Penn State Agricultural Sciences Newswire - 01/06/2014

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, January 6, 2014

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Donley gift to support entrepreneurship, innovation programs
-- Rush family gift provides scholarship support for Ag Sciences students
-- New sustainable ag farmers need access, farm-management knowledge
-- Student Stories: Horticulture major interns with international corporation
-- Student Stories: It was a zoo in there, but she loved it
-- Corn pest decline may save farmers money
-- International degree program spawns graduate student seminars
-- Extension offers home-study courses on livestock production

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TOP STORIES:

Donley gift to support entrepreneurship, innovation programs
Programs that develop and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will receive a boost as a result of a gift from an alumnus of the college and his wife. William and Margaret Donley, of Pittsburgh, targeted their $50,000 gift to an existing endowment that provides programmatic support for the college's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.

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Rush family gift provides scholarship support for Ag Sciences students
Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have a demonstrated financial need are the beneficiaries of a new scholarship endowment created by two Penn State alumni. With a $50,000 gift, Jay and Joyce Rush, of Boalsburg, created the Jay V. and Joyce H. Rush Family Trustee Scholarship.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/vCwkX8SR
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New sustainable ag farmers need access, farm-management knowledge
On-farm internships and land-link programs are two important models for increasing the number of farmers in the sustainable-agriculture movement, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/4wCFWBFh
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Student Stories: Horticulture major interns with international corporation
Sean Fitzsimmons was one of the lucky 13 chosen from around the country to work as an intern at Ball Horticultural Co. in 2012.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/sddLD2gd
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Student Stories: It was a zoo in there, but she loved it
Picture this: a flock of parrots gathered around a television, watching Cinderella. If that sounds unrealistic, think again. Ashley Hallowell, a graduate from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences veterinary and biomedical sciences program, got to witness this very spectacle during her internship with the Philadelphia Zoo last year.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/VYrrXdTr
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Corn pest decline may save farmers money
Populations of European corn borer (ECB), a major corn crop pest, have declined significantly in the eastern United States, according to Penn State researchers. The decline suggests that the use of genetically modified, ECB-resistant corn hybrids -- an expensive, yet effective, solution that has been widely adopted by farmers -- may now be unnecessary in some areas.

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International degree program spawns graduate student seminars
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students in entomology are building upon their international experiences by conducting a new graduate seminar series on tropical entomology. The students, Ariel Rivers and Loren Rivera-Vega, are enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development dual-title degree program, which provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/69f1MTjb
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Extension offers home-study courses on livestock production
Beef, sheep, meat-goat and swine producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of four home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension this winter.

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