Agriculture

Thanksgiving turkey sale benefits students year-round

November 24, 2014

The Penn State student-run turkey sale that draws a crowd every year may not last long, but the benefits continue around the calendar. The Poultry Science Club’s popular sale -- open to anyone who wants to celebrate Thanksgiving with a fresh turkey -- sold out of the birds in just under three hours Monday (Nov. 24).

Pasto Ag Museum offers ice cream, cookies at final open house this fall

November 24, 2014

The last in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30, will feature an ice cream social and collections of antique cookie cutters and vintage aprons.

Research, food-safety fundamentals guide holiday meal preparations

November 24, 2014

This is the time of year when we gather to feast on roasted turkey, stuffing and other fixings. For many, it will be the first time they will prepare a holiday dinner, while for others, it will be the latest of many memorable occasions. But those memories should not revolve around foodborne illness, according to a Penn State expert.

'Preserving wealth and relationships' next topic for Huddle with the Faculty

November 21, 2014

Huddle with the Faculty every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; the presentation begins at 9 a.m. in The Nittany Lion Inn.

Penn State crop educator explores drone-driven crop management

November 21, 2014

Penn State Extension is evaluating drone technology for crop management as part of a grant from the Pennsylvania Soybean Board.

Lion’s Pantry, student food bank, to open doors on Nov. 20

November 19, 2014

With the cost of education and student debt rising, Penn State has made affordability and accessibility a priority for its students. A multitude of resources are available for all students, including additional resources for historically underserved populations. But even in the happiest of valleys, many students don’t know where their next meal is coming from. more»

Penn State to help Northeast agriculture adapt to potential climate change

November 19, 2014

Penn State is one of 12 land-grant universities that will collaborate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Northeast Climate Hub to give the region's farmers, foresters and land managers better access to information and tools for adapting to climate and weather variability. more»

Probing Question: What is a heritage turkey?

November 19, 2014

Over 45 million turkeys are eaten by Americans each Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Hunters provide some -- last autumn, about 24,000 wild turkeys were harvested in Pennsylvania. Vegetarians might serve up a soybean-based alternative, like Tofurky.

Student Stories: Veterinary major enlightened by exotic zoo animals

November 18, 2014

Undergraduate students could take a page out of Leah Giralico’s book when it comes to figuring out a focus for their studies. Although the veterinary and biomedical sciences major in the College of Agricultural Sciences has always had a passion for animals, she came to Penn State unsure of what type of practice she wanted to pursue.

Shale gas webinar to look at response to challenges of Bakken oil development

November 17, 2014

Community challenges related to the growth of the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota are similar to those generated by development of the Marcellus Shale gas play in Pennsylvania, according to experts familiar with both situations.

Entomologists hope vigilance, research stop newly discovered spotted lanternfly

November 14, 2014

People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don't let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. This exotic, invasive insect poses a potential threat to several important agricultural commodities in Pennsylvania.

Student Stories: Turfgrass science major interns with Philadelphia Eagles

November 11, 2014

Many people dream of setting foot on the same field as the Philadelphia Eagles, but only for a few is the lure of greatness marked by painted numbers, lines, borders, hash marks and logos. Senior Eddie Harbaugh is a turfgrass science major with such ambitions -- one who realized his goals as a grounds crew intern at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Wild thing: Pasto Ag Museum to look at historical wildlife collection

November 11, 2014

The sixth in a series of fall open houses at Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum on Nov. 16 will feature a special exhibit from the Ecosystem Science and Management Department's bird and mammal collection.

Altered milk protein can deliver AIDS drug to infants

November 11, 2014

A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Agricultural Sciences students receive internship awards

November 7, 2014

Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2014 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $940 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

Land-use webinar to focus on engaging a community's generations in planning

November 6, 2014

Land-use planners interacting and working with various age groups will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon Nov. 19.

