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  • Gardening and Composting Classes offered, Cape Cod Extension Participates

    March 5, 2019

    Backyard Horticulture is a class offered by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, UMass Extension and the Master Gardeners’ Association of Cape Cod, in locations in Barnstable and Harwich. It’s an eight-week program, and it’s for gardeners of all levels. (Brewster Wicked Local 3/4/19) 

  • Waltham Nonprofits Seek Protection for UMass-owned Farmland

    March 5, 2019

    Nonprofit organizations operating on the grounds of a Waltham farm owned by the University of Massachusetts Amherst face eviction by year’s end because of the age and declining condition of the building housing the groups, a school spokesman said. (Globe 3/1/19)

  • UMass Researchers Pinpoint a Set of Enzymes Involved in Colon Cancer Growth

    February 26, 2019

    University of Massachusetts Amherst food science researchers have pinpointed a set of enzymes involved in tumor growth that could be targeted to prevent or treat colon cancer. “We think this is a very interesting discovery,” says Guodong Zhang, assistant professor of food science. “Our research identifies a novel therapeutic target and could help to develop novel strategies to reduce the risks of colon cancer.” (Drug Target Review 2/27/19; Medicine News Line, News Medical Life Sciences, 2/26/19; R & D magazineNews Office Release 2/25/19)

  • UMass Amherst Scientist Explores Role of Citrus Peel in Decreasing Gut Inflammation

    February 25, 2019

    UMass Amherst Professor Hang Xiao has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how substances produced in the gut from citrus compounds are involved in decreasing inflammation in the colon. (News Medical Life Sciences, Medical 2/23/19, News Office Release)

  • Senator Eric Lesser Links Tour of UMass Farm to an Economic Engine

    February 16, 2019

    Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser discusses his experiences when touring the UMass Farm at Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown. He is tackling myraid food security issues in the next legislative term including closing food deserts and expanding innovative programs. He said, "At the heart of each of these efforts is our state's own homegrown economic engine: our farms." (Republican 2/16/19)

  • Changing Seas: Public TV Show Features UMass Danylchuk's Research

    February 13, 2019

    Andrew J. Danylchuk, environmental conservation, is one of a group of experts featured in a public television show about efforts to understand several species of fish, bonefish tarpon and permit, that live in flat sections of the ocean off the coast of Florida. (Changing Seas)

  • Citizen ‘Beecologists’ Role in Pollinator Decline Mystery. UMass Professor Comments

    February 14, 2019

    "Beecology” is a smartphone app and website that collects user-submitted videos and photos of bees in the wild and identify plants that support native bees.
    Bumblebee diversity is in decline in North America, said Anne Averill professor of entomology at 
    the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. (Gazette 2/13/19)

  • Agrivoltaics: Solar Panels on Farms, UMass Weighs In

    February 11, 2019

    The idea of producing solar energy and growing crops on the same land has been around for a while. Instead of hunkering close to the earth, they’re mounted seven feet off the ground, with ample room for farmers to grow vegetables underneath. UMass professor Stephen Herbert comments on the impact of panels on crop growth (Salon 2//9/19)

  • Growing the Blue Economy on Cape Ann: UMass Gloucester Marine Station Collaborates

    February 4, 2019

    Going beyond traditional Chamber of Commerce activities, the 900-member Cape Ann Chamber is teaming with UMass Amherst’s Gloucester Marine Station and UMass Dartmouth to grow the region’s maritime economy. ( 1/31/19)

  • Researchers Identify effects of Nanoparticles on Intestinal Microorganisms, UMass Professor Comments

    January 29, 2019

    The intestinal microbiome is not only key for food processing but an accepted co-determinant for various diseases. Researchers at University Mainz (JGU) identified effects of nanoparticles on intestinal microorganisms. UMass professor David J. McClements, Food Science comments. (Science and Technology Research News 2/1/19;  Medicine News Line; Science Daily, 1/29/19)

  • UMass Discusses Concerns About Spraying on River Road

    January 29, 2019

    DEERFIELD — Representatives from the University of Massachusetts Amherst attended this week’s Board of Health meeting to address public concerns regarding the spraying of chemicals at the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield. (Gazette 1/27/19)

  • Agrivoltaics: Solar Panels on Farms Could Be a Win-Win

    January 22, 2019

    Dual use solar installation for use with agriculture at UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield is featured in article. Civil Eats, 1/22/19

  • Research to Study Climate Change Impacts on Soil Capacity

    January 17, 2019

    Marco Keiluweit, assistant professor, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and collaborators are studying how climate change affects the capacity of soils to remove carbon from the atmosphere and retain enough nutrients for food production. (Science & Technology Research News, 1/15/19;  News Office Release). 

  • Federal Shutdown Halts Some Environmental Conservation Efforts, Slows Others in Western Mass

    January 8, 2019

    Federal researchers in western Massachusetts study ways to protect migrating fish, backyard birds and urban trees. The government shutdown is keeping them home and away from their research. Curtice Griffin, environmental conservation, comments, “It’s a very, very unfortunate event that our federal colleagues are caught up in this mess.”  (WFCR, WBUR 1/8/19) 

  • Tariffs Impact on Fruit and Nut Industry, UMass Extension Comments

    January 2, 2019

    Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, says tariffs on the fruit and nut industries aren’t likely to have much impact on this region because, “It has become primarily a retail/direct market.” He says the top issues he sees are regulations and recordkeeping and lack of labor for smaller jobs and retail. (, 12/29/18)

  • Good agricultural practices ‘the only line of defense’ against E. coli

    December 26, 2018

    Food safety expert Amanda Kinchla, UMass Extension and UMass Department of Food Science, speaks about good agricultural practices to maintain a safe food supply. The Recorder, December 26, 2018. 


  • UW Study on Climate Change: Comments by Julie Brigham-Grette, Geoscientist

    December 11, 2018

    Julie Brigham-Grette, geosciences, says a new report from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that says climate change could turn back the geological clock 50 million years in just 200 years, shows there is less time than scientists thought to prevent warming and the changes it will cause. “It’s a real call to action to all countries, including our own, to really quickly ramp up technologies that get us away from fossil fuels.” (La Crosse Tribune, 12/10/18)

  • Stockbridge School Offers Online Law Class for Farmers

    December 5, 2018

    Introduction to Food and Ag Law (STOCKSCH 297FL), provides an overview of the federal and state laws that a New England farmer is likely to encounter. The online winter course runs from 12/26/18 to 1/19/19. (Morningagclips 12/4/18)

  • Restoring Puritan Tiger Beetles to Connecticut River, Joseph Elkinton Comments

    December 4, 2018

    Joseph S. Elkinton, environmental conservation, comments in a science news story about efforts to restore Puritan tiger beetles to the Connecticut River basin. The tiny insects currently are found only along the banks of the Connecticut River and in the Chesapeake Bay area. Elkinton has been helping Rodger Gwiazdowski, the entomologist who is leading the project. (New York Times, 12/4/18)

  • Ragweed May Expand Its Range Northward with Climate Change

    November 15, 2018

    Plant ecologist Kristina Stinson at UMass Amherst, who has been studying ragweed for over a decade worked with climate modeler and corresponding author Michael Case at UW to study effects of climate change. A new predictive model suggests that climate change may allow common ragweed to extend its growing range northward and into major northeast metro areas, worsening conditions for millions of people with hay fever and asthma. (Gazette, 11/27/18;Ecowatch 11/20/18 Health Day, 11/15/18; Health Medicine Network, Medicine Newsline, News Medical Life Sciences, 11/9/18;, 11/8/18; News Office release)