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Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of rural sociology.
March 23, 2018

Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of rural sociology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2017 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes the best article accepted or published by a refereed scholarly journal in the social sciences within the past two years.

Daniel Perkins, founder and principal scientist of Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and professor of youth and family resiliency and policy.
March 23, 2018

Daniel Perkins, founder and principal scientist of Penn State’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and professor of youth and family resiliency and policy, was recently appointed to serve as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families.

The 10 ENTI students who made the trip to Israel with their guide, Marc Coles, clockwise from bottom left: Griffin Brown, Ben Cutler, Michael Willis, Pranav Jain, Ben Kenawell, Jared Franz, Coles, Tommy Hannan, Aiden Smith, Tiffany Zoe, and Trisca Ngo.
March 22, 2018

A group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor traveled to Israel over spring break to explore the entrepreneurial spirit of the country, meet with policymakers, and get a taste of the culture in the Middle Eastern country.

Molly Rogus, who is majoring in animal science with an equine science minor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will be starting veterinary school at Cornell University in the fall.
March 20, 2018

Molly Rogus, who is majoring in animal science with an equine science minor in the College of Agricultural Sciences, will be starting veterinary school at Cornell University in the fall.

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.