Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst We connect University resources, information and people with real-world needs. UMass Extension • Water Resources Research Cntr • Mass. Ag. Experiment Sta.
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The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst integrates research and outreach education in agriculture, food systems and the environment. The Center is the contemporary standard bearer of the university’s land-grant origins. It provides linkages from the University with vibrant business, policy and public interest sectors in the state, including agriculture, the horticultural 'green industries,' environmental decision makers and food system interests. The Center advances academic research and practical solutions to issues and problems that impact the well-being of people, communities, farms, businesses, and natural systems. Building on a tradition of leadership and support for Massachusetts’ agriculture, the Center’s flexible portfolio of projects, programs and initiatives seeks to support original scientific discovery and promote academic scholarship and its application and dissemination for broad public benefit. The Center is the home of UMass Extension, the Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station and the Water Resources Research Center. The Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment is based in the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst and works in partnership with faculty across many academic departments at UMass Amherst.

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Free webinars-Invasive Insects. Jan 19, 26, Feb 2 & 9. 10:00 - 12:10. Focused on MA & N. England. Must Pre-reg here http...
01/07/2021

Free webinars-Invasive Insects. Jan 19, 26, Feb 2 & 9. 10:00 - 12:10. Focused on MA & N. England. Must Pre-reg here http://bit.ly/3hQw8DG #umass #umassLNUFP #invasiveinsects

Employment Opportunity: 4-H Extension Educator IIIThe 4-H Extension Educator for the Central-Southeast region will colla...
01/06/2021

Employment Opportunity: 4-H Extension Educator III
The 4-H Extension Educator for the Central-Southeast region will collaborate with one other peer professional to provide programmatic leadership and management for UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development Programs in the region consisting of Norfolk, Bristol, and Worcester counties. More information https://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/507051/4h-extension-educator-iii

UMass-Amherst ranked as No. 4 in the world for Agricultural Sciences and No. 1 in the U.S. http://bit.ly/3hHwfkZ  #umass...
01/04/2021

UMass-Amherst ranked as No. 4 in the world for Agricultural Sciences and No. 1 in the U.S. http://bit.ly/3hHwfkZ #umass #agriculturalscience

New England Agricultural Virtual Marketing Conference! Feb. 24th & 25th. Register here: http://bit.ly/3mFoQn1  Offering ...
12/22/2020

New England Agricultural Virtual Marketing Conference! Feb. 24th & 25th. Register here: http://bit.ly/3mFoQn1 Offering agricultural businesses throughout the Northeast tools to remain viable, cultivate innovators, and foster the next generation of farmers.

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst's cover photo
12/16/2020

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst's cover photo

Brain Freeze: UMass Amherst food science students roll out seven new ice cream flavors at Herrell’s  http://bit.ly/3oXV6...
12/15/2020

Brain Freeze: UMass Amherst food science students roll out seven new ice cream flavors at Herrell’s http://bit.ly/3oXV66m
#umass #umassfoodscience #herrellsnorthampton

Free Tick Webinar with “The Tick Guy!” Wed. Dec. 9. 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Register here: https://bit.ly/3mCRXrZ #umassamher...
12/03/2020

Free Tick Webinar with “The Tick Guy!” Wed. Dec. 9. 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Register here: https://bit.ly/3mCRXrZ #umassamherst #ticks

Like Donovan, are you just mad about saffron? Check out local research at UMass bit.ly/2KPgDiZ #umass #saffronrecipes
11/30/2020

Like Donovan, are you just mad about saffron? Check out local research at UMass bit.ly/2KPgDiZ #umass #saffronrecipes

Local Apples & Farm! UMass Alum! UMass Extension! Inspiring story: https://bit.ly/39crm12  #apples  #UMassextension #buy...
11/24/2020

Local Apples & Farm! UMass Alum! UMass Extension! Inspiring story: https://bit.ly/39crm12
#apples #UMassextension #buylocal

2021 MA Envirothon is happening! Click here for environmental education for high schoolers: bit.ly/3eKqJwq #UMass #maenv...
11/10/2020

