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Crops, Dairy, Livestock and Equine

CDLE provides extension outreach information for equine, crop and dairy/livestock producers. Assistance is provided in development of production management strategies and viability assessment, and in obtaining information product quality, and environmental monitoring. The CDLE Team involves faculty and staff in the Depts of Plant, Soil, Insect Sciences, and Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

Current Newsletter: CDLE Newsletter 2015 Vol. 18:1
In This Issue:

Upcoming Announcements


2014 Massachusetts Corn Hybrid Evaluation Addendum

Tuber Yield Influenced by Cover Crops

L-Dopa in Fava Beans for Parkinson's Disease Research

2014 Massachusetts Outstanding Dairy Farm
Save the Date: UMass Field Day June 24, 2015

Save the Date!  University of Massachusetts Annual Field Day.

June 24, 2015 9:30 AM  

UMASS Crop and Animal Research and Education Center

21-25 River Rd. (North off Rt. 116)

South Deerfield, MA 01373 

More Information to Follow 

Poultry Alert
Update or Notice Content:

Poultry Alert                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         March 19, 2015


Over the last few weeks there have been multiple identifications of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in multiple states. Both wild birds and domestic birds have been found to be susceptible. The states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Minnesota, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas have had confirmed cases.

The current situation is believed to have resulted from bird to bird contact in the winter feeding areas of wild migratory birds and the subsequent seasonal movement of these birds along their normal migratory pathways. These normal migratory patterns could result in the introduction of HPAI on the East Coast, whether now or later.

The Department of Agricultural Resources, Division of Animal Health is taking this opportunity to alert veterinarians, producers, hobbyists and all other bird owners to this serious threat. MDAR recommends strict biosecurity practices to minimize contact between domestic poultry including waterfowl and wild birds and wild waterfowl.

Clinical signs of Avian Influenza in birds include: respiratory disease, coughing, sneezing, and snicking; decreased egg production; swollen heads; swollen or discolored wattles or combs; or sudden mortality. Flock owners in the affected states have reported sudden dramatic mortality increases in their flocks with no other apparent signs.

It is critically important that owners of flocks experiencing any of these clinical signs immediately notify their veterinarian or state or federal animal health officials. Prompt notification will assist in early detection of the pathogen and hopefully limit the spread of the disease.


The Division of Animal Health can be reached at 617-626-1795. Additional Information regarding Avian Influenza can be found at:


USDA-Avian Influenza -

MDAR Avian Influenza -

National Turkey Federation -

UMass Agricultural Field Day 2014

The 2014 UMass Agricultural Field Day presented an opportunity for the public to come tour the UMass Animal and Crop Research Station in South Deerfield, MA.

  • Jun24
    9:30am to 4:00pm
    UMass Agronomy and Vegetable Research Farm