Small farms have large impact on Pennsylvania agriculture, reports suggest

June 30, 2021

Despite vastly outnumbering large farms, small farms produce only a tiny fraction of Pennsylvania's total agricultural output. However, these smaller operations support billions of dollars worth of economic activity while helping to preserve farmland and adding to the diversity of the state's agriculture, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Chill out: Penn State creamery, bakery concoct new ice cream cookie sandwiches

June 30, 2021

The Penn State Berkey Creamery and the Penn State Bakery have teamed up to create various new ice cream cookie sandwiches that can be shipped to most states in the U.S.

Entomology professor named Chair in Global Food Security in Huck Institutes

June 29, 2021

David Hughes, professor of entomology and biology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and creator of PlantVillage, a knowledge platform that helps farmers combat pests and adapt to climate change, has been named the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Presidential Leadership Academy announces new class

June 29, 2021

The Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State recently announced its Class of 2021.

Pollinator and Bird Garden opens in The Arboretum at Penn State

June 25, 2021

People strolling through The Arboretum at Penn State are likely to see more winged creatures visiting the many flowering plants with the opening of the long-awaited Pollinator and Bird Garden the week of June 28. This major addition to the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens will increase the acreage of developed gardens in the Arboretum by more than 60%.

College of Ag Sciences names Roy C. Buck Faculty Award recipients

June 25, 2021

Two faculty members in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been named the recipients of the 2021 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes exceptional articles accepted or published by refereed scholarly journals in the social and human sciences within the past two years.

Pioneer in tree molecular genetics, John Carlson, retires after four decades

June 25, 2021

John Carlson, professor of molecular genetics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics, is retiring this month after a career spanning four decades of pioneering research with forest trees.

Study reveals agriculture-related injuries more numerous than previously known

June 22, 2021

A new study by Penn State researchers, who looked at emergency room admissions across the U.S. over a recent five-year period in a novel way, suggests that the agriculture industry is even more dangerous than previously believed.

Ag Sciences student finds research, extracurricular opportunities abound

June 21, 2021

Alyssa Curry, a junior majoring in environmental resource management, with minors in environmental engineering and entomology, is gaining various experiences at Penn State, including research and study abroad opportunities.

Scholars sought to participate in One Health program

June 18, 2021

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply to the Penn State One Health Scholars Program, a cross-disciplinary applied-training program in which a cohort of scholars will work closely with faculty whose research, teaching and practice involve One Health.

Penn State's Ag Progress Days expo returns, in-person, Aug. 10-12

June 18, 2021

After Penn State's 2020 Ag Progress Days was canceled and shifted to an entirely virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural expo is poised to return as an in-person event, Aug. 10-12 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, Centre County.

Team pitching hemp crop row covers to replace plastic wins Ag Springboard

June 18, 2021

A pair of recent Penn State graduates planning to manufacture and sell crop row covers made of hemp fiber — instead of the typical plastic — won $7,500 toward their venture in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ 2021 Ag Springboard student business pitch contest.

Interdisciplinary projects awarded seed grants from IEE

June 18, 2021

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State for the 2020-21 award cycle. This year, seed grants were awarded to proposals focusing on at least one of IEE’s five strategic research themes — Climate and Ecosystem Change, Health and the Environment, Integrated Energy Systems, Urban Systems, and Water and Biogeochemical Cycles.

York Ag creates endowment for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Ag Sciences

June 18, 2021

With the goal of encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of students in the College of Agricultural Sciences, York Ag Products has created the Arthur R. and Muriel B. McAlister Endowment in Entrepreneurship and Innovation through a $50,000 gift with a one-to-one University match, creating a total endowment of $100,000.

Biodiversity seed grants support innovative collaborations across Penn State

June 17, 2021

Seven Penn State faculty teams have received seed grants for biodiversity research as part of the 2021 “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in a Decade of Action” symposium, developed by Christina Grozinger, Publius Vergilius Maro Professor of Entomology and director of the Center for Pollinator Research, in collaboration with Penn State’s Sustainability Institute.

