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Molly Kelly will address the technical needs of the Pennsylvania wine industry and lead educational programming focusing on wine quality.
February 22, 2018

Penn State Extension has appointed a new enology extension educator to continue and enhance its support for Pennsylvania's growing wine industry.

The current Henning Building on the University Park campus.
February 22, 2018

Aiming to strengthen the programs and upgrade the facilities serving students in the fields of animal science and veterinary and biomedical science, the Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning today (Feb. 22) recommended the approval of HOK of New York City, New York, as the architect for the Henning Building renovation at University Park.

Sky Templeton, at right, a junior majoring in forest ecosystems management, attended the Society of American Foresters' convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here she is pictured with fellow diversity mentor Su Ann Shupp of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
February 22, 2018

Sky Templeton, a junior majoring in forest ecosystems management with a minor in biology, is passionate about forestry, education and minority representation, and is exploring all three interests as a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Berkey Creamery is giving its ice cream containers a makeover.
February 21, 2018

If you have been to the Penn State Berkey Creamery recently, you might have noticed some of the ice cream containers are sporting a new look.

Among the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences faculty and staff who provided programs at Harrisburg High School's SciTech campus were, from left, Stacy Reed, a family, food and health Penn State Extension educator based in Lancaster County; Andy Hirneisen, an extension educator based in Berks County with expertise in food science; and Patreese Ingram, professor and assistant dean of multicultural affairs for the college.
February 21, 2018

Faculty and staff from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences provided students at Harrisburg High School's SciTech campus with a comprehensive look at the variety of disciplines that students can pursue in the agricultural sciences.

Marilyn McPheron traveled to Paris with a group of students as part of the “Comparing French and U.S. Agriculture and Food Systems” course in 2009.
February 19, 2018

During her tenure as study abroad coordinator in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Office of International Programs, Marilyn McPheron changed countless lives by helping connect students with international experiences. With a recent gift to support students who embrace both agriculture and global learning, she will change countless more.

JoMar Davis spoke at a recent equality event near Pittsburgh on behalf of Marita Garrett, mayor for the borough of Wilkinsburg. Davis procured his internship with Garrett's office through his work with the Penn State Center Pittsburgh.
February 19, 2018

The mission of the CITY program at the Penn State Center Pittsburgh is to encourage pathways to success for high school students in the Pittsburgh area by providing opportunities outside of the classroom.

Elms
February 19, 2018

The 2017–18 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have recently been awarded to 16 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. This year nearly $350,000 have been awarded to more than 40 researchers in five colleges at University Park as well as at four campuses.

Penn State Berkey Creamery has created a new ice cream flavor, "THON Gold Ribbon Ripple." A portion of proceeds from sales of the flavor — a blend of chocolate ice cream, golden caramel swirl and white chips — will be donated to the cause.
February 16, 2018

Penn State Berkey Creamery has created a new ice cream flavor, "THON Gold Ribbon Ripple," and it's For The Kids.

Daniel Raimi, who will bring a holistic perspective on shale energy from his travels talking to people and communities affected, will speak from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, at the Sutliff Auditorium in the Lewis Katz Building at the University Park campus. 
February 16, 2018

Daniel Raimi, author of "The Fracking Debate: the Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution," will give a presentation at Penn State, sponsored by Penn State Law and its Center for Energy Law and Policy, Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

Bunmi Akintola
February 16, 2018

Bunmi Akintola, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, credits Penn State with helping her find her purpose in the world of agriculture.

Melissa Mercado and Drew May are among the undergraduate students participating in research projects in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.
February 14, 2018

Helping undergraduate students understand scientific knowledge through participation in research is a top priority for faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State food scientists are studying how plant cultivars, climate, soil and processing methods influence flavor and aroma characteristics of cacao beans. They are collaborating with the Fundación Hondureña de Investigación Agrícola, an agricultural research facility in La Lima, Cortés, Honduras, on the studies. Holding cacao pods cut from a tree at a cooperative in El Negrito, Yoro, Honduras, are, from left, Allison Brown, food science doctoral candidate; Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science; and Helene Hopfer, assistant professor of food science.
February 14, 2018

Through a partnership with the Fundación Hondureña de Investigación Agrícola, or FHIA, an agricultural research facility in La Lima, Cortés, Honduras, Penn State food scientists are studying how plant cultivars, climate, soil and processing methods influence flavor and aroma characteristics of cacao beans, and how consumers might respond to those characteristics.

Researchers repeatedly downloaded data at each of the vernal pools in the study, where they installed sensors and measured dissolved oxygen, oxidation-reduction potential, water level, water temperature, electrical conductivity, pH, and rainfall throughout the study period. 
February 13, 2018

Estrogens in treated wastewater that find their way into temporary wetlands known as vernal pools persist for weeks or even months, according to researchers, who suggest that persistence may have implications for these critical aquatic habitats.

February 13, 2018

Prospective students and their families are invited to explore the 17 academic majors and 22 minors of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences during a spring open house on Monday, April 16, at the University Park campus.

February 8, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study in the emerging field of agricultural microbiome research.

Tom Davis, Penn State Berkey Creamery manager, left, displays the awards the Creamery received during the Cheese Competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Shown with Davis, from left, are Casandra Blickley, 2017-2018 Pennsylvania Second Alternate State Dairy Princess, and Kerry Kaylegian, head coordinator for the competition, and dairy foods and research and extension associate with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
February 8, 2018

The Penn State Berkey Creamery took home a slice of the glory in the Cheese Competition held during the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg last month.

February 2, 2018

The challenge and importance of finding common ground in public discussions about the ongoing implications of shale energy development will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Can you find the laundry detergent pods in this dish of candy? Such look-alike household products can present a hazard to young children.
February 1, 2018

In the wake of recent hype in the news and social media about the so-called "Tide pod challenge," an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is reminding people about the dangers of look-alike products in the household.

The Dairy of Distinction award is based on the concept that attractive farmsteads enhance consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of milk and stimulate milk sales and public support for the industry. Roadside judging will take place in May and June, and farms will be evaluated on factors that can be controlled by the dairy producer.
February 1, 2018

Pennsylvania dairy producers are invited to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award from the Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction Program. Applications must be submitted by April 15.