CALS in the News-November 2023

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

USDA NIFA announced a grant for facility improvements at the UVM Horticulture Education and Research Center, through the Research Facilities Act Program.

Plant and Soil Science Associate Professor and Chair Terry Bradshaw was interviewed for a WCAX article on the USDA’s release of updated plant hardiness zone maps and what the changes mean for local growers.

Extension Associate Professor Kris Stepenuck was interviewed for a MyNBC5 report on the impact of road salt on Lake Champlain.

Seven Days reported on saffron growers in Newbury, Calabash Gardens, who are pioneering saffron growing in Vermont, and saffron research at UVM.

UVM CALS students were highlighted as participants in the 2023 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program sponsored by the UVM Food Systems Research Center.

CDAE Professor and Interim Chair Asim Zia was interviewed for a Gund Institute article on his participation in the upcoming UN COP28 meetings on climate change.

NFS Professor Amy Trubek was interviewed for an article in Grist about climate cookbooks and sustainable ways of eating.

UVM Extension has joined the Northeast Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Consortium that leverages hybrid trials as a platform for additional applied research in

The 2023 New York and Vermont corn silage report was released in November. Morning Ag Clips posted a link to reports.

Dairy profit, a new model for family farms was the topic of a webinar hosted by UVM Extension. Country Folks reported on the Large-Herd, Low-Overhead Grazing model (LODG).

The Bennington Banner reported on the 2023 Vermont Maple Conference that will be held on December 5 to 9, with options to participate online. Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt will be a presenter.

The Mid-West Farm Report wrote about the upcoming Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producer’s Association 2024 Winter Institute and Maple Vendor Trade show on Jan. 5-6. Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt will be the main speaker.

The NYS Mid-Winter Maple Classic in January 2024 will include a presentation by Extension Director of Ag Business Programs Mark Cannella on maple business management, reported in the Daily News Online.

What are virtual fences and will they help ranchers adopt regenerative grazing practices? Extension Research Associate Juan Alvez was quoted in this Civil Eats article about fenceless grazing for cattle.

UVM Extension helped Intervale farmers with Digger’s Mirth with soil testing after the summer flood event in the Burlington Free Press.

Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program’s Gwen Kozlowski was interviewed for an article in the Saint Albans Messenger about Vermont’s biggest tree.

The Other Paper announced that UVM Extension 4-H will host a Science Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, offering “out-of-this-world” STEM activities for students in grades three to five.

An article in the New York Times about salmonella infections interviewed NFS Assistant Professor Andrea Etter (need an account to read the article).

The Rutland Herald announced that the UVM Extension Master Gardener Annual Conference registration is now open. The event will be held via Zoom on December 2, 2023.

The Times Argus announced that registration is now open for the 2024 Master Gardener Course.

UVM Extension Master Gardener Deborah Benoit wrote about growing winter greens in the Times Argus.

How to take care of hibernating house plants is the topic of this article from UVM Extension Master Gardener Amy Simone in the Times Argus.

Extension Master Gardener Deborah Benoit recommends ways to protect fruit trees from winter damage in a Hardwick Gazette article.

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