College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, March 23, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Experts: Continuity of food system critical during COVID-19 pandemic
-- High oleic acid soybeans offer benefits to dairy cows, farmers, research shows
-- Pesticide seed coatings are widespread but underreported
-- Wattses continue their lifelong dedication to philanthropy through a scholarship
-- Penn State Extension offers tractor-safety instructor training online
-- Penn State Berkey Creamery Flavor Madness online competition is back
-- Berkey Creamery closes retail store until further notice; online sales continue
-- March 24 virtual town hall events to discuss Penn State response to coronavirus

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STORIES:

Experts: Continuity of food system critical during COVID-19 pandemic
Maintaining a stable food supply in the United States is critical in the battle against the novel coronavirus. And that means each sector of the food supply chain must take measures to ensure that they can continue to operate, according to food scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/ZTNbB85H
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High oleic acid soybeans offer benefits to dairy cows, farmers, research shows
Roasted soybeans are a common ingredient in the diets of Pennsylvania dairy cows because they are a great source of fat and protein — including protein that escapes the rumen. Farm-grown and locally available soybeans and on-farm or local roasting make soybeans an economical ingredient in many situations.

https://news.psu.edu/link/jVYqfc87
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Pesticide seed coatings are widespread but underreported
Pesticide-coated seeds — such as neonicotinoids, many of which are highly toxic to both pest and beneficial insects — are increasingly used in the major field crops, but are underreported, in part, because farmers often do not know what pesticides are on their seeds, according to an international team of researchers. The lack of data may complicate efforts to evaluate the value of different pest management strategies, while also protecting human health and the environment.

https://news.psu.edu/link/wkMfJDFs
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Wattses continue their lifelong dedication to philanthropy through a scholarship
Penn State alumna Laura Loder Watts, a 1979 graduate in animal production, and her husband, Randy, are no strangers to philanthropy, having given their time and money generously through the years to causes and groups meaningful to them. The couple has pledged a $250,000 estate gift to establish a scholarship in animal science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/LrWwSXFR
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Penn State Extension offers tractor-safety instructor training online
Penn State Extension is offering an online course for adults interested in teaching and certifying safe tractor and machinery operation practices to youth working in agriculture.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Pr2pz74S
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Penn State Berkey Creamery Flavor Madness online competition is back
What is this year's No. 1 Penn State Berkey Creamery ice cream flavor? Flavor Madness returns this month to ask ice cream lovers that very question in an online-only competition.

https://news.psu.edu/link/21ggdqqK
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Berkey Creamery closes retail store until further notice; online sales continue
Given the nation's, Pennsylvania's and the University's focus on social distancing in helping to combat coronavirus to protect our community, Penn State's Berkey Creamery is closing its retail store on campus until further notice.


https://news.psu.edu/link/L9ZsNCTw
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March 24 virtual town hall events to discuss Penn State response to coronavirus
As Penn State has taken numerous measures to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and protect the health and well-being of faculty, staff, students and communities, University leaders are convening two separate hour-and-a-half Town Halls on Tuesday, March 24, to provide updates and answer questions.

https://news.psu.edu/link/1P1TKGKx

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Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
https://news.psu.edu/link/4MWDVZvW

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