Penn State Extension launches spotted lanternfly survey for the 2023 season

June 6, 2023

The Penn State Extension Grape and Wine Team is calling on farmers and vineyard owners in the mid-Atlantic region to participate in a survey aimed at tracking the spread and severity of spotted lanternfly populations during the 2023 season.

Student groups win top prizes at 2023 Ag Springboard pitch contest

June 6, 2023

Two Penn State student teams took home cash prizes from the 2023 Ag Springboard student business pitch contest held during the spring semester.

Fact sheets provide new insights into agritourism and direct sales for US states

June 2, 2023

A new set of fact sheets provides comprehensive insights into the demographics of U.S. farms that offer agritourism activities or sell food directly to consumers or both. The fact sheets are available for all 50 states and are intended to help local decision makers, farmers and the organizations that support them in their efforts to strengthen and expand agritourism enterprises.  

Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program Fellows announced

June 1, 2023

The Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program in 2023-24 will include six new fellows from Penn State.

‘Vector Biology Boot Camp’ empowers disease professionals

June 1, 2023

Penn State Extension, in partnership with the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, recently hosted the three-day “Vector Biology Boot Camp” to provide hands-on experience for vector-borne disease professionals in field collection and identification of medically important ticks and mosquitoes in the Northeast.

Penn State Master Gardeners teach poison prevention to first graders statewide

June 1, 2023

Childhood poisoning contributes significantly to injury-related deaths in the U.S. In an effort to mitigate this risk to children, Penn State Extension Master Gardener volunteers collaborated with Extension’s Pesticide Education Program to deliver poison prevention education this spring to first grade students across the commonwealth.

Predictive models show wildlife managers where to find destructive feral swine

June 1, 2023

Feral swine are considered one of the top invasive species of concern in North America because of the damage they do to agricultural and natural systems. To best manage them, resource management agencies need to know more precisely where and when to implement control methods. A new study by a Penn State-led research team developed a method to help guide control efforts in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  

‘Dive Deeper’ biennial water resource conference for educators set for Sept. 28

June 1, 2023

Educators who teach young people about water resources can gather valuable information for curriculum planning by participating in Penn State Extension’s “Dive Deeper Summit,” a youth water education conference slated for Sept. 28 in Harrisburg.

Penn State’s 2023 Ag Progress Days on tap for Aug. 8-10

May 31, 2023

Planning is well underway for Penn State's 2023 Ag Progress Days exposition, which will be held Aug. 8-10 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on state Route 45.

Ag Sciences alumna commits gift to Animal Science, create graduate fellowship

May 31, 2023

Penn State alumna Julie Smiley has made a $1 million gift from her future estate to endow the Smiley Family Excellence Fund in the Department of Animal Science and the Thomas Miller Graduate Fellowship in the Department of Entomology.

Penn State engineers report low-cost human biomarker sensor designs

May 31, 2023

Penn State researchers have developed a low-cost, RNA-based technology to detect and measure biomarkers, which can help decode the body’s physiology. The presence of protein biomarkers can indicate chronic or acute conditions, from arthritis to cancer to bacterial infections, for which conventional tests can cost anywhere from $100 to upwards of $1,000. The new technology can perform the same measurement for about a dollar.

Penn State welcomes Borlaug Fellow from Republic of Georgia

May 30, 2023

A collaboration between scientists from Penn State and the Republic of Georgia is enhancing research and extension ties while helping the former Soviet republic to protect crops essential to its economic well-being.

Penn State welcomes Borlaug Fellow from country of Georgia

May 30, 2023

A collaboration between scientists from Penn State and the country of Georgia is enhancing research and extension ties while helping the former Soviet republic to protect crops essential to its economic well-being.

Expo a learning experience for current, prospective forest-product professionals

May 30, 2023

Visitors from Pennsylvania and surrounding states interested in the forest-products industry and the sustainable management of forest resources will gather at the 2023 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, June 9-10 at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

Strategic city planning can help reduce urban heat island effect

May 23, 2023

New Penn State research suggests that certain urban factors can reduce the tendency of cities to trap heat — a phenomenon called the “urban heat island.”

