Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES)

An interdisciplinary, science-to-practice platform to study landscape-level challenges

The Institute for Sustainable Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Science (SAFES) establishes a novel environment for accelerating solutions to persistently "wicked" landscape-level challenges centered on agriculture, food, and the environment. The science of agricultural sustainability underpins the mission of SAFES and provides a comprehensive approach to the complexity of challenges which integrates natural and social sciences with technological advancements, human behavior, economics, and policy.

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March 4, 2021

Kaye Named Distinguished Professor

Faculty who are awarded the Distinguished Professor title are acknowledged leaders in their fields of research or creative activity, have demonstrated significant leadership in raising the standards of the University, and have demonstrated excellent teaching skills, contributing significantly to the education of students who subsequently have achieved recognition of excellence in their own careers.

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March 1, 2021

Thriving Agricultural Systems in Urbanized Landscapes

The Thriving Agricultural Systems in Urbanized Landscapes project, funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is working to create economically thriving and environmentally beneficial agricultural systems in urbanized landscapes. Using the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a case study, project researchers from Penn State, the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Utah State, and the Stroud Water Research Center are working to achieve these goals with input from key stakeholders who are part of the agricultural and environmental communities. Members of the Thriving Ag project team are pleased to announce the launch of their new project website, If you know of anyone who may be interested in the topics addressed by the project, we would greatly appreciate it if you shared the link with them. Interested individuals also can follow the project on Twitter at @thrivingag.

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February 26, 2021

Chiques Creek, Conewago watershed in Lancaster County to undergo extensive cleanup effort

As Dellinger Run wends its way toward Chiques Creek, it stretches through 56 acres of farmland in Rapho Township, where owner Mark Heller enjoys watching the ducks and fish that swim in the stream.

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February 26, 2021

Ambitious Conservation Program Covers Total Costs for Farmland Improvements

A million-dollar grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will pay the total costs of riparian buffers and other conservation practices on farms in three contiguous watersheds in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster, Lebanon and Dauphin counties.

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