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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Reduced substance abuse among young adults
May 30, 2017

PROSPER, a community-based preventive intervention system, delivered in middle school, shows that participants had up to a 41 percent reduction in substance abuse during the first year after leaving high school.

May 24, 2017

When it comes to global challenges, there are none more pressing to Penn State alumni Frank and Janet Glasgow Dudek than food safety and clean energy. They are passionate about finding solutions to those challenges, and that's why they are providing $50,000 to Penn State to lead the way.

Will Miller, a doctoral degree candidate in the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, is studying  the spread of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania deer by focusing on whether some animals might be susceptible to the disease because of their genes. 
May 23, 2017

The recent announcement by the Pennsylvania Game Commission that it found 25 more wild deer with chronic wasting disease last year underlines the importance of studies being conducted by a team of researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Marvin Hall, Penn State professor of forage management in the Department of Plant Science, on the site of his latest research project, a reclaimed strip mine in Clearfield County.
May 23, 2017

Marvin Hall, a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is currently working a project to bring highly productive life back to damaged land by planting a crop — switchgrass — that can be used as an alternative fuel source.

May 23, 2017

Amber Gabel leveraged the academics, scholarship options, internship programs, and alumni network in the College of Agricultural Sciences to prepare for a career in dairy cattle genetics.

Penn State's academic rank promotions have been announced for tenure-line faculty members, effective July 1.
May 22, 2017

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1.

Hunter Swisher and Penn State President Eric Barron on the Penn State Golf Course.
May 19, 2017

Penn State President Eric Barron joined providers of entrepreneurship resources in celebrating innovative Penn State startup, Phospholutions, on Thursday, May 18, at the Penn State Golf Course in State College.

May 19, 2017

Generous support from MeeCee Baker, a respected alumna of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will support Students for Cultivating Change.

In-the-woods demonstrations of logging technology, such as this feller buncher, will be among the activities at Timber 2017, June 9-10.
May 18, 2017

Businesses and individuals interested in Pennsylvania's large forest-products industry can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2017 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, which will take place Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, at Penn State's Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

Seogchan Kang, professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society.
May 18, 2017

Seogchan Kang, professor of plant pathology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, an honor given to members in recognition of distinguished contributions to the discipline of plant pathology.

An upcoming event will give participants an opportunity to trace the life cycle of an apple, from its planting to its return back to the environment after it has been eaten — all as it relates to the apple microbiome.
May 18, 2017

Do the microbes associated with apples help keep the doctor away? This is one of the many questions that will be investigated at a May 24 workshop titled "An Apple a Day!" The event, hosted by the Microbiome Center at Penn State, will enable participants to learn about and discuss the "apple microbiome," from seed to soil to the human gut and beyond.

A new undergraduate certificate program will help train the next generation of conservation professionals at a time when agricultural producers are under mounting pressure to adopt measures aimed at protecting water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
May 17, 2017

A new undergraduate certificate program offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will give students interested in agricultural stewardship an opportunity for classroom and hands-on learning in the sustainability of agricultural soil and water resources. The Agricultural Stewardship and Conservation Certificate program will provide critical coursework and practical experience that will help make students marketable for jobs in the public and private sector.

Water availability for and from agriculture is a pressing issue in the United States. With funding from USDA, researchers aim to develop a model for engaging stakeholders and communities to ensure adequate water quality and quantity.
May 17, 2017

A group of institutions led by Penn State has received nearly $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project aimed at developing a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. Partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

During his three-month internship with TakeaHand, Robinson Laventure, Penn State student in biological engineering, worked with other Sage Corps fellows and TakeaHand engineers to redesign 3D-prosthetics.
May 17, 2017

Robinson Laventure, Penn State student in biological engineering, spent three months helping to redesign 3D-printed prosthetics for TakeaHand, a biotechnology company located in Santiago, Chile.

Mature chestnut trees often grew straight and branch-free for 50 feet and could grow up to 100 feet tall with a trunk diameter of 14 feet at a few feet above ground level. For three centuries many barns and homes near the Appalachian Mountains were made from American chestnut and the trees provided untold tons of food for wildlife and humans.
May 16, 2017

The nearly century-old effort to employ selective breeding to rescue the American chestnut, which has been rendered functionally extinct by an introduced disease — Chestnut blight, eventually will succeed, but it will take longer than many people expect.

At a boot camp organized by Penn State researchers in the Santa Marta region of Colombia, a local farmer demonstrates the proper method of opening a cacao pod to release the cocoa beans within.
May 15, 2017

As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State scientists are helping poor farmers switch from growing coca, the stuff of cocaine, to growing cacao, the principal ingredient in chocolate. Cacao for Peace, the international partnership they are a part of, seeks to transform Colombia's rural Caribbean coast in a cacao-growing hotspot.

Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are among a group of researchers examining how the use of high and low tunnels and plastic coverings extend the growing season for strawberries and raspberries.
May 15, 2017

Researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are among a group of researchers examining how the use of high and low tunnels and plastic coverings extend the growing season for strawberries and raspberries, and as a result, increase yields while also reducing pesticide use and improving berry quality and shelf-life.

The Penn State team at the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest: (from left) Ellie Tan, Herb Wykoff (yogurt category judge), Kerry Kaylegian (coach), Jennifer Huang and Shu-wei Huang.   
May 9, 2017

A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences took first place in the Yogurt category of the 95th Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, held April 12 in Madison, Wisconsin.

May 9, 2017

Comparing revenues from oil and gas production across 16 states and describing major impacts in regions such as the Marcellus, Bakken and Permian will be the focus of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.