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UMass Amherst students create ice cream flavor for Hadley creamery
September 23, 2015

There may not be a sweeter college graduation assignment than making ice cream. That was the challenge this spring for 26 seniors in the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students who developed the winning flavor saw it produced and sold by neighboring Maple Valley Creamery. (Boston Globe 9/22/15)

UMass Amherst Faculty among "World's Leading Scientific Minds"
September 21, 2015

AMHERST, Mass. – Seven University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty members are among “the world’s leading scientific minds,” whose publications are again among the most influential in their fields, according to a survey by leading multinational media and information firm Thomson Reuters.

The Thomson Reuters compilers, who set out to identify “some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time,” recognized UMass Amherst food scientists Eric Decker and David Julian McClements, and soil chemist Baoshan Xing of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, among others.   (News Release 9/18/15)

UMass receives $1 million to continue Holyoke G&E energy saving project
September 14, 2015

The National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity program has announced a three-year, $1 million grant to three UMass Amherst researchers and others to work with Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. (HG&E) to develop smart energy services. Preshant Shenoy, Simi Hoque and David Irwin are co-principal investigators.  (Republican, 9/14/15; News Office release)

Ten weird majors: UMass Amherst's Stockbridge School of Agriculture makes list
September 4, 2015

Turfgrass science and management, UMass Amherst: Amherst's Stockbridge School of Agriculture offers both bachelor of science and associate of science degrees in the production and maintenance of grassed areas. The best part? Students can concentrate on either the business or science aspects of the industry. Talk about choice! (boston.com 9/3/15)

Pick-your-own apples above average: Extension comments
September 5, 2015

This weekend officially kicks off apple picking season throughout the region and orchard explorers are expected to find an above average selection.
According to Jon Clements, a member of the University of Massachusetts extension team, the major threat to the apple crop as the season opens would be a hurricane or hail - both could damage the fruit and dampen picking enthusiasm. (Milford Daily News, 9/5/15)

Jody L. Jellison Named Director of Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst
September 3, 2015

AMHERST, Mass. – Jody L. Jellison, a plant biologist and pathologist and longtime leader of agricultural research and Extension programs, has been named director of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Republican, 9/03/15,  Boston Business Journal,8/31/15; News Office Release)

Jody L. Jellison Named Director of Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – Jody L. Jellison, a plant biologist and pathologist and longtime leader of agricultural research and Extension programs, has been named director of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (Boston Business Journal, 8/31/15; News Office release)

Native-Seeds Strategy for Damaged Landscapes: UMass Weighs In
August 30, 2015

Bethany A. Bradley, environmental conservation, says fires in the Great Basin of the West are often not caused by drought but by wet weather that encourages the growth of invasive weeds such as cheatgrass. Her comments are in a story about how federal officials are trying to replant burned areas with native plants before the invasive species can take over. (Summit Daily 8/31/15)

Coca-Cola to replenish 100% of water use, Rees comments
August 27, 2015

Coca-Cola Co. and its bottling partners expect to be replenishing 100 percent of the water used in their factories by the end of 2015, reaching a longstanding conservation goal five years ahead of schedule. (Bloomberg Business,8/25; Financial Review [Australia], 8/26)

McGovern leads state, federal officials on farm tour of western Massachusetts
August 25, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Congressman Jim McGovern, flanked by a dozen federal and state agricultural officials, including representatives from UMass Extension Service and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, rolled into western Massachusetts on August 25 as part of a two-day tour of farms around the Congressional district. Katie Campbell-Nelson, a University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension educator, was present at several of the farms where she teaches pest management practices. (8/25 Republican, 8/25 Hampshire Gazette, 8/25 Recorder)

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