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Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics, showed a radio collar that he suggests could be used to track feral hogs in Pennsylvania to get a better handle on their population.
September 23, 2013

According to the latest estimates, Australia has more wild hogs than human beings, perhaps more than 23 million. No one is certain how many wild hogs roam Pennsylvania -- mostly escapees from commercial hog-hunting preserves and their offspring. But both commonwealths need to control and perhaps eliminate feral pigs, which are a highly destructive species, according to Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

September 2, 2013

We are pleased to announce the second annual offering of the College of AgSci’s International Programs Speaker Series for Fall 2013. This year the series will be Tuesday mornings, with coffee at 8:15am, a short presentation starting at 8:30am and ending at 9am, with the opportunity for those who want to and are able to continue discussing over coffee after 9am.

August 12, 2013

Want to rub shoulders with world leaders? Want to hear cutting-edge debates on international agriculture from world-renowned experts? Want to attend the World Food Prize in October? Apply now! The College of Agricultural Sciences is providing an opportunity for two undergraduate students and two graduate students to receive funding towards the costs of attending the World Food Prize, October 16-18, 2013.

August 12, 2013

On July 15th and 16th, the UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development was inaugurated at Penn State with Dr. Mark Brennan, Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as the holder of the Chair. There are 706 UNESCO Chairs world-wide. Eighteen are at U.S. universities, but until now, none was in a college of agriculture.

July 19, 2013

Drought resistance is the key to large-scale production of Jatropha, a potential biofuel plant -- and an international group of scientists has identified the first step toward engineering a hardier variety. Jatropha has seeds with high oil content. But the oil's potential as a biofuel is limited because, for large-scale production, this shrub-like plant needs the same amount of care and resources as crop plants.

July 19, 2013

Beetles with unusual "green thumbs" for growing fungi are threatening avocado crops and could transform into a more destructive pest, according to an international team of researchers. Ambrosia beetles are insects that bore into trees and cultivate fungi to use as a food source for their young. The fungi -- species of Fusarium -- carried by types of the Ambrosia beetle can damage or even kill trees, making the beetle and its fungi a threat to avocado production in the U.S. and Israel, according to Matthew Kasson, who recently received his doctorate in forest pathology from Penn State.

July 19, 2013

Mark Brennan, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Chair and Penn State professor, delivering the keynote lecture, “Achieving Education for All, Realizing Engaged Communities, and Creating Global Citizens for Change through the UNESCO Chairs Program.” His lecture, which was a call to action for groundbreaking research, teaching and applied programs for the betterment of young people and communities worldwide, capped a two-day symposium, "Shaping the Future of International Development," held July 15-16 on Penn State's University Park campus.

July 19, 2013

The Call for Applications for the 2014 AWARD Fellowships is now open. Application forms can be found on the AWARD website. The deadline is August 9, 2013. The competition is stiff: last year 1,094 top women scientists from 11 eligible African countries applied for 70 available fellowships.

June 17, 2013

A doctoral degree candidate in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a scholarship to present her sensory science research at a conference in Brazil. Nadia Byrnes, of Doylestown, Pa., who is pursuing a doctorate in food science, was named winner of the Rick Bell Memorial Travel Award by colleagues of Bell and the co-chairs of the Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium. The honor includes a $3,000 award for her to travel to Rio de Janeiro in August to present her research at the organization's biennial gathering.

May 29, 2013

Two scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are part of a research team that recently was named the winner of the 2013 Africa Collaboration Challenge Prize. Sjoerd Duiker, associate professor of soil management and applied soil physics, and Ephraim Govere, research support associate and manager of the college's Soil Research and Cluster Laboratory, are part of a joint Penn State-Global Knowledge Initiative team that was awarded a $20,000 prize.

May 29, 2013

How do you get a child to eat his or her vegetables? This is just one of the problems that Erica Pilgram tackled during a summer stay in France. After graduating from high school, Pilgrim studied culinary arts. She was well aware of the excellent reputation of Penn State's Food Science program, growing up in nearby Philipsburg, Pa. So she decided to enroll as a Food Science/Nutrition Science double major.

May 7, 2013

Nominations are sought for 2013-2014 academic year and will be accepted until 5 PM EST on June 1, 2013.

May 7, 2013

With populations of wild and domesticated pollinators, such as honeybees, in decline, some of the world's foremost scientists in the field will converge on Penn State this summer to discuss the latest research aimed at understanding and overcoming challenges to pollinator health.

April 15, 2013

Darcy McKinley Lester does not like baked beans and spaghetti on toast for breakfast, but she said that dish is hard to avoid when you study abroad in Australia. The Mechanicsburg, Pa., native studied at the Australian National University in Canberra last spring. Now a senior studying forest science, Lester wanted to travel to Australia because she considers the ecosystem Down Under to be fascinating. "The Australian ecosystem is different from anywhere else in the world," she said.

April 15, 2013

Allison Hoover, a junior majoring in agricultural and extension education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2012 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for undergraduate students.

April 15, 2013

Kristal Jones, a doctoral candidate in agricultural economics, sociology and education in the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Nicole Laliberté, a doctoral candidate in geography and women’s studies, have been honored as co-recipients of the 2013 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award for graduate students.

March 19, 2013

A new dual-title graduate degree program in International Agriculture and Development offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has graduated its first two students. The students' diplomas recognize both their primary degree and the International Agriculture and Development dual-title. Students can earn a master's or a doctoral degree through the dual-title program, also known as INTAD.

March 19, 2013

Laura Davis had dreamed of traveling to Africa for years. So in May 2012, she jumped at the chance to embark on a journey to South Africa and Mozambique offered through a Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences natural resources embedded course.

March 19, 2013

Two students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will be recognized by the college this spring for their experiences in the Critical Language Scholarship Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Abraham DeHart, an undergraduate from Glenside majoring in agricultural systems management, learned Urdu; Leslie Pillen, a master's degree candidate in rural sociology from Lincoln, Neb., learned Hindi. Thanks to the federal funding, both studied in India last summer.