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2017

Research yields test to predict bitter pit disorder in Honeycrisp apples
October 19, 2017
A test to determine whether bitter pit — a disorder that blindsides apple growers by showing up weeks or months after picking — will develop in stored Honeycrisp apples was developed by a team of Penn State researchers, promising to potentially save millions of dollars annually in wasted fruit.
Cacao pioneers: Meet Penn State's Colombian Fulbright Scholars
October 19, 2017
Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.
Tailgate Ambassadors tackle recycling, sustainability at football games
October 18, 2017
This Saturday, Penn State will host the Michigan Wolverines in one of the most anticipated football match-ups of the season. While the football team and tailgaters prep for the big game, the Tailgate Ambassadors also are preparing to meet an important challenge.
College of Agricultural Sciences professor honored by alma mater
October 18, 2017
Marvin Hall, professor of forage management in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was lauded by his alma mater, Bluffton University.
Penn State social science researchers collaborate on opioid epidemic
October 18, 2017
Drug overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids have increased by 20 percent since 2015, killing some 64,000 Americans last year. In response, social science researchers at Penn State are leading initiatives to combat the increasing rates of illicit drug use.
Penn State Extension to host Food Safety Modernization Act trainings
October 13, 2017
Is your farm in compliance with food safety standards? The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule states: “At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.”
Like it or not: Broccoli may be good for the gut
October 13, 2017
Cruciferous vegetables -- such as broccoli, brussels sprouts and cabbage -- may help trigger a receptor in the gut that can improve gut function. In a study on mice, eating broccoli led to a better ability to withstand digestive irritants. The researchers also suggest that the mechanism might improve barrier function -- keeping nutrients in and toxins out of the intestinal lining -- and that could limit the damage of inflammation.
Land-use webinar to focus on benefit of tree ordinances
October 13, 2017
How municipalities can utilize municipal tree commissions and subsequent ordinances to support community development pertaining to open space in the community will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Wednesday, Oct. 18.
University leadership's plea to Penn Staters: write to legislators
October 12, 2017
University leaders are renewing their plea to Penn Staters and others, asking them to urge Pennsylvania legislators to release the University's state funds. Without critical state funding, Penn State would be forced to make "dramatic cuts and raise tuition, perhaps even for the upcoming spring semester."
World Food Prize: Grad students look forward to expanding knowledge at symposium
October 10, 2017
This year, two graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ilse Huerta and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 18-20.
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences adds five new faculty members
October 9, 2017
Five new faculty members have joined the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State launches interdisciplinary Center for Security Research and Education
October 9, 2017
Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society’s most critical threats.
Ag Sciences student explores global food practices, nutrition
October 9, 2017
Emily Seiger, a community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is gaining insight into problems related to food safety, hygiene and food security around the world.
Ag Advocates serve as ambassadors for College of Agricultural Sciences
October 6, 2017
An elite group of undergraduate students -- known as Ag Advocates -- serve as ambassadors for Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, building positive relationships with students, alumni and industry professionals.
Career day helps senior land dream internship with Land O’Lakes
October 5, 2017
Agribusiness management major Kayli Kumanchik found the internship she wanted with Land O' Lakes, Inc., after meeting with representatives at Ag Sciences Career Day in 2016. This year's event will take place on Oct. 10 in the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus of Penn State.
Ag Sciences students to represent Penn State at World Food Prize Symposium
October 5, 2017
Five students enrolled in College of Agricultural Sciences programs will represent Penn State at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium.
Webinar to focus on commercial small-scale liquid natural gas
October 4, 2017
What is liquefied natural gas, or LNG, and how is it made? What are its benefits compared to other energy sources? How is it transported, stored and consumed? And what are the markets for LNG? Those questions and more will be answered during a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Graduate training program in pollinator ecology gets a boost with USDA grant
October 4, 2017
A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enhance an innovative Penn State graduate training program in entomology and ecology aimed at helping to solve the multifaceted problem of pollinator decline.
The Arboretum at Penn State to host pumpkin festival Oct. 8 and Oct. 13-14
October 3, 2017
Creative pumpkin carvers will craft scores of imaginative jack-o'-lanterns and compete for ribbons as The Arboretum at Penn State hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 8 and Oct. 13-14. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus. Admission is free.
