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Kerry Kaylegian, assistant research professor of dairy foods and extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers New World Chapter on July 28 in a ceremony held in association with the American Cheese Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh. 
August 21, 2018

Kerry Kaylegian, assistant research professor of dairy foods and extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers New World Chapter on July 28 in a ceremony held in association with the American Cheese Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.

As campus ambassador for Agricultural Future of America, Dylan Schoemaker helps foster the relationship between the organization often referred to as AFA — a national group that provides personal and professional development programs to college students and young professionals in agriculture — and the College of Agricultural Sciences.
August 20, 2018

Dylan Schoemaker's desire to grow as a student and a leader served as the springboard for him to dive into the many opportunities provided through Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. One of those pursuits is his appointment as campus ambassador for Agricultural Future of America.

The Susquehanna River, seen here in Bradford County, runs past thousands of Pennsylvania farms on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
August 20, 2018

Nutrient pollution is a major issue affecting water quality around the world: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names it “one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems.” The Chesapeake Bay, with some 64,000 square miles of land draining into a shallow, narrow body of water just 200 miles long, is in some respects a worst-case scenario. Over the last 10 years, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has taken a lead role in solving this problem.

The upcoming Science on Tap discussion will focus on consumer behavior and ice cream.
August 17, 2018

Alyssa Bakke, a staff sensory scientist in the Department of Food Science who has expertise in food choice and consumer behavior, will be speaking at August's Science on Tap event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the Liberty Craft House in State College.

About a serving of white button mushrooms a day changed the microbiota of mice, producing short chain fatty acids that help manage glucose production. The researchers now want to see whether this reaction works in humans, too, because it could create new ways to help treat and manage diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
August 16, 2018

Researchers showed that feeding white button mushrooms to mice changed the composition of gut microbes to produce more short chain fatty acids, specifically propionate from succinate. Previous research has shown that succinate and propionate can change the expression of genes needed to manage glucose production. A better understanding this connection between mushrooms and gut microbes in mice could one day pave the way for new diabetes treatments and prevention strategies for people.

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August 16, 2018

A National Science Foundation-funded Penn State project will evaluate the accuracy of using Twitter data to represent populations across different demographic groups.

August 15, 2018

Marcellus Shale landowner coalitions — their form, function and impact — will be the topic of a one-hour, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
August 13, 2018

Penn State will be well-represented at the 2018 Conference and Expo of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) on Oct. 2–5 in Pittsburgh.

August 10, 2018

Managing stormwater will be the topic of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension at noon on Aug. 15.

In her newly created and endowed position, Maria Spencer will support the college’s researchers and inventors through the technology-commercialization process and foster productive relationships between the college and industry.
August 10, 2018

Maria Spencer has joined the Entrepreneurship & Innovation team in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as the first John and Patty Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence. Her role in the newly created and endowed position is to support the college’s researchers and inventors through the technology-commercialization process and to foster productive relationships between the college and industry.

In the last five years there has been a fourfold increase in the amount of beef coming from fed Holstein cattle. The results of  the Calf-fed Holsteins Reared for Beef Demonstration Project, lead by Penn State Extension — which can be seen at Ag Progress Days — will show Pennsylvania dairy farmers how to ramp up their participation in the beef market.
August 10, 2018

When Penn State Extension beef specialist Tara Felix started the Calf-fed Holsteins Reared for Beef Demonstration Project three years ago — a collaborative venture sponsored by the PA Beef Producers Working Group — she viewed the initiative as showing dairy farmers how to boost revenue from their operations.

Penn State Extension provides online and on-site education on home food preservation techniques. Sharon McDonald, senior extension educator and food safety specialist, center, is shown instructing a class at Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church.
August 10, 2018

Increasing interest in eating locally grown, fresh produce has led to renewed popularity of home food preservation, a practice that can help prevent food waste and save on family food budgets, according to Penn State Extension. If not done properly, however, the practice can lead to foodborne illness.

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment will hold a food-energy-water (FEW) workshop at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2018, in 321 HUB-Robeson Center.
August 9, 2018

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment will hold a food-energy-water workshop at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27, in 321 HUB-Robeson Center.

Using a newly developed method to deliver gene-editing material to the ovary of an adult mosquito, researchers disabled a gene that caused its offspring on the right to be born with white, rather than dark, eyes.
August 9, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A technology designed to improve CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mosquitoes and other arthropods succeeds with a high degree of efficiency, while eliminating the need for difficult microinjection of genetic material, according to researchers.

Hannah Hunsberger, a senior majoring in plant sciences, spent 10 days in Ireland studying agriculture there as part of an embedded course she took last spring.
August 9, 2018

Hannah Hunsberger, a senior majoring in plant sciences, traveled to Ireland this past spring as a student in an embedded course that examined how the country and its agriculture were affected by the Irish Potato Famine of 1845.

Large produce farms (those with annual sales of more than $500,000) were to begin complying with requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act in January of this year. Medium-sized farms (those with annual sales between $250,000 and $500,000) have until January of 2019, while smaller farms (annual sales between $25,000 and $250,000) have until January of 2020. 
August 9, 2018

In an effort to help produce growers comply with the new requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Penn State Extension has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on a new, voluntary program to conduct informal farm evaluations.

Trailcams have revolutionized the study of carnivores such as this jaguar. With the very low density of carnivores on the landscape and wide territories, monitoring their movement and behavior previously had been difficult and expensive. Researchers around the world often use the same models of cameras used by hunters and sportsmen.
August 8, 2018

Anywhere large-bodied mammalian carnivore species are present, other, smaller carnivores are less likely to occur, according to an international team of researchers that conducted the first global assessment of carnivore interactions using camera trap data.

Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia is known for its dry environment, high mountains, nomadic culture and animal-husbandry heritage.
August 6, 2018

Understanding the economic, health, behavioral and educational effects of labor migration on children is one aspect of a three-year, interdisciplinary research project that is being carried out by researchers in Penn State's Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Liberal Arts, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Health and Human Development, and Education.

Discussing concerns about the spotted lanternfly at a recent meeting in Reading are, from left, Ed Weaver, owner, Weaver's Orchard; Wayne Bender, executive director, Hardwoods Development Council (hidden); Brian Walsh, owner, Salix Springs Landscaping; Jenny Metz, vineyard manager, Maple Springs Winery; Greg Parra, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and Tracy Leskey, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service.
August 6, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences helped to assemble a multistate, interdisciplinary task force of more than 80 university, regulatory and agricultural industry representatives to fight the looming threat presented by the spotted lanternfly.

Penn State's Ag Progress days will take place Aug. 14-16 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs in Ferguson Township, Centre County.
August 6, 2018

Everything agriculture and more can be found at Penn State's Ag Progress days, which kicks off Aug. 14 and continues through Aug. 16 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs in Ferguson Township, Centre County.