Penn State international agriculture students explore careers at the capital

May 22, 2023

A group of Penn State undergraduate students recently traveled to the nation’s capital to meet with governmental and nonprofit leaders in the international agricultural sector. The visit was an opportunity to learn about current issues from those actively working in the industry.

WPSU to host a conversation about the U.S. Farm Bill

May 18, 2023

WPSU takes an inside look at the creation of the 2023 United States Farm Bill during a special conversation that will air on May 25 and 28.

Cutter named recipient of prestigious international food safety award

May 18, 2023

Catherine Nettles Cutter, Penn State Extension assistant director for food safety and quality programs, received the prestigious Fellow Award from the International Association for Food Protection in recognition of her exceptional contributions to food safety.

Penn State student awarded prestigious NSF grant for nematology research

May 17, 2023

Mariah Kidd, a Penn State student earning her master’s degree in plant pathology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program grant for her research in nematology.

Learn how to grow hydroponic vegetables on a small scale

May 17, 2023

Anyone interested in learning how to grow hydroponic vegetables on a small scale can get advice from experts by viewing a Penn State Extension webinar called “Hydroponics Growers School 101.”

PlantVillage receives $4.96 million grant to combat crop loss in Africa

May 16, 2023

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are awarding a $4.96 million grant to PlantVillage to help increase food production for smallholder farmers who face pests and disease of their crops across sub-Saharan Africa. The research project, called Delphi, will create a modeling platform that can be used by researchers globally to improve the speed and accuracy of efforts to identify emerging threats.

Penn State's renamed One Health Microbiome Center affirms broad expertise

May 15, 2023

The Microbiome Center in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State has announced its renaming to the One Health Microbiome Center, reflecting its collaborative culture and aspirations to write its next chapter in the booming study of microbial communities that live throughout the world's environments.

Lynch lauded as Research Innovator of the Year by College of Ag Sciences

May 15, 2023

Jonathan Lynch, distinguished professor of plant nutrition, is the 2023 recipient of the Research Innovator of the Year Award, presented by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have made notable efforts to commercialize their Penn State research.

Ag alumnus endows 4-H award to honor late wife, boost 4-H membership

May 12, 2023

Since 1984, Huntingdon County 4-H has presented the Chris Kyper Imbt Memorial Award to youth exhibiting dairy animals at fairs and competitions. Thanks to a $30,000 gift from Randy Imbt, the award now has been reimagined and endowed as the Christine Kyper Imbt Memorial 4-H Leadership Award.

College of Ag Sciences study-abroad leaders share their knowledge in new book

May 12, 2023

Three global education leaders in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have contributed their expertise to a new book.  

‘Nature is messy': Pioneers in landscape transcriptomics study genes in the wild

May 11, 2023

An interdisciplinary team in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences — in an initiative aimed at better understanding the implications of climate change for animal and plant life and agricultural systems — is focusing on an emerging field of study called landscape transcriptomics.

Annual substance use conference examines stigma, opioid crisis

May 10, 2023

The Penn State Consortium on Substance Use and Addiction recently hosted its fourth annual conference in the HUB-Robeson Center at the University Park campus. 

Analysis of U.S. farms offers clearer, more nuanced picture for policymakers

May 8, 2023

A new Penn State-led study set out to analyze U.S. farming counties to better understand the diversity of farms across the country, which researchers say suggests that agricultural policies should not be designed with a “one size fits all” approach.

Students learn about science, and themselves, conducting undergraduate research

May 8, 2023

Three undergraduates who presented posters at the 2023 Gamma Sigma Delta Research Expo talked about the stories behind their research, with an eye toward offering other Penn State students inspiration to pursue their own “passion projects” in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State doctoral student receives prestigious agriculture research fellowship

May 8, 2023

Theo "Chelsea" Newbold, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Fellowship for 2023–26.

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