Warming unlikely to have major impact on animal agriculture in Northeast
October 3, 2017
Climate change will not significantly impair animal agriculture in the Northeast region of the United States, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers, who point out there are many variables in the future scenario they envision.
Penn State student explores the economic impact of disaster relief in Nepal
October 3, 2017
Kelli Herr, senior in community, environment and development in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, spent her break a long way from home in Thulo Pakhar, Nepal. She worked with a group called All Hands Volunteers, a U.S.-based nonprofit disaster relief organization.
Penn State hosts 15 new NSF graduate researchers
October 3, 2017
The Graduate School at Penn State is pleased to host 15 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.
Extension offers home-study course on livestock grazing practices
October 3, 2017
Pennsylvania livestock producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable through pasture and grazing management can take advantage of a home study course offered by Penn State Extension this fall.
Cathy Bowen: Penn State Faculty Profiles in Diversity and Inclusion
October 2, 2017
Cathy Bowen, professor of agricultural and extension education and consumer issues, has spent nearly 30 years at Penn State helping Pennsylvanians and students to become financially literate, and manage their resources.
Partnership targets farm safety among region’s Amish population
September 29, 2017
Beyond the picturesque barns and horse-drawn buggies that define Pennsylvania Dutch Country lurk farm dangers that can land children in the hospital.
New mobile app diagnoses crop diseases in the field and alerts rural farmers
September 29, 2017
Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across Africa. David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, Penn State, leads the project with James Legg, of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.
Networking event promotes microbiome research collaborations
September 29, 2017
Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event Oct. 3 sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.
Ag Department, Penn State seek public input on state Pollinator Protection Plan
September 28, 2017
Farmers, gardeners and other Pennsylvanians concerned about the health of pollinators — given their critically important role in growing and producing food — now have the chance to comment on a draft of the state’s proposed Pollinator Protection Plan. The plan, developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, is designed to protect bees and other insects that pollinate nearly 75 percent of the Commonwealth’s food crops.
Alumnus' gifts to support 4-H, Penn State Extension and agricultural engineering
September 22, 2017
Wayne Martenas, a Penn State alumnus in agricultural engineering, and his wife, Marian McKeegan Martenas, have pledged $250,000 in gifts, which will be divided among a new endowment, an existing endowment, a new building and an existing scholarship fund.
New faculty member aims to support the growth of agricultural education
September 22, 2017
Kevin Curry Jr. recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.
Ag Sciences Career Day will take place Oct. 10 at Bryce Jordan Center
September 22, 2017
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its annual Ag Sciences Career Day on Oct. 10. The event draws nearly 200 exhibitors, recruiters and academic program representatives from agricultural and related industries annually.
New biomaterial could replace plastic laminates, greatly reduce pollution
September 20, 2017
An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.
Pate named Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety
September 20, 2017
Michael Pate has been appointed Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
CHAPS open house offers rare view of Penn State’s equine science programs
September 20, 2017
Sept. 30 will mark the fifth annual Penn State Horse Barn Open House, hosted by the Collegiate Horseman’s Association at Penn State (CHAPS) and the Penn State Equine Research Team at the equine science facilities' “Old Barn,” directly across from Beaver Stadium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in connection with the third annual Celebrate Agriculture Day at Beaver Stadium, an event designed for Penn Staters to honor the agricultural roots and history of the University.
Whole food diet may help prevent colon cancer, other chronic conditions
September 20, 2017
Colorful fruits and vegetables -- like the purple potato -- may contain compounds that help fight some types of cancer. An international team of researchers studied the anti-cancer effects of purple potatoes in pigs. This could be another step in finding prevention strategies and cancer treatments for patients.
$4.92M gift to Penn State for industrial biotechnology education, research
September 19, 2017
CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to transform biotechnology education and research across Pennsylvania and beyond.
The Final Ag Frontier: Plant sciences student looks to the skies
September 15, 2017
Plant sciences student Laura Reese spent her spring semester working for NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. She performed research in conditions meant to emulate growing plants in space.
