College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, April 6, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Potential link between COVID-19 and loss of smell, taste to be explored
-- Tips for farmers market operators to help minimize coronavirus transmission
-- With youth at home, families urged to use caution on their farms
-- Organic soybean producers can be competitive using little or no tillage
-- China's control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases
-- Helping families as service members transition from military to civilian life
-- Penn State Equine Science program continues 'hands-on' learning -- online
-- Penn State Berkey Creamery donates food to help community during crisis
-- For a limited time, Penn State Extension offers free online courses
-- Extension educators offer tips on managing spring spotted-lanternfly egg hatch
-- Penn State announces Peace Corps Prep certificate program

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STORIES:

Potential link between COVID-19 and loss of smell, taste to be explored
When Caela Camazine realized that she had suddenly lost her ability to taste and smell on March 17, she thought it was "really weird" because she was not congested.

https://news.psu.edu/link/X8n97mMd
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Tips for farmers market operators to help minimize coronavirus transmission
Operators of farmers markets should consider the possibility that the COVID-19 outbreak may continue to be a threat well into the summer and should develop a plan to help safeguard their customers and employees, according to Penn State Extension experts.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_P62YdzY
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With youth at home, families urged to use caution on their farms
Spring is always a busy time on the family farm, but this year is presenting unique challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an agricultural safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Organic soybean producers can be competitive using little or no tillage
Organic soybean producers using no-till and reduced-tillage production methods that incorporate cover crops — strategies that protect soil health and water quality — can achieve similar yields at competitive costs compared to tillage-based production.

https://news.psu.edu/link/2zHgPS9K
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China's control measures may have prevented 700,000 COVID-19 cases
China's control measures during the first 50 days of the COVID-19 epidemic may have delayed the spread of the virus to cities outside of Wuhan by several days and, by interrupting transmission nationwide, prevented more than 700,000 infections across the country, according to an international team of researchers. The findings, published today (March 31) in the journal Science, could be useful to countries that are still in early phases of the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_yV7TFmT
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Helping families as service members transition from military to civilian life
The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State is part of a diverse team assisting the U.S. Department of Defense's Military Family and Community Policy to provide better outcomes for military families whose service members are leaving the military, through the development of their Military Spouse Transition Program.

https://news.psu.edu/link/stVqHtm7
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Penn State Equine Science program continues 'hands-on' learning -- online
The 18th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place this year — but in a new, virtual format. The online auction and sale will take place with the help of Professional Horse Services LLC, with bidding open from April 27 through May 2.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XKzWhhhk
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Penn State Berkey Creamery donates food to help community during crisis
The Penn State Berkey Creamery, in coordination with the University's Housing and Food Services unit, is donating dairy-related products to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, a nonprofit organization committed to reducing hunger in 27 counties across central Pennsylvania.

https://news.psu.edu/link/RZCFQNmQ
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For a limited time, Penn State Extension offers free online courses
As a way to support its customers during the coronavirus pandemic, Penn State Extension is offering its library of online courses at no cost through April.


https://news.psu.edu/link/jdXbTh3k
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Extension educators offer tips on managing spring spotted-lanternfly egg hatch
The hatch of spotted lanternfly egg masses likely will begin in mid- to late-April in southern counties, with northern counties to follow soon after, noted Beth Finlay, Master Gardener area coordinator for Penn State Extension.


https://news.psu.edu/link/LXKrq4zk
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Penn State announces Peace Corps Prep certificate program
Penn State has announced a partnership with the Peace Corps to offer a preparatory program for students interested in volunteering.

https://news.psu.edu/link/N6d4pwqd

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QUICK LINKS:

Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
https://news.psu.edu/link/t_ShNc64

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