Researchers discuss importance of gender in international agriculture research

July 5, 2018

Gender researchers from around the world converged at Penn State in June to discuss the importance of incorporating gender concepts into international agricultural research. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences' Gender, Agriculture and Environment Initiative, the events kicked off June 6-7 with the initiative's inaugural event, the Gender, Agriculture and Environment Symposium, which provided participants with an opportunity to learn from gender researchers and practitioners who are leaders in gender scholarship and policies. Symposium sessions addressed how gender intersects with factors such as climate change, land and water use, biodiversity, access to agricultural value chains and technologies, sustainable agriculture practices, and divisions of labor. Following the symposium, many attendees remained at Penn State for the Gender Research and Integrated Training program, a three-week series of workshops led by faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The training is funded by a two-year grant from the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers. The CGIAR Consortium consists of 15 centers around the world.

Analysis of post-recession job trends suggests existence of 'two Pennsylvanias'

June 11, 2018

An analysis of employment change in the state since 2001 suggests the existence of "two Pennsylvanias" during the period from 2001 to 2017, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. The newly released report shows a sharp divide between southeastern Pennsylvania, with mainly job growth, and the rest of the state, with primarily job decline.

Penn State gives voice to youth through social science research

April 9, 2018

Penn State undergraduate students, State College Area High School students, and youth from the Philadelphia Chapter of HOPE Worldwide/Saturday Academy will come together for the first Penn State Youth as Researchers Exposition on Friday, April 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, Biobehavioral Health Building, University Park campus.

Investing in public education earns high marks for greater upward mobility

April 2, 2018

Investing in education may help boost economic opportunities for the next generation, according to a team of economists. In a study, researchers suggest that investing in public education can lead to more upward economic mobility and lower teen pregnancy rates, as well as provide a way to ease income inequality.

Kudos to Dr. Daniel Perkins

March 26, 2018

Congrats to Dr. Perkins, who was recently appointed to serve as a member of the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Well-Being of Military Families!

Sexsmith receives Roy C. Buck Award for paper on health care access

March 23, 2018

Kathleen Sexsmith, assistant professor of rural sociology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2017 Roy C. Buck Faculty Award, which recognizes the best article accepted or published by a refereed scholarly journal in the social sciences within the past two years.

Students explore entrepreneurial spirit of Israel over spring break

March 22, 2018

A group of Penn State students in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor traveled to Israel over spring break to explore the entrepreneurial spirit of the country, meet with policymakers, and get a taste of the culture in the Middle Eastern country.

Global Gallery gives snapshot of faculty, graduate research in world agriculture

March 19, 2018

Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences illustrated how their research touches every corner of the world during the inaugural Global Gallery, a symposium hosted by the International Agriculture and Development dual-title graduate program and its student association.

Penn State, CBF partner to provide workshops for agriculture teachers

March 2, 2018

Furthering agriculture teachers' knowledge about the value of hands-on watershed education was the focus of recent workshops hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in partnership with Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences' Center for Professional Development.

Ag education student gains hands-on experience in the classroom

February 27, 2018

Rose Cowan, right, a senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is getting a head start on her teaching career as a student teacher in the Penn Manor School District in Millersville.

Fellows Program collaborate with UNESCO to focus on violent extremism prevention

February 2, 2018

Penn State (as well as the AESE department) will be represented in a small cohort of Fellows as part of a new UNESCO program that focuses on preventing violent extremism all over the world.

Declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters may affect opioid crisis

February 2, 2018

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens and costing the country billions of dollars.

AgrAbility receives funding from USDA-NIFA

December 20, 2017

Congrats to our AgrAbility team for receiving funding from the USDA-NIFA to help prevent fatalities and serious injuries associated with farming and to provide assistance to individuals farming with disabilities.

Extending food safety training to other countries could save live

December 14, 2017

Food safety practices that Americans take for granted — washing hands with soap, refrigeration, and not cutting raw meat and vegetables on the same surface without disinfection — are not widely practiced in other places around the world, and researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences want to change that.

