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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
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.

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 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.

February 1, 2018

Helping planners better understand the relationship between land-use planning and climate change is the aim of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension.

Agroforestry, on average, stores markedly more carbon than agriculture, researchers found. Here, alley cropping walnut and soybeans is shown in Missouri. In the United States, agroforestry is lauded for its environmental benefits; in the tropics its economic benefits are seen as indispensable.
February 1, 2018

Agroforestry could play an important role in mitigating climate change because it sequesters more atmospheric carbon in plant parts and soil than conventional farming, according to Penn State researchers.

February 1, 2018

Penn State Lion Surplus will hold its annual Farm Machinery and Equipment Auction beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 22, in the Snider Ag Arena on the University Park campus.

Chicken wings are a popular menu item for Super Bowl parties and other gatherings, but if not cooked and stored properly, they could be a source of foodborne illness.
February 1, 2018

Super Bowl Sunday is like a holiday, with family and friends gathering to watch the big game and, of course, sharing many tasty foods. But without good food safety practices in play before, during and after the game, some Super Bowl revelers might end up feeling much worse than fans of the losing team, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State’s water scientists, researchers and educators have led decades of high impact research, education and service addressing the many dimensions of water, including: water quality and quantity, transport and infrastructure, and energy-water-land interactions.
January 30, 2018

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a town hall meeting focused on strengthening water research, education and outreach at the University. The event runs from 3-5 p.m. on Feb. 15 in Room 233AB of the HUB-Robeson Center.

Arianna Ferguson, a Penn State Millennium Scholar majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, conducted research to determine whether heritage turkeys would eat natural foodstuffs and their impact on growth performance and carcass yield.
January 29, 2018

To meet increasing consumer demand for heritage-breed turkeys to be the centerpiece of holiday and other meals, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are studying methods producers can use to raise the historical birds.

John Bellinger
January 26, 2018

John Bellinger, the former legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State and the National Security Council under President George W. Bush, will speak at Penn State at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Sutliff Auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building at University Park.