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September 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Curtis Frederick really digs potatoes. And that's a good thing considering that the 2009 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is enjoying a career as a senior agronomist at Sterman Masser Inc., a large, family-owned potato company, in Sacramento, Pennsylvania. (Article by: Kelly Jedrzejewski)

December 20, 2016

Dr. Alexis Barbarin a NSF Fellow at North Carolina State University specializes in entomology, molecular ecology, pesticide efficacy and human social network analysis. She earned a B.S. in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and an M.Ed. in Agricultural & Extension Education and Ph.D. in Entomology from Penn State.

Scott Harkcom '81, '96g Agron
November 2, 2016

Scott Harkcom, manager of the agronomy farm, the college's largest field research facility works more than 600 acres and manages the agronomic crops at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center

June 13, 2016

Anthony J. Gilbert is an agricultural attaché for the Foreign Agricultural Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The ‘95 Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology grad helps to spread U.S. land-grant university knowledge and serve the best interests of U.S. agriculture overseas.

Gary Schroeder in one of his mushroom houses
October 22, 2014

Gary Schroeder has two degrees from Penn State, '78 Plant Science and '80 M.S. Plant Pathology, as well as strong family ties to the University. His father, Dr. Morris Schroeder, was a long time professor in Ag & Bio Engineering who embraced the meaning of extension and can be seen at a dedication in his honor at the Pasto Agricultural Museum.

Kevin Sheaffer '10 Turfgrass Science
July 22, 2014

Kevin has gained a lot of experience in a short amount of time after he graduated from Penn State in 2010 with his B.S. in Turfgrass Science. He started as a Sales Representative in the Turf and Ornamental Division at Dow AgroSciences LLC and is now the Commercial Workforce Recruiting Specialist.

Kitty Reed '06 AN SC
January 2, 2014

Kitty Reed, a Cattle Territory Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. credits leadership and the relationships she built in the College of Agricultural Sciences to her current success.

John Slagel, '82 AE RS is the Director of Eastern Operations for Sunkist Growers, Inc.
December 8, 2013

John Slagel is the Director of Eastern Operations at Sunkist Growers, Inc., where he focuses on productivity and probability.

Lauren Diebel '12 ERM at Shenandoah National Park
October 20, 2013

What is a recent graduate like Lauren Diebel ’12 ERM doing these days? She is an Environmental Technician at Dawood Engineering, Inc., with a lot of responsibility. Her degree and leadership experiences prepared her for the ever-changing environmental career path that it is today.

Slade Peters '06 ABE
September 26, 2013

The sky is not the limit for Slade Peters, NASA Fluid Systems Engineer. A Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences degree can take you anywhere, and for Slade it involves launching vehicles and astronauts into space! He says that the most rewarding part has been to watch the space shuttles launch and get the astronauts back to Earth safely.

John Knapka, 1988 Animal Production
February 3, 2013

"When I was in college, if someone told me what I'd be doing twenty years later for a career, I'd tell them they were crazy," says John Knapka, District Manager and representative of Elanco Health. He had never imagined that today he would have the responsibilities that he does in the animal health industry.

John Burket, Dairy Production
December 15, 2012

John Burket, owner of Burket Falls Farm, does more than milk dairy cows for a living. A 1987 Dairy Production alumnus, Burket travels worldwide to judge dairy cattle.

October 3, 2012

Merl Filler is not your average fire fighter. He is a smoke jumper; a highly skilled and trained individual who parachutes from a plane into deep forests to extinguish threatening wildfires. Inspired by the wonders of Pennsylvania forests, Merl Filler chose Wood Utilization at Penn State. He has extensive experience in forestry and its various pathways.

Dan Shemesh, Director of Grounds at New York Red Bull Arena
September 19, 2012

Having an interest in sports, Dan Shemesh knew a career in Turfgrass Science was perfect for him. Over seeing each event at New York Red Bull Arena is a phenomenal experience. The world class stadium entertains thousands of people per event and Shemesh is responsible for making sure that everything goes smoothly before and after the events.

Greta and her husband, Stephen Halahan
September 17, 2012

There are a lot of folks involved in waste management in the dairy industry. Foundry, machining, engineering, environmental management, and salesmen—the list goes on and on. It takes experts to turn wastes into a reusable product so that our world can be sustainable. In order to market these products, businesses need sales representatives to talk with farmers about how to make their farms more sustainable and have reusable waste.

September 7, 2012

Teachers want to inspire students to succeed in school and life. Senior Extension Educator, Melanie Barkley goes beyond the classroom and into the shoes of agricultural inspired 4-H members to impact their future careers.

Doug Koontz meeting with Ag Choice Farm Credit clients
August 22, 2012

For someone who enjoys the agricultural industry, working with livestock and doing something different every day, Doug Koontz's career and hobby make for a great combination.