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Kasie Kerr is the show manager for the Little International Livestock Exposition held at the Snider Ag Arena. 
April 5, 2017

The Little International Livestock Exposition, commonly dubbed “Little I,” has been a staple of the Penn State agricultural community for many decades. And this year, senior animal science major Kasie Kerr is running the show.

Sara Prizzi stretched out by a glacier-fed stream in Iceland. She spent seven weeks there last summer taking classes, conducting research and learning the Icelandic language.
June 1, 2016

Sara Prizzi, a senior environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent seven weeks in Iceland last summer taking classes, conducting research and learning the Icelandic language.

Robby Ost jumped at the chance to experience the unique culture of Israel through a program called Onward Israel, which is offered through Penn State's Hillel. 
January 26, 2016

Robby Ost took his passion for business and the environment abroad last summer. The sophomore Environmental Resource Management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences traveled to Jerusalem, Israel, where he spent three months working for an environmental consulting business.

Elle Velazquez, an environmental education intern at Shaver's Creek, practices handling the Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle is a frequent participant in the free bird of prey shows, held every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 2 p.m. at Shaver's Creek from April to November.
June 17, 2015

Just twelve miles from Penn State's University Park campus, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center offers opportunities for students and the community to experience some of the best of Pennsylvania's natural environment.

During her internship, Montoursville, Pennsylvania, native Delainey Loedding collected information about snakes to see if the center's habitat-restoration efforts were making a difference in wildlife populations.
June 4, 2015

Delainey Loedding found herself in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last summer with her hands full -- of snakes. She interned with the Urban Ecology Center, a small nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community members to nature through habitat restoration, environmental education and citizen science.

Julian Subick, far right, and other Penn State students participate in weekly meetings to assist with the student farm planning process.
May 20, 2015

The idea of a student-centered farm at Penn State already has inspired dozens of students to become involved in its planning, even though many will graduate before the farm is realized. Julian Subick and Briana Yablonski, two seniors graduating from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have devoted much of their last year at Penn State to the rigorous farm-planning process, and they don’t regret a single moment.

Darryl Blakey pauses outside a Congressional meeting room during a USDA forum he attended. Graduating on May 10, he intends to embark on a career involved with agricultural policy.
May 4, 2015

Darryl Blakey didn't have the usual doubts freshmen have about choosing a major. For him, agriculture was his first choice -- a dream he has had since high school.

Eric Ranck and Jennie Diehl agreed the most important part of the trip was the experience of seeing firsthand how the farmers lived.
February 13, 2015

A group of 12 Penn State students traveled to Thailand and Cambodia last winter to witness recent agricultural developments that could play a role in alleviating poverty and ending world hunger

One of students' main projects was to build an anaerobic digester -- or biodigester -- for a local dairy farmer. Drew Paul (left), had never heard of a biodigester before this trip.
February 4, 2015

In recent years, searching for renewable energy resources has become something of a treasure hunt. A group of Penn State students spent their spring break in Costa Rica learning about one of those “treasures” -- cow manure.

Nicole O'Block graduated from Penn State in 2012 with a degree in agricultural science and minors in international agriculture and leadership development.
January 20, 2015

Rewind to the year 2008: Only a college freshman, Nicole O'Block sits nervously in anticipation of her first Ag LEAP meeting, in which she enrolled on a whim.