Student finds perfect place for her many interests in College of Ag Sciences

June 18, 2019

Gillian Warner, a rising junior in community, environment, and development, is passionate about animals, food security and learning. She found a place for all these interests -- and more -- in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Seaweed feed additive cuts livestock methane but poses questions

June 17, 2019

Supplementing cattle feed with seaweed could result in a significant reduction in methane belched by livestock, according to Penn State researchers, but they caution that the practice may not be a realistic strategy to battle climate change.

Researchers find genes that could help create more resilient chickens

June 17, 2019

An international team, led by Penn State researchers, may have identified genes that could help farmers, especially ones in low- and middle-income countries, breed chickens that can resist one of the biggest disease threats facing poultry today.

Professor of wildlife resources honored for lifetime achievement in conservation

June 14, 2019

Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, recently received PennFuture’s 2019 Woman of Lifetime Achievement in Conservation Award in recognition of her lifelong work to protect natural resources.

International agriculture alumnus aspires to serve, uplift global community

June 13, 2019

The best-laid plans often go awry, and sometimes that is a good thing, as it was for Ben Bianco, who now has his “dream job” in international development thanks to a chance encounter, an epiphany moment and Penn State.

Report: Pa. employment strong, but job growth leaves regions, industries behind

June 13, 2019

With the U.S. economy on track for potentially the longest expansion on record after the Great Recession of 2008-09, employment in Pennsylvania overall is strong. But the rosy statewide job numbers can mask persistent decline in various industries and regions across the state, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Industry groups award funding for fruit research and extension projects

June 13, 2019

New and ongoing tree-fruit research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences received a boost with the recent awarding of funds totaling more than $261,000 by the State Horticultural Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Apple Program.

Sensing food textures is a matter of pressure

June 13, 2019

Food's texture affects whether it is eaten, liked or rejected, according to Penn State researchers, who say some people are better at detecting even minor differences in consistency because their tongues can perceive particle sizes.

Ants maintain essential interactions despite environmental flux

June 12, 2019

Ants adjust their social interactions to accommodate changes in population density, according to researchers at Penn State and Georgetown University. The findings suggest that ant colonies are capable of maintaining their sophisticated social organization despite potentially drastic changes in their environments.

Penn State researchers to boost endangered Chesapeake logperch population

June 11, 2019

As fishes go, the Chesapeake logperch is hardly impressive.

Webinar to focus on U.S. chemical outlook, with a focus on Appalachian region

June 10, 2019

Gains in U.S. chemical production, resulting from record-high oil and natural gas production, will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

Combating mosquito-borne diseases with bacteria

June 10, 2019

Viruses, spread through mosquito bites, cause human illnesses such as dengue fever, Zika and yellow fever. A new control technique harnesses a naturally occurring bacterium called Wolbachia that blocks replication of viruses and breaks the cycle of mosquito-borne disease, according to an international team of researchers.

Northeastern deer more susceptible to wasting disease than those to the west

June 6, 2019

Some deer are more susceptible to chronic wasting disease that is spreading through herds of white-tailed deer across much of the United States, according to Penn State researchers, who have identified a panel of genetic markers that reliably predict which animals are most vulnerable to the contagious neurological disorder.

Alumnus honors father, entomology department with professorship

June 5, 2019

The inspiration behind a person’s philanthropy can come from a variety of sources. For alumnus Dr. Roger Simon, it stems from two places: the Penn State Department of Entomology and his father, Sam Simon.

Annual Penn State Flower Trials is a labor of love for organizers, volunteers

June 5, 2019

Each May, Sinclair Adam, Alyssa Collins, and a pack of faithful staff and volunteers at Penn State’s Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center pull off a logistical — and exhausting — feat, all for the love of flowers.

Penn State Berkey Creamery named a stop on state ice cream trail

June 5, 2019

Penn State Berkey Creamery has been designated as one of the sweet stops on the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail, a collaboration among, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA Preferred, the Center for Dairy Excellence and, of course, local cows, including those from the Penn State Dairy Barns.

