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Make-It Springfield community space thriving, offers 25 weekly workshops
November 2, 2016

Make-It Springfield was only supposed to be a temporary summer pop-up shop, but its success will keep this space open for the "foreseeable future." With 25 different workshops, Make-It Springfield allows visitors to indulge in a variety of subjects like arts and crafts, bicycle repair, make-up techniques, healthy eating habits and computer help. (11/2/16 MassLive)

Moths causing itchy, painful rashes, UMass professor, Elkinton comments
October 22, 2016

The browntail moth that is infamous for an itchy, painful rash caused by the hairs of its larvae, increased in population and territory in Maine this year. The moths remain an occasional problem on Cape Cod, but that's the only place in Massachusetts where they're a problem, said Joe Elkinton, professor of entomology at the University of Massachusetts. (Press Enterprise [Maine], 10/23/16; Berkshire Eagle, 10/22/16)

Drought "Bad But Not Worst"
September 22, 2016

UMass Amherst Geosciences Professor David Boutt quoted in Boston Globe article on current drought in Massachusetts. (Boston Globe, 9/22/16)

Local sweet apples reported by UMass extension educator, Jon Clements
September 22, 2016

Local apples are particularly sweet this year because of sunny weather and not much rain, a combination that adds up to apples concentrating their sugar more. That is the assessment of "Mr. Honeycrisp," as Jon Clements is known. (Herald 9/22/16)

Bradley documents the risk of invasive species worldwide
September 15, 2016

In the first global analysis of environmental risk from invasive alien species, researchers, including Bethany Bradley, Environmental Conservation, say one sixth of the world's lands are "highly vulnerable" to invasion, including "substantial areas in developing countries and biodiversity hotspots." The study appears in the current issue of Nature Communications.

UMass Amherst ecologists assisted in statistical analysis of elephant data
September 15, 2016

Wildlife ecologist Curt Griffin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with postdoctoral researcher Scott Schlossberg, are members of a research team that compiled the data for the Great Elephant Census. It confirmed massive declines in African Savannah Elephants over the last decade. (9/1/16 News Office)
 

UMass researchers say weedy lawns can help pollinators
September 12, 2016

A new study from urban ecologists at the University of Massachusetts suggests that when urban and suburban lawns are left untreated with herbicides, they provide a diversity of “spontaneous” flowers such as dandelions and clover that offer nectar and pollen to bees and other pollinators. (Recorder 9/7/16, News Office)

New England apple crop smaller
September 7, 2016

UMass Extension tree fruit specialist Jon Clements quoted on this year's apple crop in New England. (Tri-Valley Dispatch [Arizona], 9/7/2016)

UMass Student Farm Awarded Commonwealth Quality Certification from State Department of Agricultural Resources
September 7, 2016

The Student Farm at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has achieved Commonwealth Quality certification from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). (UMass News Office, 9/7/2016)

Dairy farmers struggle with low prices, high costs
August 29, 2016

Daniel Lass, University of Massachusetts resource economist, comments on low milk prices. When farmers look back at their ledgers for 2016, Lass says, “This year is going to be terrible. Horrible,” largely because of an oversupply of milk in New England as well as most places around the world. (Recorder 8/29/16)

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