College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, March 16, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Penn State Extension adapts, remains a resource during coronavirus pandemic
-- 'Sustainable intensification' of cropping systems good for farmers, environment
-- Safe pest management in schools and childcare facilities is focus of manual
-- Listening to your gut: A powerful new tool on the microbiome and cell metabolism
-- Alumni hope 4-H gift opens doors and inspires others
-- Immunology and Infectious Disease student offers a new vision of agriculture
-- Community factors influence how long you'll live, study shows
-- Hit the 'like' button: Facebook chef visits creamery to learn ice cream making
-- Technique used to suppress soil pathogens, pests in high tunnels can work in Pa.
-- Agricultural community asked to participate in survey on learning styles

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STORIES:

Penn State Extension adapts, remains a resource during coronavirus pandemic
The novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, known as COVID-19, has disrupted the operations of businesses, governments and other organizations across the country, including Penn State. But Penn State Extension, the educational outreach arm of the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue to fulfill its mission during this unprecedented time, according to its statewide director, Brent Hales.

https://news.psu.edu/link/9BbLB6DR
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'Sustainable intensification' of cropping systems good for farmers, environment
By diversifying their crop rotations to create conditions that promote beneficial, predatory insects to combat pests, farmers can reduce their reliance on insecticides to control early-season crop pests, such as caterpillars, and still produce competitive yields of corn and soybeans.

https://news.psu.edu/link/v6zxwb1R
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Safe pest management in schools and childcare facilities is focus of manual
The Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program, a collaboration between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, has developed the book, "IPM for Pennsylvania Schools and Childcares: A How-To Manual."

https://news.psu.edu/link/WNvHCNGq
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Listening to your gut: A powerful new tool on the microbiome and cell metabolism
Many aspects of our lives — not only the presence or absence of certain diseases, but conditions like obesity, sleep patterns, even mood — may be determined, to a surprising extent, by the microbes living inside of us. Patterson, Tombros Early Career Professor and professor of molecular toxicology at Penn State, is using one of the newer and more promising of these technologies, called metabolomics, to learn about the microbiome of the human gut.

https://news.psu.edu/link/B1PsSmn1
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Alumni hope 4-H gift opens doors and inspires others
For Penn State alumni and lifelong friends MeeCee Baker, a 1982 agricultural education graduate, and Jeff Conrad, a 1983 graduate in agricultural business management, 4-H played a pivotal role in their lives. With the goal of opening doors for young people in the county where they grew up and inspiring others to support 4-H in their own communities, Baker and Conrad made a gift covering the membership fees for all youth who wanted to participate in 4-H in Juniata County this year.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XyMwGnk7
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Immunology and Infectious Disease student offers a new vision of agriculture
With an eye on her future, Marissa Moran, a junior majoring in Immunology and Infectious Disease in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, plans to become an optometrist.


https://news.psu.edu/link/vVFZ4GQ_
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Community factors influence how long you'll live, study shows
American communities with more fast food restaurants, a larger share of extraction industry-based jobs, or higher population density have shorter life expectancies, according to researchers from Penn State, West Virginia, and Michigan State Universities.

https://news.psu.edu/link/shH24ksF
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Hit the 'like' button: Facebook chef visits creamery to learn ice cream making
Tom Davis, manager of the Penn State Berkey Creamery, gave a lesson on ice cream production to George McKirdy, an executive pastry sous chef at Facebook.

https://news.psu.edu/link/md5bBsbw
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Technique used to suppress soil pathogens, pests in high tunnels can work in Pa.
A biological technique used to suppress soilborne pests and pathogens already used in warmer climates, with some modifications, will work in Pennsylvania and other more northern locations, according to a team of researchers.

https://news.psu.edu/link/_Y1FkmNP
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Agricultural community asked to participate in survey on learning styles
Understanding the key differences in learning styles among generations is the goal of a survey being led by agricultural safety specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/dqNh4Bhw

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