Pennsylvania has always been a place where farming has played a significant role in the local economy, as many people have farmed or used John Deere tractors in their daily lives, and this prevalence of agriculture has led to innovation at the college level within the state.
The Associated Press reported that Pennsylvania State University has been a key organization for promoting innovation and research within the sector, as the agricultural sciences college has 3,000 undergraduate students and nearly 100 percent of these individuals go on to work in the food science or agricultural teaching sector.
Penn State Live reported that this type of innovation and success has been supported by the current positive trends in the agricultural sector. Although only 2 percent of the U.S. is directly involved in the industry, the benefits are shared by Americans of all walks of life and help to promote national security, job creation, energy independence and health of citizens.
According to the news source, large amounts of research done by food scientists at PSU have helped to deal with nationwide problems like obesity and a lack of nutrition.