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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
AgSci Action Labs and AgSci Explorers at Pasto Agricultural Museum will culminate with an April 14 ice cream social that explains the science behind the sweet treat.   Image: Penn State
March 11, 2019

Spring has sprung at Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum, and to celebrate, the museum is hosting two free programs filled with fun, interactive learning for families.

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March 11, 2019

Penn State Berkey Creamery is bringing back Flavor Madness, the online tournament in which ice cream fans can vote weekly for their favorite flavors. The contest was held last in 2017, when Death by Chocolate took home the trophy.

March 11, 2019

The third year of the Penn State-University of Freiburg Joint Collaboration Development Program is underway, with three new projects selected for seed funding.

Twitter data has potential for expanding social science research because it includes a large amount of individual information that is both longitudinal and georeferenced.   Image: Kalawin/
March 7, 2019

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data.

The Arboretum at Penn State.   Image: Patrick Mansell
March 6, 2019

A $200,000 gift from Penn State alumnus Mark Jay Tygel will enable The Arboretum at Penn State to launch new educational programs on plant sciences and related topics.

Consistent with the expectation that experts view native "grapey"-associated odors as a fault, wines with medium to high concentrations of methyl anthranilate approximating the intensity of the compound in Concord or Niagara wines were largely rejected by wine experts in California.   Image: © Getty Images / ihoe
March 6, 2019

Consumer preference or aversion to wines made from native grapes — such as Concord, Niagara and Catawba, which are grown in North America — may depend on early exposure to the fruits' sweet, ultra "grapey" taste and aroma, according to researchers who conducted sensory tests with wine drinkers in Pennsylvania and California.

Penn State Student Tony Rice (center), who was named a Farm Foundation Cultivator, visits with, from left, Professor Jayson Lusk of Purdue University and Professor Craig Gundersen (back to camera) of the University of Illinois, during the Farm Foundation Round Table meeting in San Mateo, California, in January 2019. At right are Kylie Philipps from the University of Florida and Trevon Andrews from South Carolina State University, who, along with Rice, were selected to participate in the meeting as Farm Foundation Cultivators.    Image: Farm Foundation
March 4, 2019

Tony Rice, a senior agribusiness management student in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, studied “meat” made in the lab and not from animals, and grew increasingly committed to understanding its potential to enhance agricultural production.

March 4, 2019

Methane migration into water resources in Pennsylvania will be the subject of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

March 1, 2019

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has named Jayson Harper, professor of agricultural economics, as interim director of the college's Fruit Research and Extension Center, effective March 1.

March 1, 2019

Jeffrey Fowler, Penn State Extension senior horticulture educator who specializes primarily in turfgrass, received a Sports Turf Managers Association Founders Award at the organization's recent conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

As part of an international academic exchange program called “Academic Mobility Program for Scientific Knowledge Transfer to Rural Communities for Peace,” students and faculty from Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina in Bogotá, Colombia (Areandina University), and La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), visited Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.   Image: Michael Houtz/Penn State
March 1, 2019

As part of an international academic exchange program called “Academic Mobility Program for Scientific Knowledge Transfer to Rural Communities for Peace,” students and faculty from Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina in Bogotá, Colombia (Areandina University), and La Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (UTADEO), visited Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Emily Erickson, entomology doctoral candidate, standing, demonstrates how to make pollinator observations during a workshop for middle and high school teachers held at Penn State.   Image: Harland Patch
February 28, 2019

The “Authentic Plant Pollinator Landscape Research for Educators” workshop, co-hosted by Penn State's colleges of Education and Agricultural Sciences, is slated for June 24-28 at the University Park campus.

Veterans need clear information about available programs, eligibility requirements, where to locate them, and how to identify which programs will benefit them.   Image:
February 27, 2019

Returning to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. While there are many programs and services aimed at helping them readjust, some veterans do not take advantage of these supportive resources. A Penn State-led research team examined factors that are associated with program non-use among veterans who recently left active duty service.

An international team of crop-health scientists, including a Penn State researcher, studied the effect of pests and pathogens on wheat, rice, maize, soybean and potato.   Image: Pixabay
February 26, 2019

Pests and diseases are taking a substantial bite out of the world’s five major food crops — in some cases, up to 40 percent — according to a recently released publication, one of the first to inventory the impact on a global scale.

February 26, 2019

A workshop aimed at protecting children and youth who work and/or live on farms, co-hosted by Penn State Extension’s Farm Safety Team, will take place March 28-29 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey.

When Pennsylvania ground beetles are not defending themselves they are friends of agriculture, consuming up to their body weight daily, eating pests such as aphids, moth and beetle larvae, as well as slugs and snails. They can spray their defensive chemicals a distance multiple times their body length.   Image: Nick Sloff Penn State
February 25, 2019

Carabid beetles produce caustic chemicals they spray to defend themselves against predators, and the compound that protects their bodies from these toxic substances shows promise for use in bioengineering or biomedical applications, according to Penn State researchers.

Dominic Lenzi, of Hermitage, a forest ecosystem management major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is a member of the Penn State Chapter of the Society of American Foresters. Here, Lenzi, kneeling right, is shown with his fellow SAF members at a conference in Gettysburg.   Image: Penn State
February 22, 2019

A summer internship with the Pennsylvania Game Commission helped Penn State senior Dominic Lenzi cultivate his skills in the field of forestry.

February 22, 2019

Penn State's Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs has named Alexander Hristov, professor of dairy nutrition in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as a distinguished professor. Hristov is an internationally recognized scholar in livestock greenhouse gas mitigation and production and in amino acid nutrition of dairy cows.

Left: Built in 1889, the Agriculture Experiment Station was the first agriculture building on Penn State's campus. Right: Greg Pinto, a Penn State World Campus turfgrass science student, volunteered at the 2017 U.S. Senior Open golf tournament.   Image: Penn State
February 22, 2019

Penn State remains committed 164 years after its founding to providing an agricultural education — no matter where its students live.

The invasive spotted lanternfly was first detected in Pennsylvania in Bucks County.   Image: E. Swackhamer
February 14, 2019

Penn State President Eric J. Barron will discuss some of the new invasive species that have been introduced to Pennsylvania, what impact they might have, and what residents need to know during the next episode of WPSU’s “Digging Deeper” on Sunday, Feb. 17.