Grant supports research to enhance epithelial barrier function, immune response
September 15, 2017
A faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $7.3 million grant for innovative research on a cellular protein that could be a target for enhancing immune function in response to a variety of diseases and environmental toxins. Gary Perdew, John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences, received the award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.
Fifth annual Rural Studies Conference to be held Oct. 27-28
September 14, 2017
Penn State's Rural Sociology Graduate Student Association (RSGA) will host the 5th Annual Rural Studies Graduate Student Conference on Oct. 27-28 at the HUB-Robeson-Center on the University Park campus. This conference welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and all institutions who study rural areas and topics, both domestically and internationally.
College of Agricultural Sciences hosts Mandela Washington Fellow
September 14, 2017
Aïssata Abdou Gado, a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, spent six weeks of professional development at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September. She worked with faculty and staff from across the College of Agricultural Sciences on issues related to food security, livestock and women's empowerment.
Forest experts: All signs point to a banner year for Pa.'s foliage display
September 14, 2017
The rainy summer in Pennsylvania has set the stage for what could be an awesome autumn foliage display, according to forest ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Student uses summer internship at CDC to fight environmental contaminants
September 13, 2017
Senior environmental resource management student Aaron Blakney spent the summer of 2017 analyzing the impacts of hazardous materials during an internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fruit and vegetable intake influences obesity risk in Mexican-American children
September 12, 2017
Potential disparities in fruit and vegetable intake in Mexican-American children may be placing them at greater risk for obesity and related health problems, according to researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Penn State.
Steinberg named senior director of development in College of Ag Sciences
September 12, 2017
Following a comprehensive national search, Lauren Steinberg has been named senior director of development in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. Formerly the director of major gifts for the college, Steinberg brings more than 17 years of fundraising experience to her new position.
Land-use webinar to focus on municipal authorities tapping into renewable energy
September 8, 2017
How municipalities and their local authorities can utilize renewable energy such as solar to run their systems will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Sept. 20.
Webinar to discuss natural gas role in plastics
September 8, 2017
How does natural gas transform the economics of the Appalachian Basin and the production of plastics? That will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Thursday, Sept. 21.
NEWBio project concludes, advances biomass energy efforts
September 8, 2017
The NorthEast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio) is a regional network of individuals from leading universities, businesses and government who worked together to advance sustainable bioenergy in the Northeast through a $10 million U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant.
Professors to share impacts of overusing antibiotics on WPSU’s 'Digging Deeper'
September 8, 2017
Penn State President Eric J. Barron will welcome a pair of University professors to his monthly WPSU show, “Digging Deeper,” to discuss their research on reducing harmful overuse of antibiotics. The show will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 17 on WPSU-TV.
Report addresses flooding and flood insurance impacts on rural Pennsylvania
September 7, 2017
A newly released report examines how flooding and recent changes to the federal flood insurance program are impacting rural Pennsylvania in unique ways.
Safe, comfortable housing for cage-free chickens is goal of Penn State research
September 7, 2017
A shift in consumer behavior is prompting some poultry producers to change the manner in which chickens are housed and cared for, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will help them convert from traditional caged housing to noncaged systems that continue to safeguard the health and safety of flocks and employees.
New book on rural poverty in the U.S. co-edited by rural sociology professor
September 6, 2017
Ann Tickamyer, professor of rural sociology, examines why the geography, demography and history of rural communities keeps them poor, in a comprehensive analysis that extends from the Civil War to the present in the new publication, "Rural Poverty in the United States."
Client relationship, business operations managers named for Penn State Extension
September 5, 2017
Penn State Extension has named client relationship managers and business operations managers to serve its 10 administrative areas across Pennsylvania. The appointments are part of recently announced changes to the organization's structure, product development and program delivery.
Penn State researcher's work empowers youth to be change agents
August 31, 2017
Ongoing research conducted by Nicole Webster, associate professor of youth and international development in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, examines the role of youth in civic engagement and social change.
