College of Agricultural Sciences

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers 17 undergraduate majors, 23 minors, and graduate programs in 18 major areas.

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Spotted lanternflies, seen here feeding on a grapevine, threaten Pennsylvania agricultural crops and forest products worth nearly $18 billion.
Penn State Extension, ag officials look to slow spread of spotted lanternfly
April 16, 2018
Grape growers, orchardists, nursery operators, homeowners and others in southeastern Pennsylvania are bracing for the spring emergence of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect from Asia that appeared for the first time in the United States in Berks County nearly four years ago. Penn State Extension educators and College of Agricultural Sciences researchers are working with state and federal agriculture officials to stop the pest's spread.
MAPHEX was designed to be a mobile system that fits on two large flatbed trailers to service a number of small- or medium-size dairies. If it is scaled up to have the capacity to treat manure from a large dairy, it would no longer be mobile.
New Penn State-USDA patented technology removes phosphorus from manure
April 9, 2018
An innovation that could have a huge impact on water quality problems in the United States, a system capable of removing almost all phosphorus from stored livestock manure, was developed by a team of researchers from Penn State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.
Researchers studied the impact of whole-bean roasting on the compounds that provide health benefits and aroma-related chemistry under a range of roasting conditions. Their findings suggest that cocoa roasting can be optimized to increase the content of some of the health-boosting compounds while maintaining a favorable taste profile.
Cocoa bean roasting can preserve both chocolate health benefits, taste
April 4, 2018
Manipulating the temperature and the length of time under which cocoa beans are roasted can simultaneously preserve and even boost the potency of some bioactive and antioxidant compounds while protecting desired sensory aspects of chocolate, according to Penn State researchers.
Janelle Thompson, left, with a friend, in Tanzania, Summer 2017. Thompson studied abroad as part of a program through the College of Arts and Architecture and the College of Health and Human Development called "Parks and People: Conservation of Nature and Community."
Research opportunities open new doors for biorenewable systems student
April 4, 2018
Janelle Thompson, a junior majoring in biorenewable systems with a minor in sustainable leadership, has found her niche at Penn State with the help of the opportunities she has had through undergraduate research.

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Upcoming Events

Ag & History Tour
When: April 26, 2018
Where: Travel from University Park to York, PA on motor coach or meet at the museum options
Penn State Ag Council April Delegate Meeting
When: April 26, 2018
Where: Mountain View Country Club, Boalsburg, PA
Better Process Control School 2018
When: April 30 - May 3, 2018
Where: University Park, PA
1st Annual Agricultural Safety Expo
When: May 1, 2018
Where: Snider Agricultural Arena
Spring Graduation Luncheon
When: May 6, 2018
Where: Snider Ag Arena
College of Agricultural Sciences Spring 2018 Commencement
When: May 6, 2018
Where: Bryce Jordan Center, Penn State University Park Campus
Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium
When: May 8, 2018
Where: Ramada Conference Center