The head of Penn State’s Department of Entomology is among a coalition that includes top scientists from 11 research universities in Washington, D.C, today (March 2) calling for stronger federal support of the food and agricultural sciences.
Six projects have received funding from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences under its Strategic Initiatives and Networks Program, which aims to increase the capacity for interdisciplinary research by strengthening existing programs and promoting formation of new interdisciplinary research partnerships.
"Economically, farming has always been difficult, and we need to be moving forward if we're going to stay here and keep doing the work that we love," says Brad Hollabaugh, business manager of the family-owned Hollabaugh Brothers, Inc. Fruit Farm & Market in Biglerville, Pa. Penn State helps Pennsylvania farmers do just that, with research and advice from many different areas. Learn how Penn State research and consulting help local farmers improve every aspect of their businesses. Penn State for PA (PSU4PA) tells the stories of Pennsylvania residents whose businesses and communities have been transformed by Penn State teaching, research and service.
Penn State's Board of Trustees today (July 15) approved a $4.1 billion University operating budget for 2011-12. The budget is supported in part by a $279 million in appropriations from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a decrease of $68 million, or 19.6 percent, from last year. "To say that it has been a tumultuous and unsettled few months leading up to this point would be an incredible understatement," said Penn State President Graham Spanier, who thanked state legislators for moderating the cut in the University's appropriation from initial proposed cuts of 52 percent. "Through the hard work of those involved in assembling this plan and the contributions and support of everyone in the Penn State community I'm able to present a balanced budget, despite the largest decreases to our state appropriation in our history. This budget assumes a tuition increase that would generally be reflective of a normal year."