COVID-19 impact on gender, agriculture and food systems inspires new book

April 20, 2022

“Gender, Food, and COVID-19: Global Stories of Harm and Hope” is a new book co-edited by Paige Castellanos, Carolyn Sachs and Ann Tickamyer, gender scholars in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

A joyful match: Kidney donor, recipient meet during National Donate Life Month

April 20, 2022

When Bellefonte resident and Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences employee Maureen Stathes learned how many people are waiting for organ transplants, she wanted to make a difference — and she did for Wellsville resident Dwayne Weller.

Getting to the root of corn domestication; knowledge may help plant breeders

April 18, 2022

A unique confluence of archeology, molecular genetics and serendipity guided a collaboration of Mexican and Penn State researchers to a deeper understanding of how modern corn was domesticated from teosinte, a perennial grass native to Mexico and Central America, more than 5,000 years ago.

Preserving Pennsylvania’s farmland: Webinar to cover techniques and programs

April 15, 2022

A Penn State Extension webinar will focus on current issues affecting farmland preservation efforts in Pennsylvania’s agricultural communities. The 90-minute webinar will take place at noon April 28.

Penn State students engage with local Latino farmworker community

April 15, 2022

An innovative community service-learning course, “Community Engaged Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers,” offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, brings students of all disciplines together to teach and engage with immigrant farmworkers living in Centre County.  

Plant scientist gets grant to study how climate change will affect forage crops

April 14, 2022

A Penn State plant scientist has received a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lead a team studying how changes in temperature associated with climate change affect the establishment, persistence and performance of perennial forage crops and their associated weedy plant communities in the U.S. Northeast.  

2022 Undergraduate Exhibition returns to HUB-Robeson Center

April 14, 2022

The 2022 Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, and Creative Activity earlier this month featured the hard work of 282 undergraduate researchers from across Penn State. 

Students for Cultivating Change receive support from alumnus

April 13, 2022

After being introduced to the national Cultivating Change Foundation, Penn State alumnus and supporter Jeff Conrad offered the University’s chapter, Students for Cultivating Change in the College of Agricultural Sciences, an opportunity not only to develop valuable professional skills but also secure a $10,000 gift to support their goals.

Sanchez to present 'Emergence of a carbon-negative bioeconomy' April 14

April 13, 2022

Dan Sanchez, an extension specialist who runs the Carbon Removal Lab at University of California Berkeley, will discuss the emergence of a carbon-negative bioeconomy at 3 p.m. on April 14 in 213 Ag Engineering. 

PlantVillage receives Cisco Foundation grant to help communities capture carbon

April 13, 2022

PlantVillage has been awarded $300,000 from the Cisco Foundation to promote regenerative agriculture on African farms to help them adapt to climate change.

WATCH: Richard Roush shares perspective on fishing and curiosity in video series

April 13, 2022

In a video series titled “Perspective: Leaders at Penn State,” Richard Roush, dean of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, reflects on his passion for fishing as an opportunity to continue to explore and ask questions about the natural world.

Penn State reminds public of policy limiting access to Rock Springs facility

April 12, 2022

To protect the integrity of research, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is issuing a reminder that entry into the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs is limited to authorized personnel only.

Leites earns 2022 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award

April 11, 2022

Laura Leites, associate research professor of quantitative forest ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the 2022 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award.

Six receive Faculty Scholar Medals

April 11, 2022

Six University faculty members have received 2022 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.

Using tweets to predict real-time food shortages

April 11, 2022

The sentiments and emotions expressed in tweets on Twitter can be used in real time to assess where supply chain disruptions due to a pandemic, war or natural disaster may lead to food shortages, according to researchers at Penn State and the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar.

Annual Penn State Quarter Horse Sale and Showcase to be held April 30

April 8, 2022

After two years of holding an online-only auction, the Penn State Equine Science program will host the 20th annual Equine Science Showcase and Quarter Horse Sale in a new, hybrid format Saturday, April 30.

Preventing, controlling spread of animal diseases focus of forum at Penn State

April 7, 2022

Exploring the emergence, spread and control of animal infectious diseases such as avian influenza was the focus of the inaugural Emerging Animal Infectious Disease Conference held Nov. 29-Dec.1, 2021, at Penn State. It was hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education.

Webinar to focus on using Agriculture Department funds for community progress

April 7, 2022

A Penn State Extension webinar on April 20 will focus on how community planners and other local leaders can utilize U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Rural Development, for community plan creation and implementation.

2022 Director's Award Winners

April 7, 2022

Congratulations to the 2022 Director's Award Winners!

2022 Graduate Exhibition Award winners announced

April 6, 2022

Sixty-eight Penn State graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 37th annual Graduate Exhibition. A complete list of winners is available below.

Penn State experts help you get your garden ready for summer

April 6, 2022

Horticultural experts from Penn State Extension will help central Pennsylvanians get ready for this year’s gardening season when WPSU’s “Conversations LIVE: Get Your Garden On!” airs on Thursday, April 14, on WPSU-TV.   

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 5, 2022

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, which was held March 31.

Are egg cells in aging primates protected from mutations?

April 4, 2022

New mutations occur at increasing rates in the mitochondrial genomes of developing egg cells in aging rhesus monkeys, but the increases appear to plateau at a certain age and are not as large as those seen in non-reproductive cells, a fact that could indicate a protective mechanism in reproductive cells.

More than fresh food: Research finds farmers markets vital to local food economy

April 4, 2022

Pennsylvania farmers markets generate an estimated $100 million in sales each year, according to a new Penn State Extension analysis that provides a snapshot of farmers markets' contribution to the local food economy in the commonwealth.

Study examines if there is something 'fishy' happening with seafood imports

April 4, 2022

Reducing tariffs on imported goods is meant to remove trade barriers, but it doesn’t seem to be helping the seafood industry, which has experienced the same — if not more — import rejections and notifications at borders, according to research guided by an agricultural economist at Penn State.  

World Campus bachelor's program implements cost-free materials in core courses

April 4, 2022

The online bachelor’s degree program in agribusiness management is using open-education resources, or OER, to replace textbooks, case studies and other materials students in the major previously had to buy.

Accomplished professor of horticulture, extension tree-fruit specialist retires

April 1, 2022

For almost 40 years, Rob Crassweller, professor of horticulture and extension tree-fruit specialist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has made impactful contributions. He is passing the mantle to a new generation of scientists and extension educators as he embarks on the next chapter of his life — retirement.

Cover crops more effective than insecticides for managing pests, study suggests

March 31, 2022

Promoting early season plant cover, primarily through the use of cover crops, can be more effective at reducing pest density and crop damage than insecticide applications, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

Interdisciplinary Penn State team awarded SOM Foundation Research Prize

March 31, 2022

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers was awarded $40,000 as a recipient of the Skidmore Owings & Merrill Foundation 2021 Research Prize for a project that explores mycelium-based and knitted textiles to form a sustainable building material.

Wakhungu receives 2022 Graduate School Humanitarian Award

March 30, 2022

Penn State Graduate School alumna Judi Wangalwa Wakhungu is the recipient of the 2022 Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award.

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