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Research suggests antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films that are applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State. Using films made of pullulan — an edible, mostly tasteless, transparent polymer produced by […]

Cost-share help for Ohio’s honeybees

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COLUMBUS — Ohio farmers rely on bees to pollinate more than 70 crops, but 50 to 80 percent of the honeybees raised by Ohio’s registered beekeepers died last winter. Researchers suggest a number of reasons for this phenomenon, including the loss of the flowering habitat bees need to strengthen and grow their colonies. A program […]

How-to videos now available for beginning fish farmers

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A new set of how-to videos that teach beginning aquaculturists the ins and outs of fish farming is now available online.

Soil bacteria may provide clues to curbing antibiotic resistance

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Drug-resistant bacteria annually sicken 2 million Americans and kill at least 23,000. A driving force behind this growing public health threat is the ability of bacteria to share genes that provide antibiotic resistance. Bacteria that naturally live in the soil have a vast collection of genes to fight off antibiotics, but they […]

Buying a gas well? Be aware of liabilities

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COLUMBUS — Landowners who take ownership of gas wells on their property need to make sure the benefits outweigh the financial liabilities, according to Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Director of Energy Policy Dale Arnold. Arnold has been working with Farm Bureau members in eastern Ohio on whether purchasing wells on their property makes financial sense. […]

Oil and gas development homogenizing core-forest bird communities

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Conventional oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania altered bird communities, and the current massive build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may accelerate these changes, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The commonwealth’s Northern Tier — one of the largest blocks of Eastern deciduous forest in the entire Appalachian […]

USDA grants license for PEDv vaccine

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This is the first licensed vaccine for PEDv. It will be used to vaccinate sows with the intent that they build antibody, and transmit that antibody through their milk to newborn piglets.

Are cellphones really covered in germs?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A quick Google search for “mobile device” and “germs” lists pages of reports about how your smart phone is likely dirtier than a toilet seat and how you’d be terrified if you knew all the germs and bacteria it collects in a single day. That’s to say nothing of the tablets […]

IBM collaboration harnesses power of big data

Monday, June 16, 2014

MARKHAM, Ontario — A new data integration platform for watershed management built by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) in collaboration with IBM is helping researchers, urban planners and others develop more sophisticated tools to predict floods, safeguard the drinking water supply and forecast the impact of growth and urbanization on vital ecosystems. Grand River […]

Drop in global malnutrition depends on ag productivity, climate change

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Global malnutrition could fall 84 percent by the year 2050 as incomes in developing countries grow — but only if agricultural productivity continues to improve and climate change does not severely damage agriculture, Purdue University researchers say.

What’s the right age to be home alone?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

As the school year draws to a close, many parents face the question of whether their children can be left home alone during the day in the summer months.

Male chromosome hinders beef cattle reproduction

Friday, June 13, 2014

In the beef industry, if a cow does not get pregnant after breeding, she becomes an economic liability in the herd. Lack of calf production can significantly reduce annual revenue for producers.

Meat Animal Research Center marks 50 years

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fifty years ago Congress approved legislation that began the transfer of a Naval Ammunition Depot to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, thus creating the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center at Clay Center.

Top Farmer Conference helps farmers improve operations

Friday, June 13, 2014

Corn Belt farmers and agribusiness managers can learn strategies to adapt to a changing business environment at Purdue University’s annual Top Farmer Conference July 15-16.

Penn State Extension develops new water quality app

Friday, June 13, 2014

Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device application — or app — called “H2OSolutions,” to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs and cisterns.

Reader concerned over buying influence

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Editor: The Dairy Excel article in the June 5 edition of the Farm and Dairy by Dr. Normand St-Pierre called “Battling the phobia of GMO’s” was an absolute misuse of a psychological term to belittle critics of Monsanto. Monsanto belongs to ALEC an organization which buys influence for corporations. As David R. Resnick, Bioethicist, National […]

Aerial planting makes cover crops more interesting and practical

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cover crops are an old topic, but the benefits are worth repeating.

Pork Checkoff announces new audit platform

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

DES MOINES — After more than a year of industry collaboration, the National Pork Board recently shared plans for a new common industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors. The program will use the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) program as its foundation and expand on it to serve as a […]

Satellite shows high productivity from U.S. Corn Belt

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENBELT, Md. — Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the U.S. boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists. Healthy glow Healthy plants convert light to energy via photosynthesis, but chlorophyll also emits a fraction of absorbed […]

EPA funding will clean up and redevelop contaminated sites

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Several western Pennsylvania communities will share in a nationwide total of $67 million in brownfields funding announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties.

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