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UN Group
June 30, 2016

Shannon Monnat presented research on demographic and sociological trends in rural substance abuse at a meeting held at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria in early June. Shannon is collaborating with the UNODC and an international group of experts to develop a global model and tools for the prevention and treatment of drug abuse in rural areas.

"The Rise of Women Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture" explores the societal changes that have empowered women to claim the farmer identity, describes barriers that they encounter, and chronicles their innovative responses that are helping to redefine ag
June 14, 2016

Researchers from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Ohio University have co-authored a new book that examines a recent cultural shift in agriculture, marked by an unprecedented number of women who have entered into farming.

June 7, 2016

It is with much sadness that the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education reports the passing of Dr. James Beierlein, Professor of Agricultural Economics.

May 24, 2016

Two AESE Faculty members receive promotions...

April 22, 2016

Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, College of Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, Professor and Department Head, Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education (AESE)

Left to right:  Daniel Perkins, Carolyn Sachs, Tim Kelsey and Leif Jensen
April 22, 2016

AESE faculty across all components of the department and in every aspect of scholarship were recognized with a phenomenal four awards at the Penn State Faculty/Staff Awards Recognition banquet, April 21.

Cooperative extension and agricultural research translate into higher farm profits, allowing farmers to stay in agriculture, said Goetz.
April 19, 2016

Federal cooperative extension programs have helped more than 137,000 farmers stay in business since 1985, according to economists.

Dr. Daniel Foster
April 18, 2016

Dr. Daniel Foster to be recognized for excellence in advising undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Team Systemic Action wants to use comic books to promote STEAM — agriculture and STEM — sciences.
April 15, 2016

Team Systemic Action has created a diverse cast of comic book characters to combat the under-representation of women and minorities in the STEAM — agriculture and STEM — sciences and help teach science lessons to fourth to fifth-grade students.

April 5, 2016

Dr.'s Ted Jaenicke, Tim Kelsey and Douglas Wrenn to receive ARER award.

   One student participating in the program was assigned to McKees Rocks (shown here), an urban community west of Pittsburgh. She will work with the McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation to strategize efforts for better food access.    Image: Jon
April 4, 2016

The Scholarship, Sustainability and Civic Engagement Program, or SSCEP, is in its pilot year, and so far, it's off to a great start.

Dr. Mark Brennan
March 31, 2016

Dr. Mark Brennan receives the Gamma Sigma Delta award for Outstanding Teaching.

Dr. Jan Scholl
March 31, 2016

Dr. Jan Scholl receives the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Extension Educator Award

Dr. Daniel Foster
March 8, 2016

Dr. Daniel Foster has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award in the College of Agricultural Sciences for the publication "Preparing Agricultural Educators For The World: Describing Global Competency In Agricultural Teacher Candidates”.

February 29, 2016

A team of researchers, led by scientists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences that include AESE's Leif Jensen, Carolyn Sachs and Ann Tickamyer, will launch a project designed to improve nutrition and empower women in Cambodia by promoting their production and marketing of horticultural crops and rice produced via sustainable intensification practices.

In the MOOC, faculty in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will present lessons covering a wide range of dairy production and management topics.
February 10, 2016

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has a long history of helping to fulfill the University's land-grant mission by providing educational outreach to dairy farmers and other producers in Pennsylvania and beyond. Now, utilizing the latest educational technology and methods, the college is poised to offer "Dairy Production and Management," the world's first dairy-related "massive, open online course" (or MOOC to the tech savvy).

February 3, 2016

Paige Castellanos, who recently received a doctorate in rural sociology and INTAD, also credits her professional success to her participation in the INTAD program.

Ariel Rivers, doctoral research
February 3, 2016

"The program provides students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree in agricultural sciences." "It positions them to become better competitors for career opportunities working with international organizations, universities and research institutes, and international corporations."

January 12, 2016

A Penn State survey will ask farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed about conservation measures they have implemented — such as streambank fencing and vegetative buffers — in an effort to show agriculture's contributions to protecting water quality.

Carolyn Sachs, professor of rural sociology and women's studies
December 3, 2015

Recognizing the need to improve food security and enhance the well-being of rural populations in developing countries, a new Penn State project will provide intensive training for researchers that will help them to integrate gender-related dimensions into international agricultural research. According to project leader Carolyn Sachs, professor of rural sociology and women's studies, the Penn State project will support the consortium's gender strategy, which commits Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) — commonly known as CGIAR — and its Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers research programs to develop agricultural technologies, farming systems and policies to support rural women in improving agricultural productivity and their livelihoods.