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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)