CALS in the News-February 2023

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

Margaret Skinner was quoted in this story from WCAX about Claussen’s Greenhouses’ recognition by the Northeast IPM Center for their use of Integrated Pest Management techniques.

Nutrition and Food Sciences Professor Paul Kindstedt was asked about the sharpness of cheddar cheese for an article in Vision Viral about taste testing and ranking various brands of cheese. Of course, a Vermont cheese won.

Caitlin Jeffrey, Animal and Veterinary Sciences PhD candidate, was among a group of four outstanding graduate students who were presented with a National Mastitis Council scholarship during the 2023 NMC annual meeting.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Assistant Professor Emily Bruce was interviewed for a Vermont Public story about the potential for white-tailed deer carrying the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) virus and spreading it back to humans.

Morning Ag Clips posted a story about ASCI Research Associate Professor Julie Smith’s new biosecurity mapping application, and how it will benefit farmers’ efforts to prevent diseases in livestock and poultry.

UVM will host an Animal Science Internship Fair on March 4, for high school and college students to explore internship and job opportunities in the animal sciences. ASCI Lecturer Chrissy Rohan is an organizer of the fair.

Extension Pasture Technical Assistant Amber Reed was quoted in a VTDigger story about possible animal welfare and cruelty issues on a goat farm in Charlotte, VT.

Two new Extension Crop, Soil and Pasture Team staff hires, Abigail (Abby) Augarten and Anna Elewski, were announced in Morning Ag Clips.

A UVM study about TikTok and the platform’s misleading glorification of weight loss was referenced in a New York Post article. NFS Associate Professor Lizzy Pope was quoted about how the TikTok content on weight loss was promising quick ways to lose weight.

Outside Magazine published a profile of the day in the life of a Vermont sugarmaker that features alumnae Meg Emmons ’16.

To salt or not to salt icy roads in winter and what are the alternatives that won’t impact water quality, is the basis of a Williston Observer story. Extension Associate Professor Kris Stepanuck was interviewed about road salt effects and alternatives to protect forests and waterways.

Food Connects celebrated 10 years of serving the southern Vermont region. It evolved from a food hub to a regional food distribution program. The original food hub program was piloted by UVM Extension’s Hans Estrin.

The PA Daily Herald published an announcement for assistance farmers can receive through the Agritourism Project, a partnership of UVM Extension and Penn State University.

UVM Extension Professor Lisa Chase wrote an article published by Penn State Extension that discusses how farmers can set up low-cost and low-maintenance overnight farm stay business.

Lisa Chase’s agritourism program was featured in a new publication about the National Extension Tourism Network. Farm to Stable feature in The NET Effect: National Extension Tourism case studies (, February 10, 2023

Several news outlets reported on the UVM press release about a study led by Emily Belarmino on the impact of Vermont’s food waste laws.

Alta Online published an article on saffron farming couple in Kelseyville, CA, noting they had attended the University of Vermont’s saffron conference.

An article from Ag Proud on alternative milking strategies for grazing dairy herds cites a 2021 survey on the topic from Heather Darby and Sara Ziegler.

WCAX covered UVM Extension’s 4-H Discover Engineering event, a free annual event for kids in grades 5 through 12. It was held during February.

Samantha Alger was interviewed on WCAX about a newly funded initiative she is leading to protect pollinators in Vermont. UVM Extension’s Laura Johnson is also involved in the project.

Morning Ag Clips reported on new study published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development from Claire Whitehouse, David Conner, Lisa Chase and Travis Reynolds on the experience of Vermont food businesses during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jane Kolodinsky was interviewed for a story on NPR’s Marketplace reporting on an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission into broadband internet providers who are being accused of systematically overreporting their coverage in underserved, often rural, communities.

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