Carly Bass, Grazing Technician, Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Carly Bass is the new grazing specialist within the Champlain Valley Crop, Soil, and Pasture Team and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She is based at the UVM Extension Middlebury office, and will provide technical assistance, outreach, and education to farmers in Addison County and southward into Southern Vermont.
Bass has always been passionate about animals but did not get a lot of exposure to agriculture growing up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. She began horseback riding at an early age as a way to interact with animals every day. Continue reading “CALS New Hires-January 2024”
Ren Dillon, Director of Strategic Communications, CALS
Dillon is a filmmaker, writer, educator, and strategic communicator. A Kansas native, she moved to New York City (NYC) at age 17 to attend art school. She earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in photography, and an MFA from Columbia University in film (directing, writing and producing). Continue reading “CALS New Hires-December 2023”
In a VTDigger article, Kris Stepanuck is credited with the education initiatives she has undertaken about salt brine and protecting water quality by applying less road salt to treat roads during the winter.
During the summer of 2023, UVM Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Professor Julie Smith, along with two veterinary student interns, embarked on a project that took them to eight dairy farms across Vermont. Their goal was to help farmers prepare emergency biosecurity plans and maps, in order to respond to a possible foreign animal disease outbreak such as foot-and-mouth disease. Continue reading “Vermont Dairy Farm Emergency Biosecurity Plans & Maps Delivered”