Hales named director of Penn State Extension

June 4, 2019

Brent Hales, senior associate dean and chief financial officer of the University of Minnesota Extension, has been named director of Penn State Extension and associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Sept. 3.

Visiting Zamorano University students embrace Penn State experience

June 3, 2019

Students from Zamorano University in Honduras experienced a taste of American culture and college life by studying at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences during the spring 2019 semester.

Student Farm to host Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21

June 3, 2019

The Penn State Student Farm will host its third annual Summer Solstice Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. on June 21. The event will have local food trucks selling dishes made with produce grown at the farm. Aside from food trucks, there are several activities for guests to engage in, including live music, face painting, corn hole and planting. The celebration is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.

Students receive 2019 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards

June 3, 2019

The Interinstitutional Center for Indigenous Knowledge has selected the winners of its 2019 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, funded by the M. G. Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. Applicants must be Penn State students planning to conduct research related to an approved topic for an undergraduate capstone course, honors thesis topic, master’s or doctoral thesis, or similar.

College of Agricultural Sciences students chosen for Fulbright Awards

May 31, 2019

Tessa Sontheimer and Geoff Merz, graduates of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, have been named recipients of Fulbright Study Awards.

Pasto Agricultural Museum to host Forestry Merit Badge workshop

May 31, 2019

Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum will be the site of June 8 programming aimed at helping Boy Scouts earn a Forestry Merit Badge. The event is being held during the 2019 Pennsylvania Timber Show.

New records show spread of parasitic deer flies across the US

May 30, 2019

With flattened bodies, grabbing forelegs and deciduous wings, deer keds do not look like your typical fly. These parasites of deer — which occasionally bite humans — are more widely distributed across the U.S. than previously thought, according to Penn State entomologists, who caution that deer keds may transmit disease-causing bacteria.

Penn State students take a global look at sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica

May 24, 2019

A group of Penn State students explored a different type of classroom when they traveled to the tropics over spring break as part of the embedded course “Environmental Resource Management 499: Costa Rica Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resources,” offered in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Veterinary student uses her learning in the U.S. to study abroad in Belize

May 23, 2019

Erika Del Pilar, a veterinary and biomedical sciences major, has regularly been involved in the veterinary field during her time at Penn State. In an interview with Taylor Graham, a Student Engagement Network intern, Del Pilar talks about how she was able to take what she learned in the classroom and practice it first-hand overseas.

Penn State Extension Master Gardeners to host international conference

May 21, 2019

Master gardeners from around the globe will convene at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, June 17-21, as the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners host the International Master Gardener Conference, a biennial gathering that has been celebrating sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship since its inception in 1987.

Eastern forests shaped more by Native Americans' burning than climate change

May 21, 2019

Native Americans' use of fire to manage vegetation in what is now the Eastern United States was more profound than previously believed, according to a Penn State researcher who determined that forest composition change in the region was caused more by land use than climate change.

Penn State to host first international conference on Project Drawdown research

May 20, 2019

From Sept. 16 to 18, Penn State, in partnership with Project Drawdown, will hold the first international conference to learn about and discuss the science underlying Drawdown’s portfolio of 100 solutions aimed at reversing global warming.

Six Penn State faculty receive Fulbright awards for 2019-20

May 17, 2019

Penn State has a long tradition of Fulbright success. Six Penn State faculty members have been awarded for the 2019-2020 cycle.

PROSPER conference convenes experts and youth to help prevent substance abuse

May 17, 2019

“We are now addressing a generation that could become addicted if they take a pill a few times. Prevention is critical,” said Steve Forzato, Deputy Chief of Statewide Drug Initiatives for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, to the audience assembled May 14 at the Ruth Pike Auditorium, for the 17th annual PROSPER statewide conference.

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