College of Agricultural Sciences news

College of Agricultural Sciences edition
Monday, April 20, 2020

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IN THIS ISSUE:

STORIES:
-- Horticultural crop businesses need best management practices to survive COVID-19
-- Penn State researchers find significant economic losses due to soybean diseases
-- For small and minority farmers, networks influence the bottom line
-- Plant Pathology spotlights diversity, equity and inclusion through new committee
-- Penn State researchers evaluating Twitter data during pandemic
-- Extension educators offer tips for helping children, teens cope during pandemic
-- Election for agricultural interest trustees deferred
-- Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship
-- Extension offers help to pesticide-application industry during pandemic
-- Penn State Extension offers growing portfolio of coronavirus-related resources
-- Seed grants jump-start 47 interdisciplinary teams to conduct COVID-19 research
-- Additional details announced on virtual commencement for the Class of 2020
-- Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

Also in this issue: Other Voices.

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STORIES:

Horticultural crop businesses need best management practices to survive COVID-19
As horticultural crop producers approach their busiest time of year, it has become apparent that the COVID-19 outbreak may impact their ability to source inputs, engage workers and operate their businesses in a normal fashion, according to a Penn State Extension expert.

https://news.psu.edu/link/k_Z2DJfm
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Penn State researchers find significant economic losses due to soybean diseases
Economic losses due to soybean diseases in the United States from 1996 to 2016 amounted to more than $95 billion, according to a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who examined the long-term impact of soybean diseases on production in the U.S.

https://news.psu.edu/link/kdjpKCng
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For small and minority farmers, networks influence the bottom line
In a study looking at the social networks of small-scale and minority specialty-crop farmers in Tennessee, Maryland, and Delaware, farmers who played a more prominent role in their network reported greater sales. The findings can help farming groups and agricultural support organizations leverage networks to enhance the farmers' success.

https://news.psu.edu/link/HN_WxQBZ
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Plant Pathology spotlights diversity, equity and inclusion through new committee
The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee — the result of a conversation that sprouted from a mentoring relationship between a student and faculty member.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Jj3qKL52
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Penn State researchers evaluating Twitter data during pandemic
By collecting global Twitter data from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Penn State researchers developed a dashboard that tracks geotagged tweets to allow the opportunity for researchers and policymakers to assess public reactions to the pandemic.

https://news.psu.edu/link/K34kLjH4
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Extension educators offer tips for helping children, teens cope during pandemic
Growing up has its ups and downs even under normal circumstances, but the novel coronavirus is making that even more complicated, according to educators with Penn State Extension's food, family and health program team.

https://news.psu.edu/link/yZsfzPxf
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Election for agricultural interest trustees deferred
The election of agricultural interest trustees for the Penn State Board of Trustees is being temporarily deferred due to the coronavirus, the University announced today (April 15).

https://news.psu.edu/link/Bx86kK42
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Navy veteran taps leadership skills to dive into entrepreneurship
Before Penn State alumna Tamela Serensits got her entrepreneurial feet, she got her sea legs as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy - traveling the world helping to protect freedom and leading critical decision-making when lives were on the line. That experience helped form her character, and commitment to her own startup company.

https://news.psu.edu/link/27rLSwMz
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Extension offers help to pesticide-application industry during pandemic
With in-person training not currently available due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the pesticide-application industry still is receiving relevant information through Penn State Extension, which has ramped up online educational offerings.

https://news.psu.edu/link/yQVh6BmG
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Penn State Extension offers growing portfolio of coronavirus-related resources
As the world continues to adapt to a new reality created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State Extension is offering a variety of resources to help farms and other agricultural businesses, families, and communities navigate their way through the related disruptions.

https://news.psu.edu/link/yNW6Brn9
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Seed grants jump-start 47 interdisciplinary teams to conduct COVID-19 research
With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. In total, the initiative awarded $2.25 million to 47 teams of researchers from three campuses, 10 colleges and more than 25 departments.

https://news.psu.edu/link/Xwggdmhf
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Additional details announced on virtual commencement for the Class of 2020
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Penn State will host its first virtual commencement. The ceremony will be livestreamed, and available internationally, at https://spring2020.commencement.psu.edu/.

https://news.psu.edu/link/tK_jcLTM
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Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer
Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer. Further, the University will adjust tuition for the summer sessions in light of the ongoing pandemic and the persistent fiscal strain it is causing across Pennsylvania and the country.

https://news.psu.edu/link/zN2HmnkV

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OTHER VOICES:

United Press International - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Income inequality is getting worse in urban areas
Over the decades, income inequality has increased exponentially in the U.S., according to three Penn State demography experts.

https://news.psu.edu/link/8d1LGnVC
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More: https://news.psu.edu/link/sTK5JqHJ

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QUICK LINKS:

Coronavirus updates
Stay up-to-date on the latest information from Penn State regarding the global coronavirus outbreak.
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