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Visitors at Ag Progress Days 2018 can learn about the invasive spotted lanternfly in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre.
August 1, 2018

The looming threat posed by the invasive spotted lanternfly will take center stage in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16. Displays and presentations in the building also will highlight programs related to pond management and bait-fish production, hemp research, animal health, and agricultural policy.

Shown is one of three works by artist Aurora Robson currently on display at The Arboretum at Penn State.
August 1, 2018

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences alumna Diane Blanton recently contributed $50,000 to fund a five-month art installation at The Arboretum at Penn State.

Andrew Huling tends to the Japanese beetles that are part of a study focusing on insecticide efficacy and grub control.
July 31, 2018

Research underway at the Joseph Valentine Turfgrass Research Center on the University Park campus is focusing on the effectiveness of a neonicotinoid insecticide — imidacloprid — in controlling grub populations.

Sticking her neck out for turtles -- Carrie Zamonski, a senior majoring in Environmental Resource Management and minoring in Watershed and Water Resources and Marine Science, spent her summer as a sea turtle intern at the Bald Head Island Conservancy in Brunswick County, North Carolina, an island nationally renowned for its sea turtle nesting activity.
July 31, 2018

Carrie Zamonski, of Brookhaven, Pennsylvania, is spending her summer at the beach -- but she's not there just for a vacation. Zamonski, a senior majoring in environmental resource management and minoring in watershed and water resources and marine science, is an intern at the Bald Head Island Conservancy in North Carolina.

Elizabeth Boyer, associate professor of water resources at Penn State, will present the 2018 Witherspoon Lecture at the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting, Dec. 10-14, in Washington, D.C.
July 31, 2018

Elizabeth W. Boyer, associate professor of water resources in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been honored with the 2018 Witherspoon Lecture Award by the American Geophysical Union.

While septic tanks are generally installed downgradient of wells, contaminant from septic systems can impact well water quality, especially if the septic systems are not maintained or were improperly installed. Pharmaceuticals that are incompletely degraded in septic tanks and leaching fields can travel with wastewater and infiltrate groundwater.
July 31, 2018

Drinking water from wells in rural north central Pennsylvania had low levels of pharmaceuticals, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

Most tractor rollover incidents can result in major injuries and even death but can be prevented by understanding the causes of overturns and following safe operating practices. A full-size tractor will be used to demonstrate tractor stability and hitching safety.
July 30, 2018

Visitors to the Farm Safety Demonstration Area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16, can learn about tractor overturn hazards and how to reduce the risks of tractor rollovers.

The flowers and plantings in the 8-year-old demonstration plots at the site attract and nourish huge numbers of native bees, butterflies and other pollinators. With pollinators in jeopardy,     Penn State Master Gardeners    teamed with horticulture faculty members to create and nurture the gardens — located at the end of 11th Street at the show site — to demonstrate that supplying pollinators with food and habitat can be beautiful.
July 30, 2018

The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes is a focus of the Yard and Garden Area this year at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.

"Pollinator Panic!" is a video game created at Penn State to address bee population decline.
July 26, 2018

A collaboration between the School of Visual Arts and the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State has led to the creation of “Pollinator Panic!,” an online strategy game that allows a player to assume the role of a field researcher who is working to restore a bee community.

Ag Progress Days will feature an outstanding lineup of crop management, wildlife and conservation exhibits and demonstrations.
July 25, 2018

From educational displays about conservation and sustainability efforts to the signature hay show, there will be a lot to see and learn in and around the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.

Penn State researchers examined the use and user-friendliness of SILVAH-Oak — short for Silviculture of Allegheny Hardwoods — a decision-support tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service for making silvicultural decisions in mixed oak forests. Shown is a young, regenerating forest, which is the site of the second part of the project.
July 25, 2018

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences examined the use and user-friendliness of SILVAH-Oak — short for Silviculture of Allegheny Hardwoods — a decision-support tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service for making silvicultural decisions in mixed oak forests.

The approximately 1,500 items in the Pasto Museum's collection are concentrated in the time period between 1775 and 1940, although the assemblage of objects spans 6,000 years, from 4000 B.C. to the 1940s.
July 19, 2018

Visitors to Penn State's Pasto Agricultural Museum always get to see tools, but at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16, they will get to see how they were created by old-time craftsmen.

Poor mental health days refer to days when people describe their mental health as not good and could include conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and problems with emotions.
July 19, 2018

Poor mental health may cost businesses nearly as much as physical health problems, according to researchers. A single extra poor mental health day in a month was associated with a 1.84 percent drop in the per capita real income growth rate, resulting in $53 billion less total income each year.

From miniature horses to draft horses, the Equine Experience at Penn State's Ag Progress Days covers the gamut of the equine animal.
July 19, 2018

Ag Progress Days, slated for Aug. 14-16, will feature plenty of activities for horse lovers, including breed demonstrations, clinics and much more.

Visitors learn about agricultural soil and water conservation practices on a tour during Ag Progress Days in 2016.
July 18, 2018

Pennsylvania's growing brewing industry generates $1.9 billion for the state's economy, and that also means increased demand for locally grown hops. Beer enthusiasts, brewers and farmers looking for a new source of income can learn about hops production and varieties by taking the Hops Research and Hopyard Tour during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.

Stefan Gawlowicz, managing chef with Penn State Housing and Food Services, prepared sample salads with ingredients supplied by the Student Farm at Penn State during the farm's Fall Harvest Festival. The Student Farm at Penn State is a student-centered and sustainable farm that provides a wide-variety of foods to the Penn State community.
July 18, 2018

From the first days of breaking ground on the Student Farm at Penn State, Housing and Food Services (HFS) has been an active partner by supporting the farm financially and by purchasing and using farm produce in weekly menus. Now, with the Student Farm is in its third year of operation, HFS has strengthened that partnership through a $50,000 contribution from Auxiliary and Business Services.

The spotted lanternfly — an adult male is shown here — could be the most serious invasive-insect threat in the United States in decades. Dennis Calvin, entomologist and Penn State Extension administrator, will lead Penn State's efforts to help contain and manage the pest's impact.
July 18, 2018

Dennis Calvin, director of Penn State Extension and associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences since 2009, has assumed a new role overseeing the college's efforts to combat the invasive spotted lanternfly. His appointment, which comes with the title of associate dean and director of special programs, was effective July 1.

Researchers were surprised to learn that women with high bitter-fast sensitivity — super-tasters and tasters — didn't eat fewer vegetables than the non-tasters. They reported consuming as many Brussels sprouts and as much broccoli, for instance, as the non-tasters.
July 18, 2018

High bitter-taste sensitivity is associated with a significantly increased risk of cancer in older British women, according to researchers who conducted a unique study of 5,500 women whose diet, lifestyle and health has been tracked for about 20 years.

The Silent Auction is the Pasto Museum's biggest fundraiser, helping to support programming and exhibits that serve museum visitors. Funds raised in the 2018 Silent Auction will be spent to bring video touchscreen technology to the museum experience. Auction donations will be accepted through Aug. 13, the Monday before Ag Progress Days.
July 17, 2018

The silent auction held by the Pasto Agricultural Museum during Ag Progress Days has been an annual event for many years, but this year the proceeds from the fundraiser will be put to a novel use.

Previous studies found forests absorb as much as 90 percent of nitrogen that falls from the atmosphere with rain.
July 12, 2018

How forests respond to elevated nitrogen levels from atmospheric pollution is not always the same. While a forest is filtering nitrogen as expected, a higher percentage than previously seen is leaving the system again as the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, say researchers.