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  • New England Growers Graft Pest-Attractive Varieties Onto Trap Trees

    July 26, 2021

    A new pest attraction method has been devised by Jaime Piñero, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, that grafts multiple cultivars known to be attractive to insect pests onto a handful of apple trees on an orchard perimeter, and uses them as perennial trap trees.

  • Advisory: Report Dead Birds and Remove Feeders

    July 15, 2021

    Take down bird feeders and bird baths: An illness is impacting birds in certain parts of the country. As a precautionary measure, MassWildlife is urging the public to report observations of dead birds and stop using bird feeders at this time.

  • What to Know Before Planting Around your Property

    July 15, 2021

    An article about home gardening includes advice from the landscape, nursery and urban forestry program at UMass Amherst Extension.

  • ‘Make-It Springfield’ Celebrates Five Years

    July 6, 2021

    Michael DiPasquale, UMass assistant professor and co-founder, reopened the creative downtown maker-space for in-person events. He said, “5 years and still going strong in spite of a pandemic. I’m glad the legacy continues.”

  • The Future of Striped Bass Is In Our Hands

    July 6, 2021

    Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is quoted in an article about the importance of proper catch and release practices to the future of the Atlantic striped bass fishery.


  • Can Land Conservation and Dual-Use Solar on Farms Coexist?

    June 30, 2021

    Dwayne Breger, director, UMass Clean Energy Extension, comments in article about the conflict between land conservation and construction of solar panels discusses dual-use projects in which solar panels are installed above crop fields.

  • Watering Lawn During Heat Wave May Help Environment

    June 30, 2021

     UMass expert, Jason Lanier, said letting your lawn shrivel up and die in a heat wave might not be a more environmentally friendly option than keeping it green.

  • Valley Bournty: Plant and Pest Field Notes

    June 22, 2021

    Susan Scheufele, Extension educator in the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, is quoted in an article about how local farms are handling plant pests. She says, “Plants and their pests have been co-evolving for millions of years, so it’s usually not simple to figure out how to get rid of them.”

  • Climate Change Carnival Held at Amherst Middle School

    June 17, 2021

    Christine Hatch, UMass geosciences, participated in a “Climate Change Carnival” at Amherst Regional Middle School to educate middle school students about effects of climate change on natural landscapes.


  • Keep Fish Wet

    June 9, 2021

    Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is a science advisor to Keep Fish Wet, an organization that’s collaborating on a grassroots effort to teach people how to catch and release striped bass in a way that gives the fish the best chance of surviving. 

  • Making Processed Plant-Based Protein Healthier

    June 8, 2021

    David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor of food science, is the author of a paper in the new Nature journal, “Science of Food,” that explores how food scientists are focusing on ways to create healthier, better-tasting and more sustainable plant-based protein products that mimic meat, fish, milk, cheese and eggs.

  • Group Proposes Alternative to Northampton Mayor’s Main Street plan

    June 7, 2021

    An article about a group of Northampton residents calling for changes to the city’s Main Street redesign plan includes a photo of Michael Di Pasquale, landscape architecture and regional planning. 

  • UMass Extension Provides Resources for Dangers of Residential Pesticides to Birds and Pollinators

    June 7, 2021

    A news article about the dangers that residential pesticides pose to pollinators and birds notes that UMass Extension provides resources for consumers to learn about the damage specific pesticides cause. 

  • New Fishing Tech May Pose Risks To Fisheries

    May 26, 2021

    A new study co-authored by Andy Danylchuk, environmental conservation, discusses the challenges for fisheries management and effective policymaking created by new developments in recreational fishing technology. “There are still so many unknowns,” says Danylchuk. 

  • Emerging Offshore Wind Energy Industry Provides Careers of the Future

    April 21, 2021

    There is a growing need for trained professional workers in the offshore wind industry. River Strong, associate director of Clean Energy Extension within the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and co-designer of the program,describes describes the Offshore Wind Professional Certificate program at UMass Amherst. (REVE [Spain], 4/20/21)

  • Exploring Organic Mulches

    April 20, 2021

    Information provided by UMass Amherst Extension about dyes used in mulch is cited in a column about organic landscaping mulch. 

  • My Turn: ‘Preserve This Incredible Resource And Piece Of History In Sunderland’

    April 20, 2021

    Brian Kane, Massachusetts Arborists Association professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation, writes about the need to preserve a historic tree in Sunderland – the largest tree in Massachusetts — that’s at risk from a North Main Street reconstruction project. (Greenfield Recorder, 4/18/21) 

  • Plant-Based "Chicken" On Verge Of A Major Breakthrough

    April 13, 2021

    David Julian McClements, distinguished professor of food science, comments in an article about the introduction of a new plant-based chicken.  McClements says, when correctly paired, vegetable proteins can provide a balance of essential amino acids. (The Boston Globe, 4/13/21)

  • What To Know About Soil Testing

    April 8, 2021

    An article on soil testing includes information from the UMass Amherst Soil & Plant Nutrient Testing Laboratory about how to collect a sample. (Family Handyman, 4/7/21)

  • Tree Company Credits Success to Stockbridge School of Agriculture

    April 1, 2021

    Stockbridge School alumnus Neal Reilly has built a successful tree and landscaping company in Plainville and credits his study of arboriculture at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst. (Tree Care Industry Magazine, 4/1/21)