• Beware of Volcano Mulch Beware of Volcano Mulch
    In three short decades, volcano mulch has become one of the greatest threats to newly planted and young trees and shrubs. If unchecked, the significant monetary and human investment in greenscapes will result in more and more dead and dying trees. Volcano mulch is the over-mulching of plant material, notably trees and shrubs. Mulch plays […]
    Posted on May 17, 2019
  • Plant Sales on May 18th Plant Sales on May 18th
    Gardeners: Join us for a plant sale on Saturday, May 18th. We have one on each side of the state: Bethel and Brooklyn. We’ll be at the Windham County Extension Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 18th from 9 AM until 2 PM. The plant sale at the Fairfield County Extension Center in Bethel is […]
    Posted on May 15, 2019
  • The best time to submit a soil sample The best time to submit a soil sample
    Article by Joseph Croze As most of you are probably already familiar with, the University of Connecticut is home to the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory. This lab is staffed by Dawn Pettinelli, the manager, and myself, the technician. We also have a few part time and student employees throughout the year that help with […]
    Posted on May 13, 2019
  • Food Safety Webinar for Farmers and Processors Food Safety Webinar for Farmers and Processors
    Webinar: Food Safety During Planning & Construction of Food Facilities: A Road Map   Date and Time: May 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM EST   Description: This FREE webinar will feature a panel of industry specialists from the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC), VIS Construction Consultants (VIS) and Neagley & Chase Construction (NCC), who will […]
    Posted on May 10, 2019
  • 4-H Robotics Team Receives Creativity Award 4-H Robotics Team Receives Creativity Award
    In April, the Power Surge 4-H Robotics team from Fairfield County was in Maine for a FIRST Robotics Competition. Here is a recap of their competition: “Things went well in Maine, but we got knocked out in the quarterfinals on our third match for best two out of three. We were scoring “Hatch” pieces well […]
    Posted on May 10, 2019
  • Internship Available – Fall 2019 Internship Available – Fall 2019
    Community & Economic Development Paid Internship Summer – Fall 2019 – Connecticut Economic Development Association Best Practices Program The Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) is seeking an intern to assist with all aspects of implementation of a new community Best Practices program pilot.  The intern will be involved program’s implementation and will work closely with […]
    Posted on May 9, 2019
  • Trail Etiquette 101 Trail Etiquette 101
    Headed out on the trails? Trail safety and etiquette is vital on our trails for all users, including bicyclists, hikers, and equestrians. Be courteous to other trail users. Here are some simple steps to follow. What does “Yield” mean? Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary, and pass in a […]
    Posted on May 8, 2019
  • Real Farmers – Real Risks: Sentiments from Sheldon Family Farms Real Farmers – Real Risks: Sentiments from Sheldon Family Farms
    Real Farmers – Real Risks: Sentiments from Steve Sheldon of Sheldon Mel & Sheldon Family Farms Article by Evan Lentz Steve Sheldon, along with his family, own and operate two farms in Connecticut, one in Suffield and one in East Granby. Together, they have over 100 acres of hay, 150 acres of corn, 7 acres […]
    Posted on May 6, 2019
  • Private Well Water Testing Private Well Water Testing
    Private wells provide water to 820,000 people in Connecticut, approximately 23% of the population’s water supply comes from private wells according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. These wells are not regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, although Local Health Departments do have the authority over the proper siting and construction of private wells. […]
    Posted on May 4, 2019
  • Is Your Well Water Contaminated? Is Your Well Water Contaminated?
    Is your well water contaminated with road salt? Dr. Mike Dietz of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources talked to NBC Connecticut last week about how we can reduce contamination. “‘This is a worldwide problem. It’s a really big problem in the United States because the amount of salt that we’ve been applying has been […]
    Posted on May 3, 2019
  • Reflecting on an Extension Internship Reflecting on an Extension Internship
    By Kelly Finn Coming out of my 2017 marketing internship with UConn Extension, I possessed a newfound quality of discipline and relationship-building that I had honed over the three month experience with Stacey Stearns. Almost two years later, I have been able to employ such skills in my current experience as a Boren Scholar in […]
    Posted on May 1, 2019
  • Risk Management Technology: Drones in Agriculture? Risk Management Technology: Drones in Agriculture?
    Risk Management Technology: Drones in Agriculture? Article by Evan Lentz Drones have had a long-standing history in the both the military and hobbyist circles. Recently, there has been a resurgence of drones into general consumer markets which has stimulated an interest in their utility in a range of applications. As such, it should be no […]
    Posted on April 29, 2019
  • GMO 2.0: Science, Society and the Future GMO 2.0: Science, Society and the Future
    GMO 2.0: Science, Society and the Future Wednesday, April 24th 7 PM, UConn Student Union Theater, Storrs, CT Finding understandable science-based information on GMOs is challenging for the public. Our project goal is to bridge the information gap surrounding GMOs with farmers and the general public. Moderator: Dean Indrajeet Chaubey, UConn CAHNR Speakers: Paul Vincelli, […]
    Posted on April 24, 2019
  • Spotlight – Farm Labor Shortages: Years in the Making Spotlight – Farm Labor Shortages: Years in the Making
    Spotlight – Farm Labor Shortages: Years in the Making Article by Evan Lentz For some time, concerns regarding the availability of reliable farm labor have reached the ears of UConn’s Risk Management team. When considering the vast range of risks that agricultural stakeholders face throughout the year, labor shortages may very well be the most […]
    Posted on April 22, 2019
  • It’s Spring – Head Outside! It’s Spring – Head Outside!
    Finally the weather is getting warmer and we can wake up from our winter hibernation. With milder temperatures, heading outside is a great plan. We are fortunate to live in Connecticut and have access to many beautiful parks, beaches and trails.  Here are some moderate to vigorous activities to get us started in the right […]
    Posted on April 19, 2019

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