December 2022 CALS in the News

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

Read on for a round-up of news coverage featuring research, programming and commentary from faculty and staff in the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

An article on the vulnerability of mobile homes in the U.S. amidst climate change that was published by Nexus Media News and picked up by The Guardian and Fast Company centers on the experience of a Vermont family and includes research and commentary from CDAE researcher Kelly Hamshaw.

An article in the Washington Post on Vermont’s changing agricultural makeup highlights saffron as a new growing opportunity in the state quoting Margaret Skinner and referencing the work of the North American Center for Saffron Research & Development. The article was picked up by many regional outlets.

Extension Associate Professor Ali Kosiba provides expert commentary in an article from the BBC on the overlooked benefits of real Christmas trees.

Amy Trubek and Rebecca Mitchell in the Dept. of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and a report to which they both contributed from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, are quoted extensively in this article from Hispanic Business TV on ways to eliminate childhood obesity.

CDAE Chair Jane Kolodinsky was interviewed on WCAX in a story about the value of the Vermont brand and how a Utah-based company is using it to upsell its pillows.

NBC 5 covered this year’s Maple Conference put on by UVM Extension and the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association. The segment features an interview with Mark Isselhardt.

CDAE Professor Asim Zia was a key speaker at a USAID summit on higher education and workforce development held in Islamabad, Pakistan earlier this month. An article from the Pakistan-based newspaper, The Nation, summarizes the event and quotes Zia.

The Dec. 2022 issue of Agriview includes an article from UVM Extension’s Becky Maden on how Armstrong Farm is innovating for soil and water conservation and a review of vegetable and berry grower news from UVM Extension’s Vern Grubinger.

An article from Morning Ag Clips notes UVM Extension Research Associate Juan Alvez as a collaborator on a new UMaine-led research project to reduce spoilage in high-moisture hay, and how spoilage processes differ in alfalfa relative to grass hays.

Want to know how to prolong the life of your holiday poinsettia? An article in The East Country Californian includes a recommendation from UVM Extension for how to choose hardy plants

A story about Ohio Extension’s Maple Days published by Morning Ag Clips noted a presentation by Extension Associate Professor Mark Cannella about lessons on strategic planning, marketing, and managing finances toward profitability.

Lisa Chase presented on agritourism research and outreach at the National Agricultural Marketing Summit that ran from October 23 to 25, 2022. A news story about her work was published in

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