Extension Programs

Offering current, accurate, and research-based food science information to Pennsylvania and beyond.

Outreach activities connect the resources of the Department of Food Science with our stakeholders in Pennsylvania and beyond. Faculty members with Extension appointments are the primary delivery sources for outreach programs. However, each faculty member seeks to integrate their teaching and research programs in service to food industry professionals and community members.

Beer, Hard Cider, and Distilled Spirits

Curious to learn how to make beer, hard cider, and distilled spirits? Expand your knowledge of brewing and distilling with Penn State Extension resources.

Commercial Food Processing

Produce safe commercial food products. Stay up to date on foodborne illness outbreaks, regulations, best practices, and more. Market your products and increase profit.

Dairy Food Processing

Thinking about starting a value-added dairy foods business? All you need to know before starting a value-added dairy business. Learn about state and federal regulations, processing value-added dairy foods, business management, and more.

Farm Food Safety

Find practical resources on FSMA produce safety regulations. Learn how to properly store and handle farm food, apply good agricultural practices, and develop a food safety plan.

Food Entrepreneurs

Are you looking to start a new food business? Are you an existing business looking for information on how to maximize your profitability? This site will lead you to business, regulatory, and food technology resources to consider when starting a new business or maintaining your existing business.

Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Learn what Penn State Extension is doing to address the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and provide industry with resources and training to navigate the regulations.

Food Service and Retail

Uncover content to help you safely prepare and handle food. Prevent cross-contamination, foodborne illness, and kitchen pests. Safely and effectively cook for crowds.

Home Food Safety

Put home food safety first. Find practical advice to help you with canning, freezing, cooking, and food storage. Help your family avoid foodborne illness and pests.

Nutrition, Diet, and Health

Following a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated. Find exercise and nutrition advice and learn how to prevent chronic diseases.

Wine Production

Learn all there is to know about the winemaking process. Discover best practices on growing wine grapes, starting a winery, and making wine at home.

Youth Resources

Food science experiments, activities, lesson plans, and other educational materials for students and teachers.