CALS in the News-August 2023

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

Acting Lake Champlain Sea Grant Extension Program Leader Jeffrey Schloss was interviewed by Vermont Public about the water quality and cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Champlain after the July 2023 flooding in the state.

The Times Argus announced the availability of The Management Guide to Eastern Hemlock Conservation in Vermont, from a collaboration with UVM Extension and other organizations. The guide offers strategies for maintaining hemlock stands that are threatened by invasive species and climate change.

FoodSafety announced that UVM Extension’s Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety (NECAFS) will host a three-part webinar series on produce safety in hydroponics and aquaponics operations.

Research on microplastics in composts, digestates and food waste by a team that included NFS Associate Professor Meredith Niles and PSS Professor Deb Neher was cited in a Civil Eats article on manure digesters that are incorporating food waste.

Blanket use of cattle wormers could render them useless and damage fragile ecosystems. An article in Farmers Weekly highlights research by Bryony Sands, a postdoctoral fellow in UVM Extension, who studied the impact of grazing strategy on pasture ecosystems in Vermont and New York.

Farm and Dairy featured research from the University of Vermont, Penn State and the University of Kentucky on precision technology for early diagnosis of a calf-killing bovine respiratory disease. Animal and Veterinary Sciences Associate Professor Joao Castro is a contributor to the research.

Dr. Catherine Donnelly, professor emeritus in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences has spent much of her career studying listeria. Her research is discussed in a CNN article about foodborne illnesses and how leafy greens are one of the leading causes of illness.

Food systems researcher Caitlin Morgan was quoted in a Vermont Public article about flood damage to Vermont farms and the lack of food surpluses now that supply food assistance programs.

As floods worsen, US mobile home parks get help, and recognition. A Reuters article quoted CDAE’s Kelly Hamshaw about the July floods in Vermont and their impacts on mobile home parks.

Overlooked mobile home parks impacted by heavier and more frequent flooding is the topic of an article from The Christian Science Monitor. CDAE Research Specialist Kelly Hamshaw was interviewed for the article about the work she has been doing with mobile home communities since Hurricane Irene.

Kelly Hamshaw, CDAE research specialist, was interviewed for BusinessDay about the mobile home park flooding in Vermont and the project studies on Vermont mobile home parks and flood risk.

UVM Extension’s Bridges to Health program was lauded in a recent USDA NIFA update for their work with community health workers, food banks and other partners to assist farmworkers to assist migrant farm workers in Vermont.

CDAE Professor Joshua Farley participated in a panel discussion entitled, Unlearning Economics, that considered aspects of conventional economics, what it gets wrong, and how it could be improved in our education system. Listen to the recording on Resilience.

UVM Extension Director Roy Beckford is co-chair of a special task force to study the July floods that devastated many Vermont farms, costing them an estimated $12.3 million in annual income. The Burlington Free Press article stated that the task force will deliver a report to federal and state officials in the coming weeks with both short-term and long-term strategies to help farmers recover and become more resilient. reported on the more than 50 4-H students who participated in the UVM Extension-sponsored annual state dairy show completion, held on August 14 at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds.

UVM Extensions Joshua Faulkner was quoted in a Spark Chronicles article about the July flooding in Burlington’s Intervale and how climate change is impacting agricultural production.

Vermont Business Magazine announced that the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association, in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program, recognized the Ackermann Dairy in Hardwick as the 2023 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.

After the July flooding in Vermont, farmers have been testing their land for contaminants. UVM Extension’s Chris Callahan was interviewed by Vermont Public about the soil test findings.

Northshire Day School’s garden in Manchester has become a University of Vermont Extension Master Gardener site the first of its kind in the Northshire, as reported by the Manchester Journal.

UVM Extension’s Vern Grubinger was quoted in VTDigger about his estimate that the July flooding in Vermont resulted in a third to half of all crop losses. He urges Vermonters to support local farmers, especially now.

PSS Associate Professor and Chair Terrence Bradshaw was interviewed by VTDigger about the impact of spring frost damage to apple crops in Vermont.

Nutrition and Food Sciences Assistant Professor Emily Belarmino was quoted in a VegNews article about Vermont’s new food composting law.

Gil Patterson, a UVM Animal and Veterinary Sciences alumni, is the presenter for a Sept. 5, 2023 webinar on veterinary telehealth and antibiotic stewardship for the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance, Research and Education (NIAMRRE).

Morning AgClips announced a sheep and goat herd health webinar hosted by UVM Extension on August 8.

UVM Extension Master Gardener Deborah Benoit discussed tree planting and care for an article in the Times Argus.

UVM Extension’s Ann Hazelrigg wrote about controlling powdery mildew in the garden for the St. Albans Messenger.

Ann Hazelrigg wrote for the Times Argus about dogwood sawfly that attacks various species of dogwoods, which can skeletonize leaves and quickly damage plants.

Try “smart gardening” recommendations from UVM Extension in a Times Argus article.

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