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Advanced Agricultural and Food Systems

Transforming thinking and practice in agricultural and food systems through research focused on productivity, sustainability, and adaptability.

Food is critical to sustain life, but rather than simply producing more food for a growing world population, it is imperative that we also produce better foods that increase production efficiencies while using fewer resources.

Agricultural systems must also adapt to a changing climate. Consequently, researchers in the college are investigating the ways in which climate change will affect local weather and resulting land use. These scientists are particularly interested in examining the issue of global climate change at scales from large to regional and how information can be shared across these different scales.

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Research Videos

Inspiring Research: Honey Bees
Whole colonies are dying in record numbers. Why the bees are dying is a mystery. Penn State, one of the country's leading honey bee research facilities, has been investigating the problem.

News

Climate projections suggest Lancaster County corn yields in jeopardy by 2050
June 25, 2018
Climate projections indicate more warming will occur in the Northeast than other sections of the United States, and that has implications for corn crops and dairy farms in the region by 2050, researchers warn. While rising temperatures are not likely to cause serious reductions in corn crops in the northern and central parts of the Northeast, they threaten corn yields in the southern reaches of the region, according to Heather Karsten, associate professor of crop production ecology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Agricultural diversification: Empowering women in Cambodia with 'wild gardens'
June 5, 2018
There is no such thing as utopia when it comes to food security, as millions of people around the world have limited food resources. One of those places is Cambodia in Southeast Asia, one of the world's poorest countries, where the rural poverty rate is 24 percent, and 40 percent of children younger than 5 are chronically malnourished, making them vulnerable to significant health problems.
From farm to dining commons: Penn State a leader in locally sourced food
April 16, 2018
Penn State students go through more than 132,000 gallons of fresh milk from University Park’s much-beloved Berkey Creamery every year, but that’s not the only campus to enjoy fresh milk from a local source.

Upcoming Events

Materials Valley Seminar Series: Precision Animal Agriculture Center Discussion
When: July 23-24, 2018
Where: 312 and 206 Agricultural Engineering Building