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Sarah Caldwell (’11 Ag BM, left) and Sarah Wickard (’11 AnSci) led students in organizing the third annual Ag Day event held near the Berkey Creamery.

Growing up on a small farm in Snyder County, Terri Woodling was no stranger to agriculture, but she never associated it with math and statistics. After two internships with the National Agricultural Statistics Service, she has a new appreciation for the calculations behind farming.

Every summer and fall students anywhere in the world have the opportunity to take AN SC 497B: Companion Animal Behavior online through World Campus. This online course is so popular that it always has a waiting list.

This fall students will have the chance to win $5,000 by competing in the Ag Business Springboard Competition—part of the college’s entrepreneurship initiative.

Amanda Miller, Environmental Resource Management major, spent last spring studying marine science in Australia.

Genomics applies to structure, function, and mapping of entire DNA sequences of organisms, which carry all their genetic information. Few genomic resources are available for the hardwood species in eastern forests. John Carlson has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research program.

Gary Thompson joins the college as the new director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.


Penn State researchers need help from growers, nursery operators, and homeowners to enhance their understanding of stink bugs.

Tracy Hoover, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, has been appointed interim associate dean for undergraduate education.

Four clean-water projects from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been recognized as Regional Projects of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Water Program.

Instead of watching reruns of SpongeBob all summer they can go to 4-H camp—new friends, science experiments, swimming, archery, games, arts and crafts, teamwork, and more

The society will look toward the future this fall when it celebrates its tenth anniversary and inducts new members at a banquet in November.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are voluntary guidelines established by the FDA and USDA in 1998. They were created with the intent of identifying potentially hazardous situations and taking preventive steps to avoid product contamination altogether, rather than having producers react to problems that occur, which could prove financially disastrous to a farm.

A recent proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to declare the eastern cougar extinct takes on a special significance at Penn State, where the Nittany Lion has been the University’s mascot since 1904. Many wildlife biologists believe that native populations of the big cat were wiped out a century ago.

The Marcellus Education Fact Sheet: Impacts, Opportunities, and Challenges for Marcellus-Related Businesses in Pennsylvania describes issues of Marcellus shale development on businesses in the commonwealth that have intentionally positioned themselves to benefit from the expected increase in economic activities.


People love apples—the tart-tasting ones for cooking or sweeter ones for snacking. The brown marmorated stink bug likes them, too.

Surinder Chopra, associate professor of maize genetics, has been awarded $1 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to research diseases in sorghum.

John Hayes, assistant professor of food science, is studying why people experience bitter foods differently.

An interview with Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. McPheron discusses the challenges and issues related to a dramatic cut in state funding support.

I was at the Mushroom Research Center photographing Dan Royse, professor of plant pathology, in an environment remarkably similar to one I had photographed him in 20 years earlier.