Lancaster Farming: Artificial insemination helps beef producers stay ahead of the competition

April 30, 2021

Tara Felix, assistant professor of animal science and extension beef specialist, says demand for AI services from the beef industry has been increasing 6% to 8% annually.

Allegheny Front (Pittsburgh-based public media program): Changing what it means to be a 'strong farmer' by prioritizing mental health

April 30, 2021

Cythina Pollich, extension associate and parenting and Better Kid Care educator, talks about the Mental Health First Aid program.

Allegheny Front (Pittsburgh-based public media program): Spotted lanternflies are about to hatch. Learn how to make a trap for this invasive insect.

April 28, 2021

Emelie Swackhamer, horticulture extension educator, offers tips for trapping spotted lanternflies.

NJ Advance Media via 2021 cicadas -- When is the big Brood X cicada swarm coming?

April 28, 2021

Amy Korman, entomology and horticulture extension educator, talks about this year's emergence of periodical cicadas. Innovative university platform monitors pests and predicts problems

April 28, 2021

This story quotes Scott Isard, professor of plant pathology, about his leadership in developing the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education, or iPiPE. Similar coverage also appeared in Oklahoma Farm Report and Morning Ag Clips.

Forbes: 17-year cicadas are coming - NASA and meteorology could tell us when

April 27, 2021

This article cites, and links to, an extension fact sheet on periodical cicadas originally written by Greg Hoover, retired senior extension associate in entomology, and updated and heavily revised by Michael Skvarla, assistant research professor of arthropod identification.

Somerset Daily American: It's ramp season, here's what you need to know

April 26, 2021

Eric Burkhart, associate teaching professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, talks about harvesting wild ramps and his research into the sustainability of the forest plant. This story also appeared in the Erie Times-News.

New York Times: There is a lot of fungus among us

April 24, 2021

This story, which also appeared in several web news outlets, quotes Josh Lambert, professor of food science and co-director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health.

Insider: Remote students at Colgate University started receiving vacuum-sealed pizza in the mail - and now TikTok wants to know if it's safe to eat

April 23, 2021

Martin Bucknavage, senior food safety extension associate food science, comments for this story.

Vet Candy: Tool can provide swine producers with early diagnosis of often-fatal 'Strep zoo'

April 23, 2021

The bacterium that causes "Strep zoo" presents a diagnostic challenge because virulent strains are largely indistinguishable from benign strains, says Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences.

Onward State: Flower arranging class brings beauty, style, & technique to Penn State

April 23, 2021

This story features Kathy Shumac, research support technologist in plant sciences.

Seed World: Climate-smart ag strategies may cut nitrous oxide emissions from corn production

April 23, 2021

Heather Karsten, associate professor of crop production/ecology, and Maria Ponce de Leon, former graduate student in Karsten’s research group, discuss their recently published study. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

American Agriculturist: Penn State receives grant to update Beescape tool

April 23, 2021

There is tremendous interest in developing effective strategies to manage landscapes to support bees and the ecosystem services they provide, says Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology. This story also appeared in Seed Today.

Farm and Dairy: Circle trap works to destroy spotted lanternflies

April 22, 2021

Emelie Swackhamer, horticulture extension educator, explains the best methods for trapping and managing spotted lanternflies. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips, the Harrisburg Patriot-News (via, the Morrisons Cove Herald and the Carlisle Sentinel.

Daily Collegian: New Penn State cannabis class a ‘gateway’ to plant science department, new career paths

April 21, 2021

This story quotes Louis Bengyella, assistant research professor in plant science, John Kaminski, professor of turfgrass science and associate head of the Department of Plant Science, and Alyssa Collins, associate research professor of plant pathology and director of the Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

Golf Course Industry: Penn State study -- Poa annua remembers being mowed

April 19, 2021

This story quotes Dave Huff, professor of turfgrass breeding and genetics, and Chis Benson, doctoral candidate in plant science. Similar coverage appeared in the National Tribune (Australia), Morning Ag Clips, Seed Today and the Latrobe Bulletin.

WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Albany, New York: Mapping the classroom as community

April 17, 2021

This installment in WAMC's "Academic Minute" series features Justine Lindemann, assistant professor in community development and resilience.

The Engineering Edge podcast: The everyday tech keeping bees buzzing

April 17, 2021

Just past the 20-minute mark of this podcast, Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, explains how an app called Broodminder is used in evaluating the effects of landscape characteristics on bee health.

The Southern Illinoisan: Real Green People -- SIU's Charles Ruffner passes on his passion for forestry, fire

April 16, 2021

This article features Southern Illinois University faculty member Charles Ruffner, a Penn State forestry alumnus who says his research was influenced by Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology in the college.

New Hampshire Public Radio: Ask Sam -- Why are there crop circles on my lawn?

April 16, 2021

Pete Landschoot, professor of turfgrass science and extension turf specialist, explains the occurrence of "fairy rings" in lawns.

Bradford Era: USDA grant to support expansion of online tool for bee conservation

April 16, 2021

Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology, talks about plans to use funding from USDA-NIFA to expand the online tool. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

WHYY-FM, Philadelphia, "Radio Times": Getting back to the garden

April 16, 2021

Among the guests on this program is Erin Kinley, area Master Gardener coordinator.

Daily Mail (U.K.): Can eating chocolate help you to LOSE weight? Substituting cocoa for other snacks could help obese people to drop the pounds, study claims

April 15, 2021

Josh Lambert, professor of food science, talks about his recently published research. Similar coverage appeared in the New York Post, Futurity, ScienceBlog, and Morning Ag Clips.

Progressive Farmer: DTN retail fertilizer trends

April 14, 2021

This article about high fertilizer prices quotes Charlie White, assistant professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, from an article he wrote about soil testing and crop nutrient requirements.

Daily Local News, West Chester: Rep. Houlahan vows to eradicate spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania

April 13, 2021

This coverage of a media event in Kennett Square quotes Dean Rick Roush, and related stories also appeared in The Mercury (Pottstown), the Phoenix Reporter & Item (Phoenixville) and Pennsylvania Business Report. Similar coverage in the Unionville Times quoted Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology.

Allentown Morning Call: If you see foresters cutting down trees on South Mountain, here’s why

April 12, 2021

David Jackson, forest resources extension educator, explains how selective cutting of timber can help in forest management.

Roanoke (Va.) Times: Homestead Creamery looks to cows' genes to broaden milk's appeal

April 10, 2021

In a story that also appeared in the Martinsville (Va.) Bulletin, Chad Dechow, associate professor of dairy cattle genetics, explains the science behind the trend toward A2 milk.

Centre Daily Times, State College: Want to turn your yard into a pollinator-friendly habitat? Penn State Master Gardeners can help

April 10, 2021

This story quotes Connie Schmotzer, coordinator of the Pollinator Garden Certification Program and former consumer horticulture extension educator, and Shari Edelson, director of operations at The Arboretum at Penn State.

Altoona Mirror: Pa. sees drop in farmland acreage

April 10, 2021

This story cites a report created by the Center for Economic and Community Development in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

WFMZ-TV (69News), Allentown: Experts discuss what to expect as spotted lanternfly season approaches

April 9, 2021

Emelie Swackhamer, horticulture extension educator, provides an update on efforts to manage SLF populations

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