Health, safety of employees essential for food processing operations

April 9, 2020

As it has become clear that COVID-19 will be present at some level in the United States for a long time, food processing establishments — facilities that process, pack or hold food for human consumption — have put into place controls to minimize the risk of the disease among their personnel.

'Bloom' team pitch for trading platform for produce farmers wins Ag Springboard

April 9, 2020

The "Bloom" student team won the $7,500 top prize for its pitch of a mobile application to connect small produce farmers in Kenya directly with wholesale buyers, during the final round of the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest April 1.

Perkins named to advisory committee for veterans services

April 9, 2020

Daniel Perkins, professor of family resiliency and policy and principal scientist and founder of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, was recently invited to serve on the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on the Coordination of Veterans Services.

Land-use webinar to focus on improving retail activities in rural communities

April 7, 2020

Implementing policies to spur improvements in retail activities in rural communities will be the topic of a web-based seminar presented at noon on April 15 by Penn State Extension.

Learn what Penn State Extension’s Latinx Ag Network offers on new Facebook page

April 6, 2020

Penn State Extension is connecting with Latinx agriculturists in essential food businesses to provide timely outreach and science-based education on farm production, food safety, and workplace risk management.

Transporting sheep and goats across state lines? They must have scrapie IDs

April 6, 2020

In Pennsylvania, sheep and goat producers are required to distinguish their animals with an official scrapie identification before moving them off their farms. In addition to the scrapie identification requirement, producers must also follow new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations to transport sheep or goats across state lines, according to a Penn State Extension educator.

Penn State to recognize class of 2020 with virtual commencement ceremony

April 6, 2020

In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, orders from the state government and recommendations from global public health organizations, Penn State will hold its spring 2020 commencement ceremony via livestream on May 9. The virtual ceremony will recognize all Penn State undergraduate students and all graduate students in the Penn State Graduate School.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member among LEAD21 graduates

April 6, 2020

Burt Staniar, associate professor of equine science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was one of 90 individuals completing the LEAD21 program, a leadership-development initiative affiliated with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Penn State Equine Science program continues 'hands-on' learning -- online

April 5, 2020

The 18th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place this year — but in a new, virtual format. The online auction and sale will take place with the help of Professional Horse Services LLC, with bidding open from April 27 through May 2.

Tips for farmers market vendors to help minimize coronavirus transmission

April 2, 2020

Operators of farmers markets should consider the possibility that the COVID-19 outbreak may continue to be a threat well into the summer and should develop a plan to help safeguard their customers and employees, according to Penn State Extension experts.

Extension educators offer tips on managing spring spotted-lanternfly egg hatch

April 2, 2020

The hatch of spotted lanternfly egg masses likely will begin in mid- to late-April in southern counties, with northern counties to follow soon after, noted Beth Finlay, Master Gardener area coordinator for Penn State Extension.

Potential link between COVID-19 and loss of smell, taste to be explored

April 1, 2020

When Caela Camazine realized that she had suddenly lost her ability to taste and smell on March 17, she thought it was “really weird” because she was not congested.

Penn State announces Peace Corps Prep certificate program

April 1, 2020

Globally minded students can apply to earn a certificate, competitive edge

With youth at home, families urged to use caution on their farms

March 31, 2020

Spring is always a busy time on the family farm, but this year is presenting unique challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an agricultural safety specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

China’s control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases

March 31, 2020

China’s control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers. The findings, published today (March 31) in the journal Science, could be useful to countries that are still in early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Penn State Berkey Creamery donates food to help community during crisis

March 31, 2020

The Penn State Berkey Creamery, in coordination with the University’s Housing and Food Services unit, is donating dairy-related products to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, a nonprofit organization committed to reducing hunger in 27 counties across central Pennsylvania.

Organic soybean producers can be competitive using little or no tillage

March 30, 2020

Organic soybean producers using no-till and reduced-tillage production methods that incorporate cover crops — strategies that protect soil health and water quality — can achieve similar yields at competitive costs compared to tillage-based production.

Helping families as service members transition from military to civilian life

March 30, 2020

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State is part of a diverse team assisting the U.S. Department of Defense’s Military Family and Community Policy to provide better outcomes for military families whose service members are leaving the military, through the development of their Military Spouse Transition Program.

Deadline extended for survey of farm conservation practices

March 27, 2020

The deadline for farmers in Lancaster, York, Franklin and Adams counties to respond to a survey documenting conservation practices installed on their farms has been extended by a month, to May 1, due to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ziegler recognized with 2020 Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award

March 27, 2020

Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2020 Howard B. Palmer Faculty Mentoring Award.

Penn State announces 2020 University-wide faculty and staff awards

March 27, 2020

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. These awards highlight many of the faculty and staff who go above and beyond.

Drinking water considered safe from the novel coronavirus

March 26, 2020

Experts around the world agree that drinking water is not a source of the novel coronavirus causing the global COVID-19 pandemic, so that should be one less thing for stressed-out Pennsylvania residents to worry about, according to a Penn State Extension educator.

Researchers mobilize to study COVID-19 from multiple angles

March 26, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, researchers across Penn State are searching for solutions that may save lives, thanks to a multi-institute seed-grant fund. On March 3, these institutes, led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, launched a lightning-quick  call for research proposals  aimed at funding research with the potential to significantly and rapidly improve human health outcomes. So far, researchers in 21 departments and across seven colleges have been awarded $1.2 million. New proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Do your sheep and goats have ID tags? Because of scrapie, they must be traceable

March 25, 2020

In Pennsylvania, producers are required to identify their sheep and goats with an official scrapie identification method before moving them off their farms. That’s important now that lambing and kidding season is in full swing, according to a Penn State Extension educator.

Penn State Extension, College of Ag Sciences 'open' virtually for business

March 25, 2020

The ever-evolving, novel coronavirus situation has prompted additional changes to Penn State Extension programming and operations across Pennsylvania, as well as other public services offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences. However, college officials stress that the college's research will continue in support of Pennsylvania agriculture, the state's food system and the well-being of citizens in the commonwealth.

Health services and programs being used by post-9/11 veterans

March 25, 2020

A new Penn State-led study found that veterans from the most junior enlisted ranks who screened positive for a mental health problem were significantly less likely to use a healthcare program of any kind.

New study identifies which veterans are using programs to gain employment

March 23, 2020

Compared to veterans of other wars, those who have served since 9/11 have the highest unemployment rate, particularly among young male veterans, according to researchers at Penn State.

Ag Advocates encourage participation in Penn State Virtual Ag Week 2020

March 23, 2020

With the cancellation of Ag Day due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ag Advocates in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences faced a problem — how could they laud the achievements of the college, its 40 student organizations and the agricultural industry and keep with social distancing? Their solution — Penn State Virtual Ag Week 2020 — begins today and continues through Friday.

Experts: Continuity of food system critical during COVID-19 pandemic

March 19, 2020

Maintaining a stable food supply in the United States is critical in the battle against the novel coronavirus. And that means each sector of the food supply chain must take measures to ensure that they can continue to operate, according to food scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Pesticide seed coatings are widespread but underreported

March 17, 2020

Pesticide-coated seeds — such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects — are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers. The lack of data may complicate efforts to evaluate the value of different pest management strategies, while also protecting human health and the environment.

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