Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity (SCRUB) Agriculture Curriculum Published

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A series of farm biosecurity learning modules were developed during a five-year livestock biosecurity grant project directed by UVM Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Associate Professor Julie Smith.

Also part of the grant project and recently published, the SCRUB (Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity) curriculum contains modules and activities that complement the biosecurity learning modules. The SCRUB curriculum links hands-on learning with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. They incorporate science into fun activities to engage youth in grades 6 to 12 who have an existing interest in animal science. Continue reading “Science Creates Real Understanding of Biosecurity (SCRUB) Agriculture Curriculum Published”

UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center: A Year in Review

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The Horticulture Research and Education Center (HREC) recently presented a year-end review highlighting the significant research, teaching and outreach activities that took place at the farm in 2022. The 97-acre property located just a few miles from campus in South Burlington serves as the primary field laboratory site for agronomic and horticultural crop research for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and is the home of the Catamount Educational Farm, which provides a platform for research and education, serves as a model for sustainable fruit and vegetable production, and generates food for the local community.

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Upcoming Winter Extension Conferences and Webinars

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Join UVM Extension for a winter conference or webinar during February and March 2023. View event details for the conferences and webinars at The conference web page has detailed brochures, registration information, how to sponsor a conference, and recordings of past conferences. There are opportunities to earn Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets water quality education credits and certified crop adviser CEU credits. Continue reading “Upcoming Winter Extension Conferences and Webinars”

UVM Assisting with Farm to Plate Food Security Plan

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On February 1, 2023, stakeholders from around Vermont gathered in Montpelier to work on a Vermont Food Security Plan. Organized by the Vermont Farm to Plate Food Security Strategy team, the meeting was for stakeholders with food system knowledge and experience, to experiment with and give input to the proposed food security plan writing process and tools. Continue reading “UVM Assisting with Farm to Plate Food Security Plan”