CALS in the News-April 2024

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

CDAE Assistant Professor Trisha Shrum was interviewed by WCAX for research on willingness to support climate action after experiencing extreme weather.

Trisha Shrum was interviewed by WCAX about Burlington’s inadequate nature spaces. She stated this can make properties less affordable, and the increase in housing values can lead to gentrification.

Research by a UVM team that includes Meredith Niles, Deborah Neher was featured in a Civil Eats article on bioplastics in organic compost.

Nutrition and Food Sciences Associate Professor Meredith Niles is quoted in an article for about combating food waste emissions, which is a growing issue affecting climate change.

UVM Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt is quoted in an article for the Seattle Times about how neighbors tapping trees is turning into a sweet business.

UVM Extension was mentioned in a Farm Progress article about the July 2023 Vermont flood and its devastating effects on farms, including the Lehouillier farm in Jeffersonville, VT. Extension performed soil testing post-flood to determine if the farm’s organic certification could be compromised.

UVM Professor Emeritus Dan Baker testified at the Vermont legislative committee hearing about the need to improve farmworker housing in Vermont. He was quoted in a New England Public Media article about Vermont farmworker advocates fighting for better protections.

Margaret Skinner discussed the impact of extreme weather events for an article in The Gazette about climate change playing a role in saffron cultivation in Nova Scotia.

  • Also in The Canadian Press, National Observer, The Canadian News, Regina Leader-Post, Money Canada, Thompson Citizen, St. Catherines Standard, Vancouver is Awesome, Bowen Island Undercurrent.

Heather Darby, Extension professor and agronomy specialist, was featured in a UVM Food Systems Research Center article about her Across the Fence interview discussing restoring northern flint corn for Indigenous communities.

Agricultural operators who welcome visitors are being asked to participate in an agritourism survey, part of a collaborative project that includes UVM. The link to the survey is included in the Morning Ag Clips article.

UVM Extension agronomists recommendations for spring-planted cereal rye were included in a Country Folks article.

Extension Associate Professor Mark Cannella gave a presentation about the challenges facing the maple industry and how it’s adapting, for the 2024 Maple Industry Economic Outlook webinar on April 10, 2024.

Morning Ag Clips announced that UVM Extension’s Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) has published several resources on produce safety in hydroponic and aquaponic operations.

Nutrition and Food Sciences Professor Amy Trubek was quoted in Ground Report about the challenges of choosing sustainable ingredients lists for climate cookbook authors.

April is National Gardening Month, and a USDA NIFA article discussed the contributions of Extension master gardener impacts across the U.S. UVM Extension was highlighted for the IPM program, and with the help of the Master Gardeners Helpline, 63% of helpline clients implemented the IPM strategies recommended and 61% reduced or avoided the use of pesticides, saving $137 per client on pesticide costs.

The UVM Extension Berlin office hosted a gathering of 4-H clubs from Orange and Washington counties, for the 2024 Central Region Spring Showcase. The story was published in The Herald.

The 2024 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl was held on April 14 at the University of Vermont. The Rutland Herald lists highest scorer and placement results.

Keeping chickens in the garden is the latest article in the Rutland Herald from UVM Extension Master Gardener Deborah Benoit.

Extension Master Gardener Andrea Knepper wrote about seed libraries in an article published in the Addison Independent.

How to share your yard with nature is the topic for an Extension master gardener article in the Times Argus.

Get budget-friendly gardening tips from Extension Master Gardener Deborah Benoit in the Times Argus.

UVM Extension Master Gardener Andrea Knepper wrote about recommendations for extending the growing season with cold frames in an article for The Mountain Times.

The Chester Telegraph published an Extension Master Gardener article creating a rain garden to absorb storm water.

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