As Colombia emerges from 50 years of violence, Penn State scientists are helping poor farmers switch from growing coca, the stuff of cocaine, to growing cacao, the principal ingredient in chocolate. Cacao for Peace, the international partnership they are a part of, seeks to transform Colombia's rural Caribbean coast in a cacao-growing hotspot.
Is there a better place for a summer vacation than Hawaii? After spending 12 weeks on the island of Maui interning with Monsanto, Nettie Baugher, a senior plant sciences major, doesn't think so.
Penn State Plant Science majors Casey Baxter and Mikaela Hermstedt may know all there is to know about the Irish potato famine. This past spring, they took HORT 499H Walking in the Footsteps of the Irish During the Irish Potato Famine: Examinations of New World Crops in Old World Societies. The honors class included a 10-day trip to Ireland after a semester of lectures on the potato and other essential crops of both the United States and Ireland.
One might think that balancing demanding studies and a high-profile, sport-related activity is difficult, but senior plant science major Rychele Stipcak, in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has mostly made it look easy.
Eric Burkhart, plant science program director at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, will present “Pharmacy in the Forest: Cultivating and Conserving Native Medicinal Plants” at Research Unplugged at 12:30 p.m. March 31 in Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College.
The national parks will be the theme of the 102nd Horticulture Show, slated for Oct. 10-11 at the Snider Agricultural Arena. Visitors will be able to imagine strolling through the Great Smoky Mountains, visiting Gettysburg National Military Park and seeing some of the sites in our nation's capital.
If you get a chance to watch a game of the Little League World Series Aug. 20-30 -- on TV or in person -- you'll quickly notice the high-quality of the fields at both Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Little League Volunteer Stadium, in South Williamsport, Pa.
Two weeks in Paris might sound like a dream vacation, but for Brian Rutkowski, the trip was just one component of his ag business management class.
Farming seven acres of land and selling the vegetables at two roadside stands, three grocery stores and a large market may seem like a lot for a student to take on. For Penn State sophomore Alex Cantey, it's business as usual.
The "Seasons of Horticulture" will be the theme of the 101st annual Penn State Horticulture Show, Sept. 27-28.
Two faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences are among five people honored by the University's Office of Global Programs with 2013 Spirit of Internationalization Awards. The college's honorees were Kathleen Kelley, associate professor of horticultural marketing and business management, and Audrey Maretzki, professor emeritus of food science and nutrition.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Golf Association, the golf turfgrass industry and the Penn State turfgrass program lost a friend and colleague, Stanley Zontek. To honor his contributions to the golf-turf industry and his love for the University, Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. and Penn State have named a new endowment the Stanley J. Zontek Turfgrass Endowment. Several years ago, a dedicated group of volunteer turf professionals formed a trust, Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc., and launched a campaign to raise funds for turfgrass research in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. This campaign culminated in 2011 with the creation of a $300,000 endowment at Penn State. Following the death of Zontek on Aug. 28, the board of the research trust and Penn State faculty asked the University to name the new endowment the Stanley J. Zontek Turfgrass Endowment.
A series of monthly, Web-based seminars covering topics related to vegetable and small-fruit production issues will kick off Dec. 19. Presented by Penn State Extension, the webinars will provide access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small-fruit production for extension educators, producers and industry representatives in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.
Nineteen students from the Golf Course Turfgrass Management program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently had a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience at the highest level of golf when they helped prepare and maintain the links for the Ryder Cup tournament in Chicago. Last month, the students were among volunteers who worked with the grounds crew at Medinah Country Club, raking bunkers, mowing grass, filling divots and helping with course setup before and during the biennial, three-day Professional Golfers' Association event, which pits a team from the United States against the best from Europe.
Weeds, manure, slugs, cows and a vegetable oil-powered tractor are all part of a unique study being conducted in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Begun in 2010, the Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems research project involves researchers from several areas of expertise to examine dairy farm sustainability. It simulates a Pennsylvania dairy farm of 240 acres and 65 lactating cows, including young-stock, by growing crops on 12 acres of Penn State's Agronomy Research Farm at Rock Springs and using a computer program to model herd management. Combining previous research conducted on a small scale into crop rotations at a farm-scale, the study takes a holistic approach to look at several components of a dairy farm.