, renewable energies and maintaining natural resources is leading to double-digit job growth in these occupation sectors, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Adults working in these sectors who have some college but not a four-year degree, and who need a degree for career advancement, now have a convenient option. more»

Scholarship honors a best friend, supports engineering and ag sciences students

April 11, 2014

To honor a best friend and give back to his alma mater, a Penn State alumnus has established a scholarship for students in the colleges of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences.

Dairy-based Mooofins stampeding to a dining commons near you

April 11, 2014

Are you looking for a bit more dairy in your day? Consider adding a Mooofin to your meal. The Penn State Bakery is producing the student-created Mooofins for a special evening event in two of the dining commons in late April.

Extension offering sheep shearing workshops

April 11, 2014

Penn State Extension will offer sheep shearing workshops across the state this year for those interested in learning about sheep shearing and basic sheep management.

Webinar to focus on climate change’s impacts on regional food systems

April 11, 2014

Climate change and its implications for regional agriculture is the topic of a free web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, which is directed by Stephan Goetz, a professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Webinar to focus on climate change’s impacts on regional food systems

April 11, 2014

Climate change and its implications for regional agriculture is the topic of a free web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, which is directed by Stephan Goetz, a professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

'Film Fest to Celebrate 100 Years of Cooperative Extension' set for May 6

April 10, 2014

Film producers and fans of film history as well as educators and historians of early rural farm life will want to see "Film Fest to Celebrate 100 Years of Cooperative Extension" from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, at the University Park campus of Penn State. The event is open to the public, and visitors may attend any part of the program.

Researchers identify terrain likely to attract wasting disease-infected deer

April 10, 2014

A study of the spread of chronic wasting disease among white-tailed deer in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania found that infected deer tend to cluster in low-lying open and developed areas. more»

PASA Member Three Springs Fruit Farm Featured in Country Folks Grower

April 10, 2014

by Sally Colby

Families who operate successful farm businesses often hope that their children or other family members will be interested in continuing the farm. However, the process by which the transition occurs isn’t easy, and can be awkward and difficult. more»

Student Stories: Wildlife and fisheries science major studies in New Zealand

April 10, 2014

Not many students get to go to Craigieburn Forest Park or Mount Cook, but as Penn State senior Sara Mueller learned, Lincoln University in New Zealand is one school that builds field trips such as these into each semester.

Student Stories: Wildlife and fisheries science major studies in New Zealand

April 10, 2014

Not many students get to go to Craigieburn Forest Park or Mount Cook, but as Penn State senior Sara Mueller learned, Lincoln University in New Zealand is one school that builds field trips such as these into each semester.

John J Jeffries Restaurant To Host PASA Benefit Dinner

April 9, 2014

John J. Jeffries Restaurant
300 Harrisburg Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
Reception begins at 5:00pm
Dinner begins at 6:00pm more»

PASA Is Hiring a Western Region Program Coordinator

April 9, 2014

Are you interested in joining the PASA team?

We now have a position open in our Western Region office in Richland Township (near Gibsonia), PA (Allegheny County). If you are interested in planning regional education and networking events, as well as coordinating our Buy Fresh Buy Local® Chapter in the region this position may be for you! more»

Pork Producers Council creates scholarship for animal science students

April 8, 2014

The Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council has established a new scholarship endowment that will benefit students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need. The council made a $50,000 gift to establish the Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council Founders Trustee Scholarship with first preference going to students majoring in animal science.

Student finds her passion for food systems in Pittsburgh

April 8, 2014

As a member of the Penn State Women's Rugby Team, Olivia Lindsey knows a thing or two about teamwork. So it should come as no surprise that when she went looking for an internship last year, she was drawn to the idea of joining a 50-member multi-institution research team.

State Ag Council Celebrates Political Trifecta

April 7, 2014

PASA's Executive Director, Brian Snyder, is also the President of the PA State Council of Farm Organizations. Check out this nice article in the recent issue of Lancaster Farming.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. more»

Land-use webinar to highlight Pa. landscapes, greenways

April 7, 2014

A Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension will focus on landscapes and greenways in Pennsylvania, examining the meaning of these terms and defining their implications for communities.

