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.

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.

Extension Expanding Food-safety Training Far Beyond U.S. Borders

May 14, 2018

Penn State Initiative aimed at boosting global health.

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.

Farmers in Kenya willing, able to ramp up croton nut output for biofuel

December 30, 2017

Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country.

Thanksgiving abroad: Food science embedded course explores India

December 19, 2017

Students enrolled in a food science embedded course got a taste of something different for Thanksgiving this year. Over a week during the holiday break, participants in "Global perspectives on agricultural and food science in India" traveled to the city of Hyderabad to explore the food system in India while learning about the role that agriculture plays in the country's booming economy.

Extending food safety training to other countries could save lives

December 17, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

Faculty Engage with CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research

December 12, 2017

From December 5-8, 2017, faculty from Penn State's Gender in Agriculture, Energy and Environment Initiative participated in the CGIAR Collaborative Platform for Gender Research at their first annual scientific conference and capacity development workshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Student takes on challenges, earns degree and sets sights on medical school

November 7, 2017

"I can honestly say it would have been easier for me to climb out of a 100-foot well, though I would not have learned nearly as much." That is how Mannaa I. Mannaa, a native of Egypt, described his dream to attend Penn State, a journey that began when he stepped off a plane at University Park Airport on a frigid day in January 2005 and continues today as he pursues a goal of earning a medical doctorate.

Internship strengthens Penn State's ongoing relationships in China

November 7, 2017

A new summer internship, which will be available to undergraduate students with a veterinary research interest, is the most recent in a series of collaborations spanning a century-old partnership between Penn State and South China Agricultural University.

Penn State hosts international E. coli research experts

November 6, 2017

With its 50-year-old E. coli Reference Center, Penn State long has been at the forefront in isolating bacteria from animals, humans and the environment. The University will continue its leading role Nov. 6-8 when it hosts an international group of experts to propose how to transition one of the most fundamental tests for E. coli into a genomics-based assay.

Penn State partners to address Republic of Georgia's invasive stink bug problem

October 31, 2017

Entomologists from Penn State are working to apply what they have learned by studying the Mid-Atlantic region's brown marmorated stink bug infestation — which peaked between 2010 and 2013 — to similar recent problems impacting the Republic of Georgia in eastern Europe.

Bean Research Collaboration Contributes to Food Security

October 23, 2017

Cacao pioneers: Meet Penn State's Colombian Fulbright Scholars

October 23, 2017

Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.

World Food Prize: Grad students look forward to expanding knowledge at symposium

October 12, 2017

This year, two graduate students from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Ilse Huerta Arredondo and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct.18-20.

Penn State student explores the economic impact of disaster relief in Nepal

October 11, 2017

Herr, a member of Schreyer Honors College, is a senior in the Community, Environment and Development (CED) major in College of Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The CED major is an interdisciplinary social science degree designed to help students develop the skills needed to work with individuals, communities, governments and organizations to solve societal problems and improve quality of life in communities.

Penn State launches interdisciplinary Center for Security Research and Education

October 10, 2017

Penn State has announced the creation of a new center designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools and research units to focus a broad range of academic endeavor on society’s most critical threats.

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