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October 12, 2017

This year, two graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ilse Huerta Arredondo and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct.18-20.

October 11, 2017

Herr, a member of Schreyer Honors College, is a senior in the Community, Environment and Development (CED) major in College of Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The CED major is an interdisciplinary social science degree designed to help students develop the skills needed to work with individuals, communities, governments and organizations to solve societal problems and improve quality of life in communities.

October 10, 2017

Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society’s most critical threats.

October 10, 2017

Not every Penn State student can say her research has taken her halfway across the globe, but senior Emily Seiger can. The Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, native spent three weeks in Bangladesh conducting research related to food safety and hygiene practices.

October 9, 2017

Five students enrolled in College of Agricultural Sciences programs will represent Penn State at the 2017 Borlaug Dialogue, one of the events planned during the annual World Food Prize International Symposium, Oct. 18-20 in Des Moines, Iowa.

October 2, 2017

Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across Africa.

September 18, 2017

Aïssata Abdou Gado, a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, spent six weeks of professional development at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September. She worked with faculty and staff from across the College of Agricultural Sciences on issues related to food security, livestock and women's empowerment.

September 11, 2017

The School of Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences is a four-week residential program which provides academically talented rising high school seniors in Pennsylvania an opportunity to explore the fields of agricultural science and natural resources and life on a college campus.The Office of International Programs' Melanie Miller Foster facilitated a week-long Global Agriculture course as part of the experience.

Dan Tobin, Paige Castellanos, Robert Chiles, pictured left to right, along with Chelsea Schelly and Annabel Ipsen.  Photo courtesy of the Rural Sociological Society
September 1, 2017

Dan Tobin and Paige Castellanos, Research Associates in the Office of International Programs, received the Early Career Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society at the 2017 annual meeting in Columbus, OH. Tobin and Castellanos will use the award to fund international research in rural Peru, investigating the role of market integration on women's empowerment. Robert Chiles, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, was also an award winner.

Dr. Dengpan Bu and Dr. Terry Etherton discuss opportunities within the dairy industries of China and Pennsylvania.
July 17, 2017

Dengpan Bu, Ph.D., presented an invited seminar, discussing the economic benefits of research and interacted with faculty in the Department of Animal Science on potential collaborative efforts.

June 12, 2017

In keeping with Penn State's recent focus on microbiome research, the University will join the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research as a sponsoring partner, both organizations announced on June 6.

June 12, 2017

Melanie Miller Foster, assistant professor of international agriculture in the Office of International Programs, Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Young Professional Award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.

April 26, 2017

Researchers at Penn State have received more than $1 million in first-year funding from the National Institutes of Health to investigate malaria transmission in Southeast Asia with a goal of working toward the disease's elimination in the region. They will receive up to approximately $9 million over seven years for this project.

April 26, 2017

fter a rigorous program review, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, has renewed for another five years its support for the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State. Mark Brennan, a faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will continue in his role as chair and provide leadership to the program.

April 18, 2017

Aarushi Rana, an economics major, is minoring in mushroom science and technology, and plans to use what she has learned to improve living conditions for people in her home city of Mumbai, India.

April 18, 2017

Deanna Behring, assistant dean and director of international programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the 2017 recipient of the Commission for Women's Achieving Women Award in the administrator category.

Oil from croton nuts can be used in diesel generator, water pumps and tractor engines. Photograph: Eco Fuel Kenya
March 13, 2017

The Croton biofuels project highlighted in this Guardian article is funded by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Dr. Mike Jacobson carried out a survey of 200 households to assess willingness to grow and collect Croton trees, its contribution to livelihoods and to develop a business case for Croton production and processing. Other Kenya projects Dr. Jacobson is currently involved in include market based approaches for the diffusion of clean cooking solutions, sustaining wood supply to tea industries, and developing wood pellet markets.

March 12, 2017

As you may have seen, a revised executive Order was issued Monday (March 6) by President Donald Trump. The new executive order, which will go into effect on March 16, 2017, removes Iraq from the list of seven countries impacted by the previous Order, and implements a 90-day suspension on issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen who wish to travel to the United States (U.S.). An important distinction is that the new Order exempts current visa holders and those who held visas at the time the original Order was implemented. International students and scholars with valid F, M or J visas are not affected at this time. It also provides for a “case-by-case” waiver process for individuals from these six countries who fit certain criteria.

Nicole Brunozzi (top center), a community, environment, and development major with an INTAG minor, traveled to western Kenya to work on building projects at the Nyeri Children and Youth Empowerment Center. Image: Penn State
March 12, 2017

With global, interdisciplinary coursework and a robust study-abroad program, the international agriculture minor is attracting students from a wide range of majors. The international agriculture minor, commonly referred to as INTAG, is an 18 credit minor offered by the College of Agricultural Sciences to help students cultivate an understanding of international development and the agricultural systems of various cultures throughout the world. The program features courses in a broad range of academic fields, including socioeconomic and communication systems and nutritional sciences, and can be paired with any Penn State major.