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July 19, 2019

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15, can learn aboutthe hazards of flowing grain in confined-space grain storages and how to avoid and respond to entrapment risks.

Mara Cloutier, left, and Sarah Isbell, both graduate students in ecosystem science and management at Penn State, received Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Workforce Development fellowships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.   Image: Penn State
July 19, 2019

Two graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences received Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Workforce Development fellowships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Both students are active members of the Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Visitors to the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building at Ag Progress Days can learn how to help stop the spread of the invasive spotted lanternfly, which threatens the state's agriculture and ecosystems.   Image: Chuck Gill
July 19, 2019

Spotted lanternflies, invasive plant diseases, robots in agriculture and education, and foreign animal diseases will be among the topics highlighted in displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.

Cattle are important reservoirs for the spread of tuberculosis to humans.   Image: Vivek Kapur, Penn State
July 17, 2019

Skin tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists.

John “Jack” Storer, a 1950 alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences, received Penn State’s Distinguished Alumni Award. During a recent visit to campus, Storer, second from left, front, and his family had their photo taken at the Nittany Lion Shrine. They were accompanied by Alan Schaffranek, director of alumni relations for the college.   Image: Penn State
July 16, 2019

John “Jack” Storer, a 1950 Penn State alumnus, who holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry, has received Penn State’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the highest honor presented by the University to alumni.

University creamery managers from across the country toured the Penn State Berkey Creamery during their annual conference in June.   Image: Lauren Hassinger
July 16, 2019

The Penn State Berkey Creamery served up valuable information and a bit of fun — ice cream included, of course — to colleagues when it recently hosted the annual University Creamery Managers Conference.

July 15, 2019

Mary Wirth, director of college relations and communications in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2019 Professional Award from the Association for Communication Excellence during the organization’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 22-27.

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network, or VRAN, was established in 2014 to promote community-led action for more sustainable and effective management of Australia’s worst invasive species, the European rabbit.   Image: VRAN
July 10, 2019

Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is among an international group of community, industry, government and academic leaders who are being lauded for their work to help manage an invasive and destructive species in Australia.

During Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Penn State Extension food safety specialists and Master Food Preservation volunteers will provide research-based information and hands-on activities demonstrating how to store and preserve food safely.   Image: Penn State
July 9, 2019

In today’s busy world, it can be challenging to find time to spend with family. This year, the Family Room Building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days will offer a variety of interactive displays that will get visitors thinking about the overall health and wellness of themselves and their families.

July 9, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s Saturn V rocket launch. Three Penn State colleges, the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and the Pasto Agricultural Museum will mark the occasion with a free family event that will include a simultaneous rocket launch, hands-on activities, exhibits and demonstrations.

July 9, 2019

The 4-H Youth Building at Ag Progress Days will be brimming with new activities designed to excite kids of all ages, according to organizers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who said many of the displays will highlight animal science projects.

Talia Seymore, a rising senior majoring in toxicology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was recognized at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students for her work on the research paper, “The Effect of Prenatal Exposure to an Environmentally Relevant Phthalate Mixture on Testosterone Levels in Adult Mice.”   Image: Talia Seymore
July 9, 2019

Talia Seymore, a rising senior majoring in toxicology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has discovered her passion for research through the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program.

Visitors on the High Tunnel Tour view artichokes growing in a high tunnel during a prior year's Ag Progress Days expo.   Image: Penn State
July 9, 2019

Visitors at Penn State's annual Ag Progress Days expo — to be held this year Aug. 13-15 — will have an opportunity to get a closer view of the agricultural and conservation-related research conducted at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center by taking free bus tours covering portions of the more than 2,000-acre facility.

Annalyse Kehs, right, a Penn State biological engineering major, shows Kenyan farmers how a smart phone app can help manage crop health.   Image: Courtesy of Annalyse Kehs
July 9, 2019

Coming from the small town of Limeport, near Allentown, a young Annalyse Kehs may not have thought much about international agriculture or feeding the world. But thanks to a project called PlantVillage, the Penn State rising senior not only is helping to address world hunger but is relishing the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Kenya and Rome to interact with farmers, researchers and policymakers.

As part of the capstone class for the international agriculture minor, Penn State students traveled to Washington, D.C., where they networked with people working in the field, including program alum Ben Bianco, center. From left are Abby Seeley, Madeline Winn, Abbey Martin, Clara Good, Camilla Ma, Ben Bianco, Haley Stauffer, Christina Couch, Hannah Ranalli, Paulina Oleinik, Laken Bankert, Ashlin Brooks, Chloe Boughton, Kaleigh Raia and Noel Habashy, instructor and program adviser in the Office of International Programs.   Image: Ben Bianco
July 3, 2019

More than a dozen Penn State students had a unique opportunity during a visit to Washington, D.C., this past spring to learn about current issues in international agriculture from those working in the sector.

This sequence of photos shows what happens to green ash trees over several years from the time they are infested by emerald ash borers. The death spiral occurs after adult beetles lay eggs on their bark. When the eggs hatch, the larvae bore into the bark and feed on the transportation tissues of the tree. This disrupts the movement of nutrients and water within the tree, girdling it and causing death.   Image: John Carlson/Penn State
July 3, 2019

Genes in green ash trees that may confer some resistance to attacks by the emerald ash borer express themselves only once the tree detects the invasive beetle's feeding, according to Penn State researchers.

Jessica Briggs, of Erie, who is majoring in environmental resource management with a focus in water science, is a recipient of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship.   Image: Jessica Briggs
July 3, 2019

Jessica Briggs, a junior in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship this spring.

July 1, 2019

Complete streets that work for everyone who uses them will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon July 17.

Wild ramps, like the ones pictured here, grow in and around wooded areas of Pennsylvania. A team of researchers, including Penn State Beaver biology professor Dr. Sarah Nilson, are studying the plants to determine if they should be considered a vulnerable species.   Image: Dr. Sarah Nilson / Penn State Beaver
July 1, 2019

Penn State Beaver Professor of Biology Sarah Nilson and a team of researchers are working to determine if wild ramps that grow in Pennsylvania should be considered a vulnerable species.

A new addition to the Equine Experience at Ag Progress Days this year is Bear Hill Horse Logging, which specializes in low-impact timber management, selective harvests and wetlands logging.    Image: Steve Perrine
July 1, 2019

The Equine Experience at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days is a highlight for equestrians of all ages and disciplines. During the three-day event, Aug. 13-15, visitors can attend breed demonstrations and clinics, interact with Penn State Equine Science faculty and staff, and learn more about horse health and care.