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  • ground-mounted solar panels

    UMass Clean Energy Extension Awarded Solar Grant

    April 17, 2020
    Solar power is one step closer to serving rural Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Extension will work with three Western Massachusetts communities--Blandford, Wendell and Westhampton--to develop plans for siting solar panels, in a project funded by a grant from the federal Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
  • bee on apple blossom

    Extension Programs and Functions Moving Online

    March 18, 2020
    Because of the coronavirus emergency, the UMass Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment and UMass Extension have postponed public face-to-face programs and closed their laboratories through at least May 18.
  • 2017 Agriculture Census results

    2017 Massachusetts Agricultural Census: Read All About It!

    January 30, 2020
    If you are a grower, work for an agency, non-profit organization, or business that intersects with agriculture, the document you’ve been waiting for is now available. The results of the every-five-year federal census of agriculture came out months ago, but now you can make use of an easier-to-read version of the results for Massachusetts.
  • Elizabeth Garofalo and Jon Clements install watehr station at UMass Agronomy Farm in  South Deerfield

    New Farmers’ Network Weather Station at UMass Research Farm

    January 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.
  • Mass ECAN panel field questions during Urban Ecosystems Resilience session

    Ecosystem Climate Adaption Conference Held at Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst

    November 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

    Clem Clay Named Director of UMass Extension Agriculture Program

    September 23, 2019
    The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named Clem Clay as director of the UMass Extension Agriculture Program.
  • Lyndsey Ware prunes grapes at Cold Spring Orchard

    A Little Life Experience Goes a Long Way

    September 12, 2019
    The CAFE Summer Scholars Program completed its fourth year in 2019 with another varied selection of academic research and extension projects.
  • Research plot at South Deerfield Farm

    State Officials Tour South Deerfield Research Farm

    August 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.
  • Cover of Report on Battery Energy Storage

    Report Offers Ways to Expand Mass. Battery Storage Innovation

    July 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.
  • Artists Priya Nadkarni and Ahdrae Green paint mural on Taylor Street, Springfield

    Fresh Paint Springfield Paints Springfield Fresh

    June 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.
  • Foal born at Hadley Farm, nicknamed "Levi"

    Hadley Farm Has New Resident

    June 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).  
  • Lynn S. Adler, UMass professor of biology

    UMass Amherst Biologist Publishes Research on Bee Health

    April 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.
  • Governor Baker stopped by the UMass Extension booth at Ag Day in the Statehouse.

    Statehouse Celebrates Agriculture Day 2019

    March 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.
  • Bombus bee

    Resources for Pollinators

    February 21, 2019
    Explore our new Pollinator resources section! Learn about upcoming bee events at UMass, information about keeping bees, creating pollinator-friendly landscapes, and supporting native pollinators in New England.
  • Urban street trees

    40th Annual UMass Community Tree Conference

    January 24, 2019
    March 5, 2019, UMass Amherst One-day conference for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts.   
  • Tour of Maker Space(L to R): LARP Professor Michael DiPasquale, Co-Founder of Make-It Springfield, Karen Finn, Director, Springfield Cultural Partnership, Governor Charlie Baker, MassDevelopment Senior Fellow Laura Masulis, Co-founder of Make-It Springfield, Lara Furtado, Research Assistant, UMass PhD candidate, Regional Planning.

    Governor Baker Visits Make-it Springfield

    December 13, 2018
    Governor Baker visited on December 11 to hear about plans for the busy downtown makerspace supported by CAFE and MassDevelopment.  
  •  Chancellor Subbaswamy visits Cranberry Station. John Lebeaux; Commissioner of Agriculture; Chancellor Subbaswamy; Hilary Sandler, Director, Cranberry Station; Senator Michael Rodrigues; Jody Jellison, Director, CAFE; Tricia Serio, Dean, College of Natural Sciences

    Chancellor Announces New Campus Investment in Cranberry Station

    December 10, 2018
    In late November, UMass Amherst Chancellor Subbaswamy visited the UMass Cranberry Station in East Wareham.
  • Tara McElhinney plants elm tree in Dakin Field

    Reestablishing the Majestic Elm With Help From UMass Amherst Students

    November 6, 2018
    The American elm saplings at the UMass Agricultural Learning Center have already survived severe drought, abnormally wet conditions, deer munching, gypsy moth and Japanese beetle.
  • Breakout session at MASS ECAN conference

    Climate Adaptation Draws Crowd: Mass ECAN Conference 2018

    November 2, 2018
    The Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN) celebrated its first birthday by bringing together over 100 climate adaptation practitioners and researchers from across the state during its second annual conference held this year at Framingham State University. Mass ECAN is a community of practice for those working on climate adaptation in Massachusetts and interested in ecosystem resilience and natural resources conservation.
  • Christine Hatch and Luke McInnis at CAFE  summer scholar poster session

    Poster Session Showcases Undergraduate Research and Extension by Summer Scholars

    September 17, 2018
    The thirty-plus undergraduates spoke with guests in front of the thirty-plus academic project posters that were pinned to boards throughout the airy room near the top of the UMass Amherst Campus Center late one September afternoon. The academic posters sported images, charts and graphs designed to impart the months of hard work put in by this enthusiastic cohort of “Summer Scholars.”   


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