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2018

Working together for global good: Penn State, Oxfam join forces
July 17, 2018
Developing lasting solutions to the problems of poverty, hunger and social injustice is the cornerstone of a new partnership between Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Oxfam America, the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam, the global organization working to end the injustice of poverty in 90 countries around the world.
Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees
June 22, 2018
An international team of researchers has discovered evidence of 27 previously unknown viruses in bees. The finding could help scientists design strategies to prevent the spread of viral pathogens among these important pollinators.
Agricultural diversification: Empowering women in Cambodia with 'wild gardens'
June 5, 2018
In a perfect world, everyone would have access to nutritious, affordable food. However, as Rick Bates knows, there is no such thing as utopia when it comes to food security, as millions of people around the world have limited food resources. One of those places is Cambodia in Southeast Asia, one of the world's poorest countries, where the rural poverty rate is 24 percent, and 40 percent of children younger than 5 are chronically malnourished, making them vulnerable to significant health problems.
Four honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences
May 25, 2018
Four individuals have received the 2018 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.
Penn State-led consortium to support agricultural, economic growth in Ukraine
May 25, 2018
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is leading a consortium of land-grant universities in the United States that have pledged support for continued reform and development of the agricultural and rural sectors in Ukraine, a sovereign state in Eastern Europe that was once referred to as "the breadbasket of Europe," a nod to its fertile soil and abundant grain fields.
Extension expanding food-safety training far beyond U.S. borders
May 15, 2018
Catherine Cutter wants to internationalize Penn State Extension, which has been vital to establishing food safety in the United States. “Internationalization of our extension program could help to provide a safer global food supply, which not only helps to protect people in other countries, but also safeguards Americans, as some of these foods are imported to the United States,” she said.
Cocoa CRISPR: Gene editing shows promise for improving the 'chocolate tree'
May 14, 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.
Penn State Extension provides clients with 'study-abroad' opportunities
April 23, 2018
Visiting other countries to cultivate relationships and exchange information about innovative agricultural practices and research — with the intention of imparting that knowledge to clients back home — has been a long-standing endeavor of Penn State Extension educators.
Dr. Kathleen Sexsmith receives Roy C. Buck award
April 4, 2018
Dr. Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of Rural Sociology, receives the Roy C. Buck award which recognizes the best recently published article in the social sciences. Her article presents research on undocumented immigrant farmworkers and their ability to access healthcare. Dr. Sexsmith focuses her current research on gender and agriculture in both a domestic and international context.
Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break
March 28, 2018
For the past few decades, Israel has been a hotbed of innovation and technological exploration.
Global Gallery gives snapshot of faculty, graduate research in world agriculture
March 21, 2018
Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences illustrated how their research touches every corner of the world during the inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program (INTAD) and its student association.
Promoting Gender Equity through Farmer Field Schools
March 8, 2018
The USAID funded Women in Agriculture Network (WAgN): Honduras project is currently working with an indigenous women's non-government organization in western Honduras to promote gender equity. Implemented by Zamorano University (Honduras) and a team of Penn State faculty, the gender-integrated Farmer Field School provides a blend of horticulture technical skills and gender focused awareness.
Wood fuels key to easing food insecurity situation in sub-Saharan Africa
March 2, 2018
Access to wood fuels for cooking must be considered when formulating policy to deal with food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, according to researchers who advocate expanding the effort to improve wood-fuel systems and make them more sustainable.
Penn State among top producers of Peace Corps volunteers
March 2, 2018
Penn State has for the seventh year been recognized among the nation's top producers of Peace Corps volunteers. With 54 undergraduate alumni serving overseas and working in fields such as agriculture, education, environment, health, community economic development and youth development, the University is No. 13 on the Peace Corps' 2018 rankings of colleges and universities in the large school category.
Women Farmers and Food Justice
February 25, 2018
Dr. Carolyn Sachs, Professor Emeritus and instrumental leader of the Gender, Agriculture, Energy and Environment Initiative, discusses women's role in "preserving biodiversity through farmer control of seeds" in a recent publication for the United Nations. Dr. Sachs will also be speaking at the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women later this March.
2018 Future Leaders Forum
February 24, 2018
AIARD is pleased to announce that the application for the 2018 Future Leaders Forum is now available! As part of the annual Future Leaders Forum in Washington, DC, fellows attend the annual Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development conference and additional programming just for Future Leaders. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who have a sincere interest in international agriculture and rural development issues and their solutions.
Pennsylvania Women's Agriculture Network farmer "flies in" to D.C. and advocates for local food
February 21, 2018
Advocating for policies and programs that support local agriculture, Lyn Garling, co-owner of Over the Moon Farm and member of the Pennsylvania Women's Agriculture Network, participates in the Farmer Fly-In program, meeting with legislators in Washington D.C. to advocate for programs including farmers markets and policies that support local food security.
Former ag international programs coordinator creates study abroad scholarship
February 20, 2018
Marilyn McPheron still wells up when she talks about her students. "They would come into my office and say 'you changed my life,'" McPheron, former study abroad coordinator in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Office of International Programs, said. "It still overwhelms me to think something I did had that kind of impact."
Research aims to help cacao producers, chocolate makers boost profits
February 19, 2018
Craft chocolate — made with fine flavor cacao beans and valued for its distinctive flavors and high quality — is gaining a fast following, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is aimed at helping bean growers and bar makers benefit from this trend.
Call for proposals for Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards
January 9, 2018
Proposals are now being accepted for the M.G. Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, with a maximum amount of $1500 awarded per project. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 23, and the requirements and additional details are available online.