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October 22, 2010

Conversations that your employees have off the farm reflect on you and your business and go a long way in shaping your image in the community. But you can’t control what employees say on their time off, right? Wrong.

October 22, 2010

Private companies and money sources supply the expertise, funding, equipment and management help necessary for the design, construction and operation of these plants.

October 18, 2010

The 2010 Marcellus Summit, hosted by Penn State Extension, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and Penn State Outreach, was held October 10 through 12th at the Penn Stater Conference Center, University Park. This articles provides a brief recap of the Summit.

photo by Craig McKibben
October 17, 2010

Landowners who lease their mineral rights have many decisions to make related to any potential income from a producing well. These decisions relate to managing that income, planning for taxes, and planning for future generations. This article describes potential consequences 'if I do nothing.' (This is part 1 of a 2-part series.)

October 13, 2010

The framework will provide the basic tenets of an improved animal disease traceability capability in the United States.

October 12, 2010

For several years now, scientists have been sounding alarms about a devastating fungus, White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), that has literally decimated bat populations in the Northeastern U.S.

October 10, 2010

Penn State Extension Water Resources has offered many programs related to water and natural gas drilling. What have been the impacts to you and your family personally?

October 10, 2010

Leasing land for natural gas extraction has many tax implications for the landowner. While there is no substitute for sound financial planning and advice, this article provides a few tips and explanations about tax implications of leasing.

October 3, 2010

The pace and extent of Marcellus Shale development across Pennsylvania can be “seen” in animated maps produced by the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

October 1, 2010

While some studies have shown cinnamon to help control blood sugars by allowing the body to be more sensitive to the insulin the body produces, other studies have not. So, the jury is still out. The studies with positive results show that cinnamon may decrease fasting blood sugars and lipids, and it may also slow the emptying of food from your stomach, resulting in lowered after-meal blood sugars.

September 27, 2010

A new document focused on the Chesapeake Bay presents a suite of tools and management practices to manage non-point source pollution on federal lands.

September 26, 2010

New legislation has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly to further expand reporting requirements for Marcellus Shale wells.

September 21, 2010

University Park, Pa. — As scientists with the federal government search for the source of the salmonella that made thousands of people sick this summer and trace how it spread, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing a new and more accurate method of acquiring the bacteria's identity.

September 19, 2010

The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development announced the release of the report, Baseline Socioeconomic Analysis for the Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania, this week.

September 12, 2010

A free, Web-based seminar titled, "Natural Gas Experiences of Marcellus Residents: Preliminary Results from the Community Satisfaction Survey," which will air at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16. Sponsored by Penn State Cooperative Extension, the "webinar" will provide an overview of the recent survey of residents in counties where shale-gas exploration has begun.

September 9, 2010

This month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee will review the petition to allow production of genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. If approved it will be the first GE animal allowed in the US food system. Learn more about this GE salmon in this Penn State publication (PDF).

September 8, 2010

September is a good month to take a close look at your pastures. Normally we would be thinking about controlling perennial weeds and giving our pastures a shot of fertilizer to boost fall grass growth. But this is not a normal year. Bucks County and most of Southeast PA are currently suffering through a drought, and most pastures have long since dried up. So, what to do?

4-H participant sampling a stream
September 7, 2010

A new program designed to promote water stewardship in youth is introduced in one of the showcase watersheds.