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Herbs are among the many types of plants that will be available at the 2019 Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County annual plant sale.   Image: Penn State Extension
April 22, 2019

Gardeners can learn new skills and choose from thousands of plants at the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Centre County plant sale, on Saturday, May 18. The annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn State Ag Progress Days venue, nine miles southwest of State College on State Route 45.

April 22, 2019

Ben Kline, a wildlife and fisheries science major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was celebrated for giving an informative presentation at a professional conference.

Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, left, is congratulated by Roger Phelps, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals' Academic Excellence Foundation Board. Stearns was named the organization’s Outstanding Educator of the Year.   Image: National Association of Landscape Professionals
April 22, 2019

Dan Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, who served as the inaugural professor and program coordinator of the landscape contracting program in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the National Association of Landscape Professionals during its annual conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year's plant sale will feature more than 30 varieties of garden vegetables, herbs and potted succulents for community members to purchase. All proceeds benefit Penn State's Student Farm Club.   Image: Penn State
April 18, 2019

Penn State’s Student Farm Club will host fourth annual plant sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, in Headhouse II, located on Curtin Road across the street from the Berkey Creamery. This year’s sale will feature more than 30 varieties of garden vegetables, herbs and potted succulents.

The Water for Agriculture website launched in spring of 2019.   Image: Penn State
April 18, 2019

Water for Agriculture, a Penn State-led interdisciplinary research project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute on Food and Agriculture, has announced the launching of its website. The project aims to address the water and agriculture issues that matter most to communities through effective stakeholder engagement.

April 17, 2019

Yinong Yang, professor of plant pathology, is the 2019 recipient of the Research Innovators Award, given by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have commercialized intellectual property generated by their Penn State research.

This photo of fig wasps is from an exhibit on pollinators created by Jonah Ulmer, a recipient of the Apes Valentes Research Award through Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research.   Image: Jnzl’s Photos
April 17, 2019

Undergraduate research aimed at supporting pollinator health is flourishing at Penn State's Center for Pollinator Research, thanks to philanthropic support.

Everyone in the Penn State community is welcome to the Community Check-In on April 16 to provide critical feedback on how the Student Farm develops to serve the campus and community in the next phase of its expansion.   Image: Leslie Pillen
April 15, 2019

The Student Farm Club at Penn State is hosting a public Community Check-In meeting at 4:30-6:30 on Tuesday, April 16, in the Heritage Hall at the HUB on the University Park campus. The event is seeking campus and community input on the future development and expansion of the Student Farm.

WPSU's "Conversations LIVE: Get Your Garden On!" to air at 8 p.m. on April 18
April 15, 2019

WPSU’s “Conversations LIVE” airs Thursday, April 18, as a pair of Penn State Extension horticultural educators share their advice and take viewers questions for the best ways to prepare summer gardens.

April 12, 2019

Penn State President Eric Barron presented 11 awards to more than 30 graduate students in recognition of outstanding achievement during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held April 11 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

April 12, 2019

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of arts and humanities; social sciences—applied and basic; physical and computational sciences—applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering.

April 12, 2019

How do regional opinions on Twitter represent real-world attitudes toward climate change? A team of researchers will work to find out, thanks to a recent seed grant from the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State.

April 12, 2019

Bipana Paudel Timilsena, a doctoral student in entomology with a dual title in international agriculture and development, received the Graduate Student International Research Award.

The interactive Plant Finder will help visitors to The Arboretum at Penn State find and learn about plants in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.   Image: Penn State
April 12, 2019

Visitors to The Arboretum at Penn State now can explore the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens with the Arboretum’s new, interactive Plant Finder. The map-based program allows users to find the locations of more than 1,100 species of plants in the Arboretum’s living collections.

Attendees of Energy Days 2018 listen to Olga Algayerova, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, during one of the conference's plenary sessions.   Image: Kevin Sliman
April 12, 2019

Energy Days, a two-day conference that brings together the energy expertise of Penn State with those working in and with the energy industry, will occur May 29–30 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The conference is open to the public and is free for Penn State students, faculty and staff.

April 12, 2019

Penn State graduate student Ilse Huerta Arredondo has been awarded the Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Award.

Team GreenBriq, $7,500 winners of the Ag Springboard 2019 business pitch competition, pose with their first-place plaques. Team members are, from left, Paul Hughes, mechanical engineering major; Nicole Dato, civil engineering major; Annaliese Long, biological engineering major; and Vatsal Agarwal, material science and engineering major. Pictured with the team are, from left, Gary Thompson, College of Agricultural Sciences associate dean for research; Dan Azzara, director of the college's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program; and Mark Gagnon, Harbaugh Entrepreneurship Scholar and entrepreneurship coordinator.   Image: Cameron Callanan
April 12, 2019

GreenBriq, a student venture aimed at turning the biomass of invasive water hyacinth plants into affordable fuel briquettes for Kenyan families, recently won first place in the Ag Springboard pitch contest. The competition is a signature event of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Karoline Kent, who graduated from Penn State last year, shows a horse at the 2018 Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale. This year’s event is planned for April 27.   Image: Penn State
April 12, 2019

The 17th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place Saturday, April 27, at the Snider Agricultural Arena at University Park.

Forestry students rescue an injured forester — a mobile, high-fidelity human simulation patient named i-Stan — during an annual exercise at Penn State Mont Alto.    Image: Debra Collins
April 10, 2019

Penn State Mont Alto will hold its annual trauma-scenario training exercise for forest technology and nursing students from 8 a.m. to noon on April 18 at the campus.

April 10, 2019

How communities can promote economic and community vitality by making the most of their historical and heritage assets will be the subject of a web-based seminar at noon on April 17 offered by Penn State Extension.