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New Farmers’ Network Weather Station at UMass Research Farm
Elizabeth Garofalo and Jon Clements install watehr station at UMass Agronomy Farm in  South Deerfield
Jan 27, 2020

When the decade-old weather station at the UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield was hit by lightning this past summer, the impact of that loss was felt by the region’s growers. This November, UMass fruit extension educators Jon Clements and Liz Garofalo replaced the decade-old defunct weather station with a new one.

Ecosystem Climate Adaption Conference Held at Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst
Mass ECAN panel field questions during Urban Ecosystems Resilience session
Nov 14, 2019

The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, along with other sponsors, hosted the Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network’s  third annual conference on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Newton.

Clem Clay Named Director of UMass Extension Agriculture Program
Clem Clay
Sep 23, 2019

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named Clem Clay as director of the UMass Extension Agriculture Program.

A Little Life Experience Goes a Long Way
Lyndsey Ware prunes grapes at Cold Spring Orchard
Sep 12, 2019

The CAFE Summer Scholars Program completed its fourth year in 2019 with another varied selection of academic research and extension projects.

State Officials Tour South Deerfield Research Farm
Research plot at South Deerfield Farm
Aug 5, 2019

On August 2, members of the state’s Food Policy Council visited the UMass Farm in South Deerfield and toured five project sites at the farm and heard from faculty, extension staff and graduate students on their work.

Report Offers Ways to Expand Mass. Battery Storage Innovation
Cover of Report on Battery Energy Storage
Jul 8, 2019

A new report from UMass Amherst’s Clean Energy Extension, released on July 5, 2019, sees significant potential to accelerate Massachusetts’s emerging energy and battery energy storage (BES) innovation ecosystem.

Fresh Paint Springfield Paints Springfield Fresh
Artists Priya Nadkarni and Ahdrae Green paint mural on Taylor Street, Springfield
Jun 25, 2019

This June, nine new brightly-painted murals have begun creating a dynamic outdoor art gallery in downtown Springfield. UMass Extension Assistant Professor Michael DiPasquale was involved with this mural project for a year.

Hadley Farm Has New Resident
Foal born at Hadley Farm, nicknamed "Levi"
Jun 11, 2019

Students, staff, and faculty welcomed a new resident early on the morning of Tuesday, June 11 at the Hadley Farm. The new addition is a Hanoverian foal named "Stockbridge Sonnet UM" (lovingly nicknamed "Levi" as the barn name).


UMass Amherst Biologist Publishes Research on Bee Health
Lynn S. Adler, UMass professor of biology
Apr 18, 2019

Lynn S. Adler, professor of biology, in collaboration with other American scientists, has been researching factors driving pollinator decline, including pathogens and pesticides, for several years.

Statehouse Celebrates Agriculture Day 2019
Governor Baker stopped by the UMass Extension booth at Ag Day in the Statehouse.
Mar 29, 2019

Wednesday, March 27 was Agriculture Day on Beacon Hill. It’s a day when legislators and legislative staff get to meet with farmers and other members of the agricultural community to hear about the issues important to them.


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