Fall/Winter 2017

As assistant dean and director of international programs in the college, Deanna Behring works to integrate global perspectives into the fabric of all the college's activities.

The Department of Food Science leads Pennsylvania's efforts with the GenomeTrakr network to trace foodborne illnesses to their sources.

It's hot, buggy, and physically demanding, but the work the students put in at the Penn State Student Farm pays off in veggies and in the acquisition of valuable skills.

Can a dairy farm be profitable while protecting the environment? Penn State's virtual model for dairy farms may have the answer.

Researchers in the college investigate the safety and practice of making dry and semidry sausages.

Francis Alvaré, a forest ecosystem management major and military studies minor, assisted the National Guard's series of prescribed fires on training facilities as part of an independent study program in the spring of 2017.

Scientists discover genes that could be used to improve bee health.

Nicole Webster travels the world to help minority youth find their voices.

Malting barley research supports Pennsylvania’s craft beer industry.

Steven Loerch

Penn State named Steven C. Loerch as senior associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective August 14.

Scientists investigate a protein that could be a target for anti-cancer therapeutics.

Put your notebooks away, turn off your cell phones, and test your knowledge.

Goldenrod / Gall Fly Life Cycle. Illustration: Emily Damstra

Researchers find tall goldenrod can "smell" its herbivore and initiate a defense.

Bats eat the bugs that "bug" us and pollinate more than 500 species of plants, including banana and cacao, but despite all of their benefits to humans, the mammals can carry dangerous diseases, such as rabies.

Laszlo Kulcsar

Laszlo Kulcsar, professor of sociology and head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University, became the head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education on August 1.

Broadening the genetic diversity of Holsteins.

Ice cream connoisseurs may insist that cecream with more fat tastes better, but food scientists find that people generally cannot tell the difference between fat levels in ice creams.

Meet extension's new leadership team.

Phytonutrients from peppers protect transition cows from disease.

A new pilot program for industrial hemp growth and cultivation

On the hunt for answers.

Leslie Pillen

Alumna and Penn State Student Farm Club facilitator, Leslie Pillen

Samuel Hayes Jr.

Samuel Hayes Jr. has been selected as a 2017 Penn State Distinguished Alumnus

James Frisbie

Former Blue Band Drum Major and 2016 Homecoming King James Frisbie earns top honors.

Tarrah Geszvain

Tarrah Geszvain, advising coordinator for the plant sciences and landscape contracting majors, receives the college's 2017 Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

From left: David Dell, Dean Rick Roush, Joel Krall (Outstanding Recent Alumni Honoree), Fred Metzger, and Barry Flinchbaugh

Honoring our graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The college's Ag Alumni Society celebrates 50 years of friendship and success.

The value of supporting research for the greater public good

Tractors finally overtook the horse as the chief form of power on the American farm around 1955.