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A sign from the University Creamery and individual wooden spoons once popularly used for eating ice cream by the cup both likely precede a hang tag labeling milk as from the Berkey Creamery, so renamed in November 2000 for donors Jeanne and Earl Berkey.
August 5, 2015

As the Berkey Creamery continues its sesquicentennial celebration, a new exhibit on display now through Dec. 15 in the University Libraries’ Franklin Atrium offers a close view of Penn State artifacts used by employees during the Creamery’s 150-year history.

State Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera (far left) poses outside a barn at Penn State's Dairy Production Research Center with students and instructors from the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences.
August 4, 2015

Forty-four of the state's most talented rising high-school seniors welcomed Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera at Penn State's Dairy Production Research Center.

Holstein cows in a Penn State pasture
August 4, 2015

A supplement added to the feed of high-producing dairy cows reduced methane emissions by 30 percent and could have ramifications for global climate change, according to an international team of researchers.

Animal and veterinary scientists and Penn State Extension educators will be available to answer questions from agricultural producers and the public. Also in the college exhibits building, visitors also can engage in hands-on demonstrations and displays showing the latest research and technology in areas such as precision farming.
August 3, 2015

Penn State teaching, research and extension activities related to poultry, livestock, meat science and dairy will be the focus in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20.

Elise Gurgevich, state coordinator for Penn State Extension's Nutrition Links program, talks to visitors in the Family Room during a previous Ag Progress Days expo.
August 3, 2015

Families can play minigames, get valuable health and safety information, taste nutritious food and drink, and participate in hands-on educational activities in the Family Room building at Penn State's 2015 Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, according to specialists in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Steven Goetz holds the award that honors economists who have applied agricultural, environmental, consumer, resource or community development economics in a unique way that has contributed toward solving important problems and improving the welfare of society.
July 30, 2015

Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the 2015 Outstanding Public Service through Economics Award from the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

Howard Salis, assistant professor of chemical engineering and assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering, is the primary investigator of the portable power supply research
July 29, 2015

Penn State engineers have developed a new ‘portable power supply’ that will make it easier to manufacture plastics, therapeutics, fuels and other chemicals from sustainable feedstocks using diverse microbial organisms.

Chickens
July 29, 2015

Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could allow more-virulent versions of a virus to survive, putting unvaccinated individuals at greater risk of severe illness. The research has important implications for food-chain security and food-chain economics, as well as for other diseases that affect humans and agricultural animals.

A young visitor at a recent Ag Progress Days expo interacts with a live tarantula in the 4-H Youth Building. The Great Insect Fair will highlight youth activities at this year's event.
July 28, 2015

Families and youths accustomed to attending Penn State's Great Insect Fair each fall will need to adjust their schedules. For this year at least, the popular annual event will leave the Bryce Jordan Center and instead will be part of the 2015 Ag Progress Days expo, Aug. 18-20.

The corn maze will return to the Crops, Soils and Conservation area at Ag Progress Days. As always, it is stroller and wheel-chair accessible.
July 23, 2015

Visitors can learn more about the benefits of cover crops at an expanded cover crops demonstration plot beside the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20.

The Valley Smithey Ironworks, which produces contemporary works as well as historical reproductions that are of museum quality, will be on hand to demonstrate how iron work used to be done.
July 22, 2015

The Pasto Agricultural Museum will feature genuine working blacksmiths during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20.

The popularity of fast food and of Italian and Mexican dishes has nearly tripled American cheese consumption over the past 45 years, but our fondness for cheese reaches far beyond cheddar and mozzarella.
July 22, 2015

Americans are eating more cheese than ever before, says Kerry Kaylegian, Penn State dairy foods research & extension associate, but in recent years Americans have developed a taste for artisanal cheeses that offer more distinctive and nuanced flavors than the standard varieties of a decade or two ago.

The Division of Corporate and Community Education at Penn State Lehigh Valley and the Penn State Cooperative Extension are offering a Rain Barrel workshop on Saturday, Aug. 8.
July 21, 2015

On Aug. 8, Penn State Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards will guide workshop attendees through the process of constructing their own, fully functioning rain barrel.

Pintails, like this one, will be among dabbling ducks that migrate through Pennsylvania down the Eastern Flyway this fall, headed to their wintering grounds. Along the way, wildlife experts worry, they may shed pathogens that cause avian flu, a disease that does not infect humans or other mammals, but has devastated the poultry industry in the West and Midwest.
July 21, 2015

Right now, in the vast prairie pothole region of southern Canada and the United States' upper Midwest, waterfowl are mingling, raising their young and instinctively preparing to migrate, some leaving as early as August.

Alex Pettenati, left, Molly Ripp and Gabrielle Corso took advantage of the beautiful weather and studied for their Genetics final exam outside Henderson Building on May 4.
July 20, 2015

The Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today approved proposals for designers for an agricultural digester, replacement of dairy barns and renovations to the Deike Building. It also heard updates on three projects in progress.

Year in and year out, the horse demonstrations and performances are a leading draw at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, slated this year for Aug. 18-20.
July 20, 2015

Penn State's 2015 Ag Progress Days exposition will showcase entertaining yet educational activities for horse lovers of all ages and experience levels, according to organizers in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Students separate cream in the dairy barns at the Pennsylvania State College in 1894.
July 16, 2015

Believed to be the oldest continuing education course in the United States, the Ice Cream Short Course traces its roots to 1892, when the then-School of Agriculture at the Pennsylvania State College began to offer a class in dairy manufacturing during the winter, when farmers had less field work and could be spared away from their farms. By 1925, ice cream had become so popular that the college created a separate course devoted exclusively to the subject.

Proper operation of skid-steer machines will be demonstrated at Ag Progress Days to prevent overturns such as this from occurring.
July 16, 2015

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, can learn how to reduce risk of injury while operating skid-steer machines.

Guided tours of research plots during Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, will enable visitors to learn about studies conducted at Penn State's Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.
July 16, 2015

Free, daily bus tours during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 18-20, will give visitors an opportunity to get a glimpse of research projects at the 2,000-acre Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center. Tours will focus on topics such as crop production, woodlot management, wildlife habitat, biofuel feedstocks and water quality.

By charting growth data, much like a pediatrician uses standardized growth percentile ranges to assess the size and growth patterns of children, veterinarians can calculate energy and protein growth requirements necessary for baby llamas and alpacas. 
July 13, 2015

Penn State veterinarian helps llamas and alpacas grow up healthy by charting growth data.