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Latest news from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.
January 3, 2018

What local communities can do to assist the more than 3 million Pennsylvania residents served by private wells and springs to have potable drinking water for their homes and farms will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.

The Penn State Summit on the Opioid Epidemic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at 122 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus.
January 2, 2018

The Penn State Summit on the Opioid Epidemic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, at 122 Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Registration ends on Jan. 4.

December 20, 2017

Global Programs' fall 2017 travel grants have been awarded in three grant categories: Faculty Travel Grants, Transformational Travel Grants, and Graduate Student Travel Grants. Based on the review committees’ evaluations and recommendations, 30 applicants were selected for funding support. The awardees will travel to 19 countries on 4 continents. Congratulations!

Students speak with Gov. Tom Wolf at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit during the 2017 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
December 19, 2017

Those interested in home gardening, preserving their own food and protecting water quality in their region will have an opportunity to learn more about these topics by visiting the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg. Other college-related displays and activities will highlight 4-H youth-development programs offered statewide through Penn State Extension.

Fourth generation dairy farmer Philip Dean is shown alongside automatic takeoffs, which he received with help from AgrAbility.
December 19, 2017

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded funding from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for programs to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

Penn State researcher Michael Jacobson surveyed small-holder farmers in villages across four counties in Kenya about their willingness to grow croton trees. He asked them such things as how many trees they have, whether they would be willing to plant more, and whether they would gather the nuts and provide them to a biofuel-making company at collection points and, if so, at what price.
December 19, 2017

Small-holder farmers in Kenya have the capacity and desire to play a major role in the scale-up of biofuel production from agroforestry, according to a Penn State forest economist, who led a study in the East African country.

December 15, 2017

The Office of the Board of Trustees at Penn State is seeking agricultural associations and organizations interested in participating in the Board of Trustees' election process.

December 15, 2017

The Penn State Grape and Wine Team supports the growing grape and wine industry through cutting-edge research and outreach that addresses grape and wine production and quality challenges, with particular emphasis on Pennsylvania and the eastern United States.

Jesse Darlington Jr. has been named manager of Ag Progress Days.
December 15, 2017

Jesse Darlington Jr., who has served as interim manager of Penn State's Ag Progress Days exposition since November 2016, has been named to the position on a standing basis.

Catherine Cutter, professor of food science and assistant director of food safety and quality programs for Penn State Extension, talks to Armenien students. She believes internationalization of the state university extension system, which has been vital to establishing food safety in the United States, would greatly benefit the world.
December 14, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

December 14, 2017

Five Penn State faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 13, 2017

Over a week during the Thanksgiving break, students enrolled in "Global perspectives on agricultural and food science in India" traveled to the city of Hyderabad to explore the food system in India while learning about the role that agriculture plays in the country's booming economy.

Uncle Charley's Sausage Co. relies on Penn State Extension for help with food safety, as well as research and development of new products.
December 12, 2017

Penn State Extension specialists work with numerous food manufacturers — small and large — in Pennsylvania and surrounding states through online and on-site seminars covering commercial food safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and many other topics. Among the companies they recently have worked with is Uncle Charley's Sausage Co.

Air Force veteran Selina Pedi completed her degree online through Penn State World Campus.
December 12, 2017

Air Force veteran Selina Pedi balanced three jobs and two children as she earned her degree online through Penn State World Campus. Pedi will graduate Dec. 16 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management as she pursues a career in sustainable community development.

New research demonstrates that manipulating competition among pathogens can lead to successful treatment with traditional drugs, even where resistance to that drug is already present.    (      Click here     for high resolution version.)
December 11, 2017

Limiting a much-needed resource could pit pathogens against one another and prevent the emergence of drug resistance, say researchers.

In collaboration with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, researchers will recruit 50-60 volunteer citizen scientists to participate in data generation and focus group meetings to identify ways to reduce endocrine-disrupting compounds in the environment.
December 11, 2017

Using a network of up to 60 citizen scientists, a team of Penn State researchers will assess the levels of endocrine-disrupting compounds in the Susquehanna River next year, and in turn empower those volunteers to become part of the solution to water-quality problems related to emerging contaminants.

December 6, 2017

Researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences have received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to develop a suite of organic management options for three of the most challenging mushroom pests.

Pennsylvania has about 50 small-scale cheese-making operations -- many that often turn out high quality cheese with distinctive tastes -- but most struggle with achieving product consistency. The Penn State Cheese Tracking System will guide them.
December 6, 2017

When it comes to artisanal cheese making, Pennsylvania is not Vermont, concedes Kerry Kaylegian, but the dairy foods extension specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is doing what she can to put the Keystone State on the cheese-making map.

In 1892, for the first time, Penn State offered a way for people to learn without coming to the campus in State College. More than a century later, students from around the world have access to a Penn State education.
December 5, 2017

In 1892, for the first time, Penn State offered a way for people to learn without coming to the campus in State College. More than a century later, students from around the world have access to a Penn State education.

The        Center for Security Research and Education       at Penn State invites University faculty and researchers to apply to its new        grant program       to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State.
December 4, 2017

The Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State invites University faculty and researchers to apply to its new grant program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State.