College of Agricultural Sciences

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

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Penn State Master Gardeners Alice Simmons and Steve Lentz monitor pollinator preference plants at John C. Rudy County Park in York County.
Penn State Master Gardener programs promote pollinator populations
May 14, 2018
Penn State Extension Master Gardeners across the state are helping to restore bee populations through their Pollinator Preferences and Pollinator-Friendly Gardener Certification programs.
Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and assistant director of food safety and quality programs for Penn State Extension, talks to Armenien students. She believes internationalization of the state university extension system, which has been vital to establishing food safety in the United States, would greatly benefit the world.
Extension expanding food-safety training far beyond U.S. borders
May 14, 2018
The food-safety practices that Americans take for granted — such as washing hands with soap, refrigerating perishables, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — may not be practiced widely in other places around the world,” said Cutter, professor of food science and Penn State Extension assistant director for food safety and quality programs. She and her colleagues in the College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.
Cocoa pods display the symptoms of black pod rot. A team of Penn State researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to enhance plant resistance to the pathogen that causes the disease.
Cocoa CRISPR: Gene editing shows promise for improving the 'chocolate tree'
May 9, 2018
Use of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 could help to breed cacao trees that exhibit desirable traits such as enhanced resistance to diseases, according to Penn State plant scientists.
The Centre County 4-H Robotics Club was part of the alliance that won first place in the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Detroit, Michigan. Seated, front row, from left, are Thomas Sowers, Tate Geiger, Hannah Strouse, Petr Esakov, James Hanagan, Nathan Tack, and Thad Valentine. Second row, Griffen Josephs, Roger Nagel, Emily Christensen, and Lachlan Sneff. Third row, Adam Last, Isaiah Adu, Ben Servey, and Zach Jester. Standing, AJ Marsala, Adam Nedorezov, Braydon Button, Alex Mullen, Bill Jester, Eli Johnson, Jacob Oakman, and Cole Daubenspeck. Not pictured are Mary Davis, Lee Conklin, and Soham Pant.
Centre County 4-H Robotics Club wins world championship
May 3, 2018
The Centre County 4-H Robotics Club recently brought home the gold after winning the FIRST Robotics Competition — the first Pennsylvania team to capture the title. Robotics clubs are among Penn State Extension's 4‑H science programs that provide youth the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through fun, hands-on activities and projects.


Upcoming Events

Food Microbiology Short Course 2018
When: May 22-24, 2018
Where: University Park, PA
Fundamentals of Food Science Short Course
When: June 4-7, 2018
Where: University Park, PA
21st Penn State Plant Biology Symposium
When: June 19-22, 2018
Where: University Park, PA
Ag Progress Days
When: August 14-16, 2018
Where: Rock Springs, PA
Ag Progress Days Alumni Ice Cream Social
When: August 14, 2018
Where: Red Barn Addition
Cultured Dairy Products Short Course
When: September 18-20, 2018
Where: University Park, PA
Intro to Descriptive Analysis Short Course
When: October 9-10, 2018
Where: University Park, PA