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April 14, 2014

Climate change and its implications for regional agriculture is the topic of a free web-based seminar being offered at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. The webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, which is directed by Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

April 9, 2014

Roshan Kumar Nayak’s (PhD candidate in Agricultural and Extension Education and International Agriculture and Development) research poster titled "Trends in Effectiveness of On-Farm Food Safety Workshops: Challenges and Opportunities" received second prize at the 29th Annual Penn State Graduate Exhibition under the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. Congratulations, Roshan!

April 9, 2014

As a member of the Penn State women's rugby team, Olivia Lindsey knows a thing or two about teamwork. So it should come as no surprise that when she went looking for an internship last year, she was drawn to the idea of joining a 50-member multi-institution research team.

April 7, 2014

Tim Kelsey, participates in a talk on Quakers and Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

March 28, 2014

Dr. Samuel M. Curtis, 81, professor emeritus of agricultural education and former department head of agricultural education and northeast regional director of Penn State Cooperative Extension died Monday, March 24, 2014 at his residence.

March 26, 2014

Two faculty members from AESE have received 2014 Gamma Sigma Delta awards. Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics, received the Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Rich Ready, professor of agricultural and environmental economics, received the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award for excellence in research. Congratulations Ted and Rich!

March 25, 2014

Esha Zaveri, AEREC PhD student, won first place in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society's 19th Annual Graduate Research Exhibition poster competition for the graduate category of Social Sciences. At the awards ceremony, Esha was presented with a certificate and check. Karen Fisher-Vanden, associate professor of environmental and resource economics, is Esha’s advisor.

February 25, 2014

Allison Hoover, AEE undergrad student, travels the world learning about and teaching agricultural education.

February 19, 2014

Katie Tavenner, PhD student in Rural Sociology and Women's Studies, is one of two College of Agricultural Sciences recipients of a 2014 Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Congratulations, Katie!

February 19, 2014

An entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth, according to rural economists. "Because people who get laid off may end up working for themselves, self-employment can be a good news, bad news situation," said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics, and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. "However, the self-employed do tend to support other nearby businesses and that can lead to employment growth and income growth across the county."

February 18, 2014

In early February, a group of AESE faculty and staff and CED students were part of a Penn State group receiving a Penn State Sustainability Institute ‘Reinvention Fund’ award.

February 18, 2014

Dr. Wayne Schutjer, AERS department head from March 1985 to December 1987, died suddenly and unexpectedly on February 13, 2014, in Boca Raton, Florida.

February 11, 2014

The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education seeks Assistant/Associate Professor of Rural Sociology

February 6, 2014

Daniel Perkins, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, was featured in the February 2014 Town and Gown ‘Get to know …’ column.

February 4, 2014

Mark Brennan, Professor of Leadership and Community Development and UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development, and Paige Castellanos, Ph.D. graduate student in Rural Sociology, are among this year’s winners of the W. LaMarr Kopp Award.

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February 3, 2014

Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists.

January 29, 2014

Kristal Jones, Rural Sociology and INTAD Ph.D. candidate, is a recipient of the Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Social Sciences category, for 2014-15. She will be recognized with other 2014-2015 recipients of the Alumni Association Dissertation Award at the Graduate School Alumni Society's Spring Social and Recognition Dinner. The Alumni Association Dissertation Award provides funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of the dissertation topic. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. Congratulations, Kristal!

Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems is a USDA-funded Agriculture and Food Research Initiative project that engages more than 40 individuals at multiple universities, nonprofits and government agencies.
January 17, 2014

A research team led by Stephan Goetz, Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics and Director of Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD), has launched a quarterly newsletter that will provide updates on the research and outreach activities of the $5 million, U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded project called Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems. The project seeks to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access and affordability in disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system.

January 15, 2014

Charles W. Coale, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Ag and Applied Economics and former Extension Agricultural Economist at Virginia Tech, received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Farm Bureau. He was honored at the annual Virginia Farm Bureau banquet held in December. Charlie is a Penn State alum, earning his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics in 1969. He and his family plan to participate in the M.E. John Lecture this spring.