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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
December 15, 2017

The Office of the Board of Trustees at Penn State is seeking agricultural associations and organizations interested in participating in the Board of Trustees' election process.

Jesse Darlington Jr. has been named manager of Ag Progress Days.
December 15, 2017

Jesse Darlington Jr., who has served as interim manager of Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition since November 2016, has been named to the position on a standing basis.

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and assistant director of food safety and quality programs for Penn State Extension, talks to Armenien students. She believes internationalization of the state university extension system, which has been vital to establishing food safety in the United States, would greatly benefit the world.
December 14, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

December 14, 2017

Five Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 13, 2017

Over a week during the Thanksgiving break, students enrolled in "Global perspectives on agricultural and food science in India" traveled to the city of Hyderabad to explore the food system in India while learning about the role that agriculture plays in the country's booming economy.

Uncle Charley's Sausage Co. relies on Penn State Extension for help with food safety, as well as research and development of new products.
December 12, 2017

Penn State Extension specialists work with numerous food manufacturers — small and large — in Pennsylvania and surrounding states through online and on-site seminars covering commercial food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and many other topics. Among the companies they recently have worked with is Uncle Charley's Sausage Co.

Air Force veteran Selina Pedi completed her degree online through Penn State World Campus.
December 12, 2017

Air Force veteran Selina Pedi balanced three jobs and two children as she earned her degree online through Penn State World Campus. Pedi will graduate Dec. 16 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management as she pursues a career in sustainable community development.

New research demonstrates that manipulating competition among pathogens can lead to successful treatment with traditional drugs, even where resistance to that drug is already present.    (      Click here     for high resolution version.)
December 11, 2017

Limiting a much-needed resource could pit pathogens against one another and prevent the emergence of drug resistance, say researchers.

In collaboration with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, researchers will recruit 50-60 volunteer citizen scientists to participate in data generation and focus group meetings to identify ways to reduce endocrine-disrupting compounds in the environment.
December 11, 2017

Using a network of up to 60 citizen scientists, a team of Penn State researchers will assess the levels of endocrine-disrupting compounds in the Susquehanna River next year, and in turn empower those volunteers to become part of the solution to water-quality problems related to emerging contaminants.

December 6, 2017

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to develop a suite of organic management options for three of the most challenging mushroom pests.

Pennsylvania has about 50 small-scale cheese-making operations -- many that often turn out high quality cheese with distinctive tastes -- but most struggle with achieving product consistency. The Penn State Cheese Tracking System will guide them.
December 6, 2017

When it comes to artisanal cheese making, Pennsylvania is not Vermont, concedes Kerry Kaylegian, but the dairy foods extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is doing what she can to put the Keystone State on the cheese-making map.

In 1892, for the first time, Penn State offered a way for people to learn without coming to the campus in State College. More than a century later, students from around the world have access to a Penn State education.
December 5, 2017

In 1892, for the first time, Penn State offered a way for people to learn without coming to the campus in State College. More than a century later, students from around the world have access to a Penn State education.

The        Center for Security Research and Education       at Penn State invites University faculty and researchers to apply to its new        grant program       to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State.
December 4, 2017

The Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State invites University faculty and researchers to apply to its new grant program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State.

Aboriculture students end the fall term with a 25-year tradition of climbing a 145-foot yellow-poplar on the Penn State Mont Alto campus.
December 1, 2017

A dozen forestry students end their arboriculture class by climbing a 145-foot yellow-poplar on the Mont Alto campus.

Jon Stephens, a senior studying plant sciences in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was the recipient of Penn State Agricultural Council's Youth Leadership Award, which honors outstanding young leaders in the agricultural community in Pennsylvania. Shown with Stephens is Tracy S. Hoover, associate dean for undergraduate education.
November 30, 2017

Jon Stephens, a senior studying plant sciences in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was the recipient of Penn State Agricultural Council's Youth Leadership Award, which honors outstanding young leaders in the agricultural community in Pennsylvania.

Students from the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State attended the 2017 World Food Prize International Symposium in October. The students are shown standing by a statue of Norman Borlaug, founder of the World Food Prize Foundation. From left are Jessica Pekach, W.B. Saul High School; Shannon Reinhard, Northampton High School; Sarah Wilson, W.B. Saul High School; Gabrielle Henrichs, DuBois Area High School; Natalie Napolitano, Quaker Valley High School; and Abigail Yoder, Central Columbia High School.
November 30, 2017

Six high school students who participated in the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State over the summer recently attended the 2017 World Food Prize International Symposium, held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bruce Bugbee (second from left) and Kira Bowen (center), were the recipients of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni awards. They are shown with Ted Katsigianis (left), Joel Krall (second from right) and Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Richard Roush (far right).
November 30, 2017

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has inducted seven alumni into the Armsby Honors Society. The society was created to honor individuals whose service, scholarship, teaching and philanthropy have demonstrated a profound commitment to the college.

Bruce Bugbee (second from left) and Kira Bowen (center), were the recipients of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences Outstanding Alumni awards. They are shown with Ted Katsigianis (left), Joel Krall (second from right) and Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences Richard Roush (far right).
November 30, 2017

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Kira Bowen, professor of plant pathology at Auburn University, and Bruce Bugbee, professor of environmental plant physiology at Utah State University, as 2017 Outstanding Alumni.

According to the EPA, the top three sources of anthropogenic methane in the United States are the combined energy sector, 40 percent of the total; livestock, 36 percent; and landfills, 18 percent. Methane emissions from livestock operations are the result of microbial fermentation and methanogenesis in the forestomach of ruminants such as these dairy cattle and similar fermentation processes in manure.
November 30, 2017

A new study of methane emissions from livestock in the United States — led by a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences — has challenged previous top-down estimates.

November 29, 2017

Elliot Redding, a junior in landscape contracting, is taking full advantage of his time at Penn State to dig into the world of agriculture and find a career he is passionate about.