2021 MA Envirothon is happening! Click here for environmental education for high schoolers: bit.ly/3eKqJwq #UMass #maenvirothon #enviromentaleducation

Get a head start on spring gardens with a soil test now! Find out how: https://bit.ly/32tIuv1#umass #umassservices
11/09/2020

Get a head start on spring gardens with a soil test now! Find out how: https://bit.ly/32tIuv1
#umass #umassservices

Free Webinar: Tick Talk Babesiosis! Wednesday, Nov 18 Noon – 1 pm  Register at:https://bit.ly/3l27jFO #Ticks #Babesiosis
11/05/2020

Free Webinar: Tick Talk Babesiosis! Wednesday, Nov 18 Noon – 1 pm Register at:https://bit.ly/3l27jFO #Ticks #Babesiosis

Mass 4-H Scares Up a Virtual Halloween Event!Creative sprits are strong. Click to read: bit.ly/37PIg52 #UMass4H #UMassEx...
10/29/2020

Mass 4-H Scares Up a Virtual Halloween Event!
Creative sprits are strong. Click to read: bit.ly/37PIg52 #UMass4H #UMassExtension

FREE Webinar: "Soil Testing 101" Friday October 23 at 12 noon for farmers and backyard gardeners. Register here:  https:...
10/22/2020

FREE Webinar: "Soil Testing 101" Friday October 23 at 12 noon for farmers and backyard gardeners. Register here: https://bit.ly/3kzZTcN #UMassextension #CDLE

Take the high road during a flood. New maps will show you how to avoid driving underwater on Cape Cod.https://bit.ly/37u...
10/22/2020
CAFE Highlight: Taking the High Road During a Flood | Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment | UMass Amherst

Take the high road during a flood. New maps will show you how to avoid driving underwater on Cape Cod.
https://bit.ly/37uv70X #UMass #capecodextension #flooding

It’s not hard to imagine watching a news clip from Cape Cod as high tide combined with a hurricane deluge overtakes much of the peninsula. Homes are flooded, businesses lose merchandise and property is destroyed. This is not an imaginary scenario; floods are happening with greater frequency as the...

Are Stink Bugs Bugging You?  Click here  https://bit.ly/2GXMRa9 for help on dealing with these pesky insects. #UMass #st...
10/13/2020

Are Stink Bugs Bugging You? Click here https://bit.ly/2GXMRa9 for help on dealing with these pesky insects. #UMass #stinkbugs

"Social Media & Urban Forestry: Getting the Word Out" Thurs Oct 15 noon – 1:00 pm  webcast will feature Jennifer Byerly,...
10/13/2020

"Social Media & Urban Forestry: Getting the Word Out"
Thurs Oct 15 noon – 1:00 pm webcast will feature Jennifer Byerly, Project Learning Tree, who will discuss how social media platforms offer arborists the opportunity to foster an awareness & interest in urban trees. Attend live & receive Free ISA/MCA CEU's by visiting www.joinwebinar.com & entering: 335-987-275 #UMassurbanforestry #trees

FREE tick webinar! Oct 14- noon – 1:00 pm. Pre-register here: https://bit.ly/3jKT6fJ Tick-borne Disease Surveillance in ...
10/08/2020

FREE tick webinar! Oct 14- noon – 1:00 pm. Pre-register here: https://bit.ly/3jKT6fJ Tick-borne Disease Surveillance in the US #tick #UMassAmherst

UMass Extension Turf Winter School for Turf Managers is open for applications. Virtual school starts Jan 4. More info he...
10/06/2020

UMass Extension Turf Winter School for Turf Managers is open for applications. Virtual school starts Jan 4. More info here https://bit.ly/3cZ9CpZ #UMassAmherst #Turf

Who’s winning at online events? UMass Extension! Click here to see more. https://bit.ly/2G8NcGV #UMassextension #virtual...
10/01/2020

Who’s winning at online events? UMass Extension! Click here to see more. https://bit.ly/2G8NcGV
#UMassextension #virtuallearning #MA4-H

