Due to COVID-19 outbreak, state temporarily OKs farms applying milk to fields

April 23, 2020

In response to a sharp reduction in the demand for milk due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has disrupted supply chains, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued emergency guidance that allows dairy farmers to discharge milk on their land.

PROSPER Program continues to respond to families' educational needs

April 23, 2020

Penn State’s PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) project is continuing to connect and engage Pennsylvania families and keep schools informed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gene-editing protocol for whitefly pest opens door to control

April 23, 2020

Whiteflies are among the most important agricultural pests in the world, yet they have been difficult to genetically manipulate and control, in part, because of their small size. An international team of researchers has overcome this roadblock by developing a CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing protocol that could lead to novel control methods for this devastating pest.

Research information outlines Pennsylvania specifics related to COVID-19

April 22, 2020

Many Pennsylvania residents are facing an increased risk for severe symptoms of the novel coronavirus while having limited access to medical services, and policy briefs from Penn State’s Pennsylvania Population Network (PPN) demonstrate why.

Common soil fungus could be ally in organic corn growers' fight against pests

April 22, 2020

A common soil fungus might be enlisted as a powerful partner by corn producers to suppress pests and promote plant growth, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest promoting the fungus could be an especially valuable strategy for organic growers who struggle with insect control.

Pa. dairy industry has future, despite shrinkage, damage from COVID-19 outbreak

April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is hitting Pennsylvania’s beleaguered dairy industry hard, and sadly, there is a segment that will not be able to sustain more economic body blows. However, the long-term outlook for dairy appears to be stable in the state, according to a Penn State Extension expert.

Extension offers tips for implementing e-commerce in a food or farm business

April 22, 2020

For those farm and food operations that have not ventured into the e-commerce world, there are numerous considerations behind the decision to strategically utilize e-commerce, beginning with the choice of platform to use, according to Penn State Extension educators.

Penn State engineer aims to tackle COVID-19 from two angles

April 20, 2020

To combat COVID-19 in both the treatment and testing arenas, Yong Wang, Penn State professor of biomedical engineering, has received two grants from the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences COVID-19 multi-institute seed grant fund.

Behring receives Distinguished Alumni Award from alma mater

April 20, 2020

Deanna Behring, assistant dean and director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is being lauded by her alma mater, Albion College, for her professional achievements.

For small and minority farmers, networks influence the bottom line

April 20, 2020

In a study looking at the social networks of small-scale and minority specialty-crop farmers in Tennessee, Maryland, and Delaware, farmers who played a more prominent role in their network reported greater sales. The findings can help farming groups and agricultural support organizations leverage networks to enhance the farmers’ success.

Virtual Undergraduate Exhibition brings together nearly 200 students

April 19, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellation of public events, organizers in the Office of Undergraduate Education still wanted to provide some avenue for undergraduates to gain the experience of communicating their research and be able to compete for prizes. Nearly 200 participants shared their research and creative work during the 2020 virtual Undergraduate Exhibition at Penn State.

Horticultural crop businesses need best management practices to survive COVID-19

April 16, 2020

As horticultural crop producers approach their busiest time of year, it has become apparent that the COVID-19 outbreak may impact their ability to source inputs, engage workers and operate their businesses in a normal fashion, according to a Penn State Extension expert.

Additional details announced on virtual commencement for the Class of 2020

April 16, 2020

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Penn State will host its first virtual commencement. The ceremony will be livestreamed, and available internationally, at https://spring2020.commencement.psu.edu/.

Plant Pathology spotlights diversity, equity and inclusion through new committee

April 16, 2020

The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee — the result of a conversation that sprouted from a mentoring relationship between a student and faculty member.

Penn State researchers find significant economic losses due to soybean diseases

April 16, 2020

Economic losses due to soybean diseases in the United States from 1996 to 2016 amounted to more than $95 billion, according to a team of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences who examined the long-term impact of soybean diseases on production in the U.S.

Extension educators offer tips for helping children, teens cope during pandemic

April 16, 2020

Growing up has its ups and downs even under normal circumstances, but the novel coronavirus is making that even more complicated, according to educators with Penn State Extension's food, family and health program team.

Penn State researchers evaluating Twitter data during pandemic

April 16, 2020

By collecting global Twitter data from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Penn State researchers developed a dashboard that tracks geotagged tweets to allow the opportunity for researchers and policymakers to assess public reactions to the pandemic.

Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

April 15, 2020

Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer. Further, the University will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the persistent fiscal strain it is causing across Pennsylvania and the country.

Extension offers help to pesticide-application industry during pandemic

April 15, 2020

With in-person training not currently available due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the pesticide-application industry still is receiving relevant information through Penn State Extension, which has ramped up online educational offerings.

Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship

April 15, 2020

Before Penn State alumna Tamela Serensits got her entrepreneurial feet, she got her sea legs as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy – traveling the world helping to protect freedom and leading critical decision-making when lives were on the line. That experience helped form her character, and commitment to her own startup company.

Election for agricultural interest trustees deferred

April 15, 2020

The election of agricultural interest trustees for the Penn State Board of Trustees is being temporarily deferred due to the coronavirus, the University announced today (April 15).

Seed grants jump-start 47 interdisciplinary teams to conduct COVID-19 research

April 14, 2020

With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. In total, the initiative awarded $2.25 million to 47 teams of researchers from three campuses, eight colleges and more than 25 departments.

Penn State Extension offers growing portfolio of coronavirus-related resources

April 14, 2020

As the world continues to adapt to a new reality created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State Extension is offering a variety of resources to help farms and other agricultural businesses, families, and communities navigate their way through the related disruptions.

Animals should not pose coronavirus threat to pet owners, farmers

April 13, 2020

Farmers and pet owners who may be concerned that they can contract COVID-19 from domestic animals — such as livestock, dogs and cats — have little to worry about, according to a virologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Public invited to hear updates on spotted lanternfly efforts during webinar

April 13, 2020

The public is invited to hear the latest on the spotted lanternfly during a Penn State Extension webinar — “Spotted Lanternfly Update 2020: How We Are Fighting It and What You Need to Know” — planned for noon on May 5.

Randell receives Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in College of Agricultural Sciences

April 13, 2020

Heather Randell, assistant professor of rural sociology and demography in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award.

Entomologist named Black Award recipient in College of Agricultural Sciences

April 11, 2020

Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2019 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

The 'new normal': Extension educator offers tips to help families stay on track

April 10, 2020

With stay-at-home orders in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, many families are wrestling with how to adjust to being at home all day, every day — together. Maintaining a daily schedule can help, noted a Penn State Extension educator.

Penn State Master Gardeners spearhead effort to support health care workers

April 9, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are partnering with commercial greenhouses to provide plants, both edible and ornamental, to medical caregivers and front-line staff whose lives have been upended by the coronavirus crisis.

Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods

April 9, 2020

Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don’t contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. The resulting lack of dark green vegetable taste matters, said team leader John Hayes, associate professor of food science at Penn State.

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