Sorghum, a close relative of corn, tested for disease resistance on PA farms

June 17, 2021

With sorghum poised to become an important crop grown by Pennsylvania farmers, Penn State researchers, in a new study, tested more than 150 germplasm lines of the plant for resistance to a fungus likely to hamper its production.

54 students awarded Erickson Discovery Grants from Undergraduate Education

June 16, 2021

Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded to 54 undergraduate Penn State students to cover costs related to undergraduate research.

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

June 16, 2021

As part of our regular "We Are!" feature, we recognize thirteen Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University. Thank you Ashley, Kathleen, Ebonie, Alice, Kristen, Nathan, Emily, Clark, John, Jolene, Lisa, Olivia and Tracy — and everyone who helps make Penn State such an incredible community!

Report highlights economic impact of research at Penn State

June 16, 2021

Penn State Research has supported more than 2,500 jobs and generated nearly $200 million in economic impact since 2015 according to The Science Coalition’s “Sparking Economic Growth” report, which highlights 53 companies from coalition member institutions that trace their roots to federally funded university research.

USAC recognizes outstanding staff with awards and celebration

June 15, 2021

Each year, the University Staff Advisory Council (USAC) celebrates three outstanding staff for their accomplishments and contributions to the University. This year, Katina Posney, Sonia Delaquito and Brosi Bradley have been selected as the winners of the Staff Leadership Award, Staff Excellence Award and Staff Leadership Award.

Four honored for commitment to diversity in College of Agricultural Sciences

June 15, 2021

Four individuals have received the 2021 Dr. William Henson Diversity Achievement Award from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, an honor that recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research, extension or creative work that advances diversity in the college.

Course empowers students from Penn State, Ukraine to act on food security

June 9, 2021

A virtual international agriculture course is helping students at both Penn State and Lviv Polytechnic National University in Lviv, Ukraine, grow a deeper understanding of local and global food security.

Novel study looks at nitrogen credit trading to spur growth of riparian buffers

June 9, 2021

Watershedwide nutrient credit trading has been suggested as a mechanism for reducing pollution entering the Chesapeake Bay, but a new study by Penn State researchers suggests that the high cost of producing nitrogen credits through the establishment of riparian buffers on Pennsylvania farmland currently does not provide an incentive for buffer establishment.

Siegfried named associate dean for research in College of Agricultural Sciences

June 9, 2021

Blair D. Siegfried, professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida, has been named associate dean for research and graduate education and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, effective Oct. 1.

Penn State Extension’s ‘Roadside Guide to Clean Water’ wins awards

June 8, 2021

The “Roadside Guide to Clean Water,” a publication of Penn State Extension, has been recognized three times since being published in April 2020.

Metzger family names space in new building

June 8, 2021

The motivation to make a philanthropic gift to an organization is different for every donor, but in many cases, it boils down to the desire to make a positive impact. This rings true for Dr. Fred Metzger, Jr. and his wife, Megan, who have made the first major gift to support the new Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building.

PlantVillage team lauded for projects to protect food supply amid COVID, locusts

June 5, 2021

Penn State researchers responsible for PlantVillage, a mobile app that helps farmers diagnose crop diseases and monitor pests, have been lauded for their work to help African farmers overcome challenges related to desert locusts and COVID-19.

Terry Etherton to retire with legacy of groundbreaking research, leadership

June 4, 2021

As he retires from Penn State at the end of June, Terry Etherton, distinguished professor of animal nutrition, is known in animal science circles around the world as a pioneer for his research. But in the College of Agricultural Sciences, he also is recognized as a leader whose steady hand guided the Department of Animal Science for more than 22 years.

Acar receives Excellence in Academic Advising Award from College of Ag Sciences

June 4, 2021

Nüket Acar, coordinator of undergraduate advising for veterinary and biomedical sciences, has received the 2021 Excellence in Academic Advising Award from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Extension educator: Love your chickens, but please don't kiss them

June 2, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control reported more than 1,700 cases of Salmonella linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks during 2020. A Penn State Extension poultry educator offers advice for small-flock owners to reduce their risk of illness.

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