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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Alumni Diane and Mike Katzaman, who have pledged a $1.7 million estate gift to Penn State, are flanked by Rick Roush, left, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Robert Pangborn, right, vice president and dean for undergraduate education.
March 17, 2017

Michael and Diane Katzaman, of Wernersville, have pledged an estate gift of approximately $1.7 million to be evenly divided between the Agriculture Fund, which supports Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, and a micro-scholarship fund administered through the University's Office of Undergraduate Education.

WPSU's "Digging Deeper: Winemaking" will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, on WPSU-TV.
March 17, 2017

Penn State President Eric J. Barron will welcome a pair of University experts to discuss Pennsylvania winemaking and the fundamentals of grape growing during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper.” The show will air at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on March 26 on WPSU-TV.

Take your favorite flavor from The Creamery Sweet 16 to the Elite Ate to the Flavorful Four to the Tasty Two to the Flavor Madness championship at   . 
March 16, 2017

This month, Berkey Creamery is launching Flavor Madness, the online tournament to crown the most popular flavor.

March 15, 2017

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades will visit University Park to discuss “Big Science, Politics and the Press" on April 4.

African American family
March 15, 2017

The effectiveness of Head Start in preparing children for elementary school is currently being debated, but in Pennsylvania, the program has benefited from several Penn State initiatives.

A trend toward earlier blooming of fruit trees has become obvious to agricultural scientists. After at least five decades of apple tree bloom dates not varying by more than a few days, something changed in the mid-1990s. Since then, blooming dates have become increasingly earlier and “erratic.”
March 10, 2017

With less than two weeks until the official end of an unusually warm winter in Pennsylvania, the apple crop is in some jeopardy, warns a tree fruit specialist with Penn State Extension.

Plots of biofuels-producing switchgrass and miscanthus growing in an experimental area on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land.
March 10, 2017

Growing sustainable energy crops without increasing greenhouse gas emissions, may be possible on seasonally wet, environmentally sensitive landscapes, according to researchers who conducted a study on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land.

Nicole Brunozzi (top center), a community, environment, and development major with an INTAG minor, traveled to western Kenya to work on building projects at the Nyeri Children and Youth Empowerment Center.
March 8, 2017

With global, interdisciplinary coursework and a robust study-abroad program, the international agriculture minor is attracting students from a wide range of majors.

This presentation will provide an update on the major transmission pipeline projects in Pennsylvania as well as identify and explain common resident perceptions of pipeline development for communities impacted by the pipelines. 
March 7, 2017

A webinar on how communities can help their residents better understand and manage natural gas pipeline activity and impacts will be the topic of a Web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

March 7, 2017

The findings of studies on how the values of residential property near shale gas/oil extraction sites have changed will be the topic of a web-based seminar to be presented by Penn State Extension.

Berks County 4-H members exploring biodiversity while participating in the “Stop the Invasion: Unwanted Plants, Bugs and Other Pests”project.
March 6, 2017

Penn State Extension, with funding from the state Department of Agriculture, has created a “fun,” hands-on, interactive curriculum to address the threat of invasive species, to be offered through its Pennsylvania 4-H youth program.

Brian Thiede, assistant professor of rural sociology, received the 2016-17 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award.
March 3, 2017

Brian Thiede, assistant professor of rural sociology, received the 2016-17 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award for his paper, "Climate variability and inter-provincial migration in South America, 1970-2011."

The team's findings may help scientists and beekeepers to breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.
March 2, 2017

A core set of genes involved in the responses of honey bees to multiple diseases caused by viruses and parasites has been identified by an international team of researchers. The findings provide a better-defined starting point for future studies of honey-bee health, and may help scientists and beekeepers breed honey bees that are more resilient to stress.

Among other projects highlighted in the report given to lawmakers by the coalition was research conducted in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences that analyzed how the saliva of caterpillars and other insect excretions trigger the defenses of crop plants, providing a new path for plant breeders to explore as they develop more resistant cultivars.
March 2, 2017

The head of Penn State’s Department of Entomology is among a coalition that includes top scientists from 11 research universities in Washington, D.C, today (March 2) calling for stronger federal support of the food and agricultural sciences.

The new and exciting thing coming out of the conference, organizers believe, is that there is universal support for having “champion farmers” lead other farmers to transform the entire community from perceiving conservation as “need to” to “want to.”
March 1, 2017

Because of a new narrative of stewardship, Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be persuaded to look at conservation not as something they have to do but rather something they want to do.

Student Farm Club members grow more than 20 types of lettuce in a greenhouse-based, soil-free system on campus. Housing and Food Services serves the produce grown on the Student Farm year-round in many dining halls on campus.
February 28, 2017

The Student Farm Club at Penn State is partnering with Housing and Food Services as part of National Nutrition Month to host a hydroponic lettuce tasting event, “Expand Your Salad Palate,” in Redifer Dining Commons, South Halls, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 13. The Student Farm Club invites all students, faculty, staff and community members to join them to taste a delicious variety of hydroponic lettuce grown by club members and learn about the nutritional benefits of eating a diversity of fresh, locally grown greens.

David Eissenstat's research focuses on the unseen part of the plant -- the roots -- and the impact factors such as climate change have on root physiology and root interactions with soil microorganisms, such as mycorrhizal fungi.
February 28, 2017

David Eissenstat, professor of ecosystem management and woody plant physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences and chair of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology at Penn State was awarded the Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.

The Forest Landowners Conference will provide the information, resources and connections needed to improve woodland stewardship at all levels.
February 28, 2017

Hundreds of landowners, natural resource professionals and conservationists interested in forests will gather at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona March 24-25 to learn how to better care for their woodlands.

The Home Gardening School, set for March 18 at the Forest Resources Building at University Park, will feature presentations for both beginning and experienced gardeners.
February 28, 2017

Penn State Extension’s Centre County Master Gardeners will host a Home Gardening School from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 18 at the Forest Resources Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The Home Gardening School will feature a full day of presentations for both beginning and experienced gardeners.

Penn State graduate and Peace Corps volunteer Mark Goldy-Brown at Laguna Parón, in the Peruvian Andes mountains.
February 28, 2017

Penn State has once again been recognized among the nation's top producers of Peace Corps volunteers. With 50 undergraduate alumni serving overseas and working in fields such as agriculture, education, environment, health, community economic development and youth development, the University is No. 8 on the Peace Corps' 2017 rankings of colleges and universities in the large school category.