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January 10, 2011

A program launched recently by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to put rollover protective structures, or ROPS, on hundreds of tractors and save the lives of Keystone State farmers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.