Interview: Deanna Behring

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.

Banking Bacteria

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

Not Your Typical Garden Variety

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.

Staying in the Black While Going Green

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

I Say Salami, You Say Salumi

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

Some Like It Hot!

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.

Bee Balm

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

Voices of Change

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


Malting barley research supports Pennsylvania’s craft beer industry.

Steven C. Loerch Named Senior Associate Dean

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

Sharpen Your Pencils!

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

The Best Defense

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

Can A Bat Host A Flu Virus?

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 Named Head of Ag Economics, Sociology, and Education

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.

The New Family Tree

Broadening the genetic diversity of Holsteins.

Does High Fat Mean High Flavor?

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.

New Leadership

Meet extension's new leadership team.

A Pepper a Day Keeps the Vet Away

Phytonutrients from peppers protect transition cows from disease.

Hooray for Hemp!

A new pilot program for industrial hemp growth and cultivation

Chronic Wasting Disease

On the hunt for answers.

No Tassel: Alumna's Early Farm Work Doesn't Deter

Alumna and Penn State Student Farm Club facilitator, Leslie Pillen

Highest Honor

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

Outstanding Senior

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

A Nurturing Nature

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

Four Outstanding Alumni

Honoring our graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The Big Five-OH!

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

It Takes a Colony

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.

Protein Power

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