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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.

November 2, 2015

Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists. In a study of how recent Chinese imports affected the U.S. labor force, the researchers found that counties with higher rates of self-employment suffered fewer negative effects, such as reduced job growth, from increased imports than counties with lower self-employment rates, said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics, Penn State and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.

November 2, 2015

Olivia Murphy-Sweet & Miranda Kane, Agriculture and Extension Education and Arianna DeReus, Community, Environment, and Development Major among ten students honored.

October 31, 2015

Leland Glenna, associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society, and his wife, Esther Prins, associate professor of education, established the Luther R. Glenna Graduate Fellowship in Rural Sociology in memory of Glenna's father. Students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who are candidates for a graduate degree in rural sociology and who have exhibited academic excellence are eligible for the fellowship.

October 28, 2015

Energizing the U.S. Economy: Rural America at the Epicenter of America's Energy Future: As decision makers consider policy methods to advance America's energy and economic future, it is critical to be aware of the structure and economics of rural energy impacts for landowners and local communities. Wind, solar, and shale gas development each have labor, leasing, and financing implications for the local, regional, and national energy economies.

October 26, 2015

U.S. media and popular culture historically portrayed drug abuse as an urban problem, but in recent years, there has been more media attention on rural drug issues. Part of this growing attention pertains to the growing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse in rural America. Co-author Shannon M. Monnat, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography, finds that although all areas of the country experienced increases in painkiller prescribing, abuse, and mortality over the past two decades, the increases have been most pronounced in small towns and rural areas and that this rural drug epidemic requires immediate attention from policy makers and practitioners.

October 19, 2015

"Heroin abuse is still relatively rare in the United States," says Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology at Penn State. However, while recreational drugs such as LSD, cocaine, crack, and meth have been more prominent in the news in recent decades, heroin has once again surged into the spotlight.

October 13, 2015

One of 10 students selected for competitive award.

October 9, 2015

As a PhD student in Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development (INTAD), Eissler is working with Gender and Climate Change team & local partners to design and implement "Gender Background" report.

October 9, 2015

Awarded at the Fall 2015 Ag Council Delegate Meeting held October 8, 2015.

October 6, 2015

Rob Chiles, assistant professor of rural sociology, joins the first group of faculty recruited to expand the University’s national leadership in ethics research and ethical literacy.

September 23, 2015

The Department of Labor reported there were 62,400 florists in 2012 and prediction indicate this number will decrease by 8% over the next ten years. Florists say the industry is slowly dying, as the workforce ages and a new generation of workers is not posed to take the reins. Carly-Jean Schaeffer, a recent graduate of the Agricultural and Extension Education program, has ambitions to bridge the gap. Carly-Jean teaches students at Derry High School the art of floral design, as well as floral shop business management through hands on experience and practice.

September 21, 2015

In a combined course and cultural engagement experience, senior Agricultural Science major, Alexandra Dutt explored indigenous peoples’ understanding of their environment -- and how it could inform her own through Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing, a course that included an end-of-semester trip to the Ojibwe communities in northern Minnesota.

September 18, 2015

According to project co-investigator Guangqing Chi, associate professor of rural sociology and demography and faculty director of the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core at the Population Research Institute and Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, people born and raised at high elevations (above 8,200 feet) exhibit distinct physiological characteristics such as increased blood viscosity caused by higher hemoglobin content.

September 18, 2015

"Over 1.3 million adolescents abused prescription opioids within the last year," said Shannon Monnat, assistant professor of rural sociology, demography, and sociology, Penn State. "With this number of adolescents there are major implications for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids."

September 14, 2015

Penn State researchers assessed the effects of changing climate conditions on agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, water resources, forestry, energy and human health in the 2015 Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment Update, released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and made recommendations to help Pennsylvanians prepare and respond.