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.

Wattses continue their lifelong dedication to philanthropy through a scholarship

March 17, 2020

Penn State alumna Laura Loder Watts, a 1979 graduate in animal production, and her husband, Randy, are no strangers to philanthropy, having given their time and money generously through the years to causes and groups meaningful to them. The couple has pledged a $250,000 estate gift to establish a scholarship in animal science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Extension offers tractor-safety instructor training online

March 17, 2020

Penn State Extension is offering an online course for adults interested in teaching and certifying safe tractor and machinery operation practices to youth working in agriculture.

High oleic acid soybeans offer benefits to dairy cows, farmers, research shows

March 17, 2020

Roasted soybeans are a common ingredient in the diets of Pennsylvania dairy cows because they are a great source of fat and protein — including protein that escapes the rumen. Farm-grown and locally available soybeans and on-farm or local roasting make soybeans an economical ingredient in many situations.

Berkey Creamery closes retail store until further notice; online sales continue

March 16, 2020

Given the nation’s, Pennsylvania’s and the University’s focus on social distancing in helping to combat coronavirus to protect our community, Penn State’s Berkey Creamery is closing its retail store on campus until further notice.

Penn State Extension adapts, remains a resource during coronavirus pandemic

March 12, 2020

The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, known as COVID-19, has disrupted the operations of businesses, governments and other organizations across the country, including Penn State. But Penn State Extension, the educational outreach arm of the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue to fulfill its mission during this unprecedented time, according to its statewide director, Brent Hales.

Penn State Berkey Creamery Flavor Madness bounces back to Happy Valley

March 12, 2020

What is this year’s No. 1 Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream flavor? Flavor Madness returns this month to ask ice cream lovers that very question.

'Sustainable intensification' of cropping systems good for farmers, environment

March 12, 2020

By diversifying their crop rotations to create conditions that promote beneficial, predatory insects to combat pests, farmers can reduce their reliance on insecticides to control early-season crop pests, such as caterpillars, and still produce competitive yields of corn and soybeans.

Immunology and Infectious Disease student offers a new vision of agriculture

March 12, 2020

With an eye on her future, Marissa Moran, a junior majoring in Immunology and Infectious Disease in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, plans to become an optometrist.

Safe pest management in schools and childcare facilities is focus of manual

March 11, 2020

The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program, a collaboration between Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, has developed the book, “IPM for Pennsylvania Schools and Childcares: A How-To Manual.”

Listening to your gut: A powerful new tool on the microbiome and cell metabolism

March 11, 2020

Many aspects of our lives — not only the presence or absence of certain diseases, but conditions like obesity, sleep patterns, even mood — may be determined, to a surprising extent, by the microbes living inside of us. Patterson, Tombros Early Career Professor and professor of molecular toxicology at Penn State, is using one of the newer and more promising of these technologies, called metabolomics, to learn about the microbiome of the human gut.

Hit the ‘like’ button: Facebook chef visits creamery to learn ice cream making

March 10, 2020

Tom Davis, manager of the Penn State Berkey Creamery, gave a lesson on ice cream production to George McKirdy, an executive pastry sous chef at Facebook.

Agricultural community asked to participate in survey on learning styles

March 10, 2020

Understanding the key differences in learning styles among generations is the goal of a survey being led by agricultural safety specialists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Alumni hope 4-H gift opens doors and inspires others

March 10, 2020

For Penn State alumni and lifelong friends MeeCee Baker, a 1982 agricultural education graduate, and Jeff Conrad, a 1983 graduate in agricultural business management, 4-H played a pivotal role in their lives. With the goal of opening doors for young people in the county where they grew up and inspiring others to support 4-H in their own communities, Baker and Conrad made a gift covering the membership fees for all youth who wanted to participate in 4-H in Juniata County this year.

Technique used to suppress soil pathogens, pests in high tunnels can work in Pa.

March 9, 2020

A biological technique used to suppress soilborne pests and pathogens already used in warmer climates, with some modifications, will work in Pennsylvania and other more northern locations, according to a team of researchers.

