College of Agricultural Sciences

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences offers 17 undergraduate majors, 23 minors, and graduate programs in 18 major areas.

College News and Information

A community service-learning course at Penn State provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to teach English to Latino immigrant dairy-farm workers. Here, sophomore Sophia Noel conducts a tutoring session.   Image: Penn State
Undergraduate students engage with Latino farmworker community through course
February 7, 2019
Because of significant labor shortages, Pennsylvania's dairy farms rely on Spanish-speaking immigrants as a key source of labor. However, cultural differences and language barriers can leave employers and workers lost in translation. A new, innovative community service-learning course — "Service-Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers" — offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at breaking down those barriers.
In a four-year study, shallow-disk injection of manure was found to result in less phosphorus loss in runoff from farm fields compared to broadcasting or spreading manure. The research findings have implications for Chesapeake Bay water quality.   Image: Melissa Miller / Penn State
Manure injection offers hope, challenge for restoring Chesapeake water quality
February 6, 2019
Widespread adoption by dairy farmers of injecting manure into the soil instead of spreading it on the surface could be crucial to restoring Chesapeake Bay water quality, according to researchers who compared phosphorus runoff from fields treated by both methods. However, they predict it will be difficult to persuade farmers to change practices.
Ed Kaiser, research technologist, of the Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab. "Penn State has amassed one of the most extensive collections of commercial and wild mushroom strains, representing varieties from all over the world," he said.    Image: Penn State
'A fungus among us': Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab aids industry
January 29, 2019
Commercial mushroom farms, academic researchers and mushroom hobbyists from near and far rely on the Penn State Mushroom Spawn Lab in the College of Agricultural Sciences to advance their operations.
Paulina Oleinik, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is one of the live-in employees at the Penn State Horse Barn.   Image: Penn State
College of Ag Sciences senior gets a 'kick' out of Penn State Horse Barn living
January 29, 2019
When Paulina Oleinik, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, started her college career at the University's Altoona campus, she had no idea that one day she would call a horse barn her home.


Upcoming Events

Principles of Sensory Evaluation
When: March 26-28, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Better Process Control School
When: April 29 - May 2, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Food Microbiology Short Course
When: May 21-23, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Fundamentals of Food Science Short Course
When: June 3-6, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Food and Airborne Fungi & Mycotoxins Short Course
When: June 11-13, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
22nd Penn State Plant Biology Symposium - Plant Cell Dynamics VIII
When: June 18-21, 2019
Where: University Park, PA