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Corn field (photo by Steve Williams)

Two USDA grants support programs to help would-be farmers figure out personal goals and resources, a market, and the best product for it and beginning women farmers overcome barriers like capital costs.

Pennsylvania Wilds Design Guide

Extension programs in the 12 north-central Pennsylvania counties designated as the Pennsylvania Wilds give towns an opportunity to taste each other’s accessibility, hospitality, history, and character.

St. Matthew's Elementary students (photo by Steve Williams)

Tiffany Hoy takes students from St. Matthew’s elementary school in Tyrone on a hands-on educational trip that involves handling cockroaches, conducting a forensic science lab, and showcasing insects at the Frost Entomological Museum.

eLearning course (photo by Steve Williams)

The college releases a request for proposals for course and program development in an effort to build the eLearning initiative, which provides online course offerings for undergraduate, graduate, and advanced certifications.

Little League baseball (iStock photo)

Four Penn State turfgrass science students donate their $4,000 competition winnings and work with State College Spikes groundskeepers to overhaul two Little League baseball fields.

Kelsey Hafer (photo by Steve Williams)

Senior and Schreyer Scholar Kelsey Hafer explains the value of starting her undergraduate research project early and credits her research as a critical element in her success as a student.

Food (photo by Steve Williams)

The Institute of Food Technologists recertifies Penn State’s undergraduate program in food science, verifying that the program—one of the nation’s best—delivers core competencies and continues to improve its curriculum and student learning.

Reproductive Biology Group (photo by Steve Williams)

USDA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and industry and institutional support provide more than $5.8 million in grants to faculty hired as part of the Reproductive Biology Initiative.

Planet Earth (iStock photo)

Professor Matt Thomas and his Penn State research team study the link between temperature change and the spread of malaria and dengue to determine how changing environmental conditions will affect diseases as the world warms.

Honey bee

The E. B. O’Keeffe Foundation recognizes Penn State with a $100,000 gift for its work on honey bee decline and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). The award will fund a competitive graduate fellowship.

Cellulose bandage (photo by Tom Laird)

Professor Jeffrey Catchmark develops a new bandage made from a nanofiber type of cellulose combined with a cellulose-degrading enzyme that breaks down the bandage into glucose, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream.

Golden retriever (photo by Steve Williams)

Instructor Nancy Dreschel studies the physiological and behavioral symptoms of storm-stressed dogs to research solutions, such as applying a dog-appeasing pheromone emitted from the mammary glands of mother dogs to soothe puppies.

Steve Williams

Over the past year I’ve shared plans for our redesign with anyone who would listen. Usually, at some point during the conversation I’d hear, “But I like Penn State Agriculture magazine.” So I thought I’d explain the change.

Doug Mohney beside ax cut

Six Penn State alumni foresters sustainably manage the future of the Moshannon State Forest. Combining their Penn State studies with their day-to-day experience in the forest, collective knowledge of previous timber management foresters, and ongoing conversations with Penn State researchers, these alumni make judgment calls on how to regenerate the forest.

Howard Salis

Ag Science editor Steve Williams discusses engineering synthetic microbes with Howard Salis, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Fruit of the Vine

Viticulturist and extension educator Mark Chien helps Pennsylvania winegrowers learn how to go from simply growing grapevines to transforming themselves into people who really understand how to nurture their grapevines to produce fine wine grapes. Collaborating with College faculty, Chien is able to help both new and established growers reach their goals.

Young Sarah Donaldson (photo courtesy of Donaldson family)

After graduating from Penn State, becoming engaged to a fellow Penn Stater, and contributing nearly nine years of research on mastitis and milk quality, food safety, and public health, Sarah Donaldson’s life was tragically cut short at age 28. Now, Sarah Donaldson’s friends and family keep her spirit, curiosity, and love for Penn State alive with a new scholarship in her name.