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  • Cranberry Farmers Eye Solar Solutions

    October 31, 2019

    Plummeting cranberry prices and the country's ongoing trade wars have America's cranberry industry eyeing a possible new savior: solar power. Some cranberry farmers in Massachusetts are proposing to build solar panels above the bogs they harvest each fall. ( Star Tribune, The Seattle Times, Herald-Whig [Illinois], 11/27/19) Wisconsin State Farmer 10/21/19;  The Washington Post; Chicago Tribune; WTOP; NECN; Reading Eagle [Penn.]; The Herald News [Fall River]; 10/30/19, Fox Business; Christian Science Monitor; Daily Hampshire Gazette; Portland Press Herald [Me.]; USA Today; 10/30/19)

  • Local Legislators Visit UMass Solar Energy Farm

    October 23, 2019

     A local solar energy equipment supplier spoke to legislators at UMass South Deerfield farm on how to integrate solar power with active local farms. (Recorder 10/23/19; WWLP-TV 22, 10/21/19

  • Crabapple Trees Attacked by Apple Scab and Leaf Splotch

    October 21, 2019

    Nicholas J. Brazee, UMass Extension, says there are two fungi that are attacking crabapple trees in the area: apple scab and leaf blotch. He also says they are both difficult to control but not fatal to trees.  (Daily Hampshire Gazette 10/18/19)

  • This Fungus Mutates. That’s Good News if You Like Cheese.

    October 22, 2019

    John G. Gibbons, food science, says the discovery of how a fungus evolves into edible mold that is the key to making French cheeses such as Camenbert shows both how a favorite food item evolved and how fungus can be manipulated without genetic engineering. (New York Times 10/15/19; Yahoo! News 10/16/19)

  • Cranberry Market Seeks to Develop New Products, Hilary Sandler Comments

    October 10, 2019

    Ocean Spray wades into new waters with a line of cranberry-based tea tonics and oat milk elixirs. Hilary Sandler, director of the UMass Cranberry Station, a research laboratory weighs in. (Globe 10/10/19)

  • Deep Soils Have Dual Role In Global Carbon Cycle: Keiluweit Reports

    October 9, 2019

    UMass Doctoral student, Mariela Garcia-Arredondo, with her advisor, biogeochemist Marco Keiluweit, UMass Amherst’s Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and others, report how their new model is designed to predict how deep soil carbon responds to environmental change and to offer a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling soil carbon storage at depth. (Scienceblog 10/8/19)

  • Climate Change Impacts on Invasive Species: Bradley Presents at North American Confernce

    October 3, 2019

    Bethany A. Bradley, environmental conservation, comments in a news story about how climate change is having an impact on the spread of invasive species in the region.  (Times Union, 10/2/19)   

  • Foliage Changes Discussed by Richard Harper

    October 1, 2019

    Richard W. Harper, environmental conservation and UMass Extension, explains why foliage changes colors in fall as days get shorter.  (WWLP-TV 22, 9/28/19)

  • Young Farmers Fulfill Dreams of Working the Land, UMass Amanda Brown Quoted

    September 26, 2019

    An article about young farmers in Franklin County quotes Amanda Brown, director of the UMass Student Farming Enterprise Program and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture’s Agricultural Learning Center. She says the learning curve for first-time farmers is steep and she advises new farmers to spend a couple years learning by working for a good established farmer.  (Recorder 9/20/19)

  • Springfield Public Schools Expand Partnership With UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program

    September 25, 2019

    Springfield Public Schools, working with its dining service management company, Sodexo, will use their USDA grant funds to build five to seven new teaching gardens at schools. They’ll also expand parental involvement in partnership with the Springfield Food Policy Council and UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program. (Gazette 9/23/19)

  • Raising Green Beef: How Cattle, Dairy Farmers are Becoming Environmentally Friendly

    September 21, 2019

    Article on environmentally-friendly dairy farming practices quotes Extension Professor Masoud Hashemi, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, on the historical move from use of nitrogen-fixing legumes to the application of artificial fertilizers and the resulting danger of contamination of water bodies and underground sources of water. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 9/21/19)

  • Rejuvenating Tired Soil

    September 20, 2019

    UMass Extension help utilized in effort to rejuvenate soil for new community garden in Greenfield. (Greenfield Recorder, 9/20/19)

  • Model Created for NASA to Predict Vitamin Levels in Spaceflight Food

    September 16, 2019

    A team of food scientists led by Hang Xiao and Timothy Goulette have created a mathematical model for NASA to use in predicting degradation of vitamins in spaceflight food. This will allow for more efficient scheduling of resupply trips.  (AstroWatch 9/17/19; Pharmacy Industry Reports, 9/18/19;, 9/12/19;, Lab Manager, 9/13/19; News Office release)

  • Julian McClements Discusses Popularity of Plant-Based Foods

    September 9, 2019

    David Julian McClements, Distinguished Professor in food science, discusses the growing popularity of plant-based foods and meat substitutes. (WGBY, 9/4/19)

  • MassDEP: No Danger to Public After Sulphuric Acid Leak, Danylchuk Weighs in

    September 4, 2019

    COLRAIN — The state Department of Environmental Protection said there is no danger to the public accessing the North River or the downstream Deerfield or Connecticut rivers following a sulphuric acid leak that resulted in a fish kill over the weekend. Andy Danylchuk, associate professor of fish conservation at UMass Amherst, comments. (Recorder 9/4/19)

  • 70th Worcester County 4-H Fair returns to Barre

    August 24, 2019

    The 70th annual Worcester County 4-H Fair returned for a second year to the fairgrounds on Old Coldbrook Road, in Barre. Nearly 300 4-H exhibitors from 4-H clubs across Worcester County, neighboring counties and New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island were on hand as clear skies and cool, dry air carried an early hint of fall, providing ideal weather for fairgoers. Extension 4-H Youth Development Program assistant director Linda Horn and CAFE Assistant Director William Miller made opening remarks. (Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 8/24/19)

  • Rare Bee Species Discovered Near Great Lakes

    August 28, 2019

    The discovery of a rare bee species in Northern Wisconsin notes that Joan Milam, adjunct research fellow at UMass environmental conservation, confirmed the discovery. (MLive, NBC 26 [Green Bay], Fox 11 News [Green Bay], 8/22/19)

  • UMass Amherst Research Suggests Eating Fried Food may Worsen Colon Cancer

    August 28, 2019

    UMass Amherst food scientists report on the impact of eating fried foods on inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer. (IBDNews 9/4/19;  Boston Globe, MassLive, 8/27/19; News Office release)

  • Gypsy Moths On The Decline — For Now — But Damage Is Already Done

    August 20, 2019

    Tawny R. Simisky, UMass Extension, comments in a story about how defoliation in Massachusetts forests caused by gypsy moths spiked in 2017 but has been declining ever since because of the presence of a fungus called entomophaga maimaiga.  (WNPR [CT], 8/19/19)

  • Melting Ice, Raging Fires: Summer In The Arctic, Courtesy Of Climate Change

    August 19, 2019

    Julie Brigham-Grette, geosciences, participated in the radio program “On Point” as part of a discussion of climate changes in the Arctic. (WBUR, 8/16/19)