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Hundreds Gather for Largest Beekeeping Event in Northeast
June 24, 2014

Beekeepers from across Massachusetts and NE states meet at UMass Agronomy Farm for annual field day. (Recorder, 6/23/14; WGGB-TV 40, WSHM-TV 3, 6/21/14)

Home gardeners can help save the bees — and our food supply
June 24, 2014

Many people who are interested in gardening and sustainability have become familiar with the term “colony collapse disorder.” While no single cause has been identified, local bee experts attribute the loss of bees in recent years to a mix of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and more typical predation by mites and diseases that destroy hives. (Hampshire Gazette 6/20/14)

Recent Federal National Climate Assessment Report Discussed
June 24, 2014

Professor Michael Rawlins, Manager Climate system Resource Center at University of Massachusetts discusses recently released federal National Climate Assessment Report. (WGBY 5/19/14)

State Initiative Shows Brockton Residents How to Eat Better
June 23, 2014

An event, which kicked off a healthy food initiative by Mass in Motion Healthy Market Program, is intended to promote the importance of eating healthy.

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s NIFA awards $495,950 grant to improve food safety
June 4, 2014

A research team led by UMass Amherst food scientist Sam Nugen has received a $495,950 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve food safety by developing faster methods for detecting and separating microbial contamination out of food. New techniques designed by Nugen and fellow food scientists Amanda Kinchla and doctoral student Juhong Chen, with nanochemist Vincent Rotello, should help food manufacturers avoid costly waiting for safety tests before products can be sold.  (Springfield Republican/MassLive, 6/4/14;, 6/4/14;, Nanowerk, 6/3/14)

Researchers from UMass Amherst will discuss bee health and pollination issues
May 29, 2014

Researchers from UMass Amherst will discuss bee health and pollination issues at the fourth annual Bee Fest from 10 a.m. to noon, June 7, on the town common in Greenfield. (Recorder, 5/29/14)

Compact orchards growing in Greater Boston
May 27, 2014

Today, with the fresh emphasis on local food and sustainability, experts say they are seeing a renewed interest in planting backyard orchards. For an investment of about $400 for a 10-tree orchard and a little time, urban and suburban dwellers can discover the joys of growing their own fruit — even in small backyards. (Globe 5/27/14)


A Gathering With Mother Nature
May 21, 2014

When it comes to promoting sustainable local agriculture, what could be more sustainable than preparing the next generation to understand and act on issues that affect local farms?  (Leominster Champion 5/9/14)

In these games, Earth’s the big winner
May 19, 2014

At Leominster’s Sholan Farms, student competitors bring Massachusetts Envirothon front and center.

(Sentinel  & Enterprise 5/16/2014)

Efforts to combat winter moth
May 19, 2014

Joseph Elkinton, UMass Extension, comments in two stories about efforts to combat the winter moth, a destructive insect that is damaging trees in eastern Massachusetts and has now been found in part of Connecticut. (The Day [New London, Conn.], 5/16/14; Wicked Local Marlborough, 5/10/14)