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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
Mary Ellen and Tom Litzinger with Penn State President Eric Barron and his wife, Molly, at the rededication for Shaver's Creek Environmental Center on Friday, Aug. 31.
September 4, 2018

Mary Ellen and Tom Litzinger have established the $1.2 million Mary Ellen and Thomas A. Litzinger Endowment at Shaver’s Creek through a bequest to ensure educational opportunities and a sustainable future for Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center at Penn State.

August 31, 2018

Noise and its impacts on communities will be the topic of a web-based land-use seminar presented Sept. 19 by Penn State Extension.

The comprehensive three-hour, one-evening beef course will introduce a variety of helpful information to anyone who would like to learn about raising beef cattle.
August 31, 2018

A free, three-hour, one-night course covering all things beef, offered by Penn State Extension this fall at seven locations, will introduce participants to a variety of topics helpful to learning how to raise beef cattle.

Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) invites Penn State faculty to apply for the CSRE Faculty Fellows Program. The deadline for spring 2019 applications is Nov. 1.
August 30, 2018

Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) invites Penn State faculty to apply for the CSRE Faculty Fellows Program. The deadline for spring 2019 applications is Nov. 1.

Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Stewards are involved in a wide range of activities, such as water-quality sampling, stream cleanups, invasive plant removal, planting riparian buffers, inspecting and maintaining stormwater basins, reforesting areas, creating nature trails, designing and helping to install demonstration rain gardens at municipal buildings, monitoring streams for mussels, and educating the public about local water-quality issues.
August 30, 2018

In a state with more than 12 million people and robust agricultural and resource-extraction industries, the water quality in Pennsylvania's more than 86,000 miles of streams and rivers is always a dicey proposition. But a statewide volunteer group marshaled by Penn State Extension is starting to make a difference.

Penn State Brandywine Assistant Teaching Professor of Biology Mark Boudreau shares information about the spotted lanternfly with Pennsylvania residents.
August 29, 2018

There’s a new insect causing a “buzz” in the northeastern United States — and two Brandywine faculty members have joined a University-wide effort to educate the public.

The Center for Security Research and Education invites University faculty and researchers to apply to its 2018-2019 Seed Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State.
August 29, 2018

The Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State is announcing its 2018-2019 Seed Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State.

The life cycle of the spotted lanternfly is detailed in this image.
August 28, 2018

Penn State is asking visitors to campus, especially those coming from southeastern Pennsylvania, to take precautions before traveling to help reduce the spread of the spotted lanternfly.

New this year, participants will be able to choose one of two tracks in the program following the keynote addresses. One track will be geared toward producers interested in grass-finishing cattle, while the second track will focus on participants who finish cattle conventionally, on grain. 
August 28, 2018

Building on the successful Beef Cattle Short Course offered last autumn, Penn State Extension again will host a two-day educational course for beef producers at the University Park campus on Oct. 16 and 17.

Grapes at LEGREC
August 28, 2018

The Penn State Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center will hold a public open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Open house visitors are invited to tour the vineyards and learn more about the center’s research efforts.

Zachary Dashner, doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
August 28, 2018

Zachary Dashner, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was one of 17 recipients chosen by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, or FFAR, to receive the inaugural FFAR Fellow Award.

Participants in the Farmer Field School received hands-on instruction, showing them how to construct a 10-meter-by-10-meter home farm plot, with organic production, low-pressure irrigation and integrated pest management techniques.
August 27, 2018

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are among an interdisciplinary team dedicated to elevating Hondurans — especially women — by teaching them how to diversify their farm operations to improve family diet and income, while advancing gender equality.

August 27, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has awarded funding to three individuals and two teams to support the development of innovative curricula under the college's Harbaugh Faculty Scholars program.

Into the Woods: Nature in Your Library
August 24, 2018

A new exhibit that explores the eastern U.S. forest, its wildlife and botanical wealth, and gives special tribute to early women naturalists and conservationists, will feature nature-related materials from the University Libraries’ life sciences, maps and archival collections, Sept. 5 through Feb. 11.

As student sustainability coordinator, Jillian Barskey, an environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, handles all aspects of the Tailgate Ambassadors program, an initiative aimed at reducing game-day waste at Beaver Stadium. Her duties include recruiting and training volunteers, meeting with Penn State and corporate partners, and measuring impact.
August 24, 2018

Jillian Barskey, an environmental resource management major in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, aspires to reduce game-day waste by serving as this year's student sustainability coordinator for Intercollegiate Athletics and Penn State's Sustainability Institute.

The Bucks County Master Gardeners were among the Master Gardener programs that took home honors during the organization's annual meeting. Shown with presenter David Libby, center, are Master Gardeners Sharon Mervin, left, and Barbara Ann Price.
August 23, 2018

Several Penn State Extension Master Gardener programs received accolades during the organization's annual meeting in Champion, Pennsylvania.

Robert Elkin, professor of avian nutritional biochemistry in the Department of Animal Science.
August 22, 2018

Robert Elkin, professor of avian nutritional biochemistry in the Department of Animal Science, recently was appointed as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee that will prepare the 10th revised edition of the Nutrient Requirements of Poultry publication.

R. maidis feeds on a wheat plant. The team found that viruses manipulate the feeding behavior of aphids to improve their own ability to pass on their genomes to the next generation of viruses.
August 22, 2018

In the world of plant-feeding insects, who shows up first to the party determines the overall success of the gathering; yet viruses can disrupt these intricate relationships, according to researchers at Penn State.

From left are Matt Shaffer, Paul Latshaw, and Andrew McNitt, namesakes of three new graduate fellowships created by the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council.
August 21, 2018

The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council recently established three graduate fellowships in the College of Agricultural Sciences in honor of three alumni of the turfgrass program.

Kerry Kaylegian, assistant research professor of dairy foods and extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers New World Chapter on July 28 in a ceremony held in association with the American Cheese Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh. 
August 21, 2018

Kerry Kaylegian, assistant research professor of dairy foods and extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers New World Chapter on July 28 in a ceremony held in association with the American Cheese Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.