General Assembly maintains Penn State's funding levels for 2020-21 fiscal year

May 28, 2020

The Pennsylvania General Assembly today (May 28) passed a partial state budget that maintains Penn State’s current funding levels for the entire 2020-21 fiscal year. This includes level funding of $242.1 million for Penn State’s general support appropriation, $54.96 million for Penn State Agricultural Research and Extension, and $26.74 million for Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Grant to support study on generalist microorganisms in agricultural systems

May 28, 2020

Terrence Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received a $480,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study generalist microorganisms in agricultural systems.

Plant pathologists at Penn State to aid investigation into lettuce disease

May 28, 2020

Plant pathologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are lending their expertise to a multi-institutional research project designed to stop a destructive bacterial disease in lettuce.

'The Investment' student startup TV show taping to take place virtually

May 27, 2020

For the past three years, WPSU, Penn State University Park’s local NPR affiliate station, and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) have collaborated to host the statewide Inc.U undergraduate student startup competition. The competition culminates in the six finalists competing head-to-head on the live “Shark Tank-style” TV show, "The Investment."

Changes in cropping methods, climate decoy pintail ducks into an ecological trap

May 26, 2020

After a severe drought gripped the Prairie Pothole Region of the U.S. and Canada in the 1980s, populations of almost all dabbling duck species that breed there have recovered. But not northern pintails. Now a new study by a team of researchers suggests why — they have been caught in an ecological trap.

Looking to buy local? Penn State Extension Farm Market Finder can help

May 26, 2020

The Farm Market Finder, an interactive tool developed by Penn State Extension, is aimed at helping Pennsylvania consumers find farmers markets in their area.

Researchers examine climate change perception among specialty-crop producers

May 26, 2020

Farmers whose operations have been impacted negatively by changing precipitation patterns — either too much or not enough water — are more likely to acknowledge the link between extreme weather conditions and climate change. That is one of the findings of a study examining farmers’ perceptions of resource availability and climate change, published recently in Organization and the Environment.

Penn State Extension webinar series helps business owners adjust retail model

May 26, 2020

A webinar series from Penn State Extension, “Refining the Retail New Normal,” explores ways for business owners to adjust their retail model for comfortable and safe shopping experiences for their customers.

Battling disease with ultraviolet light

May 26, 2020

Bill Bahnfleth, co-principal investigator (PI) and professor of architectural engineering, is joining co-PI Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, to study the ability of optical radiation to disinfect surfaces and reduce transmission of viruses.

Breath of fresh air: Environmental student’s internship fixes on climate action

May 20, 2020

Leaving her footprint on the natural world — in a reduced-carbon kind of way — has been a long-held aspiration for Sarah Schanwald. The recent Penn State graduate, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental resource management from the College of Agricultural Sciences, is well on her way to doing that based on the strength of her experiences at the University.

Penn State Extension helping Pa. meat processors withstand COVID-19 outbreak

May 20, 2020

When Monica Hepler and her husband decided to take the “Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point for Meat and Poultry Processors” course offered by Penn State Extension a year ago, they had no idea, of course, that a global pandemic was coming.

New institute to help address complex food-energy-water-land challenges

May 20, 2020

The seed for Penn State’s Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science was planted well before the COVID-19 outbreak. The concept had been growing in the College of Agricultural Sciences for about two years when the pandemic emerged.

International agriculture minor to celebrate anniversary with virtual reunion

May 19, 2020

Since 1985, students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have gained a larger world view through participation in the international agriculture minor.

Penn State Extension offers interactive map to aid broadband providers

May 19, 2020

An interactive map unveiled recently by Penn State Extension — and created in consultation with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission — will help internet service providers as they prepare to bid on projects to expand broadband services to unserved regions in Pennsylvania.

StoryMap project shines light on Pennsylvania's vulnerable communities

May 18, 2020

Researchers in the Center for Economic and Community Development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have developed an online StoryMap, titled "Vulnerable Pennsylvanians in the Context of a Pandemic," that they hope will facilitate engagement and help communities become stronger in the wake of COVID-19.

Three honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

May 15, 2020

Three individuals have received the Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Food scientists receive College of Ag Sciences award for research innovation

May 15, 2020

Food scientists Gregory Ziegler and Joshua Lambert are the 2020 recipients of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.

Penn State participates in virtual social science advocacy day

May 14, 2020

Penn State researchers met virtually with members of Congress and their staff during COSSA’s sixth annual Social Science Advocacy Day.

Ag Sciences' CED major adds 'social and environmental responsibility' option

May 14, 2020

Students majoring in community, environment, and development in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences can add a new option to reflect a growing interest in corporate responsibility. The social and environmental responsibility option takes effect in the fall 2020 semester.

Online network launches to open bottlenecks in Pennsylvania’s food supply chain

May 14, 2020

An online network that connects producers, suppliers, processors and workers along Pennsylvania’s food supply chain was launched today by Penn State to minimize bottlenecks and avoid breakdowns that lead to food shortages.

Physics graduate student coordinates hundreds of local mask makers

May 14, 2020

The State College Mask Makers group, which is led by physics graduate student Rachael Huxford and contains more than 50 members of the Penn State community, has donated more than 2,500 cloth masks to families and small businesses in Centre County during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Equine program celebrates successful online quarter horse sale

May 14, 2020

Despite having only a few weeks to shift an in-person auction to an online event, the 18th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale was a smashing success, organizers said. Twelve horses sold for approximately $94,700, giving this sale the highest average sale price per horse in the program’s history.

Strategies for engaging older adults in this era of 'social distancing'

May 14, 2020

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, it is unfortunate that older adults, many of whom already experience more than their fair share of social isolation, are facing social distancing, according to a Penn State expert.

Richart named outstanding senior by College of Agricultural Sciences

May 13, 2020

Olivia Richart is the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award for the 2019-20 academic year in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Surviving Social Distancing

May 13, 2020

For many of us, especially older adults, one of the biggest challenges of COVID-19 is coping with the isolation that can result from social distancing. Matt Kaplan, an expert on intergenerational engagement, talks about how to connect—and why we should—even when we can't get together in person.

Tips for finding local meats offered by Penn State Extension livestock expert

May 11, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted supply chains and sickened many workers in meat-processing plants across the country, resulting in a reduced selection in grocery store meat cases. Consumers living in or near rural areas instead may look to local farms that raise meat-producing animals.

Penn State Extension promotes youth leadership in enhancing community health

May 11, 2020

Three Pennsylvania communities are working to develop youth leadership, enhance local food systems and create healthier populations through a project led by Penn State Extension and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Penn State Creamery to reopen today for same-day curbside pickup

May 11, 2020

Here is a bit of sweet news — the Penn State Berkey Creamery is reopening today (May 11) for same-day, curbside pickup.

Tracking spread, testing traps are focus of spotted lanternfly study in Altoona

May 10, 2020

Assessing the potential spread of the spotted lanternfly in the Altoona area is the focus of a study underway by scientists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Smeal's supply chain experts support COVID-19 response initiatives

May 8, 2020

Smeal's supply chain and information systems experts have provided invaluable contributions to state and national COVID-19 response efforts.

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