Remembering Lou Moore: Agricultural economics mentor, extension educator

December 6, 2021

Long-time Penn State faculty member Lou Moore was highly regarded for his vast knowledge of agricultural economics and policy, his enthusiasm for helping others, and his dedication to building the next generation of agricultural and extension leaders.

Stuckeman School professor receives research grant for biodegradable structures

December 2, 2021

A research team led by Benay Gürsoy, assistant professor of architecture, was awarded the American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Initiative grant to advance the study of biodegradable building composites made from mycelium, which comes from the root of fungi.

Cover crops make vineyards more sustainable; strategy can be marketing tool

December 2, 2021

Growing cover crops under grapevines in vineyards can reduce erosion, enhance soil health, reduce herbicide use and improve water quality, according to a team of Penn State researchers, who suggest that growers can promote improved sustainability in production as part of a marketing strategy that may result in consumers being willing to pay more for wine.

College of Ag Sciences helps students offset carbon footprint when traveling

December 2, 2021

A new program in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is helping students reduce their carbon footprints while studying abroad.  

Penn State unveils new Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building

December 1, 2021

Faculty, staff and students joined University leaders, HOK architectural firm and Turner Construction Co. executives, donors, and guests on Dec. 1 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building on Penn State's University Park campus.

With modified mashing process, gluten-free grains can produce quality beers

December 1, 2021

Using a modified, lower temperature mashing procedure to retain enzyme activity, brewers can use malts from gluten-free grains to produce high-quality beers, according to Penn State researchers who conducted a new study.

Barnes & Noble announces 2021-22 grants benefiting 11 Penn State initiatives

November 29, 2021

Working through the Penn State Corporate Engagement Center, Barnes & Noble Inc. has awarded $165,000 in grants to support 11 initiatives across the University. The grants support a range of colleges, campuses and units to advance programs where Penn State and Banes & Noble share mutual interest. 

College of Ag Sciences junior grows ag education knowledge through internship

November 24, 2021

Morgan Bear, a third-year agricultural and education extension major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, exchanged a typical classroom setting for a mobile agriculture education lab last summer as an educational intern for the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation.

Penn State poultry judging team wins national championship

November 24, 2021

The Penn State Collegiate Poultry Judging Team earned first place at the 55th National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest held at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.  

College of Ag Sciences professor elected president of professional association

November 23, 2021

Karen Fisher-Vanden, professor of environmental and resource economics and public policy in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Rileys create endowment supporting Penn State Intergenerational Program

November 18, 2021

For Tony and Jeanne Riley, longtime supporters of the College of Agricultural Sciences, it was through the connections the college made possible that they found the inspiration for their most recent $50,000 commitment supporting the work of Matthew Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging and director of the Penn State Intergenerational Program.

Extension educator wins regional award for tackling the digital divide

November 18, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Cooperative Extension System and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities recently named Harry Crissy, a business and community vitality educator with Penn State Extension, as the 2021 Northeast Regional Excellence in Extension Award recipient for his efforts to expand broadband internet service in underserved areas of Pennsylvania.

Penn State professor helps spearhead global plant-health conference in France

November 17, 2021

If action isn’t taken to protect the health of the world’s plants, the prognosis for some species is poor, especially in regions that lack plant protection policies and extension services, according to scientists who participated in an international workshop and conference that was co-led by a plant pathologist at Penn State.

Penn State Extension jumpstarts community leadership around environmental issues

November 16, 2021

What stops people from leading and implementing local projects? How can we encourage volunteers to take action to address climate change? These questions gripped a team of Penn State Extension educators and Master Gardeners, who set out to find answers.

New tool weighs costs and benefits of managing evolution of pathogens and pests

November 16, 2021

A new economic tool can help physicians, farmers and other people whose activities may influence the evolution of biological organisms, such as pathogens and insects, decide when they should invest in evolution management strategies.

Horn fly resistance observed in organic Holstein cattle, study finds

November 16, 2021

Research conducted in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences suggests that some Holstein dairy cattle, particularly those with white coat coloration, naturally fend off the horn fly, a parasitic insect known to cause stress and disease in grazing cattle.

