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UMass students, faculty to give tour of Agricultural Learning Center, community garden
August 15, 2016

AMHERST – Students and farmers at the University of Massachusetts' Food for All Garden will give a tour and talk about the Agricultural Learning Center at a program for the community Wednesday, August 17, 2016. ( 8/15/16)

Recent rain a salve for farmers
August 4, 2016

Recorder (Greenfield) article reviews western Massachusetts farmers' reactions to drought and recent rainfall. Quotes UMass Extension vegetable specialist Katie Campbell-Nelson. Recorder, August 4, 2016

The year there were no peaches in Massachusetts
August 8, 2016

Boston Globe article sums up failure of peach crop in Massachusetts this year, with comments from UMass Extension tree fruit specialist Jon Clement and several fruit growers. Boston Globe, 8/8/16

Katie Campbell-Nelson weighs in on severe drought on NPR
August 8, 2016

Farmers in Massachusetts have been scrambling to get water to their crops. More than half the state is in severe drought. "There are farmers whose irrigation ponds are drying up. And so they have to lay a lot more irrigation pipe," says Katie Campbell-Nelson, vegetable extension educator, UMass Amherst. ( 8/6/16)

UMass Amherst Design Building to be featured as part of “Timber City" exhibit
August 8, 2016

The new Design Building under construction at UMass Amherst will be featured in September as part of the “Timber City” exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (Architect, 8/4/16)

"Your Future Starts Now" program graduates eight students with UMass 4-H collaboration
August 8, 2016

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Center for Human Development in collaboration with the UMass extension of 4-H and Student Bridges, graduated all eight of the "Your Future Starts Now" participants. ( 8/6/16)

Benjamin Weil, UMass assistant professor, weighs in on renewable energy partnerships
August 4, 2016

While energy policy debates continue in the Massachusetts House and Senate, many city and town governments are charging ahead with local efforts to boost the use of renewable power sources.

“In Massachusetts, we can get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center. (Wicked Local Needham 8/2/16)

Drought hits NE hard, could last months
July 25, 2016

UMass Extension vegetable specialist Katie Campbell-Nelson comments on how drought is affecting vegetable farmers, in story about effect in New England. (The Sun Chronicle, 7/25/16)

UMASS Food Science Group teams with Kayon to develop new technologies
July 19, 2016

D. Julian McClements, food science, is teaming up with Kayon Partners, an investment group and business development firm, to commercialize foods that enhance the body’s ability to absorb drugs and vitamins. (, 7/18/16)

UMass Amherst research will study climate change effects on northeast birds, trees, moose, lynx
July 19, 2016

Wildlife ecologist Curt Griffin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a three-year, $469,513 grant from the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) to study the mechanisms by which species respond to climate change. “Changes in climate are causing animals to either adapt, move or die,” says Griffin, an expert in biodiversity and endangered species management who is chair of the environmental conservation department and head of the campus’ new School of Earth and Sustainability.  (UMass News Office 7/18/16)