It would be hard to find anyone with more enthusiasm for agriculture than Jean Lonie. The college's new director of student recruitment hopes that zeal rubs off when she talks about the opportunities available in agriculture and related industries.
This year the Berkey Creamery will be celebrating 150 years of creamery operation at Penn State beginning in 1865. Over the years the creamery has been continually changing to meet demands of the University, students, industry, and of course, ice cream lovers everywhere.
It’s easy to think that Ag Sciences graduates walk out of the college with degrees in hand and dive right into the worlds of equine or dairy science, animal husbandry, and agribusiness, or land roles with the government in agricultural regulation, but you might be surprised at the other kinds of careers in which some graduates find themselves.
Rick Roush, new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, has a big job ahead of him as he guides the college in the coming weeks, months and years. "Searching for the Answers" will give you an idea of the experience Roush brings to Penn State and a glimpse of how he thinks.
Penn State researchers and extension educators aim to help farmers avoid accidents by focusing on safety. And for good reason -- agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the United States, with the work death rate at seven to eight times more than the all-industry average.
Centinari is assistant professor of viticulture and has expertise in wine grape production, grapevine physiology, and cover crops. Her work helps Pennsylvania wine growers produce high-quality grapes.
While the story of women in agricultural sciences today is one of rapidly growing opportunity, that wasn’t always the case.
Three students learn valuable lessons as interns of PennAg Industries at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
A new center focuses on research and practical applications for improving water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Food safety scientists in the College of Agricultural Sciences use research and education to protect consumers and producers from foodborne pathogen outbreaks.
Penn State’s new UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development shares his vision for building strong communities through education.
A century ago, the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the cooperative extension system, with federal, state, and county governments partnering with land-grant institutions such as Penn State to translate scientific information and share it with those who could put it to use on farms and in communities across the country.
Penn State research helps the mushroom industry turn up the heat on human pathogens.
How a teacher revived student interest in agricultural education.
A new Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the college assists students and faculty members in commercializing their ideas.
Dana James has always been ambitious. In high school while peers were putting in a few local community service hours, she chose to volunteer in Guatemala. She approached her college education with the same above-and-beyond attitude.
Lignin is nature’s plastic. It gives plants the ability to stand tall and to withstand weather, insects, and diseases. But while lignin is useful for plants, it’s an obstacle to humans who want to use cellulose—a type of sugar found in plant cells that is tightly interwoven with lignin—to make biofuels.
The Jordan Soil Fertility Plots were the oldest extensive fertility plots in North America used to determine the best lime and fertilizer conditions for growing crops profitably.
For many crops in Pennsylvania, particularly no-till grain crops, slugs are a serious pest.
Wayne Martenas chronicles the events that led to his becoming an agricultural engineer and executive for a top agricultural equipment manufacturer.