Kaylegian named recipient of Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award

July 24, 2019

Kerry Kaylegian, associate research professor in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Arthur W. Nesbitt Faculty Program Development Award.

Pasto Ag Museum to feature horse-powered hay press at Ag Progress Days

July 24, 2019

The demonstration of the Pasto Agricultural Museum's 1905 Panama O.K. Hay Press will highlight the historical facility's offerings at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.

Penn State partners with University of Freiburg on center for living materials

July 24, 2019

A new strategic partnership between Penn State and the University of Freiburg in Germany will propel the development of a new class of engineered living materials with potential applications in sustainable infrastructure, robotics technologies, and next-generation medical care.

Student travels to Washington to share passion for international agriculture

July 23, 2019

Sulav Paudel, a doctoral candidate in entomology and in international agriculture and development in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, traveled to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in two conferences aimed at advancing international agriculture and rural development.

Novel powdered milk method yields better frothing agent

July 23, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A novel method of processing — using high-pressure jets to spray milk and then quickly drying the spray — yields skim milk powders with enhanced properties and functionality, according to Penn State researchers, who say the discovery may lead to "cleaner" labels on foods.

Pasto Museum's silent auction to fund new 'AgSci' curriculum

July 23, 2019

The silent auction held by the Pasto Agricultural Museum during Ag Progress Days has been an annual event for many years, but this year the proceeds from the fundraiser will be put to a novel use, according to Museum Curator Rita Graef.

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.

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