CALS in the News-April 2023

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

In a The News International article about inclusive and sustainable policy interventions for 5G, Maryam Shabbir Abbasi, research coordinator for UVM’s SEGS Lab, highlighted that developed countries offer emission reduction success stories achieved by industry adoption of 5G-enabled technologies. Other mentions:

Technology Times wrote about Pakistan’s Indus Delta gaining attention from the UN Convention on Conserving River Deltas, in which UVM CDAE Professor Asim Zia participated in as a key organizer and keynote presenter. The Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at the University of Vermont was one of several collaborators who hosted the conserving river deltas side event at the UN Water Conference during March, 2023. Other mentions:

Newly appointed UVM Animal and Veterinary Sciences Associate Professor Joao Costa was quoted in Dairy Herd Management, for an interview during a webinar hosted by Cornell University’s Pro-Dairy Program. He talks about preweaning dairy calves and how precision dairy technology is improving calf care.

A Science Times article about TikTok and unhealthy food and nutrition content quoted Associate Professor and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics Lizzy Pope’s research on the subject, expressed concern about a high percentage of young users who are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of being exposed to weight loss content. Other mentions:

Which foods contribute the most to global warming: dairy, meat or rice? UVM Nutrition and Food Sciences Associate Professor Meredith Niles was quoted in Agri News Net FarmingPortal about a study examining these three foods and the importance of meeting Paris Agreement climate targets.

Two UVM students participated in the first ever Environmental Sustainability Summit at SUNY Plattsburgh on April 21, 2023. The Press-Republican reported on Dahlia Rosen, a UVM nutrition and food science major, and Vladamiere Perry, an entrepreneurship and marketing major at SUNY, who created an cricket-powder based corn chip snack called Mitey Bites.

Research by Victoria Taormina, Animal and Veterinary Sciences PhD candidate, was the subject of a Medical XPress article about the benefits of eating full-fat yogurt, especially for people with prediabetes. Other mentions:

A new peer support network called Farm First is helping Vermont farmers to deal with stress. Dan Baker, Community Development and Applied Economics associate professor, comments in this Seven Days article about migrant farmers facing some very different challenges in the state, and that the peer network is not addressing their needs.

A commentary in the Brattleboro Reformer by Amelia Walsh, a UVM Community Development and Applied Economics public communications sophomore, focused on support for the “Milk with Dignity” program, initiated by Migrant Justice, a farmworker advocacy organization in Vermont.

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced a 10-year, $11 million award to the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. UVM Extension Professor Vern Grubinger is the program’s principal investigator. Other mentions:

Visit Laos wrote about the launch of the Global Agritourism Network (GAN), chaired by UVM Extension Professor Lisa Chase. The network has 14 regional representatives from North America, Africa to New Zealand. Chase stated that GAN’s mission is “to support and advocate for a thriving agritourism sector around the world.” Other mentions:

Lisa Chase and colleagues at Penn State University recently published an article in Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. The study helps to characterize the types of farms that engage in agritourism and direct sales. For example, the researchers found hotspots clusters of farms engaging in agritourism and direct sales within the same county and neighboring counties in the Northeast, coastal areas in the West, and counties around the Great Lakes. The analysis also shows that female-operated farms are statistically more likely to engage in agritourism than in direct sales efforts. Other mentions:

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Lecturer and CREAM Advisor Dr. Steve Wadsworth introduce Missisquoi Valley High School animal science students to the UVM dairy herd during April. The Saint Albans Messenger article elaborated on how the field trip helped the students make connections between what they learn in classes and an actual dairy operation.

Plant Biology Research Associate Professor Abby van den Berg was quoted for an article in the Shelburne News about how the unpredictability of climate change is affecting maple trees and syrup production.

UVM Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt is quoted in the News & Citizen about climate change and how it is affecting maple syrup production. Isselhardt pointed out how different the climate can be in a Vermont locality and how unique each sugaring operations is because of it.

Isselhardt was also quoted about the future of maple syrup production and climate change for an article in The Highland Current.

UVM Institute for Agroecology Faculty Director Ernesto Mendez wrote about strengthening global networks in his recent article entitled, “Rekindling Connections and Strengthening Global Networks for Transformative Agroecology.”

How are salad greens grown during the winter in Vermont? UVM Extension Professor and Vegetable and Berry Specialist Vern Grubinger was quoted for Vermont Public about why Vermont’s most bitter temperatures produce the sweetest greens.

The 2023 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl, held on April 1, was highlighted in the Rutland Herald reader bulletin. The top scorers in each age division, from age eight to 14 and above, are listed. In the same bulletin, The 2023 4-H Poultry day was also mentioned, with divisions being scored based on the participant’s level of poultry expertise. Other announcements in this bulletin include UVM Extension goat dairy tours to be held during May, 2023, and nominations being accepted for the 2023 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. Other mentions:

A Saint Albans Messenger article announced a fund-raising effort for UVM Extension 4-H programs by Tractor Supply Companies throughout Vermont. Buy a paper clover at any store to support 4-H.

In these tips on how to grow a pollinator garden, UVM Extension Master Gardener Karen Burke was quoted by the Burlington Free Press about why these gardens are not high maintenance but give back a lot.

The News & Citizen published an announcement for a free garden soil lead screening event on May 13. It is being hosted by UVM Extension and will be held at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Other mentions:

Want to build a “bug hotel?” UVM Extension Master Gardener Andrea Knepper tells all in this Times Argus story.

Jumping worms are another invasive species that threatens home gardens, agricultural production and woodland areas. UVM Extension Master Gardener Deborah Benoit wrote an article in the Rutland Herald about this worm’s impact and ways to prevent and control their presence.

The Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association announced several award winners at their annual conference in February 2023. Vermont Business Magazine listed all award recipients including Abigail Chastaine, a Sustainable Landscape Horticulture major, who won the 2023 UVM Student Merit Award.

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