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2013

Researchers: New sustainable ag farmers need access, farm-management knowledge
December 19, 2013
On-farm internships and land-link programs are two important models for increasing the number of farmers in the sustainable-agriculture movement, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Dunn Comments on USDA And Mexico: Pullout Spells Loss For Border Economy
December 5, 2013
Last year the federal government banned U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors from entering Mexico at five Texas border crossings to inspect U.S.-bound cattle. That decision has had a huge economic impact on small border towns in Texas, in particular the city of Presidio. It sits across from Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico. The international port of entry here had been the largest for cattle imports from Mexico into the United States for eight decades.
Why $7-Per-Gallon Looms Once Again
December 5, 2013
The leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are meeting Wednesday as they continue to try to work out the differences between their respective farm bills. If they fail, the country faces what's being called the "dairy cliff" — with milk prices potentially shooting up to about $7 a gallon sometime after the first of the year.
In the case of wholesale food distributors, it's all about location
December 5, 2013
In all but the shortest supply chains, food travels through wholesale distribution centers on its way from farm to consumer, and the location of these distributors can have a big impact on the efficiency of a food system. Now, a new mathematical model can help business owners and policy makers determine the optimal locations for such distributors, thanks to a research team led by an engineer in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State economists: Loss of middle-wage jobs widens income gap in Pa.
November 25, 2013
From 2001 to 2011, the Pennsylvania workforce underwent a marked shift from higher-paying to lower-paying jobs, a trend that could have serious implications for the state's economy, according to a new report, "Middle Income Job Decline in Pennsylvania, 2001-11", authored by Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics, and Ted Fuller, development economist in the college's Center for Economic and Community Development.
Ph.D. Rural Sociology doctoral candidate Yetkin Borlu's research featured in Penn State News
November 6, 2013
Ph.D. Rural Sociology doctoral candidate Yetkin Borlu's study of the social dynamics of corn production in his native Turkey has implications for farmers internationally.
Timothy Kelsey heard on NPR's Morning Edition
October 28, 2013
Timothy Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics, was part of a story, aired Monday, October 28, on national NPR broadcast of Morning Edition, titled "How Fracking's Ups and downs Affect Pennsylvania's Economy."
Legislation may cause data deficit for researchers, small businesses
October 9, 2013
Small farms and businesses may be the unintended victims of legislation aimed at cutting the federal budget by eliminating certain sets of local and county-based economic data, according to a group of economists.
Rural Sociology PhD student, Jennifer Hayden, receives 2013 USDA-NE-SARE Graduate Student Research Award
September 10, 2013
Rural Sociology PhD candidate Jennifer Hayden has received a 2013 Graduate Student Research Award from the USDA-Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program for her dissertation research project "Soil Health and Soil Management Decision-making in the Mid-Atlantic." Carolyn Sachs, professor of rural sociology and head of Women's Studies Department, is her adviser. Congratulations, Jenn!
2013 Summer AESE Newsletter
August 21, 2013
As we approach the one year anniversary of the birth of AESE – the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education out of the old AEE and AERS – we can look back with great pride in how far we have come and great anticipation of what lies ahead.
Four from AESE receive 2013 Rural Sociological Society Awards
August 5, 2013
Two faculty members and two rural sociology graduate students from the AESE department were presented with awards at the Rural Sociological Society (RSS) 2013 Awards Ceremony, held August 8, in New York City.
Heard on Campus: Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair
July 22, 2013
Mark Brennan, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Chair and Penn State professor, delivers the keynote lecture, “Achieving Education for All, Realizing Engaged Communities, and Creating Global Citizens for Change through the UNESCO Chairs Program” at the two-day symposium, "Shaping the Future of International Development," held July 15-16 on Penn State's University Park campus
Two from College of Ag Sciences named National Teach Ag Ambassadors
July 22, 2013
Jillian Gordon and Meagan Slates have been chosen as Teach Ag Ambassadors by the National Association of Agricultural Educators to represent the profession of agricultural education and encourage others to consider careers in the field.
