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Penn State is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. Image: Reidar Jensen
December 9, 2014

Penn State is one of nearly 50 universities worldwide that have banded together to address the global issue of hunger. Leaders from these universities will sign The Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security – a declaration acknowledging their commitment to make food insecurity a priority. There is a ceremonial signing set for Dec. 9 at the United Nations in New York.

October 20, 2014

Farmers around the world, like these in India, increasingly use mobile devices for information to help them grow food, a trend that PlantVillage developers are capitalizing on.

October 17, 2014

A good day for most people does not begin with waking up in a cinder block room in an orphanage in Haiti, but as senior Cara McDonald can tell you, rewarding experiences do not discriminate. They pop up in unexpected places, are often the product of hard work, and allow for continued benefits for a long time -- much like the moringa tree. 

Megan Wilkerson, Cara McDonald, and Kristie Dennison
October 16, 2014

Five Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students attend World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa.

Siela Maximova, professor of horticulture in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.  Image: Penn State
October 15, 2014

Siela Maximova, senior scientist and professor of horticulture in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, will speak Oct. 16 at a side event at the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, the annual symposium at which the World Food Prize is awarded.

October 7, 2014

Kelsey Czyzyk, senior in biological engineering, researches options for building affordable greenhouses to increase food security in developing countries.

An emerald ash borer rests on a leaf. Image: Jonathan Lelito/BASF Corporation
September 26, 2014

An international team of researchers has designed decoys that mimic female emerald ash borer beetles and successfully entice male emerald ash borers to land on them in an attempt to mate, only to be electrocuted and killed by high-voltage current.

September 26, 2014

Summary of various seminars/ happening on campus this semester. All events listed have some participation from the College of Agricultural Sciences.

September 8, 2014

A unique method for delivering compounds that could positively impact the global battle against HIV and AIDS may be possible, thanks to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Yufan Zhang sprays a glycerol treatment on the leaves of a Theobroma cacao tree as Siela Maximova and Mark Guiltinan watch. The Penn State scientists are aiming to find a safer way to combat diseases threatening the world's cocoa crop. Image: Seth Palmer
August 28, 2014

Cocoa farmers this year will lose an estimated 30 to 40 percent of their crop to pests and disease, and with chocolate prices having risen globally by roughly two-thirds in the past decade, concern is growing about sustainability in cocoa production. Of particular concern are the environmental impact and human health risks of toxic agrichemicals – organochloride insecticides and heavy-metal-based fungicides – used in cocoa production to fight pests and disease.

After killing its host, the so-called zombie ant fungus grows from the cadaver and produces spores, which rain down on the forest floor to infect new hosts. Image: Penn State
August 28, 2014

A parasitic fungus that must kill its ant hosts outside their nest to reproduce and transmit its infection, manipulates its victims to die in the vicinity of the colony, ensuring a constant supply of potential new hosts, according to researchers at Penn State and colleagues at Brazil's Federal University of Vicosa.

Penn State agroecology major Nancy Kammerer (right) talks with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Maxine Levin, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Image: Courtesy U.S. Department of Agriculture
August 27, 2014

The study of agricultural sciences can lead to incredible opportunities. Penn State student Nancy Kammerer discovered this firsthand during her recent trip to Jeju, South Korea, for the first International Soil Judging Contest.

August 27, 2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 14, 2014 – From August 11-14, the U.S. Embassy’s Foreign Agriculture Service held a four-day Borlaug Fellowship workshop linking female agribusiness entrepreneurs from the Ethiopian coffee, dairy and feed sectors with former Borlaug fellows from the local agricultural research community as well as with scientists from Penn State University.

August 6, 2014

The Office of International Programs, together with the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, in the College of Agricultural Sciences is excited to announce sponsorship to the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.

Deanna Behring, director of international programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Image: Penn State
June 20, 2014

Deanna Behring, director of international programs in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has begun a one-year term as president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development. She received the gavel from outgoing President Mike McGirr at the group's 50th annual meeting held recently in Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2014

The USDA Cochran Fellowship Program sponsored this group of dairy professionals who traveled to Penn State from the Republic of Georgia and Turkmenistan. Under the leadership of Dr. Alex Hristov, the group spent two weeks learning about dairy herd management methods and techniques related to breeding, nutrition, and animal health.

As part of her doctoral research, Kristal Jones, center, worked with scientists in West Africa to study crop seed systems. Image: Penn State
June 17, 2014

Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students -- each from different backgrounds and primary areas of study -- graduated Spring 2014 with something in common. Both gained valuable international experience and earned dual degrees that make them stand out as they embark on their professional careers. Jonathan Dumas and Kristal Jones were enrolled in the International Agriculture and Development dual-title degree program, known as INTAD, which provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree.

Senior Steve Bookbinder's goal while at Penn State is to be exposed to all sorts of different product-development and operations environments in the meat industry.  Image: Penn State
June 17, 2014

Most college students originally enrolled in their studies following high school graduation, but Penn State senior and food science major Steve Bookbinder took a different path. Bookbinder spent two years at the Culinary Institute of America, and another two years working in the food industry, before deciding to take his experience to the next level. He enrolled in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to better understand the food industry, specifically the meat industry.

June 13, 2014

When Mark Brennan became the UNESCO chair in rural community, leadership and youth development at Penn State in 2013, he articulated a call to action for groundbreaking research, teaching and applied programs for the betterment of young people and communities worldwide. Today, Brennan and two of his fellow UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) chairs from Ireland announced a major event to further that agenda. The UNESCO Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership through Sport and Recreation will be held Aug. 28 at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, in conjunction with the American football game between Penn State and the University of Central Florida, scheduled for Aug. 30 at the stadium.

May 27, 2014

Junior Carolyn McDonald wants to teach students in Haiti’s orphanages how to create jobs for themselves and become entrepreneurs. McDonald, a community, environment and development major, is the mastermind behind the Haitian Youth Team initiative, a non-profit enterprise to educate children in agriculture and business. The project’s goal is that children leave the orphanage ready and able to create and sustain their own food-related businesses.