Penn State Extension offers workshop for sheep producers

March 28, 2017

Sheep producers looking for information on how and when to make culling decisions to make their sheep operations more profitable can take advantage of a workshop offered by Penn State Extension and the Berks County Sheep and Wool Growers Association.

Student club highlights LGBTQ involvement in agriculture

March 28, 2017

The Students for Cultivating Change provides a safe, inclusive network for students interested in agricultural sciences who are in the LGBTQ community. Focusing efforts in education, community, and increasing awareness, they strive to promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ individuals within the College of Agricultural Sciences and larger Penn State community.

Provost’s Global Advisory Council holds inaugural meeting

March 28, 2017

The Provost’s Global Advisory Council hosted its inaugural meeting March 23 on the University Park campus. The council is chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, with Vice Provost for Global Programs Michael Adewumi serving as the secretary. The council will serve in an advisory capacity to University leadership.

Poultry science professor receives PennAg's Distinguished Service Award

March 28, 2017

R. Michael Hulet, associate professor of poultry science and extension poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from PennAg Industries Association at the group's annual dinner March 21. In its recognition, PennAg Industries called Hulet a true friend of agriculture, honoring him for his strong leadership throughout his career.

Adventures abroad: Student gains new insights about sustainability

March 27, 2017

The senior environmental resource management major traveled to both New Zealand and Costa Rica as part of two separate embedded courses. She was first introduced to these study-abroad opportunities through her major’s coursework.

It takes a village to raise a farm

March 27, 2017

The Student Farm at Penn State is celebrating a successful first year on their one-acre site at Fox Hollow and Big Hollow Roads. The farm grew over 10,000 pounds of produce this year, feeding both students and community members.

Picture this: Trail cams used to monitor predators of deer fawns

March 24, 2017

Deer fawns in Pennsylvania face a cruel reality -- only half of them survive until their first birthday, and much of that mortality results from predation.

Engineering students offer lawnmower checkups

March 24, 2017

The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual Lawnmower Clinic on April 7 and 8.

Penn State develops first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy

March 23, 2017

A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures. The model — a way for researchers to simulate the effects of malaria in children by using mice — was developed in a collaboration between researchers at Penn State's colleges of medicine, engineering, science and agriculture.

Global environmental health leader to present April 6

March 22, 2017

The Spring Health and the Environment Lecture on April 6 will feature Linda Birnbaum, director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

Study demonstrates bed-bug biopesticide could defeat insecticide resistance

March 22, 2017

A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bed-bug infestations, which have surged in recent years.

Bedbugs beware: New research may beat back bedbug epidemic

March 22, 2017

A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

Avian flu threat re-emerges as new outbreaks are reported in U.S. flocks

March 21, 2017

Poultry and animal disease experts in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are urging commercial poultry producers and small-flock owners in Pennsylvania to ramp up their vigilance and biosecurity in the wake of recent outbreaks of avian influenza in several states.

Five students receive scholarships from the LGBTQA Student Resource Center

March 20, 2017

The LGBTQA Student Resource Center, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, recognizes five students each year with scholarships that are open to any LGBTQ+ students attending Penn State.

Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium, April 21-22

March 17, 2017

The Penn State Student Association of Environmental Science and Engineering will hold the 20th annual Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium 5-9 p.m. on April 21 and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 22 in the Forest Resources Building. Abstract submission deadline is March 24.

Katzaman bequest to support ag sciences, Penn State micro-scholarship program

March 17, 2017

Michael and Diane Katzaman, of Wernersville, have pledged an estate gift of approximately $1.7 million to be evenly divided between the Agriculture Fund, which supports Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and a micro-scholarship fund administered through the University's Office of Undergraduate Education.

Pennsylvania winemaking to be discussed during WPSU’s 'Digging Deeper'

March 17, 2017

Penn State President Eric J. Barron will welcome a pair of University experts to discuss Pennsylvania winemaking and the fundamentals of grape growing during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper.” The show will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on March 26 on WPSU-TV.

Creamery to launch Flavor Madness contest for March

March 16, 2017

This month, Berkey Creamery is launching Flavor Madness, the online tournament to crown the most popular flavor.

Guest lecturer to address 'Big Science, Politics and the Press'

March 15, 2017

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades will visit University Park to discuss “Big Science, Politics and the Press" on April 4.

Head Start gets a boost from Penn State program

March 15, 2017

The effectiveness of Head Start in preparing children for elementary school is currently being debated, but in Pennsylvania, the program has benefited from several Penn State initiatives.

Warm winter has put state’s apple crop at risk, expert warns

March 10, 2017

With less than two weeks until the official end of an unusually warm winter in Pennsylvania, the apple crop is in some jeopardy, warns a tree fruit specialist with Penn State Extension.

Energy crop production on conservation lands may not boost greenhouse gases

March 10, 2017

Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land.

International agriculture minor offers students global perspectives

March 8, 2017

With global, interdisciplinary coursework and a robust study-abroad program, the international agriculture minor is attracting students from a wide range of majors.

Land-use webinar to focus on how communities manage the impacts of pipelines

March 7, 2017

A webinar on how communities can help their residents better understand and manage natural gas pipeline activity and impacts will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Webinar focuses on property values near shale gas sites

March 7, 2017

The findings of studies on how the values of residential property near shale gas/oil extraction sites have changed will be the topic of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.

Have fun learning about invasive species with a new tool from Pennsylvania 4-H

March 6, 2017

Penn State Extension, with funding from the state Department of Agriculture, has created a “fun,” hands-on, interactive curriculum to address the threat of invasive species, to be offered through its Pennsylvania 4-H youth program.

Rural sociology professor chosen for Roy C. Buck Award

March 3, 2017

Brian Thiede, assistant professor of rural sociology, received the 2016-17 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award for his paper, "Climate variability and inter-provincial migration in South America, 1970-2011."

Scientists reveal core genes involved in immunity of honey bees

March 2, 2017

A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.

Coalition asks Congress for more funding to support agricultural research

March 2, 2017

The head of Penn State’s Department of Entomology is among a coalition that includes top scientists from 11 research universities in Washington, D.C, today (March 2) calling for stronger federal support of the food and agricultural sciences.

Conference report sees farmers playing key role in meeting water-quality goals

March 1, 2017

Because of a new narrative of stewardship, Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be persuaded to look at conservation not as something they have to do but rather something they want to do.

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  • Associate Director of Communications
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