Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

April 15, 2020

Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer. Further, the University will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the persistent fiscal strain it is causing across Pennsylvania and the country.

Extension offers help to pesticide-application industry during pandemic

April 15, 2020

With in-person training not currently available due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the pesticide-application industry still is receiving relevant information through Penn State Extension, which has ramped up online educational offerings.

Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship

April 15, 2020

Before Penn State alumna Tamela Serensits got her entrepreneurial feet, she got her sea legs as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy – traveling the world helping to protect freedom and leading critical decision-making when lives were on the line. That experience helped form her character, and commitment to her own startup company.

Election for agricultural interest trustees deferred

April 15, 2020

The election of agricultural interest trustees for the Penn State Board of Trustees is being temporarily deferred due to the coronavirus, the University announced today (April 15).

Seed grants jump-start 47 interdisciplinary teams to conduct COVID-19 research

April 14, 2020

With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. In total, the initiative awarded $2.25 million to 47 teams of researchers from three campuses, eight colleges and more than 25 departments.

Penn State Extension offers growing portfolio of coronavirus-related resources

April 14, 2020

As the world continues to adapt to a new reality created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State Extension is offering a variety of resources to help farms and other agricultural businesses, families, and communities navigate their way through the related disruptions.

Animals should not pose coronavirus threat to pet owners, farmers

April 13, 2020

Farmers and pet owners who may be concerned that they can contract COVID-19 from domestic animals — such as livestock, dogs and cats — have little to worry about, according to a virologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Public invited to hear updates on spotted lanternfly efforts during webinar

April 13, 2020

The public is invited to hear the latest on the spotted lanternfly during a Penn State Extension webinar — “Spotted Lanternfly Update 2020: How We Are Fighting It and What You Need to Know” — planned for noon on May 5.

Randell receives Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in College of Agricultural Sciences

April 13, 2020

Heather Randell, assistant professor of rural sociology and demography in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award.

Entomologist named Black Award recipient in College of Agricultural Sciences

April 11, 2020

Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2019 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

The 'new normal': Extension educator offers tips to help families stay on track

April 10, 2020

With stay-at-home orders in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, many families are wrestling with how to adjust to being at home all day, every day — together. Maintaining a daily schedule can help, noted a Penn State Extension educator.

Penn State Master Gardeners spearhead effort to support health care workers

April 9, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are partnering with commercial greenhouses to provide plants, both edible and ornamental, to medical caregivers and front-line staff whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus crisis.

Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods

April 9, 2020

Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don’t contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. The resulting lack of dark green vegetable taste matters, said team leader John Hayes, associate professor of food science at Penn State.

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.

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