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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.

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.

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.

Penn State Cheese club members enjoy lectures on the nuances of cheese and its production. They also have events like cheese tastings, pairings, and even fondue. “We’re just try to educate as many people as possible on cheese tasting, manufacturing and cheese in general," 2017 Club President Amy King explained. 
November 17, 2017

The Cheese Club was founded in 2013 by animal science students with an interest in dairy science. Since then, involvement fairs and word-of-mouth advertising have helped club members reach students from across the University who share their love of cheese.

Penn State agribusiness management students observe a potato production line during a tour of a processing facility at Sterman Masser Potato Farms.
October 26, 2017

Sterman Masser, Pennsylvania's largest potato producer, knows consumers aren't reaching for 5- and 10-pound bags of raw potatoes like they used to, and growing its business means developing new value-added products. So students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working on finding solutions to this market challenge.

For part of her research on nutrition in Bangladesh, Emily Seiger sat in on 50 interviews with the mothers involved with the food safety study. The mothers were asked about hand-washing techniques, food storage, and their child’s eating habits outside of the home. 
October 9, 2017

Emily Seiger, a community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is gaining insight into problems related to food safety, hygiene and food security around the world.

The Nepalese village of Thulo Pakhar was devastated by an earthquake in 2015. In the summer of 2017, CED major Kelli Herr examined how volunteers who travel to Nepal for relief efforts can impact the local economy.
October 3, 2017

Kelli Herr, senior in community, environment and development in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, spent her break a long way from home in Thulo Pakhar, Nepal. She worked with a group called All Hands Volunteers, a U.S.-based nonprofit disaster relief organization.

Two horses graze in front of Beaver Stadium during the 2016 Horse Barn Open House. The event, held annually by Penn State CHAPS, informs visitors about Penn State's equine science programs.
September 20, 2017

Sept. 30 will mark the fifth annual Penn State Horse Barn Open House, hosted by the Collegiate Horseman’s Association at Penn State (CHAPS) and the Penn State Equine Research Team at the equine science facilities' “Old Barn,” directly across from Beaver Stadium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in connection with the third annual Celebrate Agriculture Day at Beaver Stadium, an event designed for Penn Staters to honor the agricultural roots and history of the University.

Laura Reese, a plant sciences student who interned at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, often communicated with the astronauts working on the International Space Station via this live link. Here, astronaut Peggy Whitson harvests cabbage plants.
September 15, 2017

Plant sciences student Laura Reese spent her spring semester working for NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. She performed research in conditions meant to emulate growing plants in space.