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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State has become the 55th educational institution in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strength of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.   Image: Penn State
December 3, 2018

Penn State has become the 55th educational institution in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strength of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.

A holiday display adorns the entrance to the Childhood's Gate Children's Garden during a previous Winter Celebration at The Arboretum at Penn State.   Image: Kathleen Reeder
November 29, 2018

The Arboretum at Penn State invites the campus and community to welcome the holiday season at its annual Winter Celebration on Friday, Dec. 7.

November 29, 2018

Domestic and international students can join a new community for global exchange in Beaver Hall starting Fall 2019.

Lesson topics include meat goat production basics, nutrition, health, reproduction, marketing and financial issues. This course is a great way for producers to learn new information without having to rearrange their schedule to accommodate a meeting.   Image: Penn State Extension
November 28, 2018

Meat-goat producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprise more profitable can take advantage of a home-study course offered by Penn State Extension this winter.

Colleagues, former students, friends, and family members created endowments to honor the memories of two ag sciences professors, Harold "Doc" Harpster, left, and Arun Kilara.   Image: Harpster and Kilara families
November 28, 2018

Endowments created to honor the memories of Harold "Doc" Harpster, professor of dairy and animal science, and Arun Kilara, professor of food science, quickly surpassed their goals with contributions from colleagues, students, friends and family.

Farmers in Angonia, Mozambique, happy with the performance of new varieties of common bean developed by an international partnership of plant scientists that included researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, pose among plants in a bean field. Plant breeding field trials have been conducted with bean growers in multiple regions of the country in southeast Africa.   Image: Jimmy Burridge
November 28, 2018

In the culmination of more than a decade of research on root traits conducted by Penn State plant scientists, about three tons of seed for common bean plants specifically bred to thrive in the barren soils of Mozambique will be distributed there Dec. 11.

November 28, 2018

Describing himself as a “Virginia Tech duck in a lion country pond,” William “Bill” Achor, vice president of York Ag Products in York, Pennsylvania, said creating a scholarship at Penn State was an easy decision. York Ag Products has a history of being generous to Penn State, and Achor wanted to honor a past president —and Penn State alumnus — who was instrumental in his career.

 Large produce farms (those with annual sales of more than $500,000) were to begin complying with requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act in January of this year. Medium-sized farms (those with annual sales between $250,000 and $500,000) have until January of 2019, while smaller farms (annual sales between $25,000 and $250,000) have until January of 2020.     Image: Jeff Stoltzfus
November 27, 2018

Is your farm in compliance with new federal food safety standards? The Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule requires that at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training. The Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training course is one way to fulfill this requirement.

Penn State's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation and electronic filing services to income-eligible taxpayers.   Image: Penn State
November 26, 2018

Penn State's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax preparation and electronic filing services to income-eligible taxpayers, including Penn State students, staff and retirees.

Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University and former faculty member at Penn State, spoke about rural families facing unique challenges battling the opioid epidemic.   Image: Kristie Auman-Bauer
November 21, 2018

The strategies needed to maintain family economic stability, health and general well-being of rural families was the focus of the 26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues, held in October at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Actor and entrepreneur Tanya Wright was the keynote speaker for the 10th anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State.   Image: Penn State
November 20, 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State has come to an end, but it was another great year for students and community members to engage with experience entrepreneurs, business owners and executives from around the world.

According to more than 5 million tests, only a small portion of Pennsylvania (those in green on the map) meet the FCC's minimum speed for broadband connectivity.   Image: Image Provided
November 20, 2018

Faculty member's yearlong study focuses on availability and cost of internet access in Pennsylvania — and the potential for investment to solve the problem.

Members of the Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen share a passion for the beef and dairy industries.   Image: Penn State
November 20, 2018

The Penn State Collegiate Cattlewomen club is dedicated to raising public awareness about the beef and dairy industries while helping its members become more educated stewards of animal agriculture through community service, public awareness events and fundraisers.

Penn State Extension educator Lee Stivers, left, discusses cover crop management with David King of Harvest Valley Farms of Gibsonia. Harvest Valley Farms hosted study circles and provided a set of model plots for a Penn State Extension project aimed at supporting the next generation of farmers.   Image: Penn State
November 19, 2018

A Penn State Extension project aimed at supporting the next generation of farmers recently received an award for excellence from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents during its annual conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The nutrient management plan for Lost Creek Golf Club, in Fayette Township, Juniata County,  can serve as a model for other Pennsylvania golf courses, according to Penn State turfgrass scientists, in the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay.   Image: Pete Landschoot
November 19, 2018

Lost Creek Golf Club in Juniata County is unusual because a high quality, extremely productive wild trout stream runs through it, and Penn State turfgrass scientists recently developed a nutrient management plan for the course to protect the creek.

Representation of colored stimuli used in conditioning trials.   Image: Molly Higgins / Penn State
November 15, 2018

Color can impact the taste of food, and our experiences and expectations can affect how we taste food, according to Penn State researchers, who suggest this may have implications for how food and beverage industries should market their products.

November 15, 2018

Nicole Webster, associate professor of youth and international development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, recounts her experience as the first black Fulbright scholar in Kosovo.

November 14, 2018

Food safety specialists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will collaborate with scientists at Addis Ababa University and Kansas State University in Ethiopia on a project to improvethe safety and quality of Ethiopian dairy foods.

With turkey serving as the centerpiece of the holiday meal table, it's important to prepare and cook it the right way for an enjoyable and safe experience for all.    Image: Sarah Pflug at Burst
November 13, 2018

Talking (Thanksgiving) turkey: Some methods of handling and cooking turkey, which have been passed down from generation to generation, may be setting the table for foodborne illness, according to a food safety specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Soybean was a logical crop on which to conduct the research. It is the most widely grown legume in the world. The research is important because it portends how crop yields and tolerance for conditions such as drought and extreme heat will be enhanced in the future, according to lead researcher Sally Mackenzie, professor in the departments of Biology and Plant Science at Penn State.   Image: Stephen Kirkpatrick / USDA National Resource Conservation Service
November 13, 2018

By temporarily silencing the expression of a critical gene, researchers fooled soybean plants into sensing they were under siege, encountering a wide range of stresses. Then, after selectively cross breeding those plants with the original stock, the progeny "remember" the stress-induced responses to become more vigorous, resilient and productive plants, according to a team of researchers.