Student ingenuity leads to program support endowment in food science

November 6, 2014

The financial impact of a food product developed by a team of Penn State food science students will have a much longer shelf life than the product itself, thanks to an anonymous investor who bought the rights to potentially produce it. more»

Never-before-seen insights into deer movement offered on research website

November 5, 2014

Two years into a study of factors influencing forest regeneration in Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers are offering never-before-seen insights into deer movement.

Anonymous $1M gift creates food science fund in honor of professor emeritus

November 4, 2014

Professor Emeritus Phil Keeney has been intimately linked with Penn State's Department of Food Science since its establishment in 1975. Now, an anonymous $1 million gift will ensure that his name is connected to the department's programs in perpetuity.

Student Stories: Food Science majors attend AFA Food Institute in Chicago

November 3, 2014

Where in the world can you network with professional leaders in the food industry, visit the headquarters of numerous food-manufacturing plants and learn how to make a McDonald's Big Mac? That place would be the Agriculture Future of America Food Institute in Chicago.

Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees

November 3, 2014

Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers, who also found that pesticide exposure causes changes in expression of genes that are sensitive to diet and nutrition.

Master Gardener Sensory Garden Started at Lysock View Complex

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Ground breaking today for Lycoming County's Sensory Garden at Lysock View. Image provided by Lycoming County. Photo cutline: From left are pictured Edie DeMerco, Sheila Fox, Carol Mordan, Chris Dorward (all Master Gardeners), Lycoming County Commissioner Jeff Wheeland, Linda Betts (Master Gardener), Carol Loveland (Master Gardener coordinator), Mark Davidson (Lycoming County Conservation District manager), and Jenny Picciano (Lycoming County environmental planner).

Ground was officially broken today for the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Sensory Garden, a project that will create an educational and multi-sensory experience for community members and students of all abilities. This project at the Lysock View Complex will provide a new community amenity adjacent to the existing Master Garden demonstration gar more»

Sending a Prayer to the “weather gods”

August 27, 2014

Anyone that makes hay has prayed to the “weather gods” many times over. As my uncle mowed hay on Sunday I started thinking about the accuracy of today’s weather forecasts. A farmers success is greatly dependent on the weather. more»

Local Youths Take Part in 2014 4-H State Achievement Days

15 weeks 4 hours ago
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Seven youth from Lycoming County were among more than 600
4-H members from across Pennsylvania who took part in the annual 4-H State Achievement Days at Penn State’s University Park campus July 28-30. The theme this year was based on superheroes: With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility! more»

Thoughts on Invasive Species

August 13, 2014

Many times exotic plants and animals are brought into the US as ornamental plants or household pets. As long as these species are maintained and contained the side effects are minimal. However, when landscaping is let go and household pets are released into the wild, an invasive specie is created. more»

The End of My Year

August 2, 2014

I can't believe it was a year go, that first blogged as as State Council Representative and then BAM!!! more»

4-H and State Council

July 23, 2014

Well I guess my 4-H and State Council is almost coming to an end. About nine years ago I joined the Pioneer Valley 4-H Club where my sister was in before I joined. When I first joined 4-H I know that for my projects I wanted to do cooking to start and each year I would do a new project. more»

It's Fair Time!

July 19, 2014

Well it's that time of year again can't beleive it has been one whole year. It's fair time once again for most people its a chance to get outta the house and have a little fun but for everyone in 4-H and FFA its that time of year to show off our hard work and see how it pays off in the end. They say farming is a gamble and that is very true. more»

What's Next?

July 16, 2014

Where do I begin with an experience like this. Council has been everything I hoped it would be and more. From training, to SLC, and my very first every Capital Days it was surreal. I learned more about myself, parliamentary procedure, and the 4-H program than I could have ever dreamed of.  But the real question is what's next. more»

Play It Again

July 2, 2014

Hey PA 4-H!!!!
So apparently at the end of this month we have to take off our jackets and hand over our offices!?!?! No one told me this!!! So I have a question; can we just repeat this year? This year was truly one of the best years of my life and I just want it to keep going!!! And because of this, I decided to make a list of the top 5 reasons why I love state council. more»

It's July? I thought it was still June!