More research needed on effects of maternal stress in wild animals
August 31, 2017
If a human mother is stressed while pregnant, research shows her child is much more likely to have emotional, cognitive or even physiological problems, such as attention deficit, hyperactivity, anxiety, language delay, obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Conversely, the results of maternal stress on the offspring of other animals — particularly wildlife under threat from predators — is believed to be positive, and contributes to their survival.
Penn State's Great Insect Fair offers a view of the 'unseen'
August 31, 2017
Although insects are all around us, we tend to pay attention primarily to the ones that sting, bite, eat our garden plants or invade our homes. But there is much more about the world of insects and other arthropods that goes unnoticed. Giving the public a glimpse into this fascinating world is the goal of Penn State's Great Insect Fair, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Snider Ag Arena on the University Park campus.
Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered
August 30, 2017
Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Pathway's power to boost, halt tumors may be promising cancer therapy target
August 28, 2017
A protein may be a key part of a complex molecular cascade that can both cause and inhibit tumors in certain types of cancer, including skin and lung cancers. Penn State researchers suggest that understanding the basic biology of cancer can help the future design of anti-cancer therapies that attack cancer, but leave healthy cells alone.
Penn State faculty network and learn at annual entrepreneurship retreat
August 28, 2017
Faculty and staff from across Penn State came together Aug. 15-16 at University Park in support of entrepreneurship teaching and learning at the fifth annual ENTI Summer Gathering. ENTI, launched is 2013, is Penn State’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Three faculty members join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment
August 25, 2017
The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) announced the addition of three new cofunded faculty members who will join Penn State during the 2017–18 academic year. The faculty members are Kristina Douglass, Jonathan Duncan and Jillian Goldfarb.
Medicine and music: Immunology major makes his own way at Penn State
August 24, 2017
Alex Barna, a junior from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has discovered an opportunity to distinguish himself from other pre-med students in the College of Agricultural Sciences' immunology and infectious disease major.
First group of Intergenerational Leadership Institute participants to graduate
August 24, 2017
Eight older adults will be acknowledged at a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at Penn State's Nittany Lion Inn for their accomplishments, community service and leadership in generating new programs and activities for strengthening intergenerational bonds and improving quality of life in the State College, Pennsylvania, area. The honorees are the first group of graduates of Penn State's Intergenerational Leadership Institute, a certificate training program for older adults.
Making research relevant to the media, policymakers
August 24, 2017
To help researchers improve their science communications, the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) and the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center will host a plenary featuring four national journalists. The plenary will take place at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Pike Auditorium (22 Biobehavioral Health Building).
Penn State pilot program for hemp research is yielding production insights
August 24, 2017
Penn State was one of 16 sites approved by the state Department of Agriculture as a pilot program for industrial hemp growth and cultivation research following Gov. Tom Wolf's signing of the Industrial Hemp Research Act last year.
Plant 'smells' insect foe, initiates defense
August 24, 2017
It cannot run away from the fly that does it so much damage, but tall goldenrod can protect itself by first "smelling" its attacker and then initiating its defenses, according to an international team of researchers.
Research Unplugged speaker series begins Oct. 5
August 23, 2017
The Research Unplugged speaker series, a collaboration between Penn State's Office of Government and Community Relations and Schlow Library, will include events every Thursday in October.
College of Agricultural Sciences alumnus bass fishing on professional circuit
August 23, 2017
There are an estimated 600,000 living Penn State alumni in the world, and Grae Buck is doing something none of the rest are: He's competing at the very top level of professional bass fishing, on the FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) Tour.
New report on farm sales and income graphically shows 'where the action is'
August 22, 2017
Many would argue that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. But when it comes to the profitability and survival of Pennsylvania farms, size apparently matters, according to a report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Researchers win funding for new tomatoes, wood packaging pest treatment
August 22, 2017
Penn State research teams working on two promising discoveries -- a new, energy-efficient treatment to kill destructive insects in wood and new tomato varieties bred for Pennsylvania conditions -- each have won $75,000 Research Applications for Innovation, or RAIN, grants to bring their discoveries to market.
Wood frogs research clarifies risks posed to animals by warming climate
August 19, 2017
As conditions warm, fish and wildlife living at the southern edge of their species' ranges are most at risk, according to Penn State researchers who led a major collaborative study of how wood frogs are being affected by climate change.
