Green Liaisons Sustainability Lecture features sustainable landscape expert

April 18, 2014 under Events

Sue Barton will give a lecture on Friday, April 25 on sustainable landscapesThe second University of Delaware Green Liaison Sustainability Lecture of the spring will form the climax for Earth Week 2014 activities and will feature Susan Barton, assistant professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in plant and soil sciences.

Barton’s talk, “Rethinking Laird Campus,” will focus on incorporating sustainable landscape practices into the UD grounds. The lecture will be held from noon-1 p.m., Friday, April 25, in the Perkins Student Center Alumni Lounge.

Barton will discuss the implementation of the project on the University’s Laird Campus and how this concept has been extended to residential and corporate entities.

Barton has worked closely for the past 12 years with the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to research and implement new roadside vegetation management strategies.

She has also worked with partners to develop the Plants for a Livable Delaware Program, designed to provide alternatives to known invasive plants species and to promote sustainable landscaping.

She teaches on plants and human culture, nursery and garden center management and the environment, and coordinates UD’s landscape horticulture internship.

Barton also works closely with the nursery and landscape industry, writing newsletters, organizing short courses and conducting horticulture industry expos with the Delaware Nursery and Landscape Association.

She received the Nursery Extension Award in 1995 from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Rutledge Award for service from the University of Delaware in 2007.

About the Green Liaisons Sustainability Lecture Series

Once a month, Green Liaisons are invited to attend a lunchtime presentation on the small steps that can be implemented by every student, faculty and staff member in order to make UD a greener place to learn, work and live.

All lunches in the Green Liaisons Sustainability Lecture Series are open to Green Liaisons and will be held from noon-1p.m.Topics and locations change monthly. Drinks and dessert will be provided.

Members of the campus community who are not currently Green Liaisons but want to represent their department can contact Francis Karani at fkarani@udel.edu or Amy Snelling at snelling@udel.edu.

More information regarding the lunch schedule, past events and general information on the Green Liaisons programs can be found on this website.

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UD sets symposium on global challenges in agriculture, environment, energy

February 19, 2014 under CANR News, Events

A group of CANR students and professors at UFLA in Brazilsymposium highlighting the global impact of work by University of Delaware and Brazilian faculty, graduate students and undergraduate interns will be held May 21-22 at the Trabant University Center on the UD campus in Newark.

Widely considered one of the world’s most important emerging and developing countries, Brazil has one of the largest and fastest growing agricultural economies in the world and is a major U.S. trade partner.

nterest in Brazil’s rapid transition to global leadership in food and bioenergy production, along with the environmental and economic issues surrounding this transition, has led to partnerships between UD and the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA).

Led by UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) over more than three years, a wide range of research projects, faculty and student exchanges, study abroad programs and collaborative workshops have been held.

The symposium will bring together a large and diverse group of UFLA and UD faculty and students to share knowledge on key themes in Brazil that have global impacts on food security and the environment.

Keynote presentations will be made by Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme, professor of soil and environment at UFLA, who will speak on “Brazil’s Role as a Global Food Basket: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Other keynote presentations will be made by Paul Thompson, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Food, Agricultural and Community Ethics at Michigan State University, who will discuss ethical issues related to biofuels, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, speaking on the importance of building agricultural links between Delaware and Brazil.

Important themes of the symposium include agricultural innovations for global food production systems; food safety and security in the global food chain; ecology and sustaining and protecting fragile environments; and ethical and public policy issues concerning biofuels.

The symposium is co-sponsored by CANR; UFLA; UD’s Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy; UD’s College of Arts and Sciences; the Delaware Environmental Institute; the Institute for Global Studies; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture International Science and Education program.

To obtain more information on the symposium and to pre-register, visit the website.

The institutions have worked cooperatively on a USDA-funded agricultural research project and UD has hosted UFLA speakers.

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Electronic Recycling Day

November 20, 2013 under CANR News, Events

In an effort to reduce the amount of electronic refuse sent to landfills, The Longwood Graduate Program will collect unwanted and broken mechanical and electronic items for recycling on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Townsend Hall Commons and the front drive of Townsend Hall facing South College Avenue.

The Longwood Graduate Fellows will be on hand to receive and take the items to UD Recycling.

Used cell phones will be sent to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) for their “Donate a Phone Program.”  NCADV is certified with a “Seal of Excellence” by Independent Charities of America and has been in existence for over 34 years to raise awareness and assist affected families.

For questions regarding Electronic Recycling Day please email kpw@udel.edu

Click here for a list of items that can be recycled.

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Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture set to visit CANR on Thursday, Nov. 21

November 18, 2013 under Events

harden_krysta_130802_t300Krysta Harden, Deputy Secretary for the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be visiting the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Harden will tour the University dairy and the UDairy Creamery between 3:15 – 4 p.m., followed by a student roundtable discussion from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Townsend Hall Commons.

All interested students are encouraged to attend for an opportunity to speak with Harden about agriculture.

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New environmental named professors to give joint seminar Nov. 1

October 22, 2013 under CANR News, Events

Kent Messer, Applied Economics & Statistics.The Delaware Environmental Institute invites the University of Delaware community to a special seminar and reception saluting three outstanding young faculty who were recently appointed to environmental named chairs.

Each of the honorees will present a short talk on his or her area of expertise designed for a broad, interdisciplinary audience beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, in 104 Gore Hall.

Following the talks, a reception will be held in the Gore Hall lobby from 5-6:30 p.m.

The three chairs are five-year career development chairs made possible through the support of the Unidel Foundation. DENIN Director Don Sparks chaired the committee