July 2, 2014

June was so busy - I didn't even realize it was OVER!
My eleventh grade year finished on the 6th - I even passed Spanish!  Hard to believe I'll be a senior in the fall - and in a year I'll be graduated! more»

It's just goodnight and not goodbye

July 1, 2014

Well Pennsylvania 4-H the 2013-2014 council is down to its last month :(. Let me just say this has been the best year of my life and it is all because of every single PA 4-H member and my council team. During this year I have met tons of new people, tried many new things, and even traveled to new places. more»

I Promise I Didn't Sit At Home ALL Month...

June 30, 2014

Hey 4-Hers, HOW DO YOU FEEL!
We feel good, oh we feel so good uh! We feel fine, all of the time uh ahhhhh.... more»

Summertime is Finally Here!

June 30, 2014

Well obviously summer is greatly upon us now.  Which I may add is my favorite time of year.  Why wouldn't it be? Summertime for me means early mornings and late nights, campfires, livestock shows, and just being outdoors. more»

It's June Already??

June 30, 2014

Hello Pennsylvania 4-H!

Where has all the time gone?! It's hard to believe that I am officially a high school graduate about to begin the next phase in my life. I feels like yesterday I just started Kindergarten. In the coming days, I am going to be attending my New Student Orientation at Penn State and cannot stress how nervous I am! more»

An Ode to 4-H Camp!

June 28, 2014

“I’m a super 4-Her! Betcha don’t know what I can do. Got 4 leaves and a motto too, got green pride runnin through and through”-the Best Camp Song Ever

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It's Summer Time!!!!

June 26, 2014

Hello Pennsylvania 4-H, more»

June!:)

June 18, 2014

Hey everybody this your State Council Report again! June was an important month for me because I had graduation, Kentucky trip with the State Council Team, and I start my college summer classes! more»

Living in Fast-Forward

June 2, 2014

“The body’s a temple, that’s what were taught, but I’ve treated this one like an old honky tonk…. Cause I been living in fast-forward, hillbilly rock star out of control. I’ve been living in fast-forward, now I need to rewind real slow” –Kenny Chesney more»

Wait...what?

June 2, 2014

So, where did this year go? I'm honestly not sure. At the beginning of the year, I was apprehensive about this new family that I was suddenly a member of. And now I honestly cannot imagine my life without these 11 Ah-MAZING people!!!! more»

Destination: GRADUATION!

June 1, 2014

TO THE CLASS OF 2014!CONGRATULATIONS! We made it! more»

coming get to an end :(

June 1, 2014

This has been a very eye opening month! With high school coming to an end soon and my council term coming to an end it's all overwhelming. I haven't realized how much council has impacted me until we were at our meeting and started going over state days scripts and filming our farewell videos. more»

State Achievement Days

May 31, 2014

Greetings once again Pennsylvania 4-H!  more»

You Live and You Learn!

May 31, 2014

Everyday it seems like something new can be learned.  My pap is, well you get how old, and still learns something new each day he says.  As this school year comes to a close I've been writing in a lot of yearbooks and reflecting back on the year.  As I think back there is some much I have learned and I'm not just talking about the math, biology, and chemistry I was forced to learn. more»

Good bye May 2014! Hello SUMMER!!

May 30, 2014

May sped by and I'm still wondering where it went but when I stop to think about what I did this month I start to see why it seems like such a blur.   more»

Time Flies!!

May 25, 2014

Hello Pennsylvania 4-H, more»

Prom!:)

May 25, 2014

On Friday May 23, 2014 I had my senior prom! I was really excited to go to my last prom but also sad too because prom is one of things I will actually miss when I go off to college. Our theme for more»

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