Potato waste processing may be the road to enhanced food waste conversion
August 17, 2017
With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value for chip makers.
Altoona professor leads group in maintaining the right-of-way in the right way
August 17, 2017
A group of faculty, students, energy providers, and vegetation-management companies are looking at how to best maintain right-of-ways under utilities to protect those utilities and promote wildlife at the same time.
Injecting manure instead of spreading on surface reduces estrogen loads
August 16, 2017
With water quality in the Chesapeake Bay suffering from excess nutrients and fish populations in rivers such as the Susquehanna experiencing gender skewing and other reproductive abnormalities, understanding how to minimize runoff of both nutrients and endocrine-disrupting compounds from farm fields after manure applications is a critical objective for agriculture.
Students complete fieldwork with the Ojibwe, a Native American people
August 16, 2017
Three students in the global health minor spent five weeks, as part of their required fieldwork, in northern Minnesota working with the population of the Ojibwe, a Native American people. The first two weeks were spent immersing in the culture of the Leech Lake Reservation and the Red Lake Reservation, while the last three weeks consisted of academic research at White Earth Reservation.
Penn State Berkey Creamery expands ice cream availability to Beaver Stadium
August 14, 2017
Fans attending football games will, for the first time, have access to Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream in Beaver Stadium when the Nittany Lions kick off their season on Sept. 2.
Huddle with the Faculty series to kick off 25th year on Sept. 2
August 14, 2017
The Penn State Alumni Association’s Huddle with the Faculty series will enlighten and inform alumni, friends and fans on home fall Saturdays this football season, the program’s 25th year.
Grant enables study of mosquito virus as a genetic lab tool, malaria biocontrol
August 14, 2017
A virus that infects a species of malaria-transmitting mosquito could help scientists gain a better understanding of mosquito biology and eventually could lead to methods for stopping or slowing the spread of the disease, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Jason Rasgon, professor of entomology, has received a grant of $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to study the virus, called AgDNV.
Agricultural research center site of cutting-edge research, Ag Progress Days
August 9, 2017
Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center, located along state Route 45 at Rock Springs, is a hub for cutting-edge research and innovative education conducted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, and is also the location of the annual Ag Progress Days expo.
All ages will enjoy variety of events planned for Ag Progress Days
August 8, 2017
Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17, will offer fun and educational activities for adults, children and families, while providing agricultural producers with valuable knowledge to improve their farm businesses.
So, you want to raise sheep or goats? Attend this workshop
August 8, 2017
Southwestern Pennsylvania provides an ideal environment to raise sheep and goats. Rolling hills may not be suitable for crop production, but they can provide high-quality pasture for sheep and goat production.
Land-use webinar to focus on aligning transportation with local planning
August 7, 2017
How the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is connecting transportation projects with local municipal land-use planning initiatives will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.
Reducing reliance on herbicides the objective of research at Penn State
August 7, 2017
Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are developing strategies to combat weeds while reducing reliance on herbicides.
Journalism student tells stories with an entrepreneurial flair
August 7, 2017
Student combines passions, utilizes internship as another step to hone her skills on career path as an "entrepreneurial journalist."
Institutes of Energy and the Environment seed grant recipients announced
August 4, 2017
The 2017 Institutes for Energy and the Environment seed grants have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. Thirteen grants totaling more than $312,000 have been awarded to 42 researchers that addressed four research themes: Climate and Ecosystem Change, Future Energy Supply, Smart Energy Systems, and Water and Biogeochemical Cycles.
Video: Penn State researchers find new solution to combat age-old bedbug problem
August 3, 2017
A team of Penn State scientists has developed a potential game-changer in the war against bedbugs — a naturally derived, fungal-based pesticide that uses the bugs’ own natural tendencies to humankind’s advantage.
Ag Progress Days a chance to hear, and be heard by, policymakers
August 3, 2017
If you have an interest in learning about or influencing laws, regulations, policies and government programs related to agriculture, food and natural resources, Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17, will present opportunities to do just that. A variety of events and exhibits will feature state and federal agencies, state legislators, state cabinet secretaries, a congressman and the governor of Pennsylvania.
