Plants defend against insects by inducing 'leaky gut syndrome'

July 22, 2019

Plants may induce "leaky gut syndrome" — permeability of the gut lining — in insects as part of a multipronged strategy for protecting themselves from being eaten, according to researchers at Penn State. By improving our understanding of plant defenses, the findings could contribute to the development of new pest control methods.

Crop exhibits, hay contest and wildlife displays among Ag Progress Days events

July 22, 2019

A wide variety of crop management, wildlife and conservation education, as well as the signature hay show, will take place in and around the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.

Penn State Extension ag safety expert receives international award

July 22, 2019

Linda Fetzer, extension associate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the 2019 recipient of the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health's Practitioner Achievement Award.

Flowing grain hazards the focus of Ag Progress Days farm safety and health demos

July 19, 2019

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15, can learn aboutthe hazards of flowing grain in confined-space grain storages and how to avoid and respond to entrapment risks.

Location, Location, Location: Where and How do Food Hubs Flourish?

July 19, 2019

For a new food hub to succeed, it should be located in a community with a population sufficient to sustain it, according to a team of economists, who found that a county seeking to establish its first food hub needs roughly 182,000 residents for that food hub to break even.

Graduate students awarded National Institute of Food and Agriculture fellowships

July 19, 2019

Two graduate students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences received Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Education and Workforce Development fellowships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Both students are active members of the Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Ag Progress Days spotlights spotted lanternflies, plant diseases, robots in ag

July 19, 2019

Spotted lanternflies, invasive plant diseases, robots in agriculture and education, and foreign animal diseases will be among the topics highlighted in displays and presentations at the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.

New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programs

July 17, 2019

Skin tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists.

Storer named Distinguished Alumnus for outstanding career, support of students

July 16, 2019

John “Jack” Storer, a 1950 Penn State alumnus, who holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry, has received Penn State’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which is the highest honor presented by the University to alumni.

Penn State Berkey Creamery hosts annual creamery managers conference

July 16, 2019

The Penn State Berkey Creamery served up valuable information and a bit of fun — ice cream included, of course — to colleagues when it recently hosted the annual University Creamery Managers Conference.

College of Ag Sciences college relations director lauded by peers

July 15, 2019

Mary Wirth, director of college relations and communications in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2019 Professional Award from the Association for Communication Excellence during the organization’s annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 22-27.

Penn State professor part of team receiving United Nations Public Service Award

July 10, 2019

Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is among an international group of community, industry, government and academic leaders who are being lauded for their work to help manage an invasive and destructive species in Australia.

Family Room at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days emphasizes family time

July 9, 2019

In today’s busy world, it can be challenging to find time to spend with family. This year, the Family Room Building at Penn State's Ag Progress Days will offer a variety of interactive displays that will get visitors thinking about the overall health and wellness of themselves and their families.

Pasto Agricultural Museum participates in Apollo 11 anniversary event

July 9, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission’s Saturn V rocket launch. Three Penn State colleges, the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and the Pasto Agricultural Museum will mark the occasion with a free family event that will include a simultaneous rocket launch, hands-on activities, exhibits and demonstrations.

Animal science takes spotlight at 4-H Youth Building at Ag Progress Days

July 9, 2019

The 4-H Youth Building at Ag Progress Days will be brimming with new activities designed to excite kids of all ages, according to organizers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who said many of the displays will highlight animal science projects.

Toxicology student creates success through Millennium Scholars Program

July 9, 2019

Talia Seymore, a rising senior majoring in toxicology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has discovered her passion for research through the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program.

Ag Progress Days tours showcase a variety of Penn State agricultural research

July 9, 2019

Visitors at Penn State's annual Ag Progress Days expo — to be held this year Aug. 13-15 — will have an opportunity to get a closer view of the agricultural and conservation-related research conducted at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center by taking free bus tours covering portions of the more than 2,000-acre facility.

PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology

July 9, 2019

Coming from the small town of Limeport, near Allentown, a young Annalyse Kehs may not have thought much about international agriculture or feeding the world. But thanks to a project called PlantVillage, the Penn State rising senior not only is helping to address world hunger but is relishing the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Kenya and Rome to interact with farmers, researchers and policymakers.

Penn State students learn about international agriculture during trip to DC

July 3, 2019

More than a dozen Penn State students had a unique opportunity during a visit to Washington, D.C., this past spring to learn about current issues in international agriculture from those working in the sector.

Some green ash trees show some resistance to emerald ash borers

July 3, 2019

Genes in green ash trees that may confer some resistance to attacks by the emerald ash borer express themselves only once the tree detects the invasive beetle's feeding, according to Penn State researchers.

College of Agricultural Sciences junior named Hollings Undergraduate Scholar

July 3, 2019

Jessica Briggs, a junior in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship this spring.

Land-use webinar to focus on complete streets in communities

July 1, 2019

Complete streets that work for everyone who uses them will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon July 17.

Penn State Beaver biology professor studying wild ramps in Pennsylvania

July 1, 2019

Penn State Beaver Professor of Biology Sarah Nilson and a team of researchers are working to determine if wild ramps that grow in Pennsylvania should be considered a vulnerable species.

'Hoof it on out' to the Equine Experience at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15

July 1, 2019

The Equine Experience at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days is a highlight for equestrians of all ages and disciplines. During the three-day event, Aug. 13-15, visitors can attend breed demonstrations and clinics, interact with Penn State Equine Science faculty and staff, and learn more about horse health and care.

'Planting green' cover-crop strategy may help farmers deal with wet springs

July 1, 2019

Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers.

Unconventional oil, gas wastewater management the focus of shale gas webinar

July 1, 2019

Treatment of wastewater from unconventional gas and oil development using technologies such as wastewater pretreatment, distillation, crystallization and de-wasting will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Penn State celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with rocket launch, family event

June 28, 2019

NASA took “one giant leap” 50 years ago with the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first astronauts on the moon. To celebrate the anniversary of the mission’s launch, on July 16 Penn State will support an attempt by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to break the Guinness World Record for most model rockets launched simultaneously. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Ag Progress Days site, the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center.

Penn State's appropriation increases as General Assembly adopts 2019-20 budget

June 27, 2019

Penn State’s 2019-20 general support appropriation from the Commonwealth increased by 2%, or approximately $4.75 million, as the University’s non-preferred appropriations bill passed the General Assembly today (June 27) as part of Pennsylvania’s $34 billion budget package, which is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Penn State scientists expanding work to help farmers learn about industrial hemp

June 27, 2019

With the passage of the 2018 farm bill and new regulations that allow the crop to be grown for sale for a range of uses, hemp production in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has taken off, with more than 300 permits approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture this year. Even before hemp was green-lighted by the federal government, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences was at the forefront of industrial hemp research in Pennsylvania.

College of Agricultural Sciences trains Ethiopians to detect dairy pathogens

June 26, 2019

A two-week training on foodborne pathogen detection methods, focused on dairy, will help educators and government agencies in Ethiopia ensure the safety of dairy products in that country.

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