A half-century later, Ag Sciences roommates establish scholarship together

November 2, 2017

Thomas Mischen, of Gibsonia, and Sylvester "Sy" Tanner, of Turtlepoint, were randomly placed together as roommates during the fall of 1966 -- the first semester of their freshman year at Penn State -- and have been close friends ever since. To commemorate their enduring friendship, the friends recently established the Mischen/Tanner Scholarship Fund in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Two major awards of this year's Southern Demographic Association go to AESE

October 27, 2017

The Everett S. Lee Graduate Student Paper Award goes to Donghui Wang for her paper titled "No country for old people? Elder's perceptions toward own-aging, modernization and social change in China." The Walter Terrie Award for Applied Demography goes to Guangqing Chi and Donghui Wang for their paper titled "Population projection accuracy: The impacts of sociodemographics, accessibility, land use, and neighbor characteristics." Congratulations!

Students dig in to help create new value from potatoes

October 26, 2017

Sterman Masser, Pennsylvania's largest potato producer, knows consumers aren't reaching for 5- and 10-pound bags of raw potatoes like they used to, and growing its business means developing new value-added products. So students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are working on finding solutions to this market challenge.

Cacao pioneers: Meet Penn State's Colombian Fulbright Scholars

October 19, 2017

Four new Fulbright Scholars, who arrived at the College of Agricultural Sciences in August, are looking to economics, sociology, and soil and plant science research for ways to put Colombia at the forefront of the world's cacao production. Under the guidance of faculty at Penn State, they will attempt to tackle some of the country's most pervasive issues, from education to production challenges and corruption.

Grad students hope to expand their knowledge at World Food Prize

October 12, 2017

On October 18th-20th, two graduate students, Ilse Huerta Arredondo and Celize Christy, will represent the University at World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa. The symposium correlates with both Ilse's and Celize's research. Celize's research focuses on local traditional knowledge related to the management of poultry diseases in Rwanda. Ilse's research interests are agricultural awareness through non-formal education to promote supportive agricultural policy-making, especially in Mexico.

Ag Sciences student explores global food practices, nutrition

October 9, 2017

Emily Seiger, a community, environment and development major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, is gaining insight into problems related to food safety, hygiene and food security around the world.

Kudos to Dr. Cathy Bowen

October 4, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Bowen for her research being featured in Penn State News!

Penn State student explores the economic impact of disaster relief in Nepal

October 3, 2017

Kelli Herr, senior in community, environment and development in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State, spent her break a long way from home in Thulo Pakhar, Nepal. She worked with a group called All Hands Volunteers, a U.S.-based nonprofit disaster relief organization.

M.E. John Seminar

September 20, 2017

M.E. John Seminar Series with Brian King, Associate Professor of Geography September 29, 2017 2:30-3:30pm 215 Armsby Building

Penn State researcher's work empowers youth to be change agents

August 31, 2017

Ongoing research conducted by Nicole Webster, associate professor of youth and international development in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, examines the role of youth in civic engagement and social change.

New report on farm sales and income graphically shows 'where the action is'

August 22, 2017

Many would argue that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better. But when it comes to the profitability and survival of Pennsylvania farms, size apparently matters, according to a report compiled by economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Kulcsar tapped to lead Department of Ag Economics, Sociology, and Education

June 14, 2017

Laszlo Kulcsar, professor of sociology and head of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University, will join Penn State as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, effective Aug. 1.

Congratulations Dr. Rama Radhakrishna

May 25, 2017

Dr. Radhakrishna wins "Outstanding Agricultural Educator" award

Faculty member wins prestigious award

May 22, 2017

Congratulations Dr. Leif Jensen

Penn State to launch undergraduate Ag Stewardship and Conservation certificate

May 17, 2017

A new undergraduate certificate program offered by Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will give students interested in agricultural stewardship an opportunity for classroom and hands-on learning in the sustainability of agricultural soil and water resources. The Agricultural Stewardship and Conservation Certificate program will provide critical coursework and practical experience that will help make students marketable for jobs in the public and private sector.

Grant aimed at solving agricultural water issues through community engagement

May 17, 2017

A group of institutions led by Penn State has received nearly $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project aimed at developing a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. Partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.