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

Cattle are important reservoirs for the spread of tuberculosis to humans.   Image: Vivek Kapur, Penn State
New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programs
July 17, 2019
Skin tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists.
Visitors on the High Tunnel Tour view artichokes growing in a high tunnel during a prior year's Ag Progress Days expo.   Image: Penn State
Ag Progress Days tours showcase a variety of Penn State agricultural research
July 9, 2019
Visitors at Penn State's annual Ag Progress Days expo — to be held this year Aug. 13-15 — will have an opportunity to get a closer view of the agricultural and conservation-related research conducted at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center by taking free bus tours covering portions of the more than 2,000-acre facility.
Annalyse Kehs, right, a Penn State biological engineering major, shows Kenyan farmers how a smart phone app can help manage crop health.   Image: Courtesy of Annalyse Kehs
PlantVillage gives undergraduate a chance to help feed the world via technology
July 9, 2019
Coming from the small town of Limeport, near Allentown, a young Annalyse Kehs may not have thought much about international agriculture or feeding the world. But thanks to a project called PlantVillage, the Penn State rising senior not only is helping to address world hunger but is relishing the opportunity to travel to destinations such as Kenya and Rome to interact with farmers, researchers and policymakers.
This sequence of photos shows what happens to green ash trees over several years from the time they are infested by emerald ash borers. The death spiral occurs after adult beetles lay eggs on their bark. When the eggs hatch, the larvae bore into the bark and feed on the transportation tissues of the tree. This disrupts the movement of nutrients and water within the tree, girdling it and causing death.   Image: John Carlson/Penn State
Some green ash trees show some resistance to emerald ash borers
July 3, 2019
Genes in green ash trees that may confer some resistance to attacks by the emerald ash borer express themselves only once the tree detects the invasive beetle's feeding, according to Penn State researchers.


Upcoming Events

Wine Quality Improvement Workshop
When: July 29-30, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Alumni and Friends Ice Cream Social
When: August 13, 2019
Where: Ag Progress Days
Cultured Dairy Products Short Course
When: September 24-26, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Food Safety and Sanitation for Food Manufacturers
When: October 15-17, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Pasteurizer Operators Workshop
When: October 29-31, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
The Science and Art of Cheese Making Short Course
When: November 11-14, 2019
Where: University Park, PA
Ag Live Alumni & Friends Tailgate
When: November 30, 2019
Where: Snider Ag Arena