August 2022 CALS in the News

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CALS and Extension faculty, staff and students are making headlines for their commentaries, research findings, as subject matter experts, and for outreach collaborations. Below is a collection of recent stories.

The question, So What Is Veganic Farming, Anyway? is the title of this article from Atlanta Business with an interview of Alisha Utter, an alum from UVM Plant and Soil Science’s farmer training program.

The topic of an article in Country Folks is about UVM Extension and the VT Dairy Industry Association naming Molly Brook Farm in Cabot as Dairy Farm of the Year.

  • Cabot farm recognized as Vermont Top Dairy Farm of the Year by UVM – WCAX
  • Cabot Farm Named Dairy Farm of the Year – Hardwick Gazette

UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Grazing Specialist Sarah Flack presented her research during the Crops & Soils recent dairy webinar series, as part of a Country Folks article updating production costs on organic dairy farms.

UVM Greenhouse Manager Derek Allen was interviewed for Greenhouse Grower about their successful maintenance planning for the 12,000 square feet of controlled greenhouse space on campus for plant-related research and education activities.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Assistant Professor Emily Bruce is quoted in this article from Nature reporting how long people are infectious after contracting COVID-19.

Farm Progress reported on Vermont becoming a hot spot for saffron growing and research thanks to the work of Margaret Skinner and Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani.

Scott Lewins is interviewed in this story from WCAX on the importance of the monarch butterfly, which has been named an endangered species.

Andy Chamberlin is quoted in an article from Parent Herald on the safety of using a washing machine to clean vegetables.

Boston Globe featured how a farm in Massachusetts is adapting to climate change through a Climate Adaptation Fellowship, and notes that Joshua Faulkner and UVM Extension advised on the project.

The St. Albans Daily Messenger published a preview of what 4-H kids will be up to at Franklin County Field Days.

UVM Extension 4-H and the Green Mountain Moovers 4-H Club of Morrisville were highlighted in the News & Citizen about their participation in the Johnson dairy show.

A farm tour at the Paul-Lin Dairy in East Fairfield was part of a Saint Albans Messenger article about Open Farm Week and UVM Extension’s role in it.

Lisa Jensen of the Consumer Assistance Program is quoted in a Mountain Times article about a rise in scams targeting seniors.

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Associate Professor Sabrina Greenwood is quoted in an article from UKToday News about her research on feeding seaweed to dairy cows.

Dairy Business reported on Caitlin Jeffrey, Animal and Veterinary Sciences graduate student, being named as one of four 2023 National Mastitis Council (NMC) Scholars. She was awarded an expense-paid trip to the 62nd NMC Annual Meeting, scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 2, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Morning AgClips published a press release from the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC), about funding for the Cellars at Jasper Hill to work with UVM Extension and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture on sustainable packaging options for their cheeses.

Extension Master Gardener Bonnie Kim Donahue wrote an article for the Rutland Herald about the marvelous milkweed plant.

The Newport Daily Express announced that Joshua Faulkner will give a talk about his research at a meeting organized for farmers and landowners interested in climate change, carbon markets, and water quality, hosted by the Cornerstone Dairy.

Coverage of August is Agritourism Month in Vermont:

Bollyinside reported on Governor Phil Scott declaration of August as “Agritourism Month” in Vermont recognizing the International Workshop on Agritourism among the reasons for the declaration.

UVM Extension Professor Lisa Chase was interviewed by Hello Burlington about agritourism and why Vermont is hosting the International Workshop on Agritourism in Burlington August 30 – September 1, 2022.

Lisa Chase was interviewed on Vermont Viewpoint with Ric Cengeri on WDEV Radio. Lisa and Kristen Brassard from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture spoke about agritourism in Vermont and the upcoming International Workshop on Agritourism hosted by UVM and Eurac Research.

Vermont’s farms seek to expand reach with agritourism – Vermont Public

Vermont hosts second-ever world agricultural tourism conference – News from the States interview with Lisa Chase.

Vermont host to International Workshop on Agritourism – WPTZ

Agritourism sector reconvenes to build on global synergy – Travel Daily News, Travel Communication.

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