Penn State Ag Science Magazine

Penn State Ag Science: Spring/Summer 2018


Penn State Ag Science Magazine

Penn State Ag Science: Spring/Summer 2018


With a successful product, and a vision to expand it in the future, Hunter Swisher embraces his new entrepreneurial identity.
The Generation of the Agripreneur
Over the past five years, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program in the College of Agricultural Sciences has been transforming the way students and faculty members do research--moving great ideas and solutions from the lab to the market.
Saving the Bay
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences takes a lead role in cleaning up the Chesapeake
Spotted Lanternfly (GH Photos / Alamy Stock Photo)
Appetite For Destruction
Penn State researchers and extension educators mobilize against an invasive pest that's taking a bite out of Pennsylvania.

The Interview

Rachel Cloninger
Interview: Rachel Cloninger
As the new animal science advising coordinator, Rachel Cloninger is helping students in the Department of Animal Science achieve success.

The Last Word

Clean Water in the Age of Chemistry
Research and education are key to ensuring healthy aquatic ecosystems and a safe drinking-water supply.

College Briefs

This Tomato Wants to Be Your Valentine
If you're in love with the idea of sweet, firm, antioxidant-rich--and award-winning--tomatoes that will perform well in your garden, a researcher in the College of Agricultural Sciences has just the variety for you.
Happy Home, Happy Chickens
An increasing number of today's consumers are scanning egg cartons for the words "cage-free," "natural," "free-range," and the like.
Talking Turkey
Millennium Scholar presents heritage turkey research.
Bitter Pit
In a development that could prevent millions of dollars' worth of wasted fruit annually, researchers in the college developed a test to determine whether "bitter pit"--a disorder that blindsides apple growers by showing up weeks or months after picking--will develop in stored Honeycrisp apples.
Rooting Out Better Yields
Root discovery may lead to crops that thrive in nutrient-poor soil.
Mom was right, eat your broccoli
For the broccoli haters of the world, researchers may have "bad" news: the vegetable may help promote a healthy gut.
For the Love of the Bean
Craft chocolate--made with fine-flavor cacao beans--is gaining a fast following.
Ramp It Up!
College researchers take a new look at the commercial market for a perennial favorite.
Fueling Change in Africa
Wood fuels are key to easing food insecurity and creating economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.
Investing in education may help boost economic opportunities for the next generation
According to economists in the college, investing in public education can lead to more upward economic mobility and lower teen pregnancy rates, as well as provide a way to ease income inequality.
Tiny Tyrant
Researchers find a virus that inhibits the immune responses of caterpillars and their host plants and boosts plant yields.

Then and Now

Then and Now
In this picture from 1916, Dr. Ralph Watts, dean of the College of Agriculture, speaks from atop one of the college's cattle barns to visiting farmers and families about the advancements in agricultural technology, especially from research conducted at Penn State.

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