Learn what Penn State Extension’s Latinx Ag Network offers on new Facebook page

April 14, 2020

Penn State Extension is connecting with Latinx agriculturists in essential food businesses to provide timely outreach and science-based education on farm production, food safety and workplace risk management.

Outreach of 'Global Teach Ag!' helps teachers bring global learning to classroom

March 5, 2020

Started in 2018, Global Guides is a seven-month professional development program for teachers in any discipline. It is a partnership between the World Food Prize Foundation, an international organization that recognizes achievements in food security, and "Global Teach Ag!" at Penn State, an initiative that aims to develop capacity in teachers for global impact in food, fiber and natural resources through youth development and education programming.

Penn State responds: App aids UN efforts to control Africa's locust infestation

March 2, 2020

Through a memorandum of understanding with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO), David Hughes, Penn State professor of entomology and biology and creator of PlantVillage, an initiative to empower farmers with agricultural knowledge and technologies, is answering a UN call for a rapid response to the growing locust threat to East African crops. With U.N. support, he and his colleagues are fast-tracking the creation of a mobile app that locates and tracks the insects in order to assist in early warning and targeted spraying efforts.

Mandela Washington Fellows continue to succeed after Penn State experience

January 30, 2020

In 2017 and 2018, Penn State hosted three young innovators as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training and network opportunities. The fellowship is the top program of the Young African Leaders Initiative, and past fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries. These young leaders represent the diversity of Africa, including equal numbers of women and men, individuals with disabilities, and people from both urban and rural areas.

Technology that destroys pests in wood moves closer to commercialization

January 24, 2020

A technology that uses dielectric heating and radio frequency energy to destroy destructive pests lurking within wood products is closer to reaching the marketplace after a recent commercial trial at Penn State’s University Park campus.

A Composite Antimicrobial Film Could Take a Bite Out of Foodborne Illnesses

January 23, 2020

A novel composite film — created by the bonding of an antimicrobial layer to conventional, clear polyethylene plastic typically used to vacuum-package foods such as meat and fish — could help to decrease foodborne illness outbreaks, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The antimicrobial lining of the film is comprised of a pullulan-based biopolymer produced from starch syrup during a fermentation process, which is already approved for use in foods. Development of the composite antimicrobial film is important because 76 million cases of foodborne illnesses occur each year in the U.S. alone, resulting in 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. NIFA helped supported this research.

Students gain firsthand international development experience in Kenya

October 29, 2019

New project offers circular-economy solutions for refugee and host communities in East Africa

October 25, 2019

A new three-year project that will pilot and scale locally viable and gender-responsive circular-economy solutions was launched on 24 September in Nairobi, Kenya.

Students support fusarium research in strategic partnership with Penn State

October 21, 2019

Two graduate students from South Africa recently had the opportunity to expand their research, develop a mentorship network and increase multicultural fluency as a result of a strategic partnership between the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria.

Latinx Agricultural Network formed at Penn State to address community's needs

October 9, 2019

A new strategic planning group at Penn State seeks to enhance engagement and continue to provide support to Pennsylvania’s Latinx agricultural community.

Plant pathologist awarded grant to aid global study of seedborne pathogens

October 7, 2019

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to Penn State will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they explore bacterial pathogens causing leaf spot diseases that are damaging valuable agricultural crops such as watermelon and pumpkin.

Penn State establishes new policy on visiting scholars

October 3, 2019

Penn State has introduced a new policy governing the process for designating and approving visiting scholars to the University, as well as the responsibilities of University personnel and departments who wish to host a visiting scholar.

Engineers Without Borders partners with Namutamba community in Uganda

October 1, 2019

Undergraduate students from the Penn State chapter of Engineers Without Borders have launched a collaboration with the Namutamba community in Uganda to improve the community’s access to potable water.

Scholar trains educators from Ethiopia in detection of foodborne pathogens

October 1, 2019

Cassidy Prince has learned a great deal about foodborne pathogens while working in the lab of Jasna Kovac, Penn State assistant professor of food science. She also has learned how gratifying it can be to pass what she has learned onto others.

