Spring/Summer 2016

Conspiracy theories could hamper control of Zika.

Senior Undergraduate Student in Horticulture

Experimental biomass harvest is a step toward a sustainable, biofuel-powered future.

Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who are candidates for a graduate degree in rural sociology and have exhibited academic excellence are eligible for the fellowship.

Researchers receive $10.2 million to create "eave tubes" that kill mosquitoes and protect homeowners from malaria.

New graduate housing will bolster fruit research.

Put your notebooks away, turn off your cell phones, and test your knowledge. Let's see how much you remember with these questions from finals throughout the college.

A GPS study tracks deer damage to forests.

Calvin DuBrock, retired director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management, has been named the Goddard Chair in Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

So you think you know agriculture and the college? Think again!

A new blood test can save dairy farmers time and money by indicating whether or not their cows are carrying embryos.

On March 7, more than 6,000 people from 157 countries logged onto their computers to learn about dairy production and management as part of the college's latest massive open online course (MOOC).

In what has been considered a man's career field, Devon Carroll enjoys being the only female turfgrass science major at Penn State University Park.

Thomas and Sandra Spring, of Home, Pa., have given $500,000 in appreciated securities to endow the Thomas and Sandra Spring Scholarship in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

We're building new labs, offices, conference rooms, classrooms, collaborative spaces, and common areas where students and faculty can meet, work, and be inspired to do great things.

Interdisciplinary research helps faculty members in the college tackle big questions.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is enforcing food safety activities through its new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

It's no longer just about the food. Interest in producing and consuming locally sourced fermented beverages--from wine to beer to hard cider to spirits--is growing throughout Pennsylvania, and Penn State Extension is providing educational support to both emerging and established businesses in the industry.

The success of new landscape plantings depends on how you plant them.

Lead poisoning is irreversible. The folks in Flint, Michigan, who recently have been exposed through their contaminated drinking water supply, will deal with the consequences--developmental delays, learning disabilities, memory loss, mood disorders, and more--for the rest of their lives.

Summer is around the corner and that means outdoor barbecues and picnics. Richard Kralj, food safety and nutrition educator, gives some tips on keeping food safe.

With our college's state appropriation zeroed out, the recent budget impasse forced the college to face the unthinkable--the elimination of our extension and agricultural research programs along with the loss of approximately 1,100 positions.

Manure. Minerals. Wood ash. Crop residues. A century ago, these natural products were just about the only things available to help boost crop yield.