Preventing, controlling spread of animal diseases focus of forum at Penn State

April 7, 2022

Exploring the emergence, spread and control of animal infectious diseases such as avian influenza was the focus of the inaugural Emerging Animal Infectious Disease Conference held Nov. 29-Dec.1, 2021, at Penn State. It was hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education.

Webinar to focus on using Agriculture Department funds for community progress

April 7, 2022

A Penn State Extension webinar on April 20 will focus on how community planners and other local leaders can utilize U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Rural Development, for community plan creation and implementation.

2022 Director's Award Winners

April 7, 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 Director's Award Winners!

2022 Graduate Exhibition Award winners announced

April 6, 2022

Sixty-eight Penn State graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 37th annual Graduate Exhibition. A complete list of winners is available below.

Penn State experts help you get your garden ready for summer

April 6, 2022

Horticultural experts from Penn State Extension will help central Pennsylvanians get ready for this year’s gardening season when WPSU’s “Conversations LIVE: Get Your Garden On!” airs on Thursday, April 14, on WPSU-TV.   

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 5, 2022

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, which was held March 31.

Are egg cells in aging primates protected from mutations?

April 4, 2022

New mutations occur at increasing rates in the mitochondrial genomes of developing egg cells in aging rhesus monkeys, but the increases appear to plateau at a certain age and are not as large as those seen in non-reproductive cells, a fact that could indicate a protective mechanism in reproductive cells.

More than fresh food: Research finds farmers markets vital to local food economy

April 4, 2022

Pennsylvania farmers markets generate an estimated $100 million in sales each year, according to a new Penn State Extension analysis that provides a snapshot of farmers markets' contribution to the local food economy in the commonwealth.

Study examines if there is something 'fishy' happening with seafood imports

April 4, 2022

Reducing tariffs on imported goods is meant to remove trade barriers, but it doesn’t seem to be helping the seafood industry, which has experienced the same — if not more — import rejections and notifications at borders, according to research guided by an agricultural economist at Penn State.  

World Campus bachelor's program implements cost-free materials in core courses

April 4, 2022

The online bachelor’s degree program in agribusiness management is using open-education resources, or OER, to replace textbooks, case studies and other materials students in the major previously had to buy.

Accomplished professor of horticulture, extension tree-fruit specialist retires

April 1, 2022

For almost 40 years, Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture and extension tree-fruit specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has made impactful contributions. He is passing the mantle to a new generation of scientists and extension educators as he embarks on the next chapter of his life — retirement.

Cover crops more effective than insecticides for managing pests, study suggests

March 31, 2022

Promoting early season plant cover, primarily through the use of cover crops, can be more effective at reducing pest density and crop damage than insecticide applications, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

Interdisciplinary Penn State team awarded SOM Foundation Research Prize

March 31, 2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers was awarded $40,000 as a recipient of the Skidmore Owings & Merrill Foundation 2021 Research Prize for a project that explores mycelium-based and knitted textiles to form a sustainable building material.

Wakhungu receives 2022 Graduate School Humanitarian Award

March 30, 2022

Penn State Graduate School alumna Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu is the recipient of the 2022 Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award.

How would a nuclear winter impact food production?

March 29, 2022

Effects of a nuclear winter or other sky-darkening global catastrophes on farming and agriculture make it "imperative that we better understand our food production, supply and value chains to make them less vulnerable and more adaptable in times of crises," according to Penn State researchers who recently published a timely study on "Food Resilience in a Dark Catastrophe."

'It’s a Wormy Deal' workshops for sheep and goat producers set for April

March 29, 2022

Penn State Extension will hold a workshop titled “It’s a Wormy Deal” at three locations this spring for sheep and goat producers.

Prescribed burn planned at Arboretum on March 29

March 28, 2022

The Arboretum at Penn State will conduct a prescribed burn at the chestnut orchard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 29.

Penn State's 'Living Filter' to be the focus of wastewater reuse conference

March 28, 2022

More than a half-century of research on the use of treated wastewater for irrigation and groundwater recharge will be the focus of a three-day conference hosted by Penn State April 5-7 at the Wyndham Garden hotel in Boalsburg. The conference will highlight Penn State's "Living Filter," a year-round spray irrigation system that recycles the University's treated effluent.

Penn State employees traveling in lanternfly quarantine zone must take training

March 28, 2022

The spotted lanternfly continues its trek across Pennsylvania, prompting the state Department of Agriculture to add 11 counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone, including Centre County, where the infestation is limited to College Township.  

Red-backed salamanders possess only limited ability to adjust to warming climate

March 25, 2022

If average temperatures rise as projected in eastern North America in coming decades, at least one widespread amphibian species likely will be unable to adjust, and its range may shift northward, according to a new study led by Penn State scientists.

Penn State Global announces 2021-22 awards for engagement

March 25, 2022

Penn State Global has announced the 2021-22 recipients of its annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals.

Penn State nominates two juniors for national Truman Scholarship

March 24, 2022

Penn State nominated Anton Aluquin and Luisina Kemanian-Leites for the 2022 Truman Scholarship, a prestigious award that recognizes U.S. college juniors for their commitments to public service.  

Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains not seen in migrating wild birds

March 22, 2022

Although many wild birds carry Salmonella, the strains of the bacteria they convey usually do not harbor antimicrobial-resistance genes, according to Penn State researchers, who led a team conducting a new, nationwide study.

Researchers to devise new, innovative strategies to manage Philadelphia’s soils

March 21, 2022

A team of Penn State researchers will develop a long-term solution for the testing and management of urban soils for the safe production of garden and food crops in urban settings, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Cornell professor to present 'Social Costs of Nutrient Pollution in the U.S.'

March 18, 2022

Catherine Kling of Cornell University will present a new model of nutrient pollution assessment that considers its social costs and could reshape the way the U.S. handles water quality issues on March 24. Her presentation, titled "Social Costs of Nutrient Pollution in the United States," will be held at 3 p.m. in 312 Ag Engineering Building on Penn State's University Park campus. The talk is sponsored by the Penn State Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science and the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering.     

Microbiome Center to host ‘Changing Microbiomes’ symposium in early June

March 18, 2022

The inaugural Penn State microbiome symposium, titled “Changing Microbiomes Symposium,” will be held from May 31 to June 3 at the Mountain View Country Club at the Wyndham Garden Inn, 310 Elks Club Road, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.

College of Ag Sciences and Ukraine partner in advancing agricultural development

March 18, 2022

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has had a strong and productive working relationship with agriculture and universities in Ukraine for 30 years.

Alliance between College of Ag Sciences, University of Pretoria yields benefits

March 18, 2022

Developing solutions to address threats to plant health is the centerpiece of a partnership between Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

March 17, 2022

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 11 prominent young alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 18. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m.

Study will assess prepartum aspirin regimens to improve cow health, performance

March 17, 2022

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $637,000 will enable a team of Penn State and University of Pennsylvania researchers to study whether treating prepartum cows with an anti-inflammatory medication will reduce discomfort and inflammation and lead to improved health and higher milk production after calving.

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