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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
March 26, 2015

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with CRDF Global, an independent nonprofit that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, to establish the Research and Education Center for Agricultural Technologies in Ukraine. The initiative is supported by $20,000 in seed funding from the Woskob New Century Fund, an endowment that bolsters the University's commitment to fostering connections between Pennsylvania and Ukraine.

John Coupland is the next leader of the Institute of Food Technologists.
March 25, 2015

John Coupland, professor of food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected president of the Institute of Food Technologists, the premier scientific and educational society serving the food science and technology field.

Water Symposium at Penn State - April 22, 2015
March 23, 2015

Research and art representing a diverse array of colleges and disciplines at Penn State will flood the HUB for the first-ever Water Symposium this Earth Day, April 22. The Water Symposium will bring together a diverse group with specialties not only in water research, but also in arts and architecture, visual arts, and other areas to show Penn State’s commitment to interdisciplinary work.

Martin Bucknavage, senior food safety extension associate, talks to a class of industry professionals. Extension is a trusted source, he says, because we provide unbiased, science-based information, and we work hard as a group to stay current on food safety issues and best practices.
March 23, 2015

Thanks to Pennsylvania's strong agricultural industry, state residents enjoy an abundance of fresh, safe, quality foods. It can be easy to take the safety of the food supply for granted, but food companies -- with help from Penn State -- work hard to ensure the products they provide are as safe to consume as they are healthful and delicious.

March 20, 2015

What we know and what we need to know about food insecurity in the United States will be the topic of the 2015 M.E. John Lecture, presented by Craig Gunderson, the Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy at the University of Illinois. The lecture, sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will take place at 2:30 p.m. April 7 in the Faculty and Staff Club Room at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Rachel Robbins, a junior community, environment and development major, posed with presidential pooch Bo during her recent White House internship.
March 20, 2015

Rachel Robbins, a junior in the College of Agricultural Sciences, parlayed her interests in government, history and photography into a rare experience at the White House last semester.

Overall, Penn State ranked 17th nationally in total research expenditures across the board. In 12 individual fields, however, the University achieved rankings in the top ten nationally.
March 18, 2015

In the most recent institutional rankings released by the National Science Foundation of total research expenditures for science and engineering, Penn State stands second in the nation, behind only Johns Hopkins and tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the number of fields in which it is ranked in the top ten.

March 18, 2015

Katie P. Gaines, a doctoral candidate in ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2015 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award for her dedication to teaching and mentoring K-12 students.

Michael Sheriff, an assistant professor of mammalogy and ecology at Penn State, setting a squirrel trap in Alaska.
March 16, 2015

Mark Ballora, a Penn State professor, is using sonification to help University researchers translate their data into musical audio and reach new audiences.

The Deer-Forest Study, currently funded through 2017, is a collaborative research project studying how deer, soils and vegetation interact to affect Pennsylvania forests. Penn State is partnering with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state Bureau of Forestry in the research.
March 16, 2015

There seems to be a lot of common wisdom that exists when it comes to whitetails, such as, "It's near full moon, so the deer are only moving at night." Or how about, "A cold front is coming, which is why the deer are out feeding."

Among the technologies that will be featured at the 2015 North American Manure Expo is shallow-disk manure injection, which helps to reduce nutrient losses by ensuring that manure nutrients infiltrate the soil and reach plant roots.
March 16, 2015

As agricultural groups and government agencies continue to tackle the vexing problem of nutrient pollution entering waterways, Penn State Extension is hosting an event in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed aimed at helping producers to reduce negative impacts of excess manure nutrients. The 2015 North American Manure Expo will take place July 14-15 near Chambersburg, Franklin County.

March 13, 2015

Planning for and protecting public and private water supplies will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 18.

PAOneStop is an online system created by Penn State Extension that helps Pennsylvania farmers reduce the environmental impact their farms have on the Chesapeake Bay and other water-based ecosystems.
March 13, 2015

An online system created by Penn State Extension dubbed PAOneStop will help Pennsylvania farmers map fields and reduce soil erosion.

March 13, 2015

Natural-gas liquids, an important byproduct of shale-gas production, will be the topic of a free, Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension's Marcellus Education Team, 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.

Each Alumni Achievement Award honoree is nominated by an academic college or campus and invited by the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students and the Penn State community. Alumni Achievement Award recipients demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age.
March 10, 2015

Twelve prominent alumni, 35 years of age and younger, are the latest group of young alumni to be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award, presented this month by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Colonies of cyanobacteria create a bluish-green biofilm over soil, most often in the fall after crops are harvested. Research indicates that their nitrogen-fixing abilities could substitute for up to 25 pounds per acre of manufactured nitrogen fertilizer.
March 6, 2015

A novel approach to harness bacteria that could diminish nutrient-laden runoff from agriculture has the potential to support efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay, where water quality improvements have been elusive, research suggests.

The 5th annual Sustainable Cropping Systems Symposium will take place on March 27, 2015, and will kick off with a keynote lecture by Sieglinde Snapp that will focus on perennial grains and cover crops.
March 6, 2015

Sieglinde Snapp, a professor of soils and cropping systems ecology and associate director of the Center for Global Change at Michigan State University, will present a talk on March 27 titled “Cover Crops and Perennial Grains for Future Cropping Systems.” Her talk, which will take place at 12:20 p.m. in 101 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building, is part of the 2015 Sustainable Ag Seminar Series organized by the Sustainable Ag Working Group in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Center for Private Forests director James Finley talks with forest landowners.
March 3, 2015

A special educational event for the owners of woodlots large and small will be offered by Penn State Extension on Friday and Saturday, March 20-21.

Deploying a new strategy for multiplex genome editing, researchers used CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutation to knock out a specific gene controlling pigment, generating albino rice seedlings. The new approach is expected to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms.
March 3, 2015

A novel strategy to enhance genome editing promises to increase the efficiency of making genetic improvements in a wide range of organisms, a new study suggests. The results could help boost applications such as developing better crops and treating genetic diseases in humans, Penn State researchers said.

Penn State’s cyber security team identifies and blocks approximately 157,000 hostile systems from accessing 200,000 computers on the University network on any given day.
February 27, 2015

Penn State’s cyber security team identifies and blocks approximately 157,000 hostile systems from accessing 200,000 computers on the University network on any given day.