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This research is a first step in exploring opportunities and challenges to developing animal agriculture in western Pennsylvania in a way that is both economically and environmentally sustainable.
November 5, 2018

To comply with nutrient-reduction goals in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Pennsylvania may want to consider the establishment of animal agriculture operations in the western part of the state, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

October 31, 2018

Stephan Goetz, Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics and Director of The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, convened a special session on Rural Areas in Pennsylvania for the PA Chapter of the American Planning Association 2018 Annual Conference, Erie, PA, October 15.

October 24, 2018

Ann Tickamyer, professor of sociology at Penn State, was one of the presenters at the 26th National Symposium on Family Issues.

October 22, 2018

"The Northeast is home to roughly 22 percent of the nation's population, but only about six percent of farmland, which raises questions about how food secure we are as a region," said Project Director Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. "We wanted to know whether a stronger regional food system, which operates at a large geographic scale, might improve food security while also reaping environmental and economic benefits."

October 17, 2018

"...CSA Director Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences, says that Twitter data has potential for expanding social science research because it includes a large amount of individual information that is longitudinal and georeferenced...)

October 15, 2018

The Engagement Tool project held a workshop on September 12 about teaching public engagement in research at Penn State. Frans Padt explained the showcases they are developing this semester. Speakers included: Mike Zeman (Student Engagement Network), Michele Halsell (The Sustainability Institute),Walt Whitmer (Penn State Extension), Tom Hogan (School of Labor and Employment Relations), and Mallika Bose (Landscape Architecture.)

October 9, 2018

A summer internship at Bates White Economic Consulting opens opportunities for Gregory Mitchell. Mitchell is a Community, Environment and Development major also co-enrolled in the Energy, Environmental, and Food Economics master’s program; both programs are within the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education.

October 9, 2018

Providing students with a glimpse into the world of business and professional development is the main goal of the Agribusiness Management Club in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "Our purpose is to help our members excel in their professional and academic lives," said club president Tess McNamara, a junior agricultural science major from Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

October 1, 2018

Economists have long studied the economic benefits that result when businesses locate near one another, or agglomerate, and these agglomerations can fall into two different categories, according to Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics, Penn State, and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

September 25, 2018

Global Teach Ag has been nominated and chosen to receive the Penn State Ag Council Leadership in Action Award for 2018. This award was created to recognize an organization, group, event, program, activity, strategy, advocacy, etc. that successfully advances leadership in agriculture and/or the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania. The Award will be presented at the Penn State Ag Council Fall Delegate Meeting on October 25, 2018. The mission of the PSU Global Teach Ag! Initiative is to develop capacity in agriscience teachers and agriscience education programs for global impact in food, fiber, and natural resources through youth development and education programming. aese.psu.edu/teachag/global facebook.com/TeachAgPSU

September 24, 2018

Featured research by Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics, Penn State, and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

Katherine Zipp, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, was part of a team that received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for $800,000 to understand and prevent the spread
September 21, 2018

Katherine Zipp, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics, was part of a team that received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for $800,000 to understand and prevent the spread of invasive species in Pennsylvania and support the efforts of Pennsylvania’s Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Management Plan.

Image: Zamorano University A Farmer Field School participant learns about the art of cultivating gardens.
August 29, 2018

Studying for her dual-title doctoral degree in rural sociology and in international agriculture and development at Penn State, Paige Castellanos learned about the plight of families living in western Honduras, where many eke out a living in an economy marked by high poverty rates and subsistence agriculture. Especially troubled by injustices faced by women and children — and wanting to move beyond textbook lessons — Castellanos made her first trip to the Central America region in 2010.

August 28, 2018

You are invited for the Engagement Tool workshop on September 12, 2018 from 12-2 PM in the Stuckeman Building Jury Space. Information can be found on http://sites.psu.edu/psuengagementtool

August 28, 2018

Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has awarded funding to three individuals and two teams to support the development of innovative curricula under the college's Harbaugh Faculty Scholars program.

August 20, 2018

Maria Spencer has joined the Entrepreneurship & Innovation team in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences as the first John and Patty Warehime Entrepreneur in Residence.

August 16, 2018

Social scientists rely on data to study social problems. However, data from traditional surveys can be difficult and time consuming to collect, as well as inaccurate, since not all factors can be measured well. A National Science Foundation-funded Penn State project will evaluate the accuracy of using Twitter data to represent populations across different demographic groups.

August 7, 2018

Growing up can be hard no matter what a family's circumstances, but it is often more so for children living in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia, one of the poorest countries in the world, known for its dry environment, high mountains, nomadic culture and animal-husbandry heritage. Isolation, poverty and food insecurity are among the hardships children live with, but perhaps most distressing is separation from their parents, many of whom live away from home for months and even years to work in countries like Russia, Kazakhstan and Turkey. Understanding the economic, health, behavioral and educational effects of labor migration on children is one aspect of a three-year, interdisciplinary research project that is being carried out by researchers in Penn State's Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Liberal Arts, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Health and Human Development, and Education.

July 17, 2018

When Matt Royer teaches undergraduates about nutrient pollution, he calls it a next-generation environmental problem. “I start with a history of the environmental movement,” says Royer, director of Penn State’s Agriculture and Environment Center. “Most of our current law was born out of those televised images from the 1960s, images of rivers catching on fire, smog inversions, oil spills on California beaches. Things that are easy to see, that have drastic, immediate impacts.” Nutrient pollution is not like that. Its impacts mount gradually, and they can be difficult to spot. But it’s a major issue affecting water quality around the world: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names it “one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems.”