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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
When evaluating farms, Dairy of Distinction program judges look for factors such as clean and attractively finished buildings; neat landscaping, ditches, roads and lanes; and well-maintained fences.
January 6, 2017

Pennsylvania dairy producers are invited to apply for the Dairy of Distinction award from the Pennsylvania Dairy of Distinction program. The 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.

Livestock producers can learn profit-enhancing management practices by taking home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension.
January 6, 2017

Beef, sheep, meat-goat and swine producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable can take advantage of four home-study courses offered by Penn State Extension this winter.

Early morning sun shines on the Nittany Lion Shrine
January 6, 2017

Fourteen Penn State faculty members have been honored with the title of "distinguished professor" in recognition of their academic contributions to the University.

Bats exhibiting characteristic traits of White-Nose Syndrome.
December 27, 2016

A newly discovered virus infecting the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats could help scientists and wildlife agencies track the spread of the disease that is decimating bat populations in the United States, a new study suggests.

Testing assumptions about plant roots growth is particularly important in the Arctic, according to researcher Laura Radville, where more than 70 percent of plant biomass can be belowground and warming is happening faster than in other ecosystems. 
December 22, 2016

It's a long way between central Pennsylvania and Greenland — at least 2,000 miles — but Laura Radville came to Penn State so she could study climate change in the "Iceberg capital of the world."

Daniel Foster, associate professor of agricultural and extension education
December 22, 2016

Daniel Foster, associate professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was one of six educators nationwide to receive the National Association of Agricultural Educators Teacher Mentor Award.

College of Agricultural Sciences Dean Rick Roush, second from left, is pictured with recipients of the college's 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards, from left, Dave Dell, Joel Krall, Fred Metzger and Barry Flinchbaugh.
December 21, 2016

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has honored four of its graduates with 2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards. The awards recognize alumni for their achievements and provide opportunities for recipients to interact with the college's faculty, students and other alumni.

The Produce Safety Rule is one of seven new regulations that could affect Pennsylvania growers and processors under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
December 21, 2016

Pennsylvania produce growers, food processors and animal-feed producers striving to navigate the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) now have new educational resources to help them determine what their farms and businesses must do to comply with new regulations. Penn State Extension recently launched a new FSMA information website and will be organizing several FSMA educational workshops throughout the state during 2017.

December 20, 2016

Lynn M. and Helen B. Henninger, of Elizabethville, Pennsylvania, have pledged an estate gift of $25,000 in support of Penn State Extension's Dauphin County 4-H program. Available funds from the endowment will be used to provide supplemental support for the program, including recognition for outstanding accomplishments achieved by 4-H members.

David Mortensen, professor of weed and applied plant ecology
December 20, 2016

David Mortensen, professor of weed and applied plant ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, was appointed to the National Organic Standards Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Mortensen will serve a five-year term on the board as a farming systems ecotoxicology expert.

December 20, 2016

If you are considering running for local elected office, you can get helpful advice by attending a workshop to be offered by Penn State Extension early next year. The "Toss Your Hat in the Ring" workshop will be offered both as a web-based seminar on Jan. 17 and 24 and as an in-person seminar at various locations throughout the state Jan. 25 to Feb. 2. All face-to-face workshops will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

December 20, 2016

Creating public places that are conducive to intergenerational engagement and cooperation and how planners can develop these places will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension. Presenting the 75-minute webinar from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 18 will be Matt Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

With almost 30 years of diverse, globally oriented service in the international arena, Deanna Behring has dedicated her career to public services that stimulate broad-based economic growth and sustainable development.
December 16, 2016

Deanna Behring, director of international programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences and affiliate faculty member in the School of International Affairs, has been appointed assistant dean for international programs for the college, effective Jan. 3, 2017. In that role, Behring will help to plan and set priorities for the college and leverage resources to forge deep and lasting partnerships around the world.

Fall commencement ceremonies will be streamed online on Saturday, Dec. 17.
December 16, 2016

Because inclement weather may cause travel issues for those seeking to attend this weekend’s commencement exercises at the University Park campus, Penn State will be live streaming the ceremonies.

One best management practice is streambank fencing. In the survey, farmers reported installing more than 1.3 million linear feet of streambank fencing at their own expense.
December 15, 2016

Many Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have voluntarily implemented, at their own expense, practices aimed at improving water quality, according to newly released survey research conducted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor in College of Agricultural Sciences
December 14, 2016

Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor in the Department of Plant Science at Penn State, recently was awarded the status of Trailblazer by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. Trailblazers are a select group of individuals nominated by their peers for being dedicated professionals who have made significant and long-term contributions to the landscape industry.

Double Run, in Lycoming County, is one of the streams in the Loyalsock Creek drainage sampled by Shannon White, a brook trout researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The brook trout (inset) is declining across its eastern United States range due to the loss of quality stream habitat.
December 14, 2016

If we get a better understanding of brook trout ecology, we might get better answers for management, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who is studying the behavioral traits, movement habits, heat tolerance and genetics of wild brook trout, as a member of the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Morgan Lingle's internship with Monrovia involved eight areas of plant production, including propagation, trimming and potting. She also learned about grafting, which involves cutting into a plant's living tissue and fusing parts of two plants together.
December 13, 2016

Switching majors in college is not unusual, but Morgan Lingle followed an unusual path. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology before she began pursuing her interests in plants professionally.

This fall approximately 5,247 Penn State students will receive their diplomas, with 252 associate, 3,936 baccalaureate, 762 master's, 11 law and 286 doctoral degrees awarded, University-wide.
December 13, 2016

This fall approximately 5,247 Penn State students will receive their diplomas. University-wide there will be 252 associate, 3,936 baccalaureate, 762 master's, 11 law and 286 doctoral degrees awarded. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State's 24 locations.

Eastern forests, after many decades of fire suppression, when faced with prolonged drought, are more vulnerable to hotter-burning, terribly destructive wildfires, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. 
December 13, 2016

The intense wildfires that swept through the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee late last month were a tragic melding of the past and the future, according to a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.