New Publication Examines Northeast Region's Land Link Programs
January 27, 2015
The Northeast US is home to close to twenty land link programs that connect farmland owners — farmers, non-farming land owners, or public/institutional land owners — with farmers and aspiring farmers in search of suitable farmland. Nearly 1,000 farmland owners and farmland seekers participate in these programs each year, according to Leslie Pillen, who studied the activities and outcomes of these programs as a graduate student in Penn State's Rural Sociology program. A selection of her research results is now available on the NE-SARE website in a publication titled "Land Link Programs in the Northeast US: A Program Assessment and Lessons Learned."
Sustainable Agriculture: Reflections on the Importance of Place
January 13, 2015
Extension Educator Tianna Dupont recently traveled to New Mexico as a fellow in the USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Extension Educator Fellows Program. In this essay, Dupont reflects on what she learned about how climate and culture shape the meaning of "sustainable agriculture" in New Mexico.
Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Management are the Focus of Award-Winning Undergraduate Research Posters
January 13, 2015
Several sustainable agriculture research projects at Penn State give students the chance to engage in hands-on research and to gain a better understanding of how agricultural ecosystems work. Jena Trolio and Veronica Pasi are two recent Penn State undergraduates who took advantage of such opportunities, and their resulting research posters took first and second place in the Physical Sciences category of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Exposition.