Alumni news and events from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Kayla Stauffer is Tagged to Teach Ag! at Mount Union Area High School

September 1, 2020

Penn State Extension milk giveaways help local dairy farmers, families

August 24, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With the onset of the coronavirus and subsequent shutdowns, dairy farmers across Pennsylvania have faced a sharp decrease in demand for milk. Dairy cows continue to produce, and without schools or restaurants open to purchase the milk, farmers found themselves dumping their excess. At the same time, food banks saw an increase in demand for services as the pandemic worsened.

Extension educator: Late summer, early fall optimal time to treat tree of heaven

August 24, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Like the spotted lanternfly that has a penchant for it, the rapidly growing Ailanthus altissima tree — better known as tree of heaven — can be tough for property owners to control.

Merit-based NSF grant extension supports expansion of gene-editing technology

August 24, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Researchers who developed an improved method of gene editing for the study of arthropods will expand the technology for use in vertebrate species such as mice, fish and birds after receiving new funding from the National Science Foundation.

Invasive shrubs in Northeast forests grow leaves earlier and keep them longer

August 24, 2020

Citizen scientists confirm that invasives seem to have advantage over native shrubs, contributing to their proliferation, impacts

Tick Series: Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases

August 5, 2020

Tick prevention, treatment, and more will be covered in this Live webinar.

Tick Series: Protecting Yourself from Tick Bites

August 5, 2020

Learn how to prevent tick bites during this live webinar!

Tick Series: Tick Protection Around the Home

August 5, 2020

Join our informative webinar to learn how to protect you and your family from tick bites while still enjoying your backyard this season!

Is Canning on a Portable Burner Safe?

August 5, 2020

A portable burner may be a suitable alternative to a cooktop stove for water bath canning if certain specifications are met. However, it may not work for pressure canning.

Flavored Vinegars

August 5, 2020

Easy to make flavored vinegars add elegance and interest to entrées and salads. Flavorings may include herbs, fruits, vegetables, and spices.

The Well-Preserved Onion

August 5, 2020

Properly cured onions stored in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated place will keep a long time. Other methods of preserving this popular vegetable include canning, freezing, and drying.

Ag Alumni Society Election Results

July 21, 2020

2018 graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, receives the Diana Award.

July 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Shah Rafayat Chowdhury, a 2018 graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the Diana Award, one of the highest accolades a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian effort.

Ecology Institute announces grant recipients

July 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Ecology Institute has awarded 11 proposals from across the University as part of its Flower Grant program, including five projects submitted by faculty at Commonwealth Campuses.

Todd A. Jackson named director of Animal Resource Program at Penn State

July 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Dr. Todd A. Jackson, who holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and is recognized as a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, has been named director of the Animal Resource Program at Penn State, beginning Sept. 28 and reporting to the senior vice president for Research. Jackson will also hold a position as research professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Gary Thompson leaves his mark on Penn State's agricultural research enterprise

July 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Gary Thompson, associate dean for research and graduate education and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will step down, effective July 31.

NSF CAREER grant supports entomologist in study of sterility mechanisms in bees

July 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A grant of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation will support a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences in a study of mechanisms that induce sterility in social insects.

Penn State Creamery to reopen July 20

July 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Here is a bit of sweet news — the Penn State Berkey Creamery will reopen Monday, July 20.

Pesticde Recertification Credits

July 3, 2020

Earn pesticide recertification credits from your own home or office with the Green Industry Pesticide Update Webinar Recording: Spotted Lanternfly Management. Registrants have the opportunity to earn Core (2 credits) and Category (2 credits) recertification credits while learning about the Spotted Lanternfly insect and Tree of Heaven weed.

Safe Summer Picnics

July 3, 2020

Make sure your plans for summer picnics consider safe food handling and social distancing practices to prevent your guests from becoming ill.

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