Pa. pre-COVID jobs picture marked by resilience, industry-specific gains, losses

January 7, 2022

Pennsylvania's labor economy showed resilience throughout the first two decades of the 21st century, with overall modest employment growth and relatively low joblessness by the end of 2019. But certain industry sectors and regions of the state continued along a trend line of job loss in the run-up to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Students in CED 309 Land Use Economics and Policy contributed the Penn State's Sustainability Expo

January 5, 2022

Students in CED 309 partnered with the City of Harrisburg planning office to explore land economics, land use, and related issues such as housing equity and transportation.

Penn State secures funding to continue assisting farmers with disabilities

December 13, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded funding to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences to help farmers with disabilities remain productive and successful. The grant of nearly $184,000 will support AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians, which is a collaboration between Penn State Extension and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania.

Remembering Lou Moore: Agricultural economics mentor, extension educator

December 6, 2021

Long-time Penn State faculty member Lou Moore was highly regarded for his vast knowledge of agricultural economics and policy, his enthusiasm for helping others, and his dedication to building the next generation of agricultural and extension leaders.

College of Ag Sciences junior grows ag education knowledge through internship

November 24, 2021

Morgan Bear, a third-year agricultural and education extension major in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, exchanged a typical classroom setting for a mobile agriculture education lab last summer as an educational intern for the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation.

College of Ag Sciences professor elected president of professional association

November 23, 2021

Karen Fisher-Vanden, professor of environmental and resource economics and public policy in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected president of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Rileys create endowment supporting Penn State Intergenerational Program

November 18, 2021

For Tony and Jeanne Riley, longtime supporters of the College of Agricultural Sciences, it was through the connections the college made possible that they found the inspiration for their most recent $50,000 commitment supporting the work of Matthew Kaplan, professor of intergenerational programs and aging and director of the Penn State Intergenerational Program.

National 4-H Hall of Fame inducts two retired Penn State 4-H educators

October 26, 2021

A retired Penn State 4-H extension educator and a retired faculty member were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct.12 for their lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

Fulbright award recipient in College of Ag Sciences conducting research in Ghana

October 20, 2021

Kaitlin Fischer, a doctoral degree candidate in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is supporting research designed to help women farmers in Ghana. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award and Africana Research Center grant.

Penn State student feels at home as a Beef-Sheep Center live-in worker

October 18, 2021

Blair Steele, a fourth-year student in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is using the knowledge and skills she has acquired from her work at Penn State's Beef-Sheep Center to advance her career goals.

Penn State alumnus furthers agricultural education abroad despite pandemic

October 6, 2021

After his plans to serve with the Peace Corps were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Manny Catala pivoted quickly to continue his service to students abroad. Catala, a 2019 graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, will teach in Ghana this year as part of the International Agricultural Education Fellowship Program.

USDA grant supports Penn State research on mushroom industry automation

September 28, 2021

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they investigate technologies designed to address labor shortages on mushroom farms.

Windon to lead Ukraine Rural and Agricultural Development program at Penn State

September 21, 2021

Suzanna Windon, assistant professor in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been appointed director of the college’s Ukrainian Rural and Agricultural Development Program.

Study explores link between earthquakes, rainfall and food insecurity in Nepal

September 9, 2021

The effects of monsoon rainfall on food insecurity in Nepal vary by earthquake exposure, with regions that experienced both heavy earthquake shaking and abundant rainfall more likely to have an inadequate supply of nutritious food, according to a researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Cellular agriculture development has potential to change food industry, society

August 24, 2021

Depending on how it occurs, the development of cellular agriculture has the potential to either accelerate socioeconomic inequality or provide beneficial alternatives to the status quo. That’s the conclusion of a new study led by Penn State researchers.

Which Nittany Lions Have Qualified For Tokyo’s Summer Olympics?

July 2, 2021

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Small farms have large impact on Pennsylvania agriculture, reports suggest

June 30, 2021

Despite vastly outnumbering large farms, small farms produce only a tiny fraction of Pennsylvania's total agricultural output. However, these smaller operations support billions of dollars worth of economic activity while helping to preserve farmland and adding to the diversity of the state's agriculture, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

College of Ag Sciences names Roy C. Buck Faculty Award recipients

June 25, 2021

Two faculty members in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been named the recipients of the 2021 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes exceptional articles accepted or published by refereed scholarly journals in the social and human sciences within the past two years.

College of Ag Sciences students recognized in Diversity Essay Contest

May 18, 2021

Three students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have been recognized for their commitment to diversity as winners of the second annual Undergraduate Diversity Essay Contest, which is sponsored by the college’s Diversity Coordinating Council.

Lydia Carey, a CED / INTDV major, recently won a John Roe Student Sustainability Award!

April 27, 2021

Sustainability awards recognize student leadership, commitment

Gillian S. Warner - Student Marshall

April 16, 2021

Gillian has been named the Student Marshall for AESE for Spring 2021 commencement. The Student Marshall holds a high honor and must be a graduating student with the highest GPA in the department.

College of Ag Sciences courses aim to broaden cultural understanding

March 29, 2021

Faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences continue to develop novel courses designed to increase cultural awareness and knowledge of food systems here in central Pennsylvania and throughout the world. Two of these courses will be offered in the fall 2021 semester.

Record-breaking Global Teach Ag Network event reaches 50 states, 40 nations

March 16, 2021

Hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Global Teach Ag Network, the Global Learning in Agriculture Conference 2021 conference brought together educators worldwide who share a vision of providing global learning opportunities in food, fiber and natural resources for their learners. The event is hosted by the Global Teach Ag Network in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Farmland acreage falls in Pa. while population rises in prime agricultural areas

March 9, 2021

The number of acres of farmland in Pennsylvania fell by 6% between 2012 and 2017, at a time when the state's prime farming regions are experiencing population growth that may create long-term challenges for producers. That's one conclusion of a new report from the Center for Economic and Community Development in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Schmidt named fellow of County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

February 18, 2021

Cristy Schmidt, Penn State Extension applied research educator, was appointed as the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s Extension fellow, effective Jan. 1.

College of Ag Sciences announces recipients of CURAD Virtual Fellows Program

February 12, 2021

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named the recipients of its first-ever Consortium for Ukraine’s Rural and Agricultural Development Virtual Fellows Program.

Report suggests Pa.'s agricultural diversity is key to understanding its impact

January 12, 2021

Pennsylvania's largest farms claimed the lion's share of agricultural product sales and net farm income between 2012 and 2017, but the state's many small farms made significant contributions beyond their economic impact, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Course grows professional skills, networks for College of Ag Sciences students

December 22, 2020

A new pilot course, “Agricultural and Extension Education 597: Innovation and Critical Thinking Practicum,” offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, provides the opportunity for students to gain real-world experience and to cultivate relationships with professionals in their desired career field.

College of Agricultural Sciences announces 2020 Staff Laureate Award winners

December 3, 2020

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences announced recipients of its 2020 Staff Laureate Awards during a recent virtual collegewide staff meeting.

COVID-related unemployment hits people of color, women and older workers hardest

November 18, 2020

Job losses resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have affected wide swaths of the population, but workers in some demographic groups and industry sectors have been hit harder than others, according to "COVID-19 and Pennsylvania’s Economy," a series of reports compiled by researchers in Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development.