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A few words with Kristen Saacke Blunk, director of the Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center and senior extension associate.

Ag Alumni Society members help mentor students to success through the Mentoring Workshop. This is the story of Catherine Claxton.

Through international study and collaboration, faculty, staff, and students in the college help solve society's pressing problems.

The College of Agricultural Sciences works to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset among students, faculty members, and the community.

An old photograph stimulates a brief look at how research has changed the risk of and the way agriculture uses pesticides.

Man holding mosquito net over children

A team of social scientists lead by Jill Findeis and Rachel Smith is working with researchers understand economic, communication, and social forces influencing whether people will actually make use of discoveries made possible through research.

Stink bug

In warm weather homes and orchards across Pennsylvania are battling the brown marmorated stink bug, the latest invasive insect to find its way into the United States from Asia. We’ve created a primer with reminders of what you can do to battle the bug.

Samantha Pedder

Teaching and learning may begin in the classroom, but senior wildlife and fisheries science major Samantha Pedder is an example of how activity outside the classroom expands the college experience.

Malaria testing

What do you know about the effects of malaria around the world? These fast facts will give you an idea of the scope of the problem.

Lauren Springer Ogden

A plant-driven designer carves out a career working in and designing public and private gardens around the United States and the world, giving lectures, and writing. After 20 years she’s one of the most influential horticulturalists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Student climbing tree

Students in Hort 201, Applied Arboriculture, found instructor Jim Savage had placed their midterm exam high in the big trees between the HUB and Atherton Hall--nothing like a little climbing practice before a big test!

Frederick W. Knipe ('17 Agronomy)

Graduating in 1917, Frederick W. Knipe traveled the world battling malaria. He drained waterlogged fields with picks and shovels, gouged out ditches with dynamite—all with the goal of removing the breeding grounds of mosquitoes. A key figure in the college’s long history of malaria research.

Chocolate ice cream

Want Creamery ice cream shipped to your home? Check out how you can make it possible to enjoy Peachy Paterno or Death by Chocolate on the couch at a reasonable cost.

USGS logo

Alumnus Douglas Beard, ’90 M.S. Fish and Wildlife Science, has been named chief of the USGS’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.

Dennis Calvin

As the new director, Calvin will oversee the continuing implementation of an organizational restructuring aimed at enhancing the value and relevance of extension programs for Pennsylvania's citizens and other stakeholders.

Brown eggs in carton

Nearly two decades ago, Penn State researchers helped egg producers in the Keystone State implement a program called the Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP) to guard against egg contamination. During a recent national Salmonella scare, consumers found Pennsylvania-produced eggs safer to eat.

Tom Richard

Replacing fossil fuels with biofuels will require a major transformation of the agricultural, transportation, and energy sectors in the United States over the next few decades, according to a paper published in the August 13, 2010, issue of the journal Science.


Testifying before the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in July, David Mortensen explained how the use of crops that are genetically engineered to resist glyphosate has caused certain weed plants to also evolve resistance.

Dottie Johns, cooperative extension client

Three million people, about one-quarter of Pennsylvania’s population, rely on some private source of drinking water. With no regulations governing well construction and location or testing of private water supplies, extension helps people find answers to problems and keep their water safe.

Entomologists Matthew Thomas and Andrew Read

Each year malaria infects up to 500 million people worldwide, and as many as one million people die from the disease. Researchers in the college involved in a recent $14 million grant funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) are addressing the problem of malaria.