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  • 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)

  • Drought produces region's driest summer since 1956

    August 29, 2016

    The drought can also take its toll on wildlife, including salamanders and tadpoles, according to Scott Jackson, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts who is a wildlife biologist with a particular interest in reptiles, amphibians and fish. (Globe, Gazette, 8/27/16)

  • UMass Extension educates at Fall River farmer's market

    August 25, 2016

    An educator from the UMass nutrition program is stationed at Fall River farmer’s market each week. Sue Loughlin,an educator at the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program, offered free samples of garbanzo summer salad, recipes, and answers questions about nutrition. (Herald News 8/22/16)

  • Masoud Hashemi, UMass Extension, discusses farmers' reactions to drought

    August 23, 2016

    Masoud Hashemi, UMass Extension, offers comments in a story about how local farmers are reacting to this year’s drought. He says some are seeking information about “no-till” farming that leaves fields unplowed and has crops planted on top of leftover plant matter from previous crops. (WFCR, 8/24/16)

  • Lili He, food science, featured in Chemical & Engineering News

    August 23, 2016

    Lili He, UMass associate professor of food chemistry, is featured in the cover story of Chemical & Engineering News, which introduces this year’s “Talented 12.” The magazine highlights skilled young chemists whose mission it is to use top-notch chemistry to solve some of the world's most diabolical scientific problems. (Chemical & Engineering News, 8/22/16)

  • UMass students, faculty to give tour of Agricultural Learning Center, community garden

    August 15, 2016

    AMHERST – Students and farmers at the University of Massachusetts' Food for All Garden will give a tour and talk about the Agricultural Learning Center at a program for the community Wednesday, August 17, 2016. ( 8/15/16)

  • Recent rain a salve for farmers

    August 4, 2016

    Recorder (Greenfield) article reviews western Massachusetts farmers' reactions to drought and recent rainfall. Quotes UMass Extension vegetable specialist Katie Campbell-Nelson. Recorder, August 4, 2016

  • The year there were no peaches in Massachusetts

    August 8, 2016

    Boston Globe article sums up failure of peach crop in Massachusetts this year, with comments from UMass Extension tree fruit specialist Jon Clement and several fruit growers. Boston Globe, 8/8/16

  • Katie Campbell-Nelson weighs in on severe drought on NPR

    August 8, 2016

    Farmers in Massachusetts have been scrambling to get water to their crops. More than half the state is in severe drought. "There are farmers whose irrigation ponds are drying up. And so they have to lay a lot more irrigation pipe," says Katie Campbell-Nelson, vegetable extension educator, UMass Amherst. ( 8/6/16)

  • UMass Amherst Design Building to be featured as part of “Timber City" exhibit

    August 8, 2016

    The new Design Building under construction at UMass Amherst will be featured in September as part of the “Timber City” exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. (Architect, 8/4/16)

  • "Your Future Starts Now" program graduates eight students with UMass 4-H collaboration

    August 8, 2016

    On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Center for Human Development in collaboration with the UMass extension of 4-H and Student Bridges, graduated all eight of the "Your Future Starts Now" participants. ( 8/6/16)

  • Benjamin Weil, UMass assistant professor, weighs in on renewable energy partnerships

    August 4, 2016

    While energy policy debates continue in the Massachusetts House and Senate, many city and town governments are charging ahead with local efforts to boost the use of renewable power sources.

    “In Massachusetts, we can get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director of the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center. (Wicked Local Needham 8/2/16)

  • Drought hits NE hard, could last months

    July 25, 2016

    UMass Extension vegetable specialist Katie Campbell-Nelson comments on how drought is affecting vegetable farmers, in story about effect in New England. (The Sun Chronicle, 7/25/16)

  • UMASS Food Science Group teams with Kayon to develop new technologies

    July 19, 2016

    D. Julian McClements, food science, is teaming up with Kayon Partners, an investment group and business development firm, to commercialize foods that enhance the body’s ability to absorb drugs and vitamins. (, 7/18/16)

  • UMass Amherst research will study climate change effects on northeast birds, trees, moose, lynx

    July 19, 2016

    Wildlife ecologist Curt Griffin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a three-year, $469,513 grant from the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) to study the mechanisms by which species respond to climate change. “Changes in climate are causing animals to either adapt, move or die,” says Griffin, an expert in biodiversity and endangered species management who is chair of the environmental conservation department and head of the campus’ new School of Earth and Sustainability.  (UMass News Office 7/18/16)

  • Springfield community makerspace makes a permanent home on Worthington Street

    July 14, 2016

    Make-It Springfield, Springfield's downtown community makerspace, is establishing more permanent roots in the City. Make-It Springfield began as a temporary pop-up project on June 1, 2016, a collaboration between MassDevelopment, the University of Massachusetts Design Center in Springfield, and the Springfield Business Improvement District. "We are excited to see a broad array of UMass faculty and students participate in Make-It Springfield next semester." said Michael DiPasquale, an assistant professor in the University of Massachusetts Extension and Program Director of the UMass Design Center in Springfield.

  • Creative ways to celebrate national ice cream month: UMass invents new flavor

    July 12, 2016

    Maple Valley Creamery in Hadley, Massachusetts, has joined forces with University of Massachusetts Amherst to have a contest every April for inventing a new ice cream flavor. This year's winning flavor was brown-butter, salted caramel with chocolate flakes. (BizBash 7/11/16)

  • For this massive caterpillar invasion, it’s crunch time

    June 30, 2016

    Massachusetts is in the midst of the worst plague of gypsy moth caterpillars since 1981, said Joseph Elkinton, an entomologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “It’s everywhere,” Elkinton said. “You can hear the frass falling,” he added, using the scientific term for caterpillar droppings. “And you can hear the chewing; it’s quite a dramatic phenomenon.” (Boston Globe 6/30/16)