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Latest news from the Penn State 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.

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.

Penn State research has shown that in the big woods of Pennsylvania, the home range of male and female deer outside the breeding season is about a square mile. But in the agricultural areas, a deer's home range is more likely to be half of a square-mile or even a third of a square-mile.
January 25, 2018

In the big woods of Pennsylvania's Northern Tier, the home range of the average white-tailed deer is more than twice as large as that of a deer in urban or agricultural areas of the state. Penn State researcher Duane Diefenbach documented that phenomenon early on in his work, but it did not occur to him it might be representative of many different mammal species around the globe.

Sonny Perdue, left, and Glenn Thompson
January 24, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue paid a visit to Penn State's University Park campus on Jan. 24 as part of a tour through Pennsylvania to unveil the Department of Agriculture's legislative principles as Congress prepares to enact a new five-year farm bill.

The Penn State 2018 American Forage Bowl team includes, from left, Glenn Travis, Casey Baxter, Jonathan Stephens, Zachary Curtis, Cullen Dixon, Taylor O’Guinn, Ben Crusan and Sunnie Liggett. Standing is Marvin Hall, professor of forage management in the Department of Plant Sciences and team adviser.
January 24, 2018

For the second year in a row, representatives from the Penn State Agronomy Club, a student organization in the College of Agricultural Sciences, took first place in the National Forage Bowl competition.

A higher number of natural disasters experienced historically in a county is correlated with an increase in opioid overdoses, according to the researchers.
January 24, 2018

While the overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, it may be more complex than that. Economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

Fifteen have been named distinguished faculty at Penn State in 2018.
January 22, 2018

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has named 15 faculty members as distinguished professors.

Differences in bean plant growth observed by researchers were striking. In the phosphorus stress treatment, the genotypes with greater reduction of their secondary root growth had increased root length, took up more phosphorus, and had larger shoots than genotypes with greater secondary root growth, which had thicker, less efficient roots.
January 18, 2018

Bean plants that suppress secondary root growth in favor of boosting primary root growth forage greater soil volume to acquire phosphorus, according to Penn State researchers, who say their recent findings have implications for plant breeders and improving crop productivity in nutrient-poor soils.

Jonathan Duncan, assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
January 16, 2018

Jonathan Duncan recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.