Plant pathology professors receive $1.2 million to study, catalog Fusarium fungi
August 2, 2017
David Geiser and Seogchan Kang, professors of plant pathology and environmental biology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to perform the first new synthesis of taxonomy for species of the genus Fusarium in the past 30 years.
Pasto Ag Museum to offer thought-provoking exhibit at Ag Progress Days
August 2, 2017
Visitors to Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum always have been encouraged to think about what it was like to be a farm family member in the distant past, but a special exhibit to be unveiled at Ag Progress Days will ask them to ponder what an old-time farmer thought about each day, and then compare that to what today's farmer thinks about every day.
Tree-of-heaven's prolific seed production adds to its invasive potential
August 2, 2017
Ailanthus, also called tree-of-heaven, is a voracious invasive plant species that is rapidly affecting more and more forests in the United States, according to plant pathologists. These researchers recently found that Ailanthus not only produces lots of viable seeds, but also that the species produces seeds earlier in its lifespan and keeps producing seeds, in some cases, more than a century later. Recognizing the invasive potential of Ailanthus may help forestry experts control it.
Learn about new flower varieties, 'fertigation' at Ag Progress Days
August 1, 2017
Flowers from variety trials at Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center and tips on how to use "fertigation" in the garden will be among new features offered this year at the Yard and Garden Area at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17.
Pennsylvania snowshoe hares differ from those in Yukon
August 1, 2017
Snowshoe hares in Pennsylvania — at the southern end of the species' range — show adaptations in fur color and characteristics, behavior and metabolism, to enable them to survive in less wintry conditions than their far northern relatives, according to a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Plant Disease Clinic at Penn State provides diagnostic, management services
July 28, 2017
The Plant Disease Clinic in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provides clinical diagnoses of plant diseases for Pennsylvania's agricultural producers, gardeners and homeowners.
Farmers, homeowners can learn to protect water quality at Ag Progress Days
July 28, 2017
No matter where Pennsylvanians live, virtually all citizens have a role to play in protecting the state's critical water resources. Visitors to the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theater at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 15-17, can learn how they can contribute to keeping water clean, safe and abundant.
Senior capstone projects teach students skills for the industry
July 25, 2017
For their senior capstone projects, biological engineering students at Penn State designed possible solutions to real problems in agriculture and the environment.
Farm safety demonstrations to be featured at 2017 Ag Progress Days
July 25, 2017
Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's 2017 Ag Progress Days can learn how to reduce the risk of childhood injuries due to falls from hay holes and runover incidents involving skid steers.
Free insect identification and soil health workshop on Aug. 5
July 24, 2017
The Student Farm is hosting a free insect identification and biological soil health workshop on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. The workshop will led by Dr. Mary Barbercheck, professor of entomology, Penn State.
Researchers receive USDA grant to study new riparian buffer strategy
July 20, 2017
A team led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct a three-year study of a new flexible strategy to ramp up installation of riparian buffers.
Using a pig model to study chronic diseases may help minimize drug failure rate
July 20, 2017
Pigs have gut bacterial profiles and immune systems similar to humans. Using a pig model, in addition to mice models, may help minimize the failure rate of drugs for diseases linked to high-calorie diets, such as colon cancer and type 2 diabetes, say researchers.
Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pa. forests
July 20, 2017
Vast swaths of Pennsylvania forests were clear-cut circa 1900 and regrowth has largely been from local native plant communities, but a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has found that invasive, non-native plants are making significant inroads with unconventional natural gas development.
Hay competition, conservation education among Ag Progress Days offerings
July 19, 2017
A hay competition, natural resources displays, wildlife exhibits, and crop management education are just a few of the many activities that will take place during Penn State's Ag Progress Days.
High-fat ice cream may not necessarily mean tastier ice cream
July 19, 2017
Ice cream with higher fat amounts are typically called "premium" ice creams. However, Penn State researchers found that most people can't tell the difference between ice creams with certain levels of fat. The findings may help ice cream producers and entrepreneurs make recipes that are tasty, but less expensive.