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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Pipeline right of way in Lycoming County, Pa. breaks up the core forest.
Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure
April 19, 2017
Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in infrastructure-siting policies to head off loss of this critical habitat.
Pasta 2050 first place:   Pasta 2050’s pitch for pasta made with cricket flour won first place and $7,500 April 13 in the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest. From left are Mark Gagnon, entrepreneurship coordinator, and Richard Roush, dean of the of Agricultural Sciences, with members of the Pasta 2050 team: Weslie Khoo, doctoral degree student in food science, Haoshu Zhang, doctoral degree student in food science and Lauriel Stewart, master's degree student in food science. 
Cricket-fortified pasta pitch wins $7,500 Ag Springboard top prize
April 17, 2017
A team of food science graduate students won the Ag Springboard student business pitch contest and $7,500 grand prize after pitching and serving judges pasta made with cricket flour.
Two male squash bees join a cucumber beetle in a pumpkin flower. Through the "Great Pumpkin Project," researchers are hoping to learn more about the interactions among cucurbit crops, insect pests, pollinators and microbes.
Researchers recruiting citizen-scientists for 'Great Pumpkin Project'
April 16, 2017
A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reaching out to Master Gardeners, teachers, students and other interested parties to participate in a citizen-science project that ultimately could benefit growers, crops, pollinators and the environment. "The Great Pumpkin Project" is aimed at describing the geographic distribution of important crop plants and the insects and microbes with which they interact.
Cover crops growing among olive trees in Spain. Lessons learned from cover cropping in Europe and the United States show that the strategy may help agriculture deal with a warming world.
Cover crops may be used to mitigate and adapt to climate change
April 16, 2017
Cover crops long have been touted for their ability to reduce erosion, fix atmospheric nitrogen, reduce nitrogen leaching and improve soil health, but they also may play an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture, according to a Penn State researcher.

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Upcoming Events

Ag & History Tour
When: April 28, 2017
Better Process Control School
When: May 1-4, 2017
Where: State College, PA
Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium
When: May 3, 2017
Where: Ramada Conference Center, State College, PA
Spring Graduation Brunch
When: May 7, 2017
Where: The Snider Ag Arena
Spring 2017 Commencement
When: May 7, 2017
Where: Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA
Principles of Sensory Evaluation
When: May 9-11, 2017
Where: University Park, PA