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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Phospholutions CEO and Penn State alumnus Hunter Swisher.   Image: Penn State
October 19, 2018

Licensing a technology created in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State startup Phospholutions developed a soil-amendment product called RhizoSorb. The product aims to reduce phosphorus runoff and enhance plant root depth, decreasing the amount of both water and fertilizer needed to have healthy plants.

From 2011 to 2018, the EFSNE project engaged more than 40 partners at universities, nonprofits, and government agencies to explore the extent to which a more robust regional food system in the Northeastern U.S. could improve food access in low-income communities and improve the long-term food security of the entire Northeast.     Image: Katey Burke, Penn State.
October 18, 2018

After seven years of analyzing a number of consumption, distribution, production, and other aspects of the Northeast U.S. food system, researchers from Penn State and 10 other universities and organizations have made significant gains in understanding the extent to which the region can increase production of certain foods, and potentially better meet the food needs of low-income populations in the locations they studied.

Students in the horticulture course -- Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish during the Irish Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies -- traveled across Ireland in May, where they studied the history of Irish Potato Famine of 1845, and how the country and agriculture were affected. Here, they are shown in Doolin, near the Cliffs of Moher.    Image: Penn State
October 15, 2018

Penn State students can learn about a world of opportunity by attending the Education Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 17 in Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center at University Park.

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October 15, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute is seeking teams to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data.

October 13, 2018

Applications are now open for the Women in Science Engineering Research, Minority Undergraduate Research Experience and First-year Undergraduate Research Program. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

The free event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, at the Snider Agricultural Arena, located diagonally across Park Avenue from Beaver Stadium on the University Park campus.   Image: Penn State
October 12, 2018

A fall favorite of residents from Centre County and beyond, the Penn State Horticulture Show, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21 at Penn State's University Park campus.

A pumpkin-carving contest will highlight the 2018 Pumpkin Festival hosted by The Arboretum at Penn State.   Image: Courtesy of Kate Reeder
October 11, 2018

The 2018 Pumpkin Festival, hosted by The Arboretum at Penn State on Oct. 14 and 19-20, will feature a pumpkin-carving contest and lighted jack-o'-lantern display. Festivities will take place in the Arboretum's H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, at the corner of Bigler Road and Park Avenue on the University Park campus.

Hive visits to Wiley Apiary are a highlight for members of the Penn State Beekeepers Club.   Image: Penn State Beekeepers Club
October 11, 2018

The Penn State Beekeepers Club, which was founded in 2013, brings together beekeeping enthusiasts and those who simply are interested in learning about and sharing the beekeeping hobby.

October 10, 2018

Maya Alcalá, a student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is on her way to becoming a seasoned professional thanks to a summer internship with McCormick & Co.

October 10, 2018

The history of abandoned natural-gas wells and how they have been handled in Pennsylvania — and how they must be dealt with going forward — will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension on Oct. 23.

The research marks the first time that researchers closely scrutinized vitamin delivery from chewing gum, according to Joshua Lambert, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.   Image: © iStock Photo ipag
October 9, 2018

Nearly 15 percent of all chewing gum varieties sold promise to provide health-enhancing supplements to users, so Penn State researchers studied whether two vitamin-supplemented products were effective at delivering vitamins to the body. Their results validate the concept of gum as an effective delivery system for at least some vitamins.

Dan Azzara, Alan R. Warehime Professor of Agribusiness, helps student Tess McNamara with her resume during a workshop held by the Agribusiness Management Club.   Image: Mitchell Valentin
October 8, 2018

Providing students with a glimpse into the world of business and professional development is the main goal of the Agribusiness Management Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

October 8, 2018

The National Association of Agricultural Educators has recognized four alumnae of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences for their contributions to agricultural education.

Pictured is the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, about 10 miles southwest of University Park. Penn State Extension agents and faculty use the facilities for educational field days and seminars.   Image: Michael Houtz
October 4, 2018

An anonymous donor honors two former professors by establishing a graduate scholarship supporting Penn State Extension programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

October 4, 2018

Greg Mitchell, a senior double majoring in economics and community, environment and development, spent the summer as a consultant with Bates White Economic Consulting. Mitchell was accepted to the Chapel Executive Internship program through the College of the Liberal Arts, which gave him a $5,000 stipend so he could work and live in Washington, D.C., for the summer.

Penn State alumnus Dan Eichenlaub, class of 1978, and his wife, Barbara, have established a program endowment to support experiential learning in the landscape contracting program in the College of Agricultural Sciences.   Image: Michael Houtz
October 4, 2018

College of Agricultural Sciences volunteer development council co-chair and alumnus Daniel Eichenlaub and his wife, Barbara, have established the Dan T. Stearns Landscape Contracting Program Endowment to honor Stearns, J. Franklin Styer Professor Emeritus, and to provide funds for student enrichment activities.

A conference hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences will highlight the economic and environmental benefits of cover crops.   Image: fbhk via Pixabay
October 3, 2018

Registration is open for the second Northeast Cover Crop Council Conference, which will be hosted by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Nov. 15-16.

October 3, 2018

The Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center will welcome 2018 Bennett Lecturer Richard Catalano, Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and co-founder of the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington, on Oct. 25, at University Park. The lecture, in its 16th year, is free and open to the public.

Surrounded by family as well as Penn State President Eric Barron; Rick Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences; Peter Dillon, executive vice president of Penn State Health; and others, Penn State Trustee Keith Masser and his wife, Helen Masser, sign papers for gifts to the College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Medicine.   Image: Michael Houtz
October 2, 2018

During a Sept. 30 ceremony held at the residence of Penn State President Eric Barron, Penn State trustee Keith E. Masser and his wife, Helen E. Masser, signed documents to create a professorship in the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and a scholarship in the Penn State College of Medicine.

October 2, 2018

The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges that families in rural areas face and the strategies they take to maintain financial stability, health and well-being. The symposium, “Rural Families and Communities,” will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Nittany Lion Inn.