June 2022 CALS in the News

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CALS and Extension faculty, staff and students are making headlines for their commentaries, research findings, as subject matter experts, and for outreach collaborations. Below is a collection of recent stories.

WCAX reported on a new public service announcement reminding drivers to be careful of horses on the roads, and cites research from the UVM Center for Rural Studies on the economic contributions of the equine industry in Vermont.

The Morgan Horse Farm held a contest to name five new foals born this spring at the farm. The WCAX article wrote about a tradition of each year’s foal names beginning with the same letter, and for 2022 the letter is “E”.

Horse Illustrated magazine published a feature story on the Morgan Horse Farm “ambassadors”.

An article in Farm Progress highlights UVM Extension’s new regulatory navigation tool for agritourism operators.

UVM Master Gardener Joyce Amsden talked with WCAX about how to get garden beds ready for planting.

An article in the Napa Valley Register discusses how a farming couple was inspired to try their hands at saffron thanks to UVM’s North American Center for Saffron Research and Development.

An article in the Atlanta Business Journal mentions UVM Extension in their article about Vermont farmers markets.

Dan Tobin discusses the important role of seed savers in a Valley News article on the Upper Valley Seed Savers.

A Vermont Center for Rural Studies poll is mentioned in this Rutland Herald article about Governor Scott’s veto of the Act 250 reform bill.

Joshua Faulkner was interviewed by VPR (now Vermont Public) about the spring weather outlook for farmers.

Animal and Veterinary Sciences Research Associate Professor Julie Smith was interviewed for podcast by Seed World about crisis communication in agriculture.

Vermont is piloting a new program to help farmers rely on one another during stressful times. This story links to a 2021 study done by CDAE’s Jane Kolodinsky, Emily Belarmino and Daniel Baker entitled, “Dairy is Different: Latino Dairy Worker Stress in Vermont,” where over a third of Vermont immigrant dairy workers risk debilitating stress.

An article in the Mountain Times written by UVM Extension Master Gardener Bonnie Kirn Donahue gives tips on how to grow peaches in Vermont.

UVM Master Gardener Nadie VanZandt wrote an article for the Saint Albans Messenger about how to keep bears and other wildlife out of your compost pile.

The publication Dairy Business announced the UVM Extension 4-H Youth Farm Safety Days during July, two free events to help youth learn about basic first aid, tractor safety and more.

Plant and Soil Science Research Assistant Professor Scott Merrill is quoted in an IFL Science article about a “biblical swarm” of cannibalistic Mormon crickets (actually a species of katydids) causing havoc in Oregon.

An article in The Herald reported on a UVM Extension 4-H sponsored three-state equestrian gathering in early June at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

CALS Field Naturalist Program Lecturer Bryan Pfeiffer wrote an article for The Boston Globe on the 60th anniversary of “Silent Spring,” the book that helped to inspire the modern era of environmental awareness.

UVM Extension Associate Professor Kris Stepenuck was interviewed by WCAX about a new program in Chittenden County, “Adopt-A-Drain,” in an effort to keep storm drains clear of organic debris and litter.

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