2021 UMass Garden Calendar is here-order yours today! https://bit.ly/3m###uv Proceeds from sales benefit the work of UMa...
09/28/2020

2021 UMass Garden Calendar is here-order yours today! https://bit.ly/3m###uv Proceeds from sales benefit the work of UMass Extension's educational programs.
#Landscaping #Entomology #Insects #Gardening #Horticulture #UrbanForestry #Arboriculture

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst's cover photo
09/24/2020

Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment at UMass Amherst's cover photo

Fall foliage in western Massachusetts still on track according to Rick Harper, UMass extension associate professor of ur...
09/24/2020

Fall foliage in western Massachusetts still on track according to Rick Harper, UMass extension associate professor of urban forestry. https://bit.ly/3kWPveX

Biology of Ticks. Join us for free Webinar!  Wed. Sept. 9, noon-1 pm. Pre-register https://tinyurl.com/y2hx8vf7  #UMassl...
09/08/2020

Biology of Ticks. Join us for free Webinar! Wed. Sept. 9, noon-1 pm. Pre-register https://tinyurl.com/y2hx8vf7 #UMasslaboratoryofMedicalZoology #UMass Extension

Timely webinar! Urban Forestry Today: Insect Pests with Tawny Simisky. Thurs 9/10/20 Noon – 1:00pm Register here. https:...
09/03/2020

Timely webinar! Urban Forestry Today: Insect Pests with Tawny Simisky. Thurs 9/10/20 Noon – 1:00pm Register here. https://tinyurl.com/yxp2rb69 #forestpests #UMass

UMass Extension Green School! Register today. 20 instructors include extension specialists, faculty, and guest speakers....
09/01/2020

UMass Extension Green School! Register today. 20 instructors include extension specialists, faculty, and guest speakers. Starts 10/26 with 3 tracks. http://ag.umass.edu/greenschool #umassgreenschool #horticulture

UMass Cold Spring Orchard farmstand, Belchertown, is now open 10-4 every day. Peaches and plums late August. Apples star...
08/20/2020

UMass Cold Spring Orchard farmstand, Belchertown, is now open 10-4 every day. Peaches and plums late August. Apples start in September. https://tinyurl.com/y4qawj7e #freshfruit #UMass

Garden Glitches? Lotsa leaves, but little food? Test your soil, it could be the problem. https://tinyurl.com/y6oyz2bz  #...
08/11/2020

Garden Glitches? Lotsa leaves, but little food? Test your soil, it could be the problem. https://tinyurl.com/y6oyz2bz #UMassSoilLab #Gardening

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Can anyone recommend a resource for dealing with lawn grubs WITHOUT poisons or pesticides? We heard that Hb Nematodes might work, but are having a very hard time finding out information about their use. Any help or resources/links would be appreciated.
Please join us for the 6th annual ThinkFOOD conference in Great Barrington on Saturday, April 13th. This year's theme is "Berkshire Pollinators," and the keynote speaker is Thomas Seeley, author of Honeybee Democracy. There are a range of hands-on workshops on beekeeping, pollinator gardens, and more, and one specifically for students interested in pursuing careers in farming. It is FREE for students to attend, and space is limited, so register today! https://simons-rock.edu/academics/program-overview/food-studies/thinkfood.php
There are plenty of Massachusetts areas with high densities of gypsy moth egg masses. Spraying the egg masses with a soybean-based oil mix to kill the eggs is well documented. However the commercially available products seem to be expensive, hard to find, and available in only large container sizes. From what I have been able to research the formula is on the order of 50 parts water, 50 parts soybean oil, and 8 parts surfactant. Can you recommend the best surfactant to use? Simple Green? Dawn dish detergent? Or other?Some guideline to make a homemade mixture would be of help to many of us. Thanks in advance.
I want to have our home and soil tested for toxins. Who can help with this? I haven't had any luck finding a lab yet. Robin Fox 304-889-3825 M-F 7:00-3:00. [email protected]
Check out the UMass Hydrofarm! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr0b3M6jr1s