More than fresh food: Research finds farmers markets vital to local food economy

April 4, 2022

Pennsylvania farmers markets generate an estimated $100 million in sales each year, according to a new Penn State Extension analysis that provides a snapshot of farmers markets' contribution to the local food economy in the commonwealth.

Study examines if there is something 'fishy' happening with seafood imports

April 4, 2022

Reducing tariffs on imported goods is meant to remove trade barriers, but it doesn’t seem to be helping the seafood industry, which has experienced the same — if not more — import rejections and notifications at borders, according to research guided by an agricultural economist at Penn State.  

World Campus bachelor's program implements cost-free materials in core courses

April 4, 2022

The online bachelor’s degree program in agribusiness management is using open-education resources, or OER, to replace textbooks, case studies and other materials students in the major previously had to buy.

Accomplished professor of horticulture, extension tree-fruit specialist retires

April 1, 2022

For almost 40 years, Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture and extension tree-fruit specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has made impactful contributions. He is passing the mantle to a new generation of scientists and extension educators as he embarks on the next chapter of his life — retirement.

Cover crops more effective than insecticides for managing pests, study suggests

March 31, 2022

Promoting early season plant cover, primarily through the use of cover crops, can be more effective at reducing pest density and crop damage than insecticide applications, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

Interdisciplinary Penn State team awarded SOM Foundation Research Prize

March 31, 2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers was awarded $40,000 as a recipient of the Skidmore Owings & Merrill Foundation 2021 Research Prize for a project that explores mycelium-based and knitted textiles to form a sustainable building material.

Wakhungu receives 2022 Graduate School Humanitarian Award

March 30, 2022

Penn State Graduate School alumna Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu is the recipient of the 2022 Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award.

How would a nuclear winter impact food production?

March 29, 2022

Effects of a nuclear winter or other sky-darkening global catastrophes on farming and agriculture make it "imperative that we better understand our food production, supply and value chains to make them less vulnerable and more adaptable in times of crises," according to Penn State researchers who recently published a timely study on "Food Resilience in a Dark Catastrophe."

'It’s a Wormy Deal' workshops for sheep and goat producers set for April

March 29, 2022

Penn State Extension will hold a workshop titled “It’s a Wormy Deal” at three locations this spring for sheep and goat producers.

Prescribed burn planned at Arboretum on March 29

March 28, 2022

The Arboretum at Penn State will conduct a prescribed burn at the chestnut orchard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 29.

Penn State's 'Living Filter' to be the focus of wastewater reuse conference

March 28, 2022

More than a half-century of research on the use of treated wastewater for irrigation and groundwater recharge will be the focus of a three-day conference hosted by Penn State April 5-7 at the Wyndham Garden hotel in Boalsburg. The conference will highlight Penn State's "Living Filter," a year-round spray irrigation system that recycles the University's treated effluent.

Penn State employees traveling in lanternfly quarantine zone must take training

March 28, 2022

The spotted lanternfly continues its trek across Pennsylvania, prompting the state Department of Agriculture to add 11 counties to the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone, including Centre County, where the infestation is limited to College Township.  

Red-backed salamanders possess only limited ability to adjust to warming climate

March 25, 2022

If average temperatures rise as projected in eastern North America in coming decades, at least one widespread amphibian species likely will be unable to adjust, and its range may shift northward, according to a new study led by Penn State scientists.

Penn State Global announces 2021-22 awards for engagement

March 25, 2022

Penn State Global has announced the 2021-22 recipients of its annual awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and academic programs at Penn State who have helped to advance the University’s global engagement goals.

Penn State nominates two juniors for national Truman Scholarship

March 24, 2022

Penn State nominated Anton Aluquin and Luisina Kemanian-Leites for the 2022 Truman Scholarship, a prestigious award that recognizes U.S. college juniors for their commitments to public service.  

Antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains not seen in migrating wild birds

March 22, 2022

Although many wild birds carry Salmonella, the strains of the bacteria they convey usually do not harbor antimicrobial-resistance genes, according to Penn State researchers, who led a team conducting a new, nationwide study.

Researchers to devise new, innovative strategies to manage Philadelphia’s soils

March 21, 2022

A team of Penn State researchers will develop a long-term solution for the testing and management of urban soils for the safe production of garden and food crops in urban settings, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Cornell professor to present 'Social Costs of Nutrient Pollution in the U.S.'

March 18, 2022

Catherine Kling of Cornell University will present a new model of nutrient pollution assessment that considers its social costs and could reshape the way the U.S. handles water quality issues on March 24. Her presentation, titled "Social Costs of Nutrient Pollution in the United States," will be held at 3 p.m. in 312 Ag Engineering Building on Penn State's University Park campus. The talk is sponsored by the Penn State Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science and the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering.     

Microbiome Center to host ‘Changing Microbiomes’ symposium in early June

March 18, 2022

The inaugural Penn State microbiome symposium, titled “Changing Microbiomes Symposium,” will be held from May 31 to June 3 at the Mountain View Country Club at the Wyndham Garden Inn, 310 Elks Club Road, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.

College of Ag Sciences and Ukraine partner in advancing agricultural development

March 18, 2022

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has had a strong and productive working relationship with agriculture and universities in Ukraine for 30 years.

Alliance between College of Ag Sciences, University of Pretoria yields benefits

March 18, 2022

Developing solutions to address threats to plant health is the centerpiece of a partnership between Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

March 17, 2022

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 11 prominent young alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 18. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m.

Study will assess prepartum aspirin regimens to improve cow health, performance

March 17, 2022

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $637,000 will enable a team of Penn State and University of Pennsylvania researchers to study whether treating prepartum cows with an anti-inflammatory medication will reduce discomfort and inflammation and lead to improved health and higher milk production after calving.

Penn State-developed genome-editing technology licensed to Inscripta

March 17, 2022

A technology patented by a Penn State researcher to enhance the capabilities of the genome-editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas will have potential commercial applications as the result of a recently signed licensing agreement.

Inhalable aerogel shows promise for transmission-blocking COVID-19 vaccine

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Inhalable aerogel triggers immunity to COVID-19 in mice, may block transmission

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Penn State Extension to offer free virtual walking program in April

March 17, 2022

Anyone interested in developing healthy habits and increasing stamina can benefit from a free Penn State Extension virtual walking program called “Everybody Walk Across Pennsylvania.” The statewide program will take place from Monday, April 11 to Monday, June 6.

Faculty in College of Agricultural Sciences lauded for excellence in teaching

March 16, 2022

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized five faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2021.

Hellmann to present 'Answering the call for a new climate science' March 17

March 16, 2022

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science at Penn State will present its inaugural Distinguished Speaker Series event on March 17. The first talk features Jessica Hellmann, professor of ecology and Ecolab Chair in Environmental Leadership at the University of Minnesota, and executive director of the UMN Institute on the Environment. Her talk, titled, "Answering the call for a new climate science," will look at the new and different requirements of academia in a climate and biodiversity crisis.

Cow & Cookie shop to open later this month in HUB-Robeson Center

March 16, 2022

The culinary masterminds of the Penn State Berkey Creamery and the Penn State Bakery, who constantly explore new ways to blend their sweet products for ice cream and baked goods customers, have come up with a new concoction that is sure to stir things up.

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