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Groundbreaking Held for New University Ag Facility
Officials Break Ground for Agricultural Learning Center

Against the backdrop of a picture perfect spring day, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for UMass Amherst’s new Agricultural Learning Center on April 25 on the former Adams-Wysocki field at the north end of the campus.  The guests included farmers, students, university officials, legislative representatives, neighbors, current and former staff and agricultural dignitaries.

Center for Agriculture celebrates 150 years of agriculture
Apr 20, 2013

AG-150 logo

As part of the UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial, CNS and the Center for Agriculture are co-hosting a Celebration of Agriculture day on Thursday, April 25. CNS carries forward the national land-grant university tradition of agricultural research and education that began with the creation of Massachusetts Agricultural College on April 29, 1863.

More Crop Per Drop…
Dr. Daniel Hillel

Former faculty member wins World Food Prize

The World Food Prize, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Agriculture’ was awarded to Dr. Daniel Hillel in 2012. Dr. Hillel was a professor of soil physics at UMass Amherst from 1977 to 1993.

Massachusetts Cranberry Harvest Strong in Challenging Year
Corraling cranberry harvest

With this year’s final crop totals still being tallied, Massachusetts cranberry growers estimate they have harvested around two million barrels of fruit.

Learning the Science of Sustainable Vegetable Production
Peppers

This fall, beginning farmers and established growers from across the state have gone back to school to learn the science of sustainable vegetable production.

UMass Supports Regional Greenhouse Gathering
Greenhouse Plants

Every two years, professional greenhouse growers and garden retailers from throughout New England and New York gather at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo to learn about new developments in their field and products and equipment useful for their work.

Good Season Despite Challenges
Apples at Umass grading apples at Apples at Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center in Belchertown

Cold Spring Orchard Farm Stand Prospers During Challenging Year

Despite the challenges of a very late spring frost, the orchards, farm stand, and wholesale sales at Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center in Belchertown have had a good season.

Many Hands Harvest UMass Researcher’s Potatoes to Feed Hungry Families
Volunteers gleaning potatoes

Thanks to the work of UMass researchers, 4-H members, volunteers, and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, hundreds of hungry families in western Mass. are receiving locally grown potatoes in time for their holiday meals.
 

From Classroom to Cornfield
student working in field

Farming Finds a New Home at the Agricultural Learning Center

The 40-acre parcel of land formaly known as the Adams-Wysocki field is in the process of being transformed into the new Agricultural Learning Center, a working farm designed to give students hands-on training in everything from running a tractor to transplanting trees to making cheese from the milk of the cows they’ve raised.

Milestone for Conservation in Massachusetts
Map of North Adams depicting areas of potential high ecological integrity

With mapping now completed for all 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts, the Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) is equipped to help citizens and agencies throughout the state make smarter and more sustainable environmental choices.

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