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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
October 3, 2017

The Graduate School at Penn State is pleased to host 15 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.

Lesson topics include getting started with pastures, plants in the pasture, pasture management, pasture facilities, grazing management and grazing economics. Each lesson has information about the topic and a worksheet for producers to complete and mail or email back to Penn State Extension for comments. 
October 3, 2017

Pennsylvania livestock producers looking for information on how to make their livestock enterprises more profitable through pasture and grazing management can take advantage of a home study course offered by Penn State Extension this fall.

Cathy Bowen, professor of agricultural and extension education and consumer issues.
October 2, 2017

Cathy Bowen, professor of agricultural and extension education and consumer issues, has spent nearly 30 years at Penn State helping Pennsylvanians and students to become financially literate, and manage their resources.

Amish farm
September 29, 2017

Beyond the picturesque barns and horse-drawn buggies that define Pennsylvania Dutch Country lurk farm dangers that can land children in the hospital.

A mobile app that can help diagnose crop diseases is being field tested in Tanzania.
September 29, 2017

Researchers who developed a new mobile application that uses artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose crop diseases in the field have won a $100,000 award to help expand their project to help millions of small-scale farmers across Africa. David Hughes, associate professor of entomology and biology, Penn State, leads the project with James Legg, of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

Faculty, staff, postdocs and students discuss microbiome research during a networking event in October 2016. A similar event is planned for Oct. 3 this year.
September 29, 2017

Those interested in learning about or participating in microbiome research at Penn State are invited to attend a networking event Oct. 3 sponsored by the University's Microbiome Research Center.

A honey bee pollinates an apple blossom. Pennsylvania's apple industry relies on insect pollination to produce an annual crop worth about $124 million.
September 28, 2017

Farmers, gardeners and other Pennsylvanians concerned about the health of pollinators — given their critically important role in growing and producing food — now have the chance to comment on a draft of the state’s proposed Pollinator Protection Plan. The plan, developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Center for Pollinator Research at Penn State, is designed to protect bees and other insects that pollinate nearly 75 percent of the Commonwealth’s food crops.

September 22, 2017

Wayne Martenas, a Penn State alumnus in agricultural engineering, and his wife, Marian McKeegan Martenas, have pledged $250,000 in gifts, which will be divided among a new endowment, an existing endowment, a new building and an existing scholarship fund.

September 22, 2017

Kevin Curry Jr. recently joined Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education.

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' annual Ag Sciences Career Day draws nearly 200 exhibitors, recruiters and academic program representatives from agricultural and related industries annually.
September 22, 2017

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will host its annual Ag Sciences Career Day on Oct. 10. The event draws nearly 200 exhibitors, recruiters and academic program representatives from agricultural and related industries annually.

Jeff Catchmark began experimenting with biomaterials that might be used instead of plastics a decade or so ago out of concerns for sustainability. He became interested in cellulose because it is the largest volume sustainable, renewable material on earth.
September 20, 2017

An inexpensive biomaterial that can be used to sustainably replace plastic barrier coatings in packaging and many other applications has been developed by Penn State researchers, who predict its adoption would greatly reduce pollution.

Michael Pate has been named Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences
September 20, 2017

Michael Pate has been appointed Nationwide Insurance Associate Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Two horses graze in front of Beaver Stadium during the 2016 Horse Barn Open House. The event, held annually by Penn State CHAPS, informs visitors about Penn State's equine science programs.
September 20, 2017

Sept. 30 will mark the fifth annual Penn State Horse Barn Open House, hosted by the Collegiate Horseman’s Association at Penn State (CHAPS) and the Penn State Equine Research Team at the equine science facilities' “Old Barn,” directly across from Beaver Stadium, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be held in connection with the third annual Celebrate Agriculture Day at Beaver Stadium, an event designed for Penn Staters to honor the agricultural roots and history of the University.

Researchers have found that compounds in purple potatoes suppressed the spread of colon cancer stem cells.
September 20, 2017

Colorful fruits and vegetables -- like the purple potato -- may contain compounds that help fight some types of cancer. An international team of researchers studied the anti-cancer effects of purple potatoes in pigs. This could be another step in finding prevention strategies and cancer treatments for patients.

A rendering of the proposed Shared Fermentation Facility lab.
September 19, 2017

CSL Behring, a global specialty biotherapeutics leader, has committed $4.92 million to Penn State over the next six years to transform biotechnology education and research across Pennsylvania and beyond.

Laura Reese, a plant sciences student who interned at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, often communicated with the astronauts working on the International Space Station via this live link. Here, astronaut Peggy Whitson harvests cabbage plants.
September 15, 2017

Plant sciences student Laura Reese spent her spring semester working for NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. She performed research in conditions meant to emulate growing plants in space.

Penn State toxicologist Gary Perdew has received a $7.3 million "outstanding investigator award" from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
September 15, 2017

A faculty member in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has received a $7.3 million grant for innovative research on a cellular protein that could be a target for enhancing immune function in response to a variety of diseases and environmental toxins. Gary Perdew, John T. and Paige S. Smith Professor in Agricultural Sciences, received the award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

September 14, 2017

Penn State's Rural Sociology Graduate Student Association (RSGA) will host the 5th Annual Rural Studies Graduate Student Conference on Oct. 27-28 at the HUB-Robeson-Center on the University Park campus. This conference welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and all institutions who study rural areas and topics, both domestically and internationally.

Aïssata Abdou Gado, left, a Mandela Washington Fellow from Niger who was hosted by Penn State in 2017, visited the College of Agricultural Sciences' Ag Progress Days.
September 14, 2017

Aïssata Abdou Gado, a recipient of the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, spent six weeks of professional development at Penn State's University Park campus in August and September. She worked with faculty and staff from across the College of Agricultural Sciences on issues related to food security, livestock and women's empowerment.

What we need now is for cool to cold temperatures to arrive by early to mid-October to bring out the best colors like these, according to Penn State forest ecologists.
September 14, 2017

The rainy summer in Pennsylvania has set the stage for what could be an awesome autumn foliage display, according to forest ecologists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.