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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
April 3, 2017

Changes in operational structure and programming now underway will enhance the value of Penn State Extension to the Pennsylvania communities and clients it serves.

One of just three plants listed as vulnerable in Pennsylvania, goldenseal is known to have antimicrobial, anticancer and immune-stimulant properties, and the herbal industry incorporates it in formulations used to treat numerous ailments.
March 31, 2017

Funded by a $50,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are conducting an 18-month study of the forest herb goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) in Pennsylvania.

March 31, 2017

For 100 years, students at Penn State have gained experience in handling large animals through showing at the College of Agricultural Sciences' Little International Livestock Exposition, better known as the "Little I." This year's 100th anniversary event, hosted by Penn State's Block and Bridle Club, will begin at 8 a.m. April 8 at the Snider Agricultural Arena at Penn State's University Park campus.

March 31, 2017

Penn State has named Steven C. Loerch as senior associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Aug. 14. He will succeed Barbara Christ, who is retiring after 33 years as a faculty member and administrator with the college. She has served as senior associate dean since 2009.

March 30, 2017

Bird watchers, nature lovers and wildlife scientists have an opportunity to hear author and avian researcher Bridget Stutchbury describe her research on songbird migration during a talk at 5 p.m. on April 5 in 112 Forest Resources Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

From left to right: Kevin Steele, Krishna C. Nadella, Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw and Regina Vasilatos-Younken.
March 30, 2017

Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw is the 2017 recipient of the Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is presented to alumni who have achieved exceptional success throughout the course of their career and have demonstrated loyalty to the University and the Alumni Association.

March 29, 2017

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and College of Agricultural Sciences report a method for measuring free radicals in cigarette smoke that could help improve our understanding of the relationship between these substances and health.

The share of college graduates and the quality of life in a community were found to significantly contribute to economic growth.
March 29, 2017

Attracting college graduates and improving natural amenities -- parks, hiking trails, cleaner air -- can combine to boost economic growth. Penn State researchers suggest the factors may reinforce each other -- a clean environment attracts college grads who want to improve the environment.

The workshop will cover tools available to producers to help them keep the best genetics in their flocks to improve production and ultimately profitability.
March 28, 2017

Sheep producers looking for information on how and when to make culling decisions to make their sheep operations more profitable can take advantage of a workshop offered by Penn State Extension and the Berks County Sheep and Wool Growers Association.

Brandon Everett, Hayli Randolph, Denver Greenawalt, Kurtis Miller and Cody Harpster offer free breakfast to everyone in the College of Agricultural Sciences.
March 28, 2017

The Students for Cultivating Change provides a safe, inclusive network for students interested in agricultural sciences who are in the LGBTQ community. Focusing efforts in education, community, and increasing awareness, they strive to promote inclusion and visibility for LGBTQ individuals within the College of Agricultural Sciences and larger Penn State community.

Members of the first Global Advisory Council meeting.
March 28, 2017

The Provost’s Global Advisory Council hosted its inaugural meeting March 23 on the University Park campus. The council is chaired by Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones, with Vice Provost for Global Programs Michael Adewumi serving as the secretary. The council will serve in an advisory capacity to University leadership.

March 28, 2017

R. Michael Hulet, associate professor of poultry science and extension poultry specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from PennAg Industries Association at the group's annual dinner March 21. In its recognition, PennAg Industries called Hulet a true friend of agriculture, honoring him for his strong leadership throughout his career.

ERM major Francesca Ramacciotti at the Poas Volcano — just one place she was able to visit during her study abroad programs.
March 27, 2017

The senior environmental resource management major traveled to both New Zealand and Costa Rica as part of two separate embedded courses. She was first introduced to these study-abroad opportunities through her major’s coursework.

The Student Farm Club will host a plant sale on April 28, 2017. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to purchase vegetable and herb plants. All proceeds will benefit the Student Farm at Penn State.
March 27, 2017

The Student Farm at Penn State is celebrating a successful first year on their one-acre site at Fox Hollow and Big Hollow Roads. The farm grew over 10,000 pounds of produce this year, feeding both students and community members.

The research is looking at just how fawns are using the landscape and surviving in a space where so many predators are out to get them. The photos show how fawns are using the habitat, and at what times, and how they are co-occurring with predators in Pennsylvania's expansive forests.
March 24, 2017

Deer fawns in Pennsylvania face a cruel reality -- only half of them survive until their first birthday, and much of that mortality results from predation.

Students in the Penn State chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers are ready to prep mowers during the 2016 ASABE Lawnmower Clinic.
March 24, 2017

The Penn State student chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers will hold its annual Lawnmower Clinic on April 7 and 8.

March 23, 2017

A first-of-its-kind mouse model could lead to an understanding of how cerebral malaria infection leads to the development of epilepsy in children, and to the prevention of seizures. The model — a way for researchers to simulate the effects of malaria in children by using mice — was developed in a collaboration between researchers at Penn State's colleges of medicine, engineering, science and agriculture.

March 22, 2017

The Spring Health and the Environment Lecture on April 6 will feature Linda Birnbaum, director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program.

Giovani Bellicanta, postdoctoral scholar in Penn State's Department of Entomology, examines one of several containers of bedbugs in the research team's laboratory.
March 22, 2017

A fungal biopesticide that shows promise for the control of bed bugs is highly effective even against bed-bug populations that are insecticide resistant, according to research conducted by scientists at Penn State and North Carolina State universities. The study suggests that Aprehend, a mycoinsecticide developed at Penn State, likely will provide an important new tool for managing bed-bug infestations, which have surged in recent years.

Researchers discovered that they only needed to expose a small percentage of a bedbug population to their new fungal-based biopesticide to achieve nearly 100 percent infection.
March 22, 2017

A new biopesticide developed by Penn State scientists has the potential to turn the bedbug control market on its ear, thanks to a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem taking root at Penn State that’s helping to push crucial discoveries out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.