College in the Media

A sampling of recent media coverage and mentions of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension appearing in print, online, and over the airwaves. Some links may require a log-in or may expire.

Sep 19, 2020

Reading Eagle: Those webs in the trees are relatively harmless webworms, not a comeback of gypsy moths

This article quotes Beth Finlay, Master Gardener area coordinator. [more]

Lebanon Daily News: 'They're just everywhere.' Lebanon grapples with infestation of spotted lanternflies

Penn State Master Gardener Casey Clauser and Extension Associate Heather Leach offer advice for homeowners on dealing with spotted lanternfly infestations. [more]

Lancaster Farming: Dry summer hurts silage yields

This article quotes Casey Guindon, field and forage crops extension educator. [more]

Gettysburg Connection: “Canning lids are the new toilet paper” -- Learn to eat safely and nutritiously with Lynn James

In this podcast, Lynn James, senior extension educator on the Food, Families and Health and the Food Safety and Quality teams, talks about how to find and safely preserve nutritious foods, as well as how to avoid and control diabetes. [more]

Morning Ag Clips: Penn State Extension teaching biosecurity best practices to young producers

Elizabeth Hines, assistant professor of animal science and extension swine specialist, and Capri Stiles, 4-H extension educator, explain the online Biosecurity Challenge and the importance of teaching youth about biosecurity best practices. This story also appeared in the DuBois Courier Express. [more]

Lancaster Farming: Penn State to start butcher school

Jonathan Campbell, associate professor of animal science and extension meat specialist, and Dan Brockett, community development extension educator, talk about how the new Penn State Butcher School can help support the state's meat industry and local meat processors. [more]

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via Invasive shrubs use longer leaf period to muscle in on native species

“Eastern North America is the recipient of more invasive shrub species into natural areas than any other geographic region of the world,” says Erynn Maynard-Bean, postdoc in ecosystem science and management, in reference to her study, conducted under the guidance of Margot Kaye, associate professor of forest ecology. [more]

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Dry conditions affecting harvest sizes, foliage

This article quotes Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology. [more]

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via Spotted lanternfly expert warns of dangers of popular insect trap

Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology, says the most effective trap for spotted lanternflies is a funnel-style trap, known as a circle trap, that wraps around the trunks of trees. Similar coverage appeared in the Easton Express-Times, Huntingdon Daily News, Tyrone Daily Herald, and Farm and Dairy. [more]

American Agriculturist: Be on lookout for soybean sudden death syndrome

Alyssa Collins, associate research professor of field crop pathology and director of the Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center, offers tips for diagnosing and avoiding soybean sudden death syndrome. [more]

The Cattle Site: New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programs

Vivek Kapur, professor of microbiology and infectious diseases and Huck Distinguished Chair in Global Health, comments on recently published research. [more]

Somerset Daily American: Trees and dry conditions

This column was authored by Allyson Muth, assistant research professor of private forests management and interim director of the Center for Private Forests. [more]

Lancaster Farming: Poultry industry is looking to hire

In this coverage of a recent webinar, Paul Patterson, professor of poultry science, and Phillip Clauer, assistant teaching professor of poultry science and 4-H youth poultry program coordinator, talk about career opportunities in the poultry industry. [more]

Hazleton Standard-Speaker: Spotted lanternflies encroach on Weatherly area

Entomology Extension Associate Heather Leach offers advice on how homeowners can deal with spotted lanternfly infestations. This story also appeared in [more]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Spotted lanternfly reports surge statewide with confirmed cases in Allegheny County

Catching SLF infestations when they are small and localized -- as they are so far in Allegheny County -- is the only time when eradication is possible, says Heather Leach, entomology extension associate. [more]

Vet Candy: Reducing transmission risk of livestock disease

Ottar Bjørnstad, distinguished professor of entomology and biology and J. Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology, talks about a recent study on which he was a co-author. [more]

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via Fall foliage expert offers bleak outlook for some of Pennsylvania this fall

Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology, explains why this year's fall foliage season might be less vibrant than in most years. [more]

Lock Haven Express: Penn State black walnut trial turns 40 years old

Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology and director of The Arboretum at Penn State, and Laura Leites, associate research professor of quantitative forest ecology, talk about long-running research known as the Black Walnut Provenance Study. [more]

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via Trees’ ability to store carbon impacted from deep underground

Margot Kaye, associate professor of forest ecology, and Warren Reed, doctoral candidate in ecology, comment on their recently published research. [more]

Much coverage of the College of Agricultural Sciences is initiated or assisted by media relations and outreach efforts of the college's Communications and Marketing group.

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