Daniel Foster, assistant professor of agricultural and extension education in the Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, is the recipient of the college's 2016 Excellence in Academic Advising Award.
Olivia Murphy-Sweet was alone when she ventured into San Jose Succotz, a rural village in the Central American country of Belize. To supplement her coursework as an agricultural and extension education major and international agriculture minor, the senior made the five-week trip last summer to conduct research under the guidance of one of her professors.
A University Archives photographic exhibit now on display at Penn State's Hintz Family Alumni Center titled “Realizing the Land-Grant Dream: Penn State across the Commonwealth” depicts the ways Penn State has fulfilled its mission across Pennsylvania.
Much of LeRoy Smeltz's life centered on the field of agricultural education, so it is fitting that a scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences now bears his name, according to the family members who established it. Lynn and Joyce Dietrich, of Chambersburg -- Smeltz's son-in-law and daughter -- created the LeRoy C. Smeltz Memorial Trustee Scholarship, which will benefit Agricultural and Extension Education majors with demonstrated financial need.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences graduate students -- each from different backgrounds and primary areas of study -- graduated this spring with something in common. Both gained valuable international experience and earned dual degrees that make them stand out as they embark on their professional careers.
Ten Penn State students have been selected as College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society 2013 Internship Award winners. The award, which includes a $760 stipend, was established to encourage students to enroll in internship courses offered within the College of Agricultural Sciences.
A family with extensive educational connections to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has established an endowment that will earn matching funds from the University and provide scholarship support to students in the college who have demonstrated financial need. Ronald and Tracy Hoover have created the Hoover Family Trustee Scholarship, aimed at students majoring in agricultural and extension education.
Ever since she was little, Jeanette Blank dreamed about traveling to Australia. After years of dreaming, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences helped her get there at last.
When she finally arrived, she was determined to learn as much as she could and take any opportunity presented to her. "Before I left on the trip, someone told me that if I came home and said ,'I wished I had done something there,' they'd kick my butt," Blank said. "So I was on a mission!"
Blank, a senior majoring in agricultural and extension education, traveled to Australia with a small group of students. Their goal was to learn more about the differences in natural resources and tourism between Australia and the United States.
Allison Hoover didn't quite know what she was getting herself into last spring when she traveled to Costa Rica with Penn State's Spanish for Agricultural Sciences program. The Agricultural and Extension Education major went with 10 other Penn State students to the city of Turrialba to learn the Spanish language and explore the diverse agriculture of Costa Rica's central valley. With her minors in international agriculture and Spanish, this was the perfect environment for Hoover. She also added unique experiences there related to her honors thesis research and her academic future.
Two Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences students have been awarded fellowships from the U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Program. Ariel Rivers, a dual-degree doctoral student in Entomology and International Agriculture and Development, and Daniel Tobin, a dual-degree doctoral student in Agricultural and Extension Education and International Agriculture and Development, received the fellowships to support their international research projects.
Pennsylvania supermarkets in coming years will continue to purchase fresh produce from local growers but increasingly will require them to show proof of employing good agricultural practices, or GAPS, according to a study by researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
For Pennsylvania growers to maintain wholesale market opportunities, they will have to put forth substantial effort to comply with and verify their on-farm, food-safety practices, the study concluded.