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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)