Tips for farmers market vendors to help minimize coronavirus transmission

April 2, 2020

Operators of farmers markets should consider the possibility that the COVID-19 outbreak may continue to be a threat well into the summer and should develop a plan to help safeguard their customers and employees, according to Penn State Extension experts.

Extension educators offer tips on managing spring spotted-lanternfly egg hatch

April 2, 2020

The hatch of spotted lanternfly egg masses likely will begin in mid- to late-April in southern counties, with northern counties to follow soon after, noted Beth Finlay, Master Gardener area coordinator for Penn State Extension.

Potential link between COVID-19 and loss of smell, taste to be explored

April 1, 2020

When Caela Camazine realized that she had suddenly lost her ability to taste and smell on March 17, she thought it was “really weird” because she was not congested.

Penn State announces Peace Corps Prep certificate program

April 1, 2020

Globally minded students can apply to earn a certificate, competitive edge

With youth at home, families urged to use caution on their farms

March 31, 2020

Spring is always a busy time on the family farm, but this year is presenting unique challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an agricultural safety specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

China’s control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases

March 31, 2020

China’s control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers. The findings, published today (March 31) in the journal Science, could be useful to countries that are still in early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Organic soybean producers can be competitive using little or no tillage

March 30, 2020

Organic soybean producers using no-till and reduced-tillage production methods that incorporate cover crops — strategies that protect soil health and water quality — can achieve similar yields at competitive costs compared to tillage-based production.

Helping families as service members transition from military to civilian life

March 30, 2020

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State is part of a diverse team assisting the U.S. Department of Defense’s Military Family and Community Policy to provide better outcomes for military families whose service members are leaving the military, through the development of their Military Spouse Transition Program.

Deadline extended for survey of farm conservation practices

March 27, 2020

The deadline for farmers in Lancaster, York, Franklin and Adams counties to respond to a survey documenting conservation practices installed on their farms has been extended by a month, to May 1, due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ziegler recognized with 2020 Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award

March 27, 2020

Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

Penn State announces 2020 University-wide faculty and staff awards

March 27, 2020

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. These awards highlight many of the faculty and staff who go above and beyond.

Drinking water considered safe from the novel coronavirus

March 26, 2020

Experts around the world agree that drinking water is not a source of the novel coronavirus causing the global COVID-19 pandemic, so that should be one less thing for stressed-out Pennsylvania residents to worry about, according to a Penn State Extension educator.

Researchers mobilize to study COVID-19 from multiple angles

March 26, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, researchers across Penn State are searching for solutions that may save lives, thanks to a multi-institute seed-grant fund. On March 3, these institutes, led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, launched a lightning-quick  call for research proposals  aimed at funding research with the potential to significantly and rapidly improve human health outcomes. So far, researchers in 21 departments and across seven colleges have been awarded $1.2 million. New proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Do your sheep and goats have ID tags? Because of scrapie, they must be traceable

March 25, 2020

In Pennsylvania, producers are required to identify their sheep and goats with an official scrapie identification method before moving them off their farms. That’s important now that lambing and kidding season is in full swing, according to a Penn State Extension educator.

Penn State Extension, College of Ag Sciences 'open' virtually for business

March 25, 2020

The ever-evolving, novel coronavirus situation has prompted additional changes to Penn State Extension programming and operations across Pennsylvania, as well as other public services offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences. However, college officials stress that the college's research will continue in support of Pennsylvania agriculture, the state's food system and the well-being of citizens in the commonwealth.

Health services and programs being used by post-9/11 veterans

March 25, 2020

A new Penn State-led study found that veterans from the most junior enlisted ranks who screened positive for a mental health problem were significantly less likely to use a healthcare program of any kind.

New study identifies which veterans are using programs to gain employment

March 23, 2020

Compared to veterans of other wars, those who have served since 9/11 have the highest unemployment rate, particularly among young male veterans, according to researchers at Penn State.

Ag Advocates encourage participation in Penn State Virtual Ag Week 2020

March 23, 2020

With the cancellation of Ag Day due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ag Advocates in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences faced a problem — how could they laud the achievements of the college, its 40 student organizations and the agricultural industry and keep with social distancing? Their solution — Penn State Virtual Ag Week 2020 — begins today and continues through Friday.

Experts: Continuity of food system critical during COVID-19 pandemic

March 19, 2020

Maintaining a stable food supply in the United States is critical in the battle against the novel coronavirus. And that means each sector of the food supply chain must take measures to ensure that they can continue to operate, according to food scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Pesticide seed coatings are widespread but underreported

March 17, 2020

Pesticide-coated seeds — such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects — are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers. The lack of data may complicate efforts to evaluate the value of different pest management strategies, while also protecting human health and the environment.

Wattses continue their lifelong dedication to philanthropy through a scholarship

March 17, 2020

Penn State alumna Laura Loder Watts, a 1979 graduate in animal production, and her husband, Randy, are no strangers to philanthropy, having given their time and money generously through the years to causes and groups meaningful to them. The couple has pledged a $250,000 estate gift to establish a scholarship in animal science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Extension offers tractor-safety instructor training online

March 17, 2020

Penn State Extension is offering an online course for adults interested in teaching and certifying safe tractor and machinery operation practices to youth working in agriculture.

High oleic acid soybeans offer benefits to dairy cows, farmers, research shows

March 17, 2020

Roasted soybeans are a common ingredient in the diets of Pennsylvania dairy cows because they are a great source of fat and protein — including protein that escapes the rumen. Farm-grown and locally available soybeans and on-farm or local roasting make soybeans an economical ingredient in many situations.

Berkey Creamery closes retail store until further notice; online sales continue

March 16, 2020

Given the nation’s, Pennsylvania’s and the University’s focus on social distancing in helping to combat coronavirus to protect our community, Penn State’s Berkey Creamery is closing its retail store on campus until further notice.

Penn State Extension adapts, remains a resource during coronavirus pandemic

March 12, 2020

The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, known as COVID-19, has disrupted the operations of businesses, governments and other organizations across the country, including Penn State. But Penn State Extension, the educational outreach arm of the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue to fulfill its mission during this unprecedented time, according to its statewide director, Brent Hales.

Penn State Berkey Creamery Flavor Madness bounces back to Happy Valley

March 12, 2020

What is this year’s No. 1 Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream flavor? Flavor Madness returns this month to ask ice cream lovers that very question.

'Sustainable intensification' of cropping systems good for farmers, environment

March 12, 2020

By diversifying their crop rotations to create conditions that promote beneficial, predatory insects to combat pests, farmers can reduce their reliance on insecticides to control early-season crop pests, such as caterpillars, and still produce competitive yields of corn and soybeans.

Immunology and Infectious Disease student offers a new vision of agriculture

March 12, 2020

With an eye on her future, Marissa Moran, a junior majoring in Immunology and Infectious Disease in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, plans to become an optometrist.

Safe pest management in schools and childcare facilities is focus of manual

March 11, 2020

The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program, a collaboration between Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, has developed the book, “IPM for Pennsylvania Schools and Childcares: A How-To Manual.”

Listening to your gut: A powerful new tool on the microbiome and cell metabolism

March 11, 2020

Many aspects of our lives — not only the presence or absence of certain diseases, but conditions like obesity, sleep patterns, even mood — may be determined, to a surprising extent, by the microbes living inside of us. Patterson, Tombros Early Career Professor and professor of molecular toxicology at Penn State, is using one of the newer and more promising of these technologies, called metabolomics, to learn about the microbiome of the human gut.

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