October 2022 CALS in the News

Megaphone shouting news about agriculture.

UVM Extension Master Gardener Joyce Amsden was interviewed by WCAX about processing pumpkins for custard and roasting the seeds.

Extension Master Gardener Nadie VanZandt was interviewed for the Saint Albans Messenger about direct sowing flower seeds during the fall season.

Extension Pollinator Support Specialist Laura Johnson gives advice on how to help queen bumblebees overwinter in an article for the Rutland Herald.

An Allrecipes article about maple syrup includes an interview with Extension Maple Specialist Mark Isselhardt about why sap is harvested in spring and not fall, and what is happening in the maple tree.

WCAX covered the Proctor Maple Research Center 75th anniversary celebration and congressional recognition.

An article in Morning Ag Clips discusses the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s specialty crop grants that support projects led by producers, researchers, and agricultural service providers. UVM Extension research is mentioned, along with a list of grants given to UVM researchers.

Elise Shadler from the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program was interviewed by WSHU Public Radio for a story about emerald ash borer in Vermont, and a parasitoid wasp that might save ash trees.

Soil steaming was the topic for an article about using this technique for weed control in high tunnel growing operations. Extension Specialist Becky Maden discussed the benefits for Grower East.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Assistant Professor Emily Bruce was quoted in an Associated Press article debunking false claims, among them that the COVID vaccine will alter human DNA from a double helix to a triple helix!

Can cheese combat climate change? Nutrition and Food Sciences Professor Paul Kindstedt says that smaller cheese producers might have an edge in the future, for an article in Food52.

Plant Biology Professor Brian Beckage focuses on climate modeling, and during an interview with WCAX, stated that most models don’t allow for adjustments as humans adapt to a changing climate. However, Beckage’s research does.

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial advocating for buying locally grown food quotes research by UVM Extension about the many benefits that smaller, diverse farms have on the environment, economy and human health.

CDAE Senior Lecturer Kelly Hamshaw and CDAE Associate Professor Dan Baker were quoted in a Vermont Business Magazine article about their research project on climate vulnerabilities in mobile home park communities, a collaborative study with the Universities of Maine and New Hampshire, and funded by NOAA.

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