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2009

Researchers learn why invasive plants spreading so rapidly in forests
December 4, 2009
Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads.
Student Stories: Turfgrass grad focuses on baseball fields
August 27, 2009
Few can say that millions have looked upon their work with approval, but Andrew Bartley can; for the Penn State alumnus, it’s just another day at the office.
Penn State aims to set an example by planting cover crops this fall
August 27, 2009
Seeking to be a role model for farmers in the state and across the Northeast, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will undertake aerial seeding of a cover crop in late August or early September. This year a cover crop mixture of winter canola, yellow sweet clover and crimson clover will be applied aerially on 200 acres of corn and soybeans located northeast of the University Park campus in Centre County.
Penn State turfgrass alum grooms PGA Championship course
August 13, 2009
It has been said that the sun never sets on Penn State-developed turfgrass varieties because they carpet so many golf courses around the world. Similarly, many of the best golf courses on the planet are under the care of Penn State-educated turfgrass professionals. Another high-profile example was on display Aug. 13–16 when the best professional golfers descended on Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., for the PGA Championship.
FieldTurf, Penn State partner in new center for sports surfaces
July 27, 2009
Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and FieldTurf, which bills itself as the world-leader in sports surfacing, have partnered to develop the world's first facility dedicated to sports surface research, with a five-year commitment that will center around research on synthetic turf, running tracks and indoor sports surfaces. This research collaboration is expected to further accelerate safety within the synthetic sports surfacing industry.
Research project to study weed-control methods for organic farming
July 17, 2009
Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences — funded by a grant of approximately $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — will study the interaction between weed, insect and soil-management methods for organic production of small grains, corn and soybeans.
Six recognized for environmental and natural resources excellence
July 17, 2009
Several awards recognizing the achievements of faculty, extension educators, staff and students in the environmental and natural resources sciences in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were recently announced by the Environment and Natural Resource Institute.
Student Stories: Turfgrass major interns with Spikes, goes to minors
March 24, 2009
When Sara Camuso turned 16, her father told her to get a job, or she would have to go to work with him. “When I couldn't find a job, I ended up working with my dad, who is a golf course superintendent,” recalls the 2008 Penn State turfgrass science graduate from Waynesboro, Pa. “By the end of the summer I really fell in love with what we were doing out there on the golf course.”
Students create an opportunity for community to grow
February 13, 2009
Growing your own organic produce is great way to save money and improve your diet, but for many students, apartment dwellers and others, having a garden is not a viable option. Now, Penn State students have developed an organic community garden that will offer local residents and the University community a chance to harvest their own home-grown bounty.