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Field demonstrations are always popular at Ag Progress Days.
June 29, 2018

For those interested in the latest and greatest in agricultural innovation and technology, Penn State's Ag Progress Days is a must-see destination.

As farmers markets continue to grow — fueled by demand for locally grown and produced foods — so does the need to educate consumers about potential food safety hazards, according to food safety specialists with Penn State Extension.
June 28, 2018

When it comes to shopping at farmers markets, a little know-how can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe from foodborne illness, advises a food safety educator with Penn State Extension.

"Veggie Fest!" is one of the interactive displays planned for children and families at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16, 2018.
June 28, 2018

Cooking demonstrations, food preservation lessons and first-aid safety tips are just a few of the many interactive activities that will take place in the Family Room at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.

"The changes in the microbiota might affect how much vitamin D a person can metabolize, or how the body metabolizes vitamin D, so there are implications, but it's still early and that remains to be seen," said Cantorna.
June 28, 2018

Microbes in the gut may use a protein in a process that helps the body regulate vitamin D production.

Family with tablet
June 27, 2018

A new online portal designed to help parents teach tolerance and acceptance to their children has been developed by Penn State's Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Farmers in places such as Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, will likely have to change their corn-growing strategies to succeed in the future, researchers say. Farmers in that area may have to plant corn earlier and even use irrigation -- as they now do in much of the Midwest -- to maintain corn yields adequate to sustain dairy farms.
June 25, 2018

Climate projections indicate more warming will occur in the Northeast than other sections of the United States, and that has implications for corn crops and dairy farms in the region by 2050, researchers warn.

Penn State's "Art of Discovery" booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, July 12-14, 2018, will feature free and thought-provoking demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages that explore the science of art and the art of science.
June 25, 2018

Join Penn State at “The Art of Discovery,” the University’s booth at the Arts Festival, to learn how art detectives use technology to solve art history mysteries; make your own handmade paints the way early humans did hundreds of thousands of years ago; learn about the bizarre science behind zombie ants; explore mankind’s relationship to plastics, and more.

Fall armyworm larvae have caused an estimated $2.5 billion to $6.2 billion in damage annually to maize in sub-Saharan Africa since the pest arrived there in 2016.
June 25, 2018

Penn State researchers have joined forces with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization to release the first app, called Nuru, to help African farmers recognize fall armyworm — a new and fast-spreading crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa — so that they can take immediate steps to destroy it and curb its spread.

Early morning sun shines on the Nittany Lion Shrine
June 22, 2018

Penn State’s 2018-19 general support appropriation increased by 3 percent — or roughly $6.9 million — as the University’s non-preferred appropriations bill today (June 22) passed the General Assembly as part of Pennsylvania’s $32.7 billion budget package. The bill now awaits the signature of Gov. Tom Wolf.

The scientists developed a novel high-throughput sequencing technique that efficiently detected in bees both previously identified and 27 never-seen-before viruses belonging to at least six new families in a single experiment.
June 21, 2018

An international team of researchers has discovered evidence of 27 previously unknown viruses in bees. The finding could help scientists design strategies to prevent the spread of viral pathogens among these important pollinators.

June 15, 2018

Biomethanation, a unique and sustainable approach to renewable natural gas, will be the topic of a one-hour, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension, beginning at 1 p.m. on June 28.

Penn State researchers are studying how feeding damage caused by the spotted lanternfly affects grapevine health and the quality and quantity of the fruit. Here, volunteers from Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center help prepare holes for planting grapevines at Manatawny Creek Vineyard in Berks County, the location of the research.
June 14, 2018

The spotted lanternfly is starting to sour the grape and wine industries in southeastern Pennsylvania, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to spoil the invasive pest's party.

Smith and his sons, David, Jeffry and John, have committed more than $1.8 million to launch construction of the Bird Garden in the Arboretum, which will be designed to attract birds year-round and educate the Arboretum’s many visitors. 
June 13, 2018

Charles H. “Skip” Smith, the Penn State alumnus and philanthropist whose giving has fueled the creation and supported the growth of The Arboretum at Penn State, has made a major new gift to enrich this University resource.

Marie Louise Ryan
June 13, 2018

Penn State graduate students Marie Louise Ryan, Johann Strube and Megan Griffin have been recognized with the 2018 Whiting Indiginous Knowledge Research Award to help fund their research pursuits. The award is funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge and supported by Penn State’s University Libraries and the Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).

A new report compiled by Penn State economists illustrates employment gains and losses for Pennsylvania's counties and regions. The report suggests a clear shift in jobs to southeastern Pennsylvania.
June 11, 2018

An analysis of employment change in the state since 2001 suggests the existence of "two Pennsylvanias" during the period from 2001 to 2017, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The newly released report shows a sharp divide between southeastern Pennsylvania, with mainly job growth, and the rest of the state, with primarily job decline.

The renovated Agricultural Engineering Building on Penn State's University Park campus was dedicated on June 8, 2018.
June 8, 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today (June 8) to mark the official opening of Penn State’s rebuilt and renovated Agricultural Engineering Building, which houses the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Mara Cloutier, a doctoral degree candidate in the soil science and biogeochemistry dual-title degree program, was selected to receive the 2018 Clark Soil Biology Graduate Student Scholarship from the Soil Science Society of America.
June 8, 2018

A graduate student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently was named the recipient of a scholarship from the Soil Science Society of America.

The program, which will train promising undergraduate students in laboratory and communication skills in the context of food-microbiology issues that affect their daily lives, is intended to strengthen partnerships between Penn State and undergraduate-focused colleges and universities
June 7, 2018

A faculty team in Penn State's Department of Food Science is offering a novel microbiology workshop in June and July to visiting college students from around the Commonwealth and Puerto Rico.

Spotted lanternflies threaten Pennsylvania agricultural crops and forest products worth nearly $18 billion. Penn State researchers are working to help stop the invasive insect's spread and save crops from damage.
June 6, 2018

As the emergence of the spotted lanternfly continues to threaten portions of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry, two researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who are studying the invasive insects joined colleagues from more than 20 universities on Capitol Hill today (June 6) to show members of Congress and their staffs the importance of funding agricultural research.