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Safe home food preservation never goes out of style

June 21, 2012

Mid-summer is a satisfying time for home growers and gardeners. From asparagus to peas and from strawberries to rhubarb, many of our favorite fruits and vegetables ripen and become ready for picking. Home food preservation methods allow for these fruits and vegetables, and many others, to be enjoyed all year. A website offered by Penn State's ...

DEP Forecasts Air Quality Action Day On June 20 In 5 Regions

June 19, 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a code Orange air quality action day for ozone for Wednesday, June 20, in the Lehigh Valley, Pittsburgh, Liberty-Clairton, Philadelphia, and Susquehanna Valley regions. more»

DEP Forecasts Air Quality Action Day On June 16 For Pittsburgh

June 15, 2012

The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast a code Orange air quality action day for ozone for June 16 in the Pittsburgh and Liberty-Clairton areas. more»

Reminder: Ohio River Sweep June 16

June 15, 2012

Volunteers are needed for the 22nd Annual River Sweep on June 16 from 8 a.m. to noon in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Washington and Westmoreland counties.   more»

Penn State student club places high in engineering competition

June 15, 2012

Two teams of students from Penn State's colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering recently combined to earn a fifth place overall placing in the International Quarter Scale Tractor Competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers....

Weather story so far this year: Drought averted

June 19, 2012

The final chapters of the weather story for 2012, of course, have yet to be written, but halfway through the year the plot will surely focus on the dramatic swing in precipitation trends, according to a hydrologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Stonycreek Celebration Highlights PA Rivers Month Activities

June 14, 2012

Fun on the Stonycreek River - from a canoe and kayak sojourn slicing t more»

Keep PA Beautiful Now Accepting Applications For Fresh Paint Days PA Grants

June 14, 2012

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is now accepting applications for their 2012 Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania.  Applications must be received by July 31 and grants will be awarded mid-August. more»

Nutrient management training helps Pa. organic growers

June 14, 2012

Organic farmers can access educational workshops and materials on nutrient management, thanks to a program developed by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

New nutrient labeling rule for meat takes effect

June 13, 2012

Consumers are seeing changes in the meat cases, but the changes are slight, said a Penn State College of Agricultural Science meat expert....

Watch for armyworm in corn, wheat and grass

June 13, 2012

Pennsylvania farmers and homeowners should remain aware of possible armyworm infestations that could continue to appear within the next week in hay pastures, grain fields and lawns near agricultural fields.

John Tooker, assistant professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, said that it has been a long time since ...

Hoover named associate dean in College of Agricultural Sciences

June 13, 2012

Tracy Hoover, who has served as interim associate dean for undergraduate education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences since June 2011, has been named to the post on a permanent basis....

DCNR Announces Grants Available For Protecting Non-Game Species

June 12, 2012

Marking its 30th anniversary of safeguarding Pennsylvania's non-game animals, native plants and their habitat, the Wild Resource Conservation Program again is accepting applications for grants to protect the state's native biodiversity. more»

Planting the right messages may make farms safer

June 12, 2012

Better marketing tactics may lead to improved safety in one of the nation's most dangerous occupations -- farming, according to Penn State researchers.

"Along with mining and construction, farming is one of the top three most hazardous industries," said Aaron Yoder, instructor of agricultural and biological engineering. "Farming is also less ...

Pa. potato, tomato growers hit by late blight, should remain vigilant

June 14, 2012

Late blight, the same disease that caused Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century, was confirmed in three Pennsylvania counties last week. Potatoes and tomatoes in commercial production fields in Blair, Franklin and Mifflin counties have been hit, according to Beth Gugino, assistant professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of ...

DCED, DEP Secretaries Deny Brownfields Will Fund Shell Site Cleanup

June 9, 2012

In an unusual statement Saturday, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer and Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker issued the following on inaccurate reports regarding the site remediation of the Horsehead facility in Monaca, Beaver County. more»

Expansions in dairy industry lead to surplus, lows for milk prices

June 13, 2012

One source of income for Pennsylvania dairy farmers has hit its lowest point in three years, according to a dairy market expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. James Dunn, professor of agricultural economics, said that in May, milk margin per hundredweight -- the income portion left to pay dairy producers' bills for inputs other ...

Manure-pond deaths reinforce need for safety awareness

June 8, 2012

The recent deaths of three Pennsylvania farm-family members in a manure-storage pond in Maryland is a stark reminder of the need for safety precautions when working around such facilities, according to a farm-safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences....

Soil health field day and tour set at Larson research farm June 27

June 8, 2012

The latest in cover-crop mixtures, integrated weed management, manure-management strategies and beneficial insects will be featured during a field day and research tour to be held by Penn State Extension and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Forest science student wins national lumberjack championship

June 11, 2012

A senior Forest Science major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences won the STIHL Collegiate Timbersports Championship, held June 1-3 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year marked the third consecutive year that Tim Benedict, of Pittsfield, Pa., competed in the national finals against five other regional qualifiers in four events: the ...

Historical marker commemorates first Pennsylvania extension agent

June 8, 2012

A state historical marker commemorating the first extension agent in Pennsylvania -- and one of the first in the United States -- was dedicated on June 7 in Schellsburg, Bedford County.

Friday NewsClips

June 8, 2012 reports this morning the Corbett Administration has also promised Shell it will pay for cleaning up the Horsehead zinc smelting site in Beaver County where the company is thinking about building an ethane cracking plant.  This is in addition to over $1.6 billion in tax breaks over 25 years. more»

Local Company Booms Providing Service to Gas Industry

1 year 45 weeks ago

Magna-Solutions LLC is a prime example of the opportunity that is a direct result of the Marcellus Shale exploration effort. Many analysts may have initially believed that multinational energy companies, national trucking companies, or  construction outfits were the only businesses that would benefit from the energy industry expansion. more»

DEP Secretary Defends Decision Not To List Susquehanna, Juniata Rivers As Impaired

June 7, 2012

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer this week responded to a May 15 letter from 22 former  DEP employees urging the agency to list the Susquehanna and Juniata rivers as impaired waters. more»

Penn State People: Nadine Houck cares about her cows

June 4, 2012

Nadine Houck, assistant manager of the Penn State Dairy Barns, has made a career out of caring for cows and calves. From daily milking to advanced nutrition and health care, Houck and the staff of 11 full-time employees at the facility monitor the day-to-day health and activity of more than 400 cows. The more than 18,000 pounds of milk produced ...

10th Anniversary Of Quecreek Mine Rescue Celebrates Life, Community, Determination

June 2, 2012

This July marks the 10th anniversary of the miraculous rescue of nine coal miners from the flooded Quecreek Mine near Somerset, Pennsylvania in 2002. more»

Agriculture Secretary says story of agriculture needs to be shared

June 1, 2012

Even though one out of every 12 jobs in the U.S. is related to agriculture, there is still a disconnect between producers and consumers that needs to be bridged by sharing agriculture's story, according to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

International agriculture educator receives young professional award

June 1, 2012

Tom Gill, assistant director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was recognized for his outstanding efforts at inspiring students to explore international agriculture.

Student Stories: Africa visit altered her perspective

June 15, 2012

Jessica Preston loves to travel, and she wanted to study abroad. Originally she had hoped to go to Australia, but she ended up choosing to visit Kenya and Tanzania instead, focusing on wildlife management and conservation. Turns out, that was the right decision for her. "The program was unique, and I wanted something different that would stick ...

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