Erica Bobbit and Connie Baggett Present Paper at Conference
July 3, 2013
"Educating Students with Educational Challenges" was presented at the 39th Annual Pennsylvania Career and Technical Education Conference held at Seven Springs, Pa on June 26 - 28, 2013.
New Faculty and Staff Join AESE
July 3, 2013
Mark Brennan and Clare Hinrichs Promoted to Professor
July 3, 2013
Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology, Head of Women’s Studies Department, recipient of 2013 Distinguished Rural Sociologist Award
June 11, 2013
On behalf of the Rural Sociological Society, Carolyn Sachs, Professor of Rural Sociology, Head of Women’s Studies Department, has been selected as one of two recipients of the Distinguished Rural Sociologist award for 2013.
Lou Moore, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics, 2013 CAS Outstanding Alumni Award recipient
June 11, 2013
Two Penn State AEE Majors chosen as National Teach Ag Ambassadors
June 11, 2013
Two of Penn State’s Agricultural and Extension Education majors have been chosen as the National Teach Ag Ambassadors. Senior Meagan Slates and Junior Jillian Gordon have both been chosen to represent Agriculture Education by acting as ambassadors for the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).
Rama Radhakrishna, Professor of AEE, elected as an AAAE Senior Fellow
May 28, 2013
On May 24, Rama Radhakrishna, Professor of Agricultural Extension Education, was elected, along with three others, as a Senior Fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education at the AAAE Conference held in Columbus.
Rose Sproat, dairy farmer in southwestern Pennsylvania, awarded the AgrAbility Award
May 28, 2013
The College of Agricultural Sciences’ Greek organizations raised more than $900 as part of their annual philanthropy activities and gave the funds to Rose Sproat, a dairy farmer in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Dara Bloom receives 2013 Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award from the Rural Sociological Society
May 15, 2013
Dara Bloom (PhD candidate R Soc) received the 2013 Olaf Larson Graduate Student Paper Award from the Rural Sociological Society. Bloom's winning paper is titled “Standards for Development: Food Safety and Sustainability in Walmart's Honduran Supply Chains,” one part of her PhD research in Rural Sociology.
2013 M.E. John Lecture: David Wallinga of the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
April 30, 2013
“Growing Health: A Vision for U.S. Food and Agriculture Policy,” sponsored by the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, and by the College of Agricultural Sciences, was presented by David Wallinga, April 19, 2013.
Kelcey Grogan named College of Ag outstanding senior
April 30, 2013
CED major, honors student named College of Ag outstanding senior
Ewing Recognized by NACTA
April 29, 2013
Recipient of the 2013 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teacher Fellow Award
Hawbaker, Rossman win College Staff Laureate Awards
April 17, 2013
Jerome K. Pasto, former faculty member, dies
April 8, 2013
Joined the former Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at the Pennsylvania State College in 1950.
AESE Welcomes New Faculty
April 1, 2013
Donald Epp, Professor Emeritus, Passes
March 6, 2013
Dr. Donald Epp, June 23, 1939 - March 4, 2013
Tim Kelsey Honored with University Faculty Outreach Award
March 4, 2013
John Ewing and Spiro Stefanou win Gamma Sigma Delta Awards
March 4, 2013
Katie Harper receives GOTCHA award for Spanish Immersion Course in Costa Rica
February 22, 2013
will travel to Costa Rica in May and June 2013.
Dara Bloom Selected as a Recipient of Alumni Association Dissertation Award for 2012-2013
January 30, 2013
Enhancing Honors Education: Kate Thompson
January 22, 2013
Kate Thompson, Schreyer Honor College student majoring in Anthropology and Community and Economic Development reflects on her Penn State experience on page 6 of the 2011-12 Schreyer Honors College Annual Report
AESE Students W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award Winners
January 22, 2013
Foster's Proposal Funded for 2012-13 Student Technology Fee Ag Sciences Initiative Program
January 17, 2013
Foster Honored by National Teach Ag Champions
January 17, 2013
The Teach Ag Champion award is designed to highlight individuals who have displayed tremendous dedication and commitment to spreading the Teach Ag message and are working hard to ensure a quality supply of agriculture teachers across this country.