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College of Agricultural Sciences edition

Monday, March 23, 2020


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.  Full story

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.  Full story