Video: Odor Assessment Lab tries to tone down farm odors
December 8, 2010
Once upon a time, the boundary between farmland and housing developments was very distinct, and farmers did not necessarily concern themselves with the odors that came from field operations. But as more people move to rural areas from urban sites, farmers and nonfarming residents have become next-door neighbors and nuisance odors have become a problem.
ATVs are focus of Farm Safety Week
September 18, 2010
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) provide a fun means to keep physically fit, enjoy quality family time and accomplish work, but they also pose risks, according to an expert in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Huge challenges in scaling up biofuels infrastructure
August 23, 2010
Ramping up biofuels production to replace fossil fuels and provide a significant portion of the nation's energy will require nothing short of a transformation of the U.S. agricultural, transportation and energy sectors in the next few decades, according to a bioenergy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Synthetic biologist receives DARPA Young Faculty Award
July 29, 2010
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently presented its Young Faculty Award to Howard Salis, an assistant professor in Penn State's colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering.
Farm health and safety to be featured at Ag Progress Days
July 26, 2010
Visitors to Penn State's Ag Progress Days, set to take place from Aug. 17 to 19, can learn about the hazards of confined-space manure storages and how to reduce the risks associated with entering them.
Engineering student project could save animal and human lives
July 1, 2010
For a special group of graduating Penn State engineering students, a spring 2010 capstone project involved something unexpected -- a 500-pound plastic horse. Davis Hill, director of Penn State Cooperative Extension's Managing Agricultural Emergencies program, came up with the idea to prepare for dealing with farm crises involving real livestock.
Heinemann named head of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
May 14, 2010
Paul Heinemann, professor in Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, has been named head of the department, effective July 1. He succeeds Roy Young, who is retiring after 12 years as department head.
Ag rescue training pays off again, this time in Erie County
April 28, 2010
The proper response to farm emergencies is often a bit different than that to other crises, and Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences offers a special training course to prepare likely responders.
Thinking of a green energy project? Expert urges conservation first
March 31, 2010
Before embarking on a renewable-energy project, such as installing a wind machine or solar panels, consider the Energy Pyramid, urges an energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Co-firing biomass with coal can help Pa. reach energy goal
March 9, 2010
Blending biomass into the coal stream that feeds electricity-generation plants offers the opportunity to reduce harmful emissions and create a market for renewable fuel, according to a biomass-energy expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State event to highlight careers in environment, ag engineering
January 28, 2010
Budding environmental engineers will learn about job opportunities when Penn State's Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering sponsors its annual Agricultural Systems Management, Biological Engineering and Environmental Resource Management Career Day program.