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College Relations and Communications. College of Ag Sciences. Our Land-Grant Mission Education—A Reputation for Excellence Extension—Trusted, Relevant, Timely Research—Science-Based Solutions Stakeholder Groups—Support for Our College. Our Land-Grant Mission.

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College of Ag Sciences

  • Our Land-Grant Mission
  • Education—A Reputation for Excellence
  • Extension—Trusted, Relevant, Timely
  • Research—Science-Based Solutions
  • Stakeholder Groups—Support for Our College
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Our Land-Grant Mission

  • To create, analyze, and share knowledge that improves the lives of people in Pennsylvania, the nation and the world
our land grant mission

Our Land-Grant Mission

  • Signed into law by President Lincoln in 1862, the Morrill Act established the land-grant system to meet the growing demand for agricultural and technical education in the United states. It was later supplemented by the Hatch Act of 1887 and the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.
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Our Land-Grant Mission

  • As Pennsylvania’s only land-grant university, Penn State influences millions of lives across the Commonwealth and provides:
    • Accessible and affordable education for undergraduate and graduate students
    • A national system of agricultural research stations
    • A national cooperative extension servicethat disseminates science-based knowledge into every community
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A Strong Tradition

The first of the colleges established at Penn State, the College of Agricultural Sciences:

  • Awarded the nation’s first baccalaureate degrees in agriculture in 1861.
  • Consists of 9academic units and 67 cooperative extension offices, one in each of Pennsylvania’s counties.
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Education—A Reputation for Excellence

  • Training the next generation of scientists, business leaders, and civic and community leaders
    • Our current enrollment of approximately 3,000 students study nature and science, environment and research, and engineering and leadership along with agriculture-specific topics.
    • Our reputation for educational excellence in dairy and animal sciences, food safety, and landscape contracting is legendary—serving as national models.
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Educationfor the FutureOur programs cover a broad range of needs in food and fiber systems, natural resources and environmental stewardship, and the improvement of economic and social well-being.

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Our students can choose from nineteen majors, four two-year programs, and twenty-four minors, and can begin their education at any of Penn State’s twenty-four campuses.

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Undergraduate students have the opportunity to expand their experiences by working with their professors on a variety of student research opportunities.

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Our facilities are as unique as our fields of study—our students work in state-of the art laboratories and research farms and utilize Pennsylvania’s abundant streams, forests, and wetlands as outdoor living classrooms.

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A World of Possibility

Unique resources and opportunities available to our students:

  • $2 million in both merit and need-based scholarships
  • Internship opportunities through an extensive internship database
  • Global perspective through international programs that introduce them to innovative policies and practices in other countries
  • More than 30 clubs and student organizations geared toward their professional interests
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Extension—Trusted, Relevant, Timely

For nearly one hundred years, Penn State Extension has been translating cutting-edge University research into practical knowledge to help Pennsylvanians.

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Penn State Extension

  • Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Ag and state and county governments
  • Delivers Penn State expertise directly to your community to assess and address the social, educational, and physical needs of the citizens throughout the state
  • Collaborates with individuals, organizations, agencies, and local governments to ensure the info we deliver to your community is timely, relevant, and useful
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Research—Science-Based Solutions

Driven by our founding land-grant mission, the college invests more than $97million in research and graduate study yearly.
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Research—Science-Based Solutions

  • Whether it’s investigating the collapse of honey bee colonies or developing energy for the future, research in the college addresses both near-term and long-term issues.
  • Our current research priorities include issues of environmental balance and sustainability, bioenergy, food safety, and pest prediction.
  • Our long-established expertise in animal health, reproductive biology, and specialty crops continues to grow and improve the foundations of agriculture.
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From the Classroom to the Field

The College of Agricultural Sciences is committed to providing high-quality graduate programs to train the next generation of academics and industry and government professionals.

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Graduate Education

  • Each year, the college enrolls nearly 600 graduate students from all over the world in our 17 graduate program areas.
  • We support more than 240 active student and faculty research projects addressing the critical issues of profitability, environmental impact, youth development, health and safety, resource utilization, conservation, and aesthetics.
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Research Facilities

From livestock and domestic fowl facilities and our three regional specialty crop research centers to our 13,800 acres of research forests and farmland, our researchers work in a wide span of facilities tailored to their focus areas.

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Our Major Stakeholder Groups

  • Penn State Ag Council—provides opportunities for industry members to stay informed of college activities and give their feedback.
  • Penn State Extension Council—provides opportunities for county-based stakeholders to participate in college advisory and advocacy efforts.
  • Ag Alumni Society—8,000 members strong, the society provides programs for alumni of all ages and keeps them actively connected to the college.
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Stay Informed

  • Sign up for news releases, listen to Penn State Ag Sciences Radio and podcasts, subscribe to Penn State Agriculture magazine and more on our college news homepage: agsci.psu.edu/news