Alumni news and events from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Pollinator and Bird Garden opens in the Arboretum at Penn State

June 28, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People strolling through The Arboretum at Penn State are likely to see more winged creatures visiting the many flowering plants with the opening of the long-awaited Pollinator and Bird Garden the week of June 28.

Four Honored for commitment to Diversity in the College of Agricultural Sciences

June 23, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Four individuals have received the 2021 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Team pitching hemp crop row covers to replace plastic wins Ag Springboard

June 23, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A pair of recent Penn State graduates planning to manufacture and sell crop row covers made of hemp fiber — instead of the typical plastic — won $7,500 toward their venture in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ 2021 Ag Springboard student business pitch contest.

Penn State's Ag Progress Days expo returns, in-person, Aug. 10-12

June 23, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — After Penn State's 2020 Ag Progress Days was canceled and shifted to an entirely virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural expo is poised to return as an in-person event, Aug. 10-12 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, Centre County.

Siegfried named associate dean for research in College of Agricultural Sciences

June 10, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Blair D. Siegfried, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida, has been named associate dean for research and graduate education and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Oct. 1.

Penn State Extension’s ‘Roadside Guide to Clean Water’ wins awards

June 10, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The “Roadside Guide to Clean Water,” a publication of Penn State Extension, has been recognized three times since being published in April 2020.

Metzger family names space in new building

June 10, 2021

The motivation to make a philanthropic gift to an organization is different for every donor, but in many cases, it boils down to the desire to make a positive impact. This rings true for Dr. Fred Metzger Jr. and his wife, Megan, who have made the first major gift to support the new Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building. The seven-figure gift to name the general purpose classroom in the facility will provide funding for the departments of animal science and veterinary and biomedical sciences to support the state-of-the-art facility expected to open in the fall of 2021.

Penn State to ease masking and distancing measures, offer vaccination incentives

June 7, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has announced plans to transition its masking and physical distancing requirements on June 28 to more closely align with changes recently announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health that relax COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals. The changes will apply to all Penn State campuses except the College of Medicine. Students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated — and share their vaccination status with the University — as soon as possible.

Acar receives Excellence in Academic Advising Award from College of Ag Sciences

June 7, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Nüket Acar, coordinator of undergraduate advising for veterinary and biomedical sciences, has received the 2021 Excellence in Academic Advising Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Terry Etherton to retire with legacy of groundbreaking research, leadership

June 7, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Terry Etherton joined the Penn State faculty in 1979, the use of biotechnology for the improvement of animal species was in its infancy. More than four decades later, the still-evolving field has advanced greatly, thanks in part to Etherton's groundbreaking work.