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The findings of the study are important because they better inform producers what to expect from their cows, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Being more precisely aware of their cows' rhythms allows dairy farmers to better judge the effectiveness of management strategies.   Image: Lee Simpson / Flickr
December 20, 2018

The amount and composition of milk produced by dairy cows appears to be more regulated by internal, annual biological rhythms than by environmental factors such as heat and humidity, according to Penn State researchers who studied more than a decade of production records from herds across the country.

Student workers at Penn State's Berkey Creamery took part in a holiday fund drive to benefit local children. Students involved include, standing from left: Alexis Bucha, Sam Smerbeck, Mitch Colpetzer, Mariah Stuck, Madeline Cherry and Stacy Smerbeck. Kneeling are Zach Watson and Natalie Gonzalez.   Image: Lauren Hassinger
December 19, 2018

Throughout the year, student workers at Penn State's Berkey Creamery make life sweeter for patrons, but during the holiday season, they channel their spirit of service into helping local children.

Celize Christy and Christian Scott, at right, students in the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate degree program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, observe food preparation at La Colorada Community Center, Mexico, during a study abroad trip last year.    Image: Michael Houtz
December 19, 2018

Faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are spearheading an initiative that will provide selected doctoral students with the opportunity for extensive study on gender and its relationship to agricultural production.

Penn State Berkey Creamery intern Abigail Rule makes ice cream samples using chocolate ice cream mix and caramel.   Image: Alexandra Perez
December 19, 2018

Abigail Rule, a senior majoring in food science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has gotten the inside scoop on product development, thanks to an internship with Penn State's Berkey Creamery.

December 18, 2018

For all those people who have ever thought about serving on their school board, borough council or township board — here's your chance to learn how to do it. Penn State Extension is offering a workshop called, "Toss Your Hat in the Ring."

Penn State University Libraries Short Stories Fall 2018 writing contest entries welcomed students, faculty and staff University-wide to submit creative writing and poetry entries based on the theme “Lost and Found.” All submissions are publicly viewable at   Image: illustration provided by Short Edition
December 18, 2018

Penn State University Libraries Short Stories “Lost and Found” Fall 2018 contest winners and honorable mentions represent a wide range of creative writers University-wide. Nine student honorees range from first-year through senior undergraduates to a Ph.D. student and represent six campuses and six colleges, and five faculty/staff honorees represent three campuses.

Messor barbarus ants harvesting and bringing wild oat (Avena fatua) weed seeds to the nest entrance. Soldier ants (with large red heads) and smaller workers are visible.   Image: Barbara Baraibar
December 18, 2018

Harvester ants that eat weed seeds on the soil's surface can help farmers manage weeds on their farms, according to an international team of researchers, who found that tilling less to preserve the ants could save farmers fuel and labor costs, as well as preserve water and improve soil quality.

Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State Extension horticulture educator, talks about spotted lanternfly with visitors at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show.   Image: Chuck Gill, Penn State
December 17, 2018

If you are seeking information about the invasive spotted lanternfly, home gardening, food and health, agricultural majors and careers, or 4-H opportunities, you can find it by visiting Penn State exhibits at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5-12 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

"If you put the antimicrobial into an edible film, and then dip the shrimp into the film and pull it out, that film is going to form around the shrimp. The film then releases the antimicrobials over time," said Catherine Cutter, professor of food science.   Image: © Getty Images / Alex Raths
December 17, 2018

A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to a group of international researchers.

Owners of small woodlots can learn how to manage their parcels sustainably by watching the Penn State Extension "Woods in Your Backyard" webinar series.   Image: Dzenina Lukac via Pexels
December 14, 2018

A webinar series co-sponsored by Penn State Extension will help owners of small woodlots to manage their parcels sustainably. The "Woods in Your Backyard" series teaches land stewardship through eight live, one-hour, online evening lectures that begin Feb. 6.

Researchers from across Penn State participating in a FEW-focused meeting aimed at building interdisciplinary teams.   Image: Kevin Sliman
December 13, 2018

Penn State researchers are collaborating and building strong interdisciplinary teams to make improvements in the food-energy-water nexus.

Examining 1,000-year-old corn cobs from an ancient ruin in Arizona, researchers found a previously unknown virus — the oldest plant virus ever reported.   Image: Courtesy of Roossinck laboratory / Penn State
December 13, 2018

Researchers studying ancient corncobs found at a Native American archeological site have recovered a 1,000-year-old virus, the oldest plant virus ever reported.

A gallery of photographs reflecting on events, people and special moments at Penn State during 2018 can be viewed at   Image: Michelle Bixby
December 12, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we review a small, representative selection of achievements and visual reflections on the year at Penn State, from among the many University-wide accomplishments in academics, research, athletics, student life and entrepreneurship. View a photo gallery and collection of news highlights at

December 12, 2018

Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, recently was appointed president-elect of the North American Regional Science Council.

A cornfield underwater due to flooding.   Image: Adobe Stock, Robert Hoetink #123449964
December 11, 2018

To identify sound scientific methods to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Penn State researchers led a Pennsylvania watershed workshop that explored ways to increase the number of riparian buffers in Pennsylvania. Riparian buffers have been used to improve water quality in both local streams and in larger watersheds.

The field of cell-cultured tissue production has been well established in bioengineering and pharmaceutical production; however, the application of this technology in food production has grown exponentially since a widely publicized product taste test in 2013. Since that time, companies have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in cell-culture-based food production.    Image: Getty Images
December 11, 2018

According to a team of Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences livestock experts and food scientists focused on cellular agriculture, the progress of this technology requires thorough evaluation and discussion to address the multitude of questions surrounding it.

The Penn State Woodsmen Team provides students of all majors the opportunity to learn collegiate timber sports skills.   Image: Penn State
December 11, 2018

The Penn State Woodsmen Team provides students of all majors the opportunity to learn collegiate timber sports skills such as chopping, sawing, throwing and climbing, and then test their skills in several competitions.

Members of a ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course study for the examination following completion of the course. After they pass the test, they become certified food protection managers.   Image: Penn State Extension
December 11, 2018

To help the state's businesses comply with the certified food protection manager regulation, Penn State Extension is offering the ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course at 38 locations during the first half of 2019.

Melissia Grant, an agricultural educator from Indiana who participated in AgEd2Malaysia, helps students create a poultry digestion mural at Dato Lela Maharaja Vocational College in Pedas, Malaysia.    Image: Penn State
December 7, 2018

Preservice teacher candidates and current teachers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan learned about agriculture and agricultural education in July as part of the AgEd2Malaysia Human Development Project, a collaborative effort among Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and the Global Agriculture Learning Center at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.

Researchers have developed the first carbon budget for North American coastal waters for the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report.    Image: PIXABAY / PUBLIC DOMAIN
December 6, 2018

Penn State researchers were among a team of international scientists whose work on a new climate assessment of North America provides a better understanding of the carbon cycle.