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This year the Berkey Creamery will be celebrating 150 years of creamery operation at Penn State beginning in 1865. Over the years the creamery has been continually changing to meet demands of the University, students, industry, and of course, ice cream lovers everywhere.

It’s easy to think that Ag Sciences graduates walk out of the college with degrees in hand and dive right into the worlds of equine or dairy science, animal husbandry, and agribusiness, or land roles with the government in agricultural regulation, but you might be surprised at the other kinds of careers in which some graduates find themselves.

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Rick Roush, new dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, has a big job ahead of him as he guides the college in the coming weeks, months and years. "Searching for the Answers" will give you an idea of the experience Roush brings to Penn State and a glimpse of how he thinks.

The professorship is the first of its kind in the college. Funds from the endowment will provide the holder of the professorship with resources to expand research, teaching, or outreach efforts and best safety practices.

Penn State researchers and extension educators aim to help farmers avoid accidents by focusing on safety. And for good reason -- agriculture is the most hazardous industry in the United States, with the work death rate at seven to eight times more than the all-industry average.

Theodore Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental, and regional economics, recently became an inaugural member of the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES). Alter was selected because of excellence in collaboration with communities and the University in addressing critical issues of mutual benefit.

This pest has put a nearly $10.3 billion dent in Pennsylvania agriculture. Help PDA stop it in its tracks.

George and Nina Woskob, of State College, have pledged $100,000 to support the Woskob Ukraine New Century Fund, an endowment established by George Woskob’s parents, real estate developers Helen and Alex Woskob.

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Penn State Extension is offering an innovative new mobile device app—called H2OSolutions—to help private water system owners and professionals evaluate wells, springs, and cisterns. 

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Oil and gas development in northern Pennsylvania and the current build-out of shale-gas infrastructure may be accelerating changes in songbird communities.

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If you’re planning to become pregnant, you probably know you need to stock your body with folic acid. But it turns out zinc may also be needed before conception to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

After killing its host, the so-called zombie ant fungus grows from the cadaver and produces spores, which rain down on the forest floor to infect new hosts

Killer fungus leaves ants dead at the “doorstep” of the colony.

Centinari is assistant professor of viticulture and has expertise in wine grape production, grapevine physiology, and cover crops. Her work helps Pennsylvania wine growers produce high-quality grapes.

The Hamer Foundation has committed $500,000 over five years to support the Center for Private Forests. The center, housed in the College of Agricultural Sciences, uses applied research and outreach to address opportunities associated with owning and managing privately held forests.

The College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society has created a Trustee Scholarship to maximize the impact of private giving and direct funds to students as quickly as possible.

The Armsby Honor Society gains three new members.

Each year the college recognizes faculty members and staff with the Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

Lisa (Rankin) Kirby '10 AG BM, the Ag Alumni Society's first student intern, is a newly elected alumni society board member.

Sometimes an organization needs to be nimble and respond to situations fast. The College of Agricultural Sciences finds itself in that position often and is familiar with what it means to be prepared for the unexpected. Responding to disease outbreaks, the sudden appearance of new pests, or the ravages of natural disasters are part of the reason a Land Grant institution exists.