New AI app predicts climate change stress for farmers in Africa

September 25, 2019

Researchers unveil their app for climate-smart agriculture in conjunction with the UN Climate Action Summit

Novel use of laser technology reveals interactions between roots, soil organisms

September 18, 2019

A novel use of a custom laser system — developed in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences eight years ago — allows researchers to see how soil organisms affect plant roots. The discovery has implications for future breeding of more resilient and productive crops, according to an international team of scientists.

New method of analyzing networks reveals hidden patterns in data

September 12, 2019

A new way of measuring how relationships in a network change over time can reveal important details about the network, according to researchers at Penn State and the Korean Rural Economic Institute. For example, when applied to the world economy, the method detected the greatest amount of network change during 2008-09, the time of the global financial crisis.

Penn State entomologists join project to track historical parasite populations

September 11, 2019

A multi-institutional effort to document and digitize the historical population dynamics of arthropod parasites will draw on Penn State entomological expertise and collections.

Livestock disease risk tied to herd management style in Tanzania

September 11, 2019

A new study provides an updated picture of the prevalence of the sheep and goat plague virus (PPRV), a widespread and often fatal disease that threatens 80 percent of the world’s sheep and goats, in northern Tanzania.

Penn State INTAD Student Conducts Fieldwork in the Dominican Republic

September 3, 2019

Effie Smith recently spent two and a half months in a former sugar-cane laborer community in the Dominican Republic conducting in-depth interviews to uncover the sources of income of contemporary batey residents.

Penn State, Monash University announce second year of joint projects

August 29, 2019

In 2018, Penn State and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia launched the Joint Collaboration Development Program, a jointly financed seed-fund program with the aim to collaborate on research projects. The first round of seed funding saw 23 projects funded. The two institutions have committed these seed funds for a second year, around the intersection of health and the environment.

College of Agricultural Sciences names 2019 Harbaugh Scholars

August 20, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has awarded funding to one individual and two teams to support the development of innovative curricula under the college's Harbaugh Faculty Scholars program.

College of Agricultural Sciences recognizes outstanding students for 2019

August 20, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently recognized recipients of the Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Student Awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

Student travels to Washington to share passion for international agriculture

July 23, 2019

Sulav Paudel, a doctoral candidate in entomology and in international agriculture and development in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, traveled to Washington, D.C., in June to participate in two conferences aimed at advancing international agriculture and rural development.

College of Agricultural Sciences trains Ethiopians to detect dairy pathogens

July 2, 2019

A two-week training on foodborne pathogen detection methods, focused on dairy, will help educators and government agencies in Ethiopia ensure the safety of dairy products in that country.

Combating mosquito-borne diseases with bacteria

June 11, 2019

Viruses, spread through mosquito bites, cause human illnesses such as dengue fever, Zika and yellow fever. A new control technique harnesses a naturally occurring bacterium called Wolbachia that blocks replication of viruses and breaks the cycle of mosquito-borne disease, according to an international team of researchers.

College of Agricultural Sciences students chosen for Fulbright Awards

June 4, 2019

Tessa Sontheimer and Geoff Merz, graduates of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have been named recipients of Fulbright Study Awards

Veterinary student uses her learning in the U.S. to study abroad in Belize

June 4, 2019

Erika Del Pilar, a veterinary and biomedical sciences major, has regularly been involved in the veterinarian field during her time at Penn State and recently pursued a study-abroad experience in Belize. In an interview with Taylor Graham, a Student Engagement Network intern, Del Pilar talks about how she was able to take what she learned in the classroom and practice it first-hand overseas.

Penn State students take a global look at sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica

May 28, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Nora Tietjens explored a different type of classroom when she and a group of fellow Penn State students traveled to the tropics over spring break as part of the embedded course “Environmental Resource Management 499: Costa Rica Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources,” offered in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

De la Torre Scholars Significantly Contribute to College Programs

May 10, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Jose de La Torre, the College is able to make an award available to a graduate student from Latin America. In return, the student is asked to help the Office of International Programs with a project to advance College of Agricultural Sciences linkages in the hemisphere.

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