Hopper-Dean family helps combat global hunger with PlantVillage matching fund

November 16, 2021

PlantVillage, a platform developed by Penn State researchers that is helping tens of millions of farmers across Africa cope with the immediate challenges of climate change, will be enhanced and expanded thanks to the generosity of Jeff Dean and Heidi Hopper, whose gift includes a commitment to match other donations up to a total of $2.5 million.  

Plant science professor remembered for unwavering dedication to student success

November 16, 2021

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, is being remembered as an extraordinary educator and mentor whose care for and commitment to students — and the landscape contracting industry — was unparalleled. 

Keeping chocolate milk smooth, stable without carrageenan

November 12, 2021

Fat-free chocolate milk processed for the first time with high-pressure jet technology exhibits enhanced viscosity, stabilizing cocoa particles in the fluid and eliminating the need for adding a controversial emulsifier.

At World Food Prize: Penn State educator discusses next generation of ag leaders

November 10, 2021

Melanie Miller Foster, co-founder of the Global Teach Ag Network in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, discussed the role of educators in preparing the next generation of agricultural leaders as an event panelist at the 2021 World Food Prize Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium.  

Internships earn awards for College of Agricultural Sciences students

November 9, 2021

Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2021 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $1,200 stipend, was established to encourage students to participate in a credit or noncredit educational internship program that relates to their field of study.

Veterinary researcher named Huck Chair in Emerging Infectious Diseases

November 8, 2021

Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Penn State awarded nearly $39M for global research on threats to crops

November 6, 2021

A new USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab housed at Penn State will help smallholder farmers around the world cope with pests in a climate-changed world.

Annual Ag Live tailgate brings together alumni, supports student scholarships

November 5, 2021

The 2021 Ag Live tailgate, an alumni reunion and charity event hosted by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society, returns to University Park’s Snider Agricultural Arena for another year of fundraising and fellowship among the college’s alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends.

Forestry extension educator wins Presidential Field Forester Award

November 3, 2021

The Society of American Foresters recently named David Jackson, a forest resources educator with Penn State Extension, as a 2021 Presidential Field Forester Award recipient. He will be recognized at the virtual SAF National Convention, Nov. 3-6.

Deer may be reservoir for SARS-CoV-2, study finds

November 3, 2021

More than 80% of the white-tailed deer sampled in different parts of Iowa between December 2020 and January 2021 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The findings suggest that white-tailed deer may be a reservoir for the virus to continually circulate and raise concerns of emergence of new strains that may prove a threat to wildlife and, possibly, to humans. 

New faculty fellowship to help advance diversity, equity, inclusion

November 1, 2021

Laura Leites, associate research professor of quantitative forest ecology, has been named Penn State's inaugural Equity Leadership Fellow. The new fellowship in Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity aims to help faculty members develop as leaders in diversity, equity and inclusion while creating opportunities to make a positive impact at Penn State.

COVID-19 vaccine requirement expands to two more campuses, Penn State Extension

October 29, 2021

After a careful review of President Joe Biden’s executive order mandating vaccines for federal contractors and guidance issued by the federal Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, Penn State has determined that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate already in place at seven campuses must be extended to two additional campuses — Berks and Schuylkill. The vaccine mandate also applies to all Penn State Extension employees across the commonwealth.

Process to request medical, disability vaccine mandate accommodations now open

October 29, 2021

All employees, as well as undergraduate and graduate students supported on wage payroll, who have a disability or medical condition that they believe prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can now request accommodations by completing an online request form on or before Friday, Nov. 12.

Seed-grant recipients to put a human face on materials research

October 29, 2021

The Materials Research Institute and the College of Engineering have announced the recipients of the Materials Matter at the Human Level seed grants. The grants were developed to continue the history of MRI and the College of Engineering partnering to fund materials projects that benefit humankind, including those aimed at improving the health and economic development of under-resourced populations. 

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