Community factors influence how long you’ll live, study shows

March 9, 2020

American communities with more fast food restaurants, a larger share of extraction industry-based jobs, or higher population density have shorter life expectancies, according to researchers from Penn State, West Virginia, and Michigan State Universities.

Penn State adds new areas of study to its top-10-ranked online MBA

March 6, 2020

The Penn State Online MBA now has concentrations with additional courses of study in the fields of information technology, engineering, health care, homeland security, international affairs, public administration and economic development.

Penn State Extension hosts sheep, goat pasture and grazing management workshop

March 6, 2020

One of the most economical feed sources for sheep and goats in Pennsylvania is pasture. Good pasture and grazing management practices not only work together to meet nutritional needs, but also help to keep the animals healthy. Find out more at the Sheep and Goat Pasture and Grazing Management workshop offered by Penn State Extension.

Food science students entertain, intrigue kids at elementary school science fair

March 5, 2020

It might not be a surprise if there are some aspiring young food scientists at State College’s Easterly Parkway Elementary School after a group of Penn State students recently showed how much fun the discipline can be.

Teaching excellence recognized in College of Agricultural Sciences

March 5, 2020

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized nine faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2019.

Outreach of 'Global Teach Ag!' helps teachers bring global learning to classroom

March 3, 2020

World Food Prize Global Guides, a program created and supported by faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, gives secondary teachers the knowledge, tools and resources to integrate global learning and food security into curriculum and practice.

Penn State Extension offers training online for new landscape industry workers

March 3, 2020

Penn State Extension, working with the landscape industry, is offering a new online workforce training series aimed at new and seasonal landscape industry employees.

Andra Johnson named associate director of Penn State Extension

February 28, 2020

Andra Johnson, vice chancellor for research and technology development at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been named associate director of Penn State Extension, effective July 1.

New book examines how environment can foster intergenerational connections

February 28, 2020

Ways of thinking about, planning and designing intergenerationally enriched environments are explored in a new book co-edited by Matt Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Farmers in four PA counties encouraged to document conservation practices

February 26, 2020

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences researchers have partnered with several agricultural and governmental organizations to develop a survey that asks producers in Lancaster, York, Franklin and Adams counties to document conservation practices they have adopted to promote water quality and soil health in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Spot on: Efforts to stop spotted lanternfly are ongoing for Penn State, agencies

February 25, 2020

For residents of southeastern Pennsylvania, winter provides a brief respite from the spotted lanternfly, an insect invader that has impeded their warm-weather enjoyment for the past several years. But for scientists, extension specialists and government regulatory officials, putting a stop to the pest is a year-round endeavor.

Penn State responds: App aids UN efforts to control Africa's locust infestation

February 21, 2020

Billions of locusts are tearing across East Africa, destroying crops and putting some 19 million people at risk of severe food insecurity. The United Nations has called for a rapid response to this food-security threat. Through a memorandum of understanding with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., David Hughes, Penn State professor of entomology and biology and creator of PlantVillage, an initiative to empower farmers with agricultural knowledge and technologies, is answering this call.

Forest 'duff' must be considered in controlled burning to avoid damaging trees

February 21, 2020

Many decades of forest fire prevention and suppression has resulted in a thick buildup of organic matter on the forest floor in many regions of the United States, according to a Penn State researcher, whose new study suggests that the peculiar way that these layers burn should be considered in plans for controlled burns.

Feed supplement for dairy cows cuts their methane emission by about a quarter

February 20, 2020

The addition of 3-Nitrooxypropanol to the feed of dairy cows reduced their enteric methane emissions by about 25% in a recently published study — one in a series of Penn State studies of the investigational substance in the United States — which might be an early step toward it being approved for use in this country.

Turfgrass support fund to help ensure student success in, out of the classroom

February 20, 2020

To help turfgrass students with competitions, study abroad opportunities, club activities, conferences, workshops and more that help them to access the tools they need to be successful after graduation, William F. Randolph and Diane Randolph have created the William F. Randolph Turfgrass Support Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

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