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College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, April 13, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEATURED ITEM:
-- Story: The 'new normal': Extension educator offers tips to help families stay on track

STORIES:
-- Animals should not pose coronavirus threat to pet owners, farmers
-- Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods
-- Health, safety of employees essential for food processing operations
-- 'Bloom' team pitch for trading platform for produce farmers wins Ag Springboard
-- Randell receives Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in College of Agricultural Sciences
-- Entomologist named Black Award recipient in College of Agricultural Sciences
-- Perkins named to advisory committee for veterans services
-- College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member among LEAD21 graduates
-- Learn what Penn State Extension's Latinx Ag Network offers on new Facebook page
-- Land-use webinar to focus on improving retail activities in rural communities
-- Transporting sheep and goats across state lines? They must have scrapie IDs
-- Public invited to hear updates on spotted lanternfly efforts during webinar
-- Penn State to recognize class of 2020 with virtual commencement ceremony

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FEATURED ITEM:

Story: The 'new normal': Extension educator offers tips to help families stay on track
With stay-at-home orders in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, many families are wrestling with how to adjust to being at home all day, every day — together. Maintaining a daily schedule can help, noted a Penn State Extension educator.

Read the full story: https://news.psu.edu/link/Cyc6dNjm

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STORIES:

Animals should not pose coronavirus threat to pet owners, farmers
Farmers and pet owners who may be concerned that they can contract COVID-19 from domestic animals — such as livestock, dogs and cats — have little to worry about, according to a virologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

https://news.psu.edu/link/nct63Lc2
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Fruit may mask taste of dark green vegetables in commercial baby foods
Commercially prepared baby foods that purport to be loaded with dark green vegetables are sweetened with fruit puree and often don't contain a high percentage of dark green vegetable content, according to a team of researchers. The resulting lack of dark green vegetable taste matters, said team leader John Hayes, associate professor of food science at Penn State.

https://news.psu.edu/link/YDRCkkjG
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Health, safety of employees essential for food processing operations
As it has become clear that COVID-19 will be present at some level in the United States for a long time, food processing establishments — facilities that process, pack or hold food for human consumption — have put into place controls to minimize the risk of the disease among their personnel.

https://news.psu.edu/link/bnnVjrjV
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'Bloom' team pitch for trading platform for produce farmers wins Ag Springboard
The "Bloom" student team won the $7,500 top prize for its pitch of a mobile application to connect small produce farmers in Kenya directly with wholesale buyers, during the final round of the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest April 1.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Yx1bjjyG
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Randell receives Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in College of Agricultural Sciences
Heather Randell, assistant professor of rural sociology and demography in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named the recipient of the 2019 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award.

https://news.psu.edu/link/w_NzLZBH
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Entomologist named Black Award recipient in College of Agricultural Sciences
Kelli Hoover, professor of entomology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2019 Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.


https://news.psu.edu/link/CrgXLBCW
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Perkins named to advisory committee for veterans services
Daniel Perkins, professor of family resiliency and policy and principal scientist and founder of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, was recently invited to serve on the Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee on the Coordination of Veterans Services.

https://news.psu.edu/link/XYQdp77m
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College of Agricultural Sciences faculty member among LEAD21 graduates
Burt Staniar, associate professor of equine science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was one of 90 individuals completing the LEAD21 program, a leadership-development initiative affiliated with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

https://news.psu.edu/link/F7yXr4BX
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Learn what Penn State Extension's Latinx Ag Network offers on new Facebook page
Penn State Extension is connecting with Latinx agriculturists in essential food businesses to provide timely outreach and science-based education on farm production, food safety, and workplace risk management.

https://news.psu.edu/link/4mvPk4tX
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Land-use webinar to focus on improving retail activities in rural communities
Implementing policies to spur improvements in retail activities in rural communities will be the topic of a web-based seminar presented at noon on April 15 by Penn State Extension.

https://news.psu.edu/link/vLSdjs7f
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Transporting sheep and goats across state lines? They must have scrapie IDs
In Pennsylvania, sheep and goat producers are required to distinguish their animals with an official scrapie identification before moving them off their farms. In addition to the scrapie identification requirement, producers must also follow new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations to transport sheep or goats across state lines, according to a Penn State Extension educator.

https://news.psu.edu/link/qYvN4C6J
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Public invited to hear updates on spotted lanternfly efforts during webinar
The public is invited to hear the latest on the spotted lanternfly during a Penn State Extension webinar — "Spotted Lanternfly Update 2020: How We Are Fighting It and What You Need to Know" — planned for noon on May 5.

https://news.psu.edu/link/LFD9Kc5N
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Penn State to recognize class of 2020 with virtual commencement ceremony
In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, orders from the state government and recommendations from global public health organizations, Penn State will hold its spring 2020 commencement ceremony via livestream on May 9. The virtual ceremony will recognize all Penn State undergraduate students and all graduate students in the Penn State Graduate School.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zBBVF3Q7

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