Vermont Pasture Research Includes State’s First Dung Beetle Survey

A shiny, black dung beetle walking on grass.
Dung beetle. Photo credit: Bryony Sands.

Grazed pastures are complex ecosystems, and their functionality depends on interactions between plants, animals, soils, manure, and the people that manage them. Invertebrates in these ecosystems fulfill various ecological roles, such as decomposition, predation, and pollination, that we depend on for the productivity of our land and livestock. Management decisions aimed at controlling one aspect of an ecosystem are likely to affect the other components in complicated ways. Continue reading “Vermont Pasture Research Includes State’s First Dung Beetle Survey”

CALS in the News-February 2024

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New research on rural New Englanders shows that gardening, hunting, fishing and other HWFP activities are important tools for maintaining food security through extreme events, such as pandemics or climate change events. The paper was originally published in the journal Scientific Reports, and includes UVM CALS researchers Meredith T. Niles, Ashley C. McCarthy, Sam Bliss, Emily H. Belarmino, Scott C. Merrill, Farryl Bertmann, Rebecca Mitchell.

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Dairy Cost of Production Workshop – January 24, 2024

Announcement for the UVM Extension Cost of Production Workshop with Joanna Lidback on January 24, 2024.

Calculating the cost of production helps farmers assess the financial health of their farm. It can highlight problem areas and enable them to make better management, marketing and buying decisions as well as plan for the future.

On January 24, University of Vermont Extension and the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center are hosting a free workshop for dairy farmers. It will be held at the People’s Trust Company, 1 Franklin Park West, St. Albans City, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Continue reading “Dairy Cost of Production Workshop – January 24, 2024”

Barlow Recognized for Antimicrobial Resistance Research

NIAMRRE, the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, gave the member spotlight to Animal and Veterinary Sciences Associate Professor John Barlow for November 2023. He gave a presentation entitled, AMR on Small-to-Medium Sized Dairy Farms in Vermont: Is it Relevant? during their November webinar. Continue reading “Barlow Recognized for Antimicrobial Resistance Research”