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Dr. Daniel Hillel
April 2

Former faculty member wins World Food Prize

The World Food Prize, often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Agriculture’ was awarded to Dr. Daniel Hillel in 2012. Dr. Hillel was a professor of soil physics at UMass Amherst from 1977 to 1993.

Corraling cranberry harvest
January 5

With this year’s final crop totals still being tallied, Massachusetts cranberry growers estimate they have harvested around two million barrels of fruit.

Peppers
November 16

This fall, beginning farmers and established growers from across the state have gone back to school to learn the science of sustainable vegetable production.

Greenhouse Plants
November 16

Every two years, professional greenhouse growers and garden retailers from throughout New England and New York gather at the Northeast Greenhouse Conference and Expo to learn about new developments in their field and products and equipment useful for their work.

Apples at Umass grading apples at Apples at Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center in Belchertown
November 15

Cold Spring Orchard Farm Stand Prospers During Challenging Year

Despite the challenges of a very late spring frost, the orchards, farm stand, and wholesale sales at Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center in Belchertown have had a good season.

Volunteers gleaning potatoes
November 14

Thanks to the work of UMass researchers, 4-H members, volunteers, and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, hundreds of hungry families in western Mass. are receiving locally grown potatoes in time for their holiday meals.
 

student working in field
October 30

Farming Finds a New Home at the Agricultural Learning Center

The 40-acre parcel of land formaly known as the Adams-Wysocki field is in the process of being transformed into the new Agricultural Learning Center, a working farm designed to give students hands-on training in everything from running a tractor to transplanting trees to making cheese from the milk of the cows they’ve raised.

Map of North Adams depicting areas of potential high ecological integrity
October 10

With mapping now completed for all 351 towns and cities in Massachusetts, the Conservation Assessment and Prioritization System (CAPS) is equipped to help citizens and agencies throughout the state make smarter and more sustainable environmental choices.

Spotted Wing Drosophila
June 2

Researchers at the Center for Agriculture are using their expertise to help combat one of the most serious pest infestations in recent memory—the local colonization of the spotted wing drosophila, a type of vinegar fly.

Winter Moth
April 27

Hatching is now occurring in Eastern MA and most of RI. Last year it defoliated about 80,000 acres in eastern MA.  We have addressed the issue of what the abnormal winter effect may be on this pest in the press release.

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