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Post doctoral scholar Mike Wolfin (right) with now graduated doctoral student Kevin Cloonan -- members of the Penn State entomological team conducting research on how to reduce phorid fly infestations, pause during their work in a southern Chester County mushroom house. College of Agricultural Sciences leaders are optimistic the work will produce results, but they caution it will take some time.
March 19, 2018

Working with mushroom growers and residents in southern Chester County, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is ramping up ongoing research efforts to alleviate mushroom phorid fly infestations in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Greg D'Alesandre, vice president of research and development and chocolate "sourcerer" of Dandelion Chocolate.
March 19, 2018

Greg D'Alesandre, vice president of research and development and chocolate "sourcerer" of Dandelion Chocolate, a bean-to-bar chocolate factory in San Francisco, will be among the panelists for an in-depth discussion on chocolate research.

The inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium recently hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program and its student association, showcased Penn State's international initiatives and provided networking opportunities for faculty and graduate students, including, from left, Neary Huot, Lina Tami Barrera and Megan Griffin.
March 19, 2018

Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences illustrated how their research touches every corner of the world during the inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program and its student association.

Food Evolution Title
March 19, 2018

A screening of the acclaimed documentary “Food Evolution” will be held at 7 p.m. on April 19 in the State Theatre in downtown State College. The film takes an in-depth look at a number of controversial food issues across the globe, including GMOs.

Pollinators' Garden
March 19, 2018

Investment from Penn State alumnus and leading philanthropist Charles H. “Skip” Smith will enable The Arboretum at Penn State to fulfill its long-standing vision for a garden that will attract and sustain native pollinator species of birds and insects.

"Valentine," a grape tomato developed by Penn State plant geneticist Majid Foolad in collaboration with breeders at Johnny's Selected Seeds, was named an All-America Selections winner for 2018.
March 15, 2018

Valentine's Day may have passed for this year, but if you're in love with sweet, firm, antioxidant-rich — and award-winning — tomatoes that will perform well in your garden this season, you're in luck, thanks to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "Valentine," a new variety of grape tomato that germinated in the breeding program of plant scientist Majid Foolad, now is available commercially after nearly two decades in development.

Many of the corned beef products you see in grocery stores these days have labels that say "uncured," but that's not really accurate. They have been cured, but the curing has occurred with nitrates and nitrites in added celery juice powder, sea salt or unrefined sugar — and not by the customary large grains of salt, accompanied by a small amount of sodium nitrite.
March 13, 2018

Millions of Americans will celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday this month with a "traditional" meal of corned beef and cabbage — but most won't pause to consider what makes the meat so distinctive or how it ended up being a tradition.

A dead ant manipulated by a species of so-called "zombie ant fungus" clings to a twig in a South Carolina forest.
March 13, 2018

Carpenter ants infected with a specialized parasitic fungus are not subjected to aggression or isolation from their nest mates, and they continue to share in the colony's food resources until they leave the nest for the last time to die, according to a study led by Penn State researchers.

Etan Thomas book cover
March 12, 2018

Author, social justice advocate, and former NBA player Etan Thomas will give a free public lecture from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 15 in 233A HUB-Robeson Center at University Park. Thomas will discuss his latest book, “We Matter: Athletes and Activism,” which includes dozens of interviews — with people like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Cuban, and Soledad O’Brien — on the subject of race in America.

The 16th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale is slated for Saturday, April 28, at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park. Students play an important role in ensuring the show's success.
March 7, 2018

The 16th annual Penn State Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale will take place Saturday, April 28, at the Snider Agricultural Arena, University Park.

A rising number of producers wish to manage ramps as an agroforestry crop, and this research will provide the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture with information on the trade of ramps at farmers markets, grocery stores and restaurants to better understand market opportunities, concerns and constraints for guiding forest farmers.
March 7, 2018

A good way to describe ramps, it has been said, is to note what they are not. Ramps are not leeks, nor are they scallions or shallots. Ramps look like scallions, but they're smaller and have one or two broad, flat leaves.

A portion of the Beef Quality Audit included live-animal evaluations. Since 2007, there has been a trend toward increased body condition scores in both beef and dairy cows. There was a 36 percent increase in the body condition score in 2016.
March 6, 2018

Following 25 years of measurement, management and continued improvement, the quality of beef is high, but there is still an opportunity to make it better, according to a beef cattle specialist with Penn State Extension.

March 5, 2018

How can communities engage residents through the humanities to find what matters most? That will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

March 5, 2018

Ongoing research on using natural gas-based foams to replace water in fracturing Marcellus and other deep shale formation wells will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

Doug Hoke is shown with two 4-H members at a 2011 4-H event. Hoke began attending 4-H events and interacting with 4-H members when he was elected to the York County Board of Commissioners in 2010.
March 5, 2018

Doug Hoke, a lifelong York County resident and vice president of the York County Board of Commissioners, made a $125,000 outright gift to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to establish the Hoke 4-H Leadership Award Fund in York County.

Teachers from across Pennsylvania attended workshops hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' Center for Professional Development.
March 2, 2018

Furthering agriculture teachers' knowledge about the value of hands-on watershed education was the focus of recent workshops hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' Center for Professional Development.

The Poultry Science Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences attended the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. Members are shown with Penn State graduates and Ceva Animal Health representatives. From left are Andy Long, Ceva layer and turkey segment manager; Lindsey Bright, club member; George Boggan, Ceva layer veterinarian; Alysha Sweitzer, Gabrielle Winger, Jeremy Evans, Lauren Foisy, Keven Brubaker, Tristan Mrakovich and Samantha Shirk of the club; and Jim Shirk, Ceva northeastern territory manager.
March 2, 2018

The Poultry Science Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences won Scrapbook of the Year at the recent International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.

Josh Hersl, a senior forest ecosystem management major, learns proper tree felling techniques during a timber harvesting operations class at Penn State Mont Alto.
March 1, 2018

Josh Hersl, a senior forest ecosystem management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has experienced a few roadblocks and detours on the road to reaching his dreams.

Members of the Penn State Pre-Vet Club take a dog's vital signs.
February 28, 2018

The Penn State Pre-Vet Club is a preprofessional club that helps students interested in veterinary medicine get involved in various aspects of the field.

Geography major Hunter Mitchell got so much out of his study abroad experience in Tanzania, offered through Penn State's Parks and People program, that he decided to sign up for a second Parks and People trip, to South Africa. 
February 28, 2018

Parks and People: Conservation of Nature in Community in Mang’ula, Tanzania, provides students of all majors the ability to discover more about the world and themselves through an international field research experience.