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Extension in Southeastern Massachusetts

About Southeastern Massachusetts

The southeast region of Massachusetts is composed of Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol counties. The largest city in the region is Brockton. Plymouth County funds and manages the 4-H Program in Plymouth County.

Growing Cranberries in Massachusetts Keeps Him Busy (Very Busy)

If you are part of Jack and Dot Angley’s family, you can be sure that at some point you will be up to your elbows in cranberries. Cranberry growing, harvesting and offering tours of bogs is in the Angleys’ blood by now, after 51 years in the bogs. Dot and Jack own and operate Flax Pond Cranberry Company, a 100-acre farm in Carver, Mass. Although Jack did not grow up with cranberry juice in his veins, you would never know it as he talks about the Bay State’s tart red native fruit.

UMass Cranberry Station Has New Director

July 7, 2017

Hilary A. Sandler, an extension associate professor of cranberry integrated pest management (IPM) and weed science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named director of its Cranberry Station in East Wareham after a national search. She will become the sixth director in the 106-year history of the internationally respected center for research and education on a native fruit of Massachusetts.

Carolyn DeMoranville talks cranberries

November 21, 2016

Cranberries are a billion-dollar industry in Massachusetts and employ more than 6,900 people. But the market is getting crowded, and that’s pushing down the price. Wisconsin has been the top grower in North America for years. Quebec has only been growing cranberries for the last 20 years, but it surpassed Massachusetts in its cranberry harvest in 2014. Why hasn’t Massachusetts kept up with Wisconsin and Quebec?

Gypsy Moth Outbreak in Massachusetts, 2016

When Joe Elkinton worries about gypsy moths, it is time everyone else in Massachusetts does, too. Elkinton is a professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst and an expert on this pest.  Recently he observed, “I would say almost surely this is the largest outbreak we’ve seen since 1981. This is unprecedented. It’s been 35 years. Defoliation caused by gypsy moth Lymantria dispar has occurred over this summer, in many parts of Massachusetts and the rest of New England.”