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  • Dr. Haim Gunner discovers and develops microorganism to protect plants

    Dr. Haim Gunner discovers and develops microorganism to protect plants

    May 29, 2013
    Microbiologist, Dr. Haim Gunner, professor emeritus at UMass Amherst has discovered and developed a microorganism that naturally combats fungus as part of an eco-management approach to plant disease protection.
  • Officials Break Ground for Agricultural Learning Center

    Groundbreaking Held for New University Ag Facility

    April 30, 2013
    Against the backdrop of a picture perfect spring day, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for UMass Amherst’s new Agricultural Learning Center on April 25 on the former Adams-Wysocki field at the north end of the campus.  The guests included farmers, students, university officials, legislative representatives, neighbors, current and former staff and agricultural dignitaries.
  • Center for Agriculture celebrates 150 years of agriculture

    April 20, 2013
    As part of the UMass Amherst Sesquicentennial, CNS and the Center for Agriculture are co-hosting a Celebration of Agriculture day on Thursday, April 25. CNS carries forward the national land-grant university tradition of agricultural research and education that began with the creation of Massachusetts Agricultural College on April 29, 1863.
  • Dr. Daniel Hillel

    More Crop Per Drop…

    April 2, 2013
    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

    Massachusetts Cranberry Harvest Strong in Challenging Year

    January 5, 2013
    With this year’s final crop totals still being tallied, Massachusetts cranberry growers estimate they have harvested around two million barrels of fruit.
  • Peppers

    Learning the Science of Sustainable Vegetable Production

    November 16, 2012
    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

    UMass Supports Regional Greenhouse Gathering

    November 16, 2012
    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

    Good Season Despite Challenges

    November 15, 2012
    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

    Many Hands Harvest UMass Researcher’s Potatoes to Feed Hungry Families

    November 14, 2012
    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

    From Classroom to Cornfield

    October 30, 2012
    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

    Milestone for Conservation in Massachusetts

    October 10, 2012
    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

    Spotted Wing Drosophila: Pest of the Year?

    June 2, 2012
    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

    Winter Moth

    April 27, 2012
    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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