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March 1, 2012

The Winter/Spring 2012 edition of Ag Science Magazine, published by the Penn State College of Ag Sciences, is now available online. In this edition, faculty members talk about how their teaching methods help students succeed now and in the future.

February 9, 2012

We are pleased to report that Dean McPheron has appointed Ann Tickamyer to serve as Department Head of the new Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education (AESE) Department in July 2012.

January 19, 2012

Operation: Military Kids will be holding its 4th Annual Family Fun Fair in recognition of April’s Month of the Military Child.

December 9, 2011

The greatness of 4-H is found within the power that volunteers have to change the lives of youth. Four AEE students participated as volunteers for the newly formed 4-H Mentoring: Youth and Families with Promise. Morgan Campbell, Saadiqa Lundy, Jennifer Mapes, and Josh Walker volunteered their time this fall semester to support local youth in their development of various skills, enabling them to reach their fullest potential and lead productive lives.

December 6, 2011

Ted Alter and Leif Jensen were formally recognized by their peers for their belief and support of excellence in teaching and the college's educational efforts and awarded the 2011 Community of Teaching Excellence Award. The award reflects Ted and Leif's commitment to the students and teaching programs within the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology as well as throughout the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Britney Marsh, a junior majoring in Agricultural Education, is discussing weaving at the Outdoor School at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center.
December 1, 2011

Freshman Kate Bassett, Junior Britney Marsh, and Senior Jessica DiMarizio recently assisted as educators in the Shaver's Creek Outdoor School. Outdoor School is a four-day residential outdoor education program for upper elementary school students (mostly 5th graders). The elementary students spend a week at the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center in a camp setting learning about the natural world and studying concepts that support their science curriculum.

October 14, 2011

The National 4-H and EFNEP Research Database Team led by Jan Scholl, Associate Professor of Agricultural & Extension Education, has been selected to receive the NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Partnership Award for Effective and Efficient Use of Resources.

October 14, 2011

Recent weeks have been bad for agricultural commodity producers, with falling prices impacting Pennsylvania's farmers.

September 29, 2011

Kristie Folk, a senior at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education was selected from a nationwide search to serve as an intern at the 2011 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. As part of the Collegiate FFA Promotions and Event Management Team, Kristie will work behind the scenes at National Convention gaining valuable, but challenging, hands-on experiences.

September 12, 2011

This fall, two deserving future agriculture teachers will learn firsthand about the global community’s best efforts to alleviate hunger and promote the human right to a stable, nutritious supply of food. As the first recipients of the National FFA Organization’s World Food Prize Grants, they will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 12-15, 2011 to attend the World Food Prize. Selected for the experience are Allison Nicole Hoover, 20, of Pennsylvania State University and Kirby John Schmidt, 20, of the University of Minnesota.

September 9, 2011

The Department of Agricultural and Extension Education is pleased to congratulate one of our own, Mr. Douglas Masser, on receiving the 2011 Penn State Ag Council Youth Leadership Award.

July 14, 2011

Rama Radhakrishna, professor of agricultural and extension education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been named interim head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, effective July 1.

2011 Teach Ag Essay Finalists and Teachers
June 27, 2011

Members of the Penn State Eta Chapter, of the Alpha Tau Alpha, a national agricultural education honorary, recently awarded the finalists of the second annual Teach Ag Essay Contest during the 82nd Pennsylvania FFA State FFA Convention celebration as part of Pennsylvania’s participation in the National Teach Ag Day! Campaign.

Oley Valley High School junior Andrea Johnson, 17, left, learns how to take a plant tissue culture sample with student teacher Alexander Youst in the school's agricultural sciences lab. Oley has about 130 ag students, up from 35 three decades ago.
June 21, 2011

In the agricultural sciences lab at Oley Valley High School, students cut tiny slices of plant tissue and insert the fragments into growing mediums. There, if things go as planned, miniature roses will eventually bloom. But this lesson is not necessarily about growing roses.