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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
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.

July 11, 2018

Three Penn State staff members were recently honored by the Penn State Educational Office Professionals (PSEOP) with annual awards.

"When we think about innovation, we tend to think about big research companies and tech firms in places like Silicon Valley, but a lot of innovation is happening in rural communities, it just doesn't get recorded like other forms of innovation," said Goetz.
July 11, 2018

Rural communities are often tied to agriculture, but finding new ways to inspire innovation in those communities may help create new companies, improve farming, and create more diverse economies. A $500,000 grant from USDA is aimed at doing that.

July 11, 2018

Deciding which factors businesses and organizations should consider in choosing an electricity supplier will be the topic of a free, one-hour, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 26.

The Department of Food Science at Penn State recognized John Coupland (top), professor of food science, and Robert Chiles, assistant professor of rural sociology, for their collaborative work in developing and initially presenting Arguing About Food        (      FDSC 444) as a permanent course.
July 11, 2018

Two faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently received the 2017 Anna and Guy Bixler Memorial Award in Food Science in recognition of their teaching innovation.

A partnership between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Oxfam America aims to develop solutions to global problems of poverty, hunger and social injustice. Shown, from left, are Paige Castellanos, Penn State; Nick Galasso, Oxfam; Janelle Larson, Penn State; Rebecca Rewald, Oxfam; Tariq Ahmad, Oxfam; Carolyn Sachs, Penn State; Jonathan Rose, Tara Gingerich, Namalie Jayasinghe and Marc Cohen, all of Oxfam; Ann Tickamyer, Penn State; Emma Fawcett and Kelly Knight, Oxfam: and Leif Jensen, Penn State.
July 10, 2018

Developing lasting solutions to the problems of poverty, hunger and social injustice is the cornerstone of a new partnership between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Oxfam America, the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam, the global organization working to end the injustice of poverty in 90 countries around the world.

July 10, 2018

The Global Engagement Network is a group of strategic peer partnerships around the world, developed around the natural links between faculty and research interests. Global Programs supports these collaborative research projects through a development fund and has announced the awardees, whose projects primarily focus on long-term sustainability.

Equipment used to cover vegetable beds with plastic mulch will be on display at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.
July 6, 2018

Farmers looking to diversify by growing and marketing vegetables can get a good look at the equipment needed to launch a successful vegetable operation by attending Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16. A new vegetable demonstration area will show visitors the latest equipment for planting, harvesting and irrigation.

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July 6, 2018

The Franklin County Penn State Extension office will host a community meeting about the spotted lanternfly at 6:30 p.m. on July 26 in the General Studies Building Auditorium at Penn State Mont Alto.

July 6, 2018

The Student Farm at Penn State will hold “Art on the Acre,” a relaxing evening of arts and crafts, farm tours and farm-fresh snacks, from 4 to 6 p.m. July 15.

Hazardous gases released from dairy manure storages during agitation can be particularly dangerous for nearby operators when gypsum bedding has been used in the cow stalls.
July 5, 2018

When gypsum — a source of sulfate — finds its way into low-oxygen manure-storage facilities via removal as soiled bedding, this innocuous product can turn into a deadly gas with a few moves of an agitation device, a dangerous threat that researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences believe can be counteracted with an additive.

Set for July 21 at the Penn State Beef and Sheep Center, 142 Orchard Road, University Park, Pennsylvania, the event is open to all purebred and commercial breeders from Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
July 3, 2018

An upcoming field day, hosted by Penn State Extension, will help beef producers take advantage of new technology that can take some of the guesswork out of breeding — the use of genomic tools to improve a herd. The event is open to all purebred and commercial breeders from Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

At the Kids' Climb, on Main Street near the Equine Exhibits Building, children can don safety equipment and harnesses and climb a tree like a professional arborist.
July 3, 2018

Expressive arts activities, a butterfly tent and wildlife exhibits are just a few of the many events planned for young people and their families at Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.

July 3, 2018

Concerns about community tensions caused by the onset of short-term rental services will be the topic of a web-based seminar presented by Penn State Extension at noon on July 18.

The curriculum, which contains strategies that take into account specific characteristics of small and very small dairy farms, includes lessons designed to provide workers with the knowledge, skills and a comprehensive explanation of the food-safety rules that they need to follow at work. The first lesson in the training describes the four steps for cleaning and sanitizing and why they are needed, and the basics of cross-contamination and how it can be avoided. 
July 2, 2018

While current training for food safety and sanitation usually incorporates high-technology presentations, such as videos and slide shows, there is still a need for low-tech approaches, according to Penn State researchers.