Alumni news and events from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

National 4-H Hall of Fame inducts two retired Penn State 4-H educators

November 2, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A retired Penn State 4-H extension educator and a retired faculty member were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct.12 for their lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

Penn State Ag Council presents 2021 Leadership Awards during fall meeting

November 2, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An agricultural leader, a task force dedicated to slowing the spread of the spotted lanternfly, and a Penn State sophomore were the recipients of 2021 Leadership Awards given by the Penn State Agricultural Council.

Students gain entrepreneurial experience through Harbaugh assistantship program

November 2, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Several undergraduates in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have a ringside view in moving research from the lab to the marketplace thanks to a unique opportunity offered through the college’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.

Nominations sought for the Paul R. and Joan M. Shellenberger Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

November 2, 2021

The purpose of this award shall be to honor and recognize a full-time instructor who is an outstanding teacher contributing significantly to undergraduate education in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Consideration for this award shall be given to all full-time instructors with teaching appointments (not on tenure track) in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Recipients of this award shall be selected by the Faculty Awards Committee based on nominations. Nominations for this award may be made by an individual, students, peers and members of the College of Agricultural Sciences community. A recipient may be considered again for this award after five years of continued extraordinary performance in undergraduate teaching. Please submit your nomination to Tracy Hoover – tsh102@psu.edu by November 29, 2021.

Penn State Poultry Science Club hosts annual turkey sale

October 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Poultry Science Club is again selling turkeys to members of the Penn State and surrounding communities just in time for delivery the week of Thanksgiving.

Fulbright award recipient in College of Ag Sciences conducting research in Ghana

October 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In rural Ghana, where most rely on farming for survival, families face many challenges, including scarcity of food, running water and electricity.

Penn State student feels at home as a Beef-Sheep Center live-in worker

October 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Blair Steele’s father did not want her to work at Penn State’s Beef-Sheep Center during her freshman year at the University.

Grant to fund research on biological approach to manage soil pathogens and pests

October 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In an effort to boost the profitability and sustainability of organic specialty crop productions, a team of scientists is improving and optimizing a method for controlling soilborne pests and pathogens and promoting soil health that prevents oxygen from entering the soil.

Jim Finley: Forest protector, private forest center founder, professor emeritus

October 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Jim Finley long will be remembered for his simple but powerful message: take care of the woods. And in conveying that idea to thousands of people across Pennsylvania and the nation over a five-decade Penn State career, the professor emeritus of forest resources persuaded many.

Food pantries essential for reducing hunger among middle-class in 2020

October 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community food services played a critical role in helping Americans meet their food needs, especially during the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research by a team of economists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. They found that middle-class Americans benefited the most from these services, demonstrating a key role these programs can play in times of crisis.

Popular perennial flowering plants can attract diverse mix of pollinators

October 25, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Popular species of perennial flowering plants vary widely in their attractiveness to pollinators, but homeowners and landscape managers who select certain perennial cultivars can support a diverse community of pollinators in their own backyards, according to a new study from a team of Penn State researchers.

Schreyer Scholar works to develop sustainable solution to food insecurity

October 18, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Vancie Peacock grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, but always dreamed of being on a farm. When she was 4 years old, she said, she became a vegetarian because she didn’t want to eat animals.

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners support bee-monitoring project in Pa.

October 18, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The decline of bee populations across the United States has become headline news and is a cause of great concern. The Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are doing their part to increase the baseline knowledge of bee biodiversity in Pennsylvania and to help identify changes in bee communities in the commonwealth.

Plant pathologists at Penn State head investigation into tar spot disease in Pa.

October 18, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Plant pathologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences are keeping a watchful eye on a corn disease new to Pennsylvania that has the potential to cause significant yield loss and reduce grain quality.

Penn State alumnus furthers agricultural education abroad despite pandemic

October 8, 2021

Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering marks 100-year anniversary

September 27, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering has its roots in a global pandemic and will mark its centennial anniversary amid another — a unique organization bookended by unfortunate circumstances.

College of Ag Sciences senior finds path in environmental academics and action

September 27, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As a high school senior heading to Penn State, Elka Hoelsken wanted to pursue a degree in the University's Environmental Resource Management (ERM) program, which promised to feature hands-on learning and a comprehensive look at the environment.

Pasto Ag Museum offering 'Research Unplugged' events on October Thursdays

September 27, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Pasto Agricultural Museum will host three “Research Unplugged” presentations Thursday afternoons in October, featuring Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences’ faculty talking about their studies in entomology.

Trustees hear updates on Advocate Penn State, government relations strategy

September 21, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Office of Government and Community Relations (OGCR) is preparing for the year ahead as both the state and federal governments return from summer recess. Advocate Penn State, the University’s broad-based advocacy initiative organizationally housed in OGCR, shared its strategies and plans for 2021-22 today (Sept. 16) with the Board of Trustees Committee on Outreach, Development and Community Relations.

After 41-year Penn State career, plant science professor Kathleen Brown retires

September 3, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Kathleen Brown, professor of plant stress biology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently retired after a 41-year career during which she helped break new ground in root biology, had a profound effect on many students and played an important role in the Department of Plant Science.

Penn State centers collaborate on pollinator education project

September 2, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Kathy Hill, associate professor of education (science education) in the College of Education and director of the Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS), and Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology in the College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Center for Pollinator Research (CPR), are leading a team that has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The grant will allow the team to partner with elementary school teachers in Pennsylvania to develop cross-disciplinary curricula to support their students in understanding pollinator research in the areas of food, agriculture and natural resources.