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.

Nov 28, 2020 COVID-related unemployment hits people of color, women and older workers hardest

From February to October of this year, the rates of claims for unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania were highest for Black people, women, and workers age 65 and over, according to Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics. This story also appeared in Morning Ag Clips. [more]

The Citizen, Auburn, NY: Eco Talk -- Spotted lanternfly found in Ithaca

This story cites Penn State research and extension information. [more]

Nature World News: Biochar from agricultural waste products can adsorb contaminants in wastewater

Herschel Elliott, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, and Marlene Ndoun, doctoral candidate in agricultural and biological engineering, discuss recently published research. Similar coverage appeared in Morning Ag Clips. [more]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Point Park University among Pa. entities receiving $2 million in beer and wine grants

This story highlights state grants to support beer and wine production and marketing research projects, several of which involve the college. [more]

Morning Ag Clips: Penn State Ag Council announces 2020 leadership award recipients

This story quotes Gregg Robertson, Penn State Ag Council president. Similar coverage appeared in the Bradford Era. [more]

Yahoo News: Virus evolution could undermine a COVID-19 vaccine – but this can be stopped

Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, co-authored this article, which appeared originally in The Conversation. [more]

Good Fruit Grower: Pear potential in Pennsylvania

Don Seifrit, tree fruit extension educator, talks about rising interest among growers to experiment with high-density, disease-resistant pear varieties. [more]

Feedstuffs: Heavy metal exposure may worsen antibiotic resistance in dairy cows

Erika Ganda, assistant professor of food animal microbiomes, says if bacterial antimicrobial resistance is transferred via the food chain by milk or meat consumption, it would have substantial implications for human health. Similar coverage appeared in the Science Times and Morning Ag Clips. [more]

Hay & Forage Grower: Is hay marketing on par with your haymaking?

This article features hay marketing tips from Duane Miller, agronomy extension educator. [more]

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via Community solar energy will create jobs and help farmers in Pennsylvania

This op-ed cites a study led by Tim Kelsey, professor of ag economics and co-director of the Center for Economic and Community Development. [more]

Daily Collegian: Penn State Arboretum plants dead trees to 'snag' special visitors for future pollinator and bird garden

Kim Steiner, professor of forest biology and director of the Arboretum at Penn State, and Shari Edelson, Arboretum operations director, talk about the placement of "snag" trees designed to attract bird species, including raptors and other predators. [more]

Harrisburg Patriot-News (via Going home for the holidays? Here are five reasons not to

This editorial quotes Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences. [more]

Forbes: How entrepreneurship can thrive in small communities

This article cites research led by Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics. [more]

Daily Collegian: How the Penn State Arboretum operates in winter, fall

Arboretum staff members Kate Reeder, event and marketing coordinator, Kelly Oleynik, development assistant and volunteer coordinator, and Shari Edelson, director of operations, comment for this story. [more]

Science Daily: Golden ticket -- Researchers examine what consumers desire in chocolate products

Allison Brown, a food science doctoral candidate in the International Agriculture and Development dual-title degree program, and Helene Hopfer, assistant professor of food science, talk about their recently published study. Similar coverage appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News (, Science Codex,, Technology Networks, Study Finds and Morning Ag Clips. [more]

The Riverbank News, Oakdale, Calif.: How to field dress wild game properly and safely

This article quotes Martin Bucknavage, senior food safety extension associate. [more]

Morning Ag Clips: Arboretum at Penn State recognized as ‘A Great Place in Pa.’ by planning group

This story quotes Kim Steiner, director of the Arboretum and professor of forest biology. [more]

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: PSU experts explain how to handle lanternfly egg masses

Heather Leach, spotted lanternfly extension associate, Dennis Calvin, associate dean and director of special programs, and Greg Krawczyk, research associate professor of entomology, offer recommendations for eradicating SLF eggs. Similar coverage appeared in Farm and Dairy and the Reading Eagle. [more]

Daily Mail (U.K.): Vaccines will not be a 'silver bullet' to end Covid-19 immediately because millions of people won't get them and social distancing must stay for months while they are given out, report warns

The sidebar of this article quotes Andrew Read, Evan Pugh Professor of Biology and Entomology and director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, about how vaccine design can help slow vaccine resistance. [more]

American Agriculturist: Walk your grass fields for aphids now

John Tooker, professor of entomology, cautions growers to scout for aphids, which can acquire barley yellow dwarf virus in the fall, affecting spring crop health. [more]

Wired: A plan to save Appalachia's wild ginseng

Eric Burkhart, associate teaching professor in Ecosystem Science and Management, talks about forest farming of ginseng as a means to save the plant from extinction. [more]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: We crown the best bloomers in this corona summer

Authored by Master Gardener Carol Papas, this article highlights the results of flower variety trials held this year at the Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center and at North Park in Pittsburgh. [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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