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November 5, 2013

The best agricultural safety videos are one click away on the new YouTube channel, “U.S. Agricultural Safety and Health Centers”

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November 4, 2013

Active Children are Learning Children, Changing Spaces, Professional Philosophy Statement, Easy Ways to Boost Children's Brain Power.

November 3, 2013

The flaring off of gas from wells has been a part of oil and gas production and processing throughout the world. Learn more about this process

November 1, 2013

Navigating the world of dietary supplements can be a confusing and disheartening experience. The Office of Dietary Supplements has some tools that can be helpful in sorting out the facts.

November 1, 2013

Does chicken sold at farmers’ markets pose a higher risk of harboring pathogens such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, as compared to USDA-inspected chicken sold at supermarkets?

November 1, 2013

It should come as no surprise that one of the most difficult experiences that military families regularly face is the separation of deployment. What may be surprising, though, is that the months leading up to deployment can be difficult for families, too.

November 1, 2013

Our society is learning that the young brain develops at a rapid pace. Much of the brain's function is already developed by the age of three. From birth, social and emotional experiences shape how an individual handles life.

October 30, 2013

Gun violence this fall at schools and colleges across the nation helps keep a contemporary legend alive. One version of the legend tells of a church receptionist working in a high risk area who kept a can of wasp spray on her desk for self defense. The legend, usually spread by email, suggests wasp spray draws less attention than a can of pepper spray and is effective against violence.

Phytophthora infected acorn squash
October 30, 2013

Phytophthora blight continues to be a major challenge to growers in 2013. An on-farm trial was conducted to see if fungicides can effectively manage Phytophthora capsici in fields known to be infected.

October 29, 2013

The Penn State Turfgrass Science Program and PA Turf Council have jointly developed a new magazine called Pennsylvania Turfgrass.

October 29, 2013

Hand washing. It sounds so simple. You probably wash your hands multiple times a day. But are you doing it in a way that can truly reduce the spread of infectious diseases?

Participants in a haymaking workshop in Uganda display a bale of hay made with baling technology introduced to the region by Penn State agronomy extension specialist Sjoerd Duiker (background in the red striped shirt).
October 29, 2013

A project spearheaded by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Uganda's Makarere University is helping African youths establish businesses and generate income. And these young people, in turn, are providing services that can help farmers improve dairy nutrition and increase milk production.

October 28, 2013

It’s time to plant garlic. If you have not grown garlic, I highly recommend it. It may be one of the easiest of all crops to grow...

October 28, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) have developed two important tools targeted to rural and small water and wastewater systems: the Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management, and the Workshop in a Box. Both draw heavily from the results of four pilot workshops with managers of rural and small systems co-sponsored by EPA and USDA.

Photo by Lynn Betts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
October 28, 2013

In the United States, over 24 million acres of lawn surround our homes. As suburban development continues to spread into open and forested land alike, we lose more and more of our native vegetation and wildlife habitat.

October 27, 2013

The Energy Information Administration released a report looking at the lower 2012 carbon dioxide emissions and what attributed to it.

October 26, 2013

The Game Commission has made a number of changes to the CWD rules for hunters harvesting deer in regions where CWD has been found. This PGC news release explains the changes. Hunters are encouraged to be familiar with the changes and requirements.

Photo by Ed Weaver
October 25, 2013

Apple fruit will withstand up to 4 hours at 28°F before serious injury occurs, but it is difficult to give a hard and fast rule to predict injury based upon minimum temperatures and duration, as the recovery depends not only on the extent of freezing, but also the rate of thawing.

Apple scab spores for next season.
October 25, 2013

To reduce apple scab risk for next season, growers are encouraged to spray a fall application of urea as close to leaf drop as possible. Additional disease management strategies are also discussed.