Marcellus webinar to explore Pa. gas royalty calculations, decline curves

April 4, 2014

A Web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team will focus on the calculation of natural gas royalties using decline curve projections.

Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honeybees

April 4, 2014

Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honeybees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.

Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honey bees

April 4, 2014

Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honey bees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.

Researchers receive $1.14 million to study threats to honeybees

April 4, 2014

Scientists in the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State received three grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation to study various threats to honeybees, including disease, pesticides and the extinction and invasion of other species into their habitats.

Capital Days

April 2, 2014

Hello fellow 4-H'ers, as many of you know we just recently had our 4-H state capital days! more»

Student Stories: Not a dirty job -- alumnus enjoys work in soil industry

April 2, 2014

Long before Cory Chelko graduated from Penn State in 2011, he knew that working with soils was what he wanted to do. Growing up around farms in Sarver, Pa., piqued his interest, as did the potential for real-world applications of the agricultural sciences. more»

USDA Farm to School Grants - Deadline April 30

April 2, 2014

FY’15 USDA Farm to School Grants request for applications was released earlier this month- applications are due April 30th.

1. Planning grants are intended for school districts or schools just starting to incorporate farm to school program elements into their operations. more»

Penn State’s online homeland security degrees celebrate fifth anniversary

April 2, 2014

When Penn State launched its online homeland security master’s degree program, the Christmas Day “underwear bomb” terrorist attack topped the news. Terrorist tactics have evolved since then. On the fifth anniversary of its online homeland security program, Penn State is embarking on a curriculum update.

Saunders/Walker Trustee Scholarship benefits Ag Sciences students

April 2, 2014

A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and his partner will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need. Mark Saunders and Lynn Walker, of Shelburne, Vt., provided a $50,000 gift to establish the H. Mark Saunders and Lynn M. Walker Trustee Scholarship.

Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss, health

April 2, 2014

Mice on a high-fat diet that consumed decaffeinated green tea extract and exercised regularly experienced sharp reductions in final body weight and significant improvements in health, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who suggest that similar results could be realized by people.

The Month of March

April 1, 2014

This month was great i had a great time this past weekend at capitol days it was a blast to be there as a state officer it was a experience worth a lifetime. I had a great time the teaching about parli pro. it was great going to the capitol and talking with government officials. more»

Capital Days

April 1, 2014

Hey Everybody! more»

Intern Guide for Producers

April 1, 2014

PRESS RELEASE
from The Capital Resource Conservation & Development Council

For Immediate Release

For More Information Contact: Cheryl Burns, 717.241.4361

Intern Guide for Producers more»

Senator Dad

April 1, 2014

Hi everyone! more»

Spring Break in Mexico!

April 1, 2014

A tall breed of agave“Water is a problem”
“The Spanish came to Mexico for two reasons: to spread Catholicism and to get rich!” more»

March Recap

March 31, 2014

The calendar claims it is spring, as March comes to an end.  But winter weather is still lingering on.  Even the majority of our  goats that we expected to deliver in March have held out for April. more»

Capital Days

March 31, 2014

Greetings 4-Her's! more»

Capital Days: A huge Success!

March 31, 2014

Hello 4-Her's!

I am pleased  to announce that Capital days was amazing! There were double the number of 4-H members in attendance this year, compared to last. The bill went so well, and everyone was participating. more»

Capitol Days!!!

March 31, 2014

Hello it's your state council reporter again! I would like to say that I had a fun time at Capitol Days with my State Council group know as my State Council family. This was my first time going this exciting event and when I say exciting I was being serious. Our theme for Capitol Days was "Citizenship Makes You A Hero". more»

Volunteers Needed for Philly Farm & Food Fest - April 13

March 31, 2014

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the 3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest coming up on Sunday, April 13th at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Full details are below!

3rd Annual Philly Farm & Food Fest
Sunday, April 13

11am - 4pm
 more»

Penn State Extension, 4-H marking Month of the Military Child

March 29, 2014

This April, Penn State Extension will help celebrate the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children, with a variety of activities.

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