Lancaster Newspapers (via LancasterOnline): Chiques Creek, Conewago watershed in Lancaster County to undergo extensive cleanup effort

February 26, 2021

Lauren Shaffer, outreach specialist with the Agriculture and Environment Center, and Matt Royer, the center's director, discuss a program to assist landowners in implementing conservation measures that are helping to improve water quality in three Chesapeake Bay tributary watersheds. Similar coverage of the program also appeared in Lancaster Farming.

New York Times: The coronavirus is threatening a comeback. Here’s how to stop it.

February 25, 2021

If new variants of the coronavirus continue to evolve after the pandemic, "we won’t have useless vaccines," says Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology. "We might have slightly less good vaccines than we have at the moment."

Futurity: Noisy natural gas equipment harms bird reproduction

February 25, 2021

This story quotes Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Julian Avery, associate research professor of wildlife ecology and conservation, about their recently published study.

Lancaster Farming: Nutrient and salt accumulation can be problematic in high tunnels

February 25, 2021

This story quotes Laura Kaminsky, doctoral candidate in plant pathology, and mentions Terrence Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes.

Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Like a horror movie’ -- Caterpillar silences tomato’s cry for help, Penn State scientists find

February 24, 2021

Po-An Lin, doctoral candidate in entomology, and Gary Felton, professor and head of entomology, comment on a study they recently published.

Bradford Era: Smell-check cards help call attention to common COVID-19 symptom

February 24, 2021

John Hayes, professor of food science and director of the Sensory Evaluation Center, discusses smell-check cards distributed as part of the "Stop. Smell. Be Well." campaign to raise awareness of the link between smell loss and COVID-19.

New York Times: A new coronavirus variant is spreading in New York, researchers report

February 24, 2021

This story quotes Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes. Similar coverage appeared in The Hill.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Philly weather went from snow and ice to 56 degrees in just two days. It’s that time of year.

February 24, 2021

Emelie Swackhamer, horticulture extension educator, comments on how snow and ice affect landscape plants.

Lancaster Newspapers (via LancasterOnline): PA's mushrooms pack a nutritional punch; here's how to preserve them

February 24, 2021

This column, written by Stacy Reed, food safety and nutrition extension educator, quotes Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch, horticulture extension educator, and highlights the "Home Food Preservation" webinar series.

Bradford Era: National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 23, 2021

This article, which focuses on the spotted lanternfly, was authored by Katie Schmidt, forestry extension educator.

CNET.com: States couldn't afford to wait for the FCC's broadband maps to improve. So they didn't

February 23, 2021

This article quotes Harry Crissy, extension educator in business and community vitality, about Penn State Extension's role in the effort to expand broadband internet coverage in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Looking to provide ‘support my generation didn’t have’ Penn State alum gifts $1M to LGBTQIA student center

February 23, 2021

This story highlights a gift from college alumnus Jeffrey Conrad.

Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter: Smelling your morning coffee could be a way to make sure you don't have COVID

February 23, 2021

Studies suggest that between half and three-quarters of people with COVID-19 abruptly lose their sense of smell, sometimes in the absence of or before other symptoms, says John Hayes, professor of food science and director of the Sensory Evaluation Center. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

Hoard's Dairyman: Help your employees hear you

February 22, 2021

Marcela Martinez, research technologist in veterinary and biomedical sciences, Adrian Barragan, assistant research professor and extension veterinarian, and Lisa Holden, associate professor of dairy science, offer advice for dairy producers to communicate effectively with their employees.

WeAreCentralPa.com (WTAJ-TV, Altoona): Penn State study -- PA at highest hunger levels since beginning of pandemic

February 21, 2021

More than one in 10 households in Pennsylvania sometimes or often didn’t have enough food to eat last year, says Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. Similar coverage appeared in the Bradford Era, Lewistown Sentinel and Morning Ag Clips.

Morning Ag Clips: Schmidt named County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania Fellow

February 21, 2021

This story quotes Cristy Schmidt, applied research educator in the Center for Economic and Community Development, and Brent Hales, director of Penn State Extension.

Bradford Era: 'Bee' kind this year by planting a pollinator garden

February 20, 2021

This article features Penn State Extension recommendations for pollinator-friendly gardening.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: How to create a green habitat for pollinators and wildlife

February 19, 2021

This column was authored by Penn State Master Gardener Dianne Machesney.

Phys.org: Unique study of isolated bobcat population confirms accuracy of extinction model

February 19, 2021

Duane Diefenbach, adjunct professor of wildlife ecology, comments on recently published research that he co-led. Similar coverage appeared in Science Daily, Science Codex and Morning Ag Clips.

The Science Times: Natural gas compressor noise impacts songbirds’ reproductive success

February 18, 2021

Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Julian Avery, associate research professor of wildlife ecology and conservation, describe their study, which found that bluebirds and tree swallows nesting in noisy boxes spent less time incubating their eggs, had fewer eggs hatch and produced fewer young than their neighbors nesting in quiet boxes. Similar coverage appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News (PennLive.com) and Morning Ag Clips.

Morning Ag Clips: Upon retirement, Arboretum's founding director leaves growing legacy

February 18, 2021

This article commemorating the retirement of Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology and director of The Arboretum at Penn State, also quotes Dean Rick Roush, President Eric Barron and Provost Nick Jones.

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners meeting turns into a bunny hop

February 18, 2021

This coverage of a Bucks County Commissioners meeting quotes Sarah Gregory, 4-H extension educator, and features several 4-H members who were unable to show their rabbits at the Pennsylvania Farm Show because of the show's move to a virtual event.

Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.: The coronavirus may not be able to mutate beyond control

February 17, 2021

This article quotes Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes.

On the Farm Radio newsletter: Beekeeping is big business in U.S.

February 16, 2021

“Our study showcases the increasing importance of pollinators to supporting U.S. agricultural systems, particularly for the foods that are vital for healthy diets,” says Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research. Similar coverage appeared in the National Science Foundation news blog.

Bedford Gazette: Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

February 16, 2021

This story features research conducted by Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology, and Fei Jiang, a recent soil science doctoral degree graduate.

AZoLifeSciences.com: Rebuilding soil microbiomes becomes challenging in high- tunnel soils with salt and nitrogen

February 12, 2021

This story quotes Laura Kaminsky, doctoral candidate in plant pathology, and Terrence Bell, assistant professor of phytobiomes.

Lancaster Farming: Setting up online sales for long-term success

February 12, 2021

John Wodehouse, Maria Graziani and Anne Miller, business management extension educators, and Lynn Kime, senior extension associate in agricultural economics, offer advice for producers in establishing and maintaining profitable online sales and delivery operations.

Futurity: Summer weather sways honey bees' winter survival

February 11, 2021

Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology, and colleagues explain their study, which found that honey bee winter survival is strongly influenced by summer weather conditions in the previous year. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips.

Morning Ag Clips: Changing cropping systems in impaired watersheds can produce water quality gains

February 10, 2021

Patrick Drohan, associate professor of pedology, and Fei Jiang, a recent soil science doctoral degree graduate, describe their recently published research.

Lancaster Farming: Choosing and using eggs -- How to determine fertilization or freshness

February 10, 2021

This coverage of two Penn State Extension webinars held during the virtual Pennsylvania Farm Show quotes poultry extension educators Emily Shoop and Gregory Martin.

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