CALS in the News-February 2024

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

New research on rural New Englanders shows that gardening, hunting, fishing and other HWFP activities are important tools for maintaining food security through extreme events, such as pandemics or climate change events. The paper was originally published in the journal Scientific Reports, and includes UVM CALS researchers Meredith T. Niles, Ashley C. McCarthy, Sam Bliss, Emily H. Belarmino, Scott C. Merrill, Farryl Bertmann, Rebecca Mitchell.

Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt was recently interviewed for a UVM story about the impact of climate change on the maple syrup industry and how producers are responding to the changes.

Sugaring season has always been unpredictable but it is beginning earlier and lasting for fewer days due to climate change. UVM Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt was interviewed for Vermont Public about collecting sap during these early warm spells and what it means for the industry’s sustainability.

UVM Extension Director Roy Beckford, who is also co-chair of the Vermont Agriculture Recovery Task Force, was interviewed by WCAX about findings from their Extreme Weather Impact & Recovery Report.

UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture research was referenced in an AgUpdate/Agri-View article about sheep producing eco-friendly solutions. The Center’s research demonstrated promising results for wool-pellet efficacy as a fertilizer.

Researchers at the University of Vermont Extension are conducting experiments to investigate how effective coated seeds are in comparison to non-coated seeds. Heather Darby, a professor leading the research, told lawmakers that coated seeds became ubiquitous for corn and soybeans in Vermont in the mid-2000s, though their use has been on the rise since the 1990s. CAI, Atlantic Public Media.

UVM faculty and staff are quoted in this VTDigger article about bee exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides and banning them.

Samantha Alger, director of the UVM Bee Lab, was quoted in a Valley News article about a movement to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in Vermont that threatened bee populations.

Community Development and Applied Economics Assistant Professor Kate Mays co-authored a study that was published in the MDPI journal entitled, More Capable, Less Benevolent: Trust Perceptions of AI Systems across Societal Contexts.

Kris Stepanuck, UVM Extension Program Leader for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant, was interviewed for an NBC5 article about $6 million in federal funds that are going toward the Lake Champlain basin and flood resilience.

UVM Extension Urban Forestry’s Ginger Nickerson recommends in the Times Argus about checking hardwood trees, especially maples, for the invasive and destructive Asian longhorn beetles, even though these insects have not spread to Vermont yet.

UVM Extension’s Vern Grubinger wrote an article for the Rutland Herald about the results of the 2022 Vermont agricultural census that includes data on the products, land and people that comprise the farm communities in the state.

WCAX reported on UVM’s Cheese and Dairy Fest that was held on Tuesday, February 20 in the Davis Center.

The Vermont Grain Growers Conference, co-hosted by UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils program, will be held on March 20, 2024. The Morning Ag Clips story stated that Amber Lambke, founder of Maine Grains, Inc., will be the keynote speaker.

A Lunenburg 4-H’er has been selected as the first National 4-H Livestock Ambassador from Vermont. Morning Ag Clips stated that Liviya Russo, a Riverbends 4-H Club member, was one of 33 youths accepted for the ambassadorship program this year.

UVM Extension Master Gardener Deborah Benoit gives tips on how to make Valentine’s Day flowers last in an article for the Rutland Herald.

Extension Master Gardener Andrea Knepper wrote about the benefits of using cold frames in the garden for the Manchester Journal.

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