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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
June 15, 2018

Biomethanation, a unique and sustainable approach to renewable natural gas, will be the topic of a one-hour, web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension, beginning at 1 p.m. on June 28.

Penn State researchers are studying how feeding damage caused by the spotted lanternfly affects grapevine health and the quality and quantity of the fruit. Here, volunteers from Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center help prepare holes for planting grapevines at Manatawny Creek Vineyard in Berks County, the location of the research.
June 14, 2018

The spotted lanternfly is starting to sour the grape and wine industries in southeastern Pennsylvania, and research underway in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences aims to spoil the invasive pest's party.

Smith and his sons, David, Jeffry and John, have committed more than $1.8 million to launch construction of the Bird Garden in the Arboretum, which will be designed to attract birds year-round and educate the Arboretum’s many visitors. 
June 13, 2018

Charles H. “Skip” Smith, the Penn State alumnus and philanthropist whose giving has fueled the creation and supported the growth of The Arboretum at Penn State, has made a major new gift to enrich this University resource.

A new report compiled by Penn State economists illustrates employment gains and losses for Pennsylvania's counties and regions. The report suggests a clear shift in jobs to southeastern Pennsylvania.
June 11, 2018

An analysis of employment change in the state since 2001 suggests the existence of "two Pennsylvanias" during the period from 2001 to 2017, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The newly released report shows a sharp divide between southeastern Pennsylvania, with mainly job growth, and the rest of the state, with primarily job decline.

The renovated Agricultural Engineering Building on Penn State's University Park campus was dedicated on June 8, 2018.
June 8, 2018

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today (June 8) to mark the official opening of Penn State’s rebuilt and renovated Agricultural Engineering Building, which houses the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Mara Cloutier, a doctoral degree candidate in the soil science and biogeochemistry dual-title degree program, was selected to receive the 2018 Clark Soil Biology Graduate Student Scholarship from the Soil Science Society of America.
June 8, 2018

A graduate student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently was named the recipient of a scholarship from the Soil Science Society of America.

The program, which will train promising undergraduate students in laboratory and communication skills in the context of food-microbiology issues that affect their daily lives, is intended to strengthen partnerships between Penn State and undergraduate-focused colleges and universities
June 7, 2018

A faculty team in Penn State's Department of Food Science is offering a novel microbiology workshop in June and July to visiting college students from around the Commonwealth and Puerto Rico.

Spotted lanternflies threaten Pennsylvania agricultural crops and forest products worth nearly $18 billion. Penn State researchers are working to help stop the invasive insect's spread and save crops from damage.
June 6, 2018

As the emergence of the spotted lanternfly continues to threaten portions of Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry, two researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences who are studying the invasive insects joined colleagues from more than 20 universities on Capitol Hill today (June 6) to show members of Congress and their staffs the importance of funding agricultural research.

A citizen of Dhaka, Bangladesh, uses one of the more than 80 water-purification systems set up by Footsteps, a youth-driven organization founded by Shah Chowdhury.
June 6, 2018

For his commitment to building a more sustainable future for his country, Shah Chowdhury, a community, environment and development major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been invited to participate in this year's Young Leaders Programme at European Development Days, currently taking place in Brussels, Belgium.

Kurt Miller accepts the 2018 Outstanding Senior Award from Rick Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
June 5, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently recognized recipients of the Outstanding Senior Award and Outstanding Student Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Farm emergency training provided by Penn State Extension is credited with saving a Pennsylvania farmer's life. Here, participants learn rescue techniques during a demonstration at the 2018 South Central Task Force Homeland Security Conference in Harrisburg.
June 5, 2018

A Pennsylvania farmer trapped in a grain bin was rescued by first responders who knew how to save him thanks to training from Penn State Extension.

A smallholder farmer harvests Acacia pennata (Cha-om) shoots from her "living fence" in Cambodia.
June 5, 2018

Teaching Cambodian farmers — mainly women who manage small farms — ways to diversify their operations for improved nutrition and extra income is one aspect of a multidisciplinary project led by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and called "Women in Agriculture Network (WAgN): Cambodia."

June 5, 2018

Development of wound dressings made of semi-synthetic biomaterials will be the focus of a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Once developed, this new kind of wound dressing would promote faster and more complete healing for the millions of people who suffer from skin wounds.

Former state lawmaker Roger Madigan served as an agricultural trustee at Penn State from 1979 to 2001.
June 4, 2018

Roger Madigan, an emeritus member of the Penn State Board of Trustees and former state lawmaker, passed away on June 2 at the age of 88.

"Thirteen states in the United States have regulations that allow oil and gas wastewaters to be spread on roads for deicing or dust suppression," the researchers report today in Environmental Science & Technology.
May 30, 2018

At the least, wastewater from oil and gas drilling should be treated in a waste treatment facility before it is used on dirt roads to suppress dust or deice roads. At the best, affordable, nontoxic dust suppressants should be developed and used, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Zachary Dashner, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been invited to take part in the U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.
May 30, 2018

Zachary Dashner, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been invited to take part in the U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security in June at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Shown with donated stallion “Red, White N Good” are, from left, Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science, Craig and Becky Bailey of Bailey Farm LLC, and Brian Egan, instructor in equine science.
May 30, 2018

Penn State's Equine Science Program recently received "Red, White N Good,” a quarter-horse stallion valued at $130,000, from Craig and Becky Bailey, of Bailey Farm in Ohio.

May 30, 2018

Started in 2014, the Research Recognition Awards honor the outstanding research achievements of Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center investigators who have distinguished themselves in several areas of research.

An exhibition of sculptures created from waste plastic by artist Aurora Robson will open June 2 at The Arboretum at Penn State.
May 29, 2018

The Arboretum at Penn State invites the campus and surrounding communities to the public opening of a summer art exhibition — "Gravity Schmavity: Repurposed Plastic Sculpture by Aurora Robson" — on Saturday, June 2. The works will be displayed at three locations in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens: the Overlook Pavilion, the Glass House in the Childhood's Gate Children's Garden, and the Poplar Court.

Temperate forest carpenter ants. Ant on left newly dead. Ant on right with fungal stem protruding from head.
May 29, 2018

Zombie ants clamp on to aerial vegetation and hang for months spewing the spores of their parasitic fungi, but researchers noticed that they do not always clamp on to the same part of the plant. Now the researchers know that the choice of leaves or twigs is related to climate and that climate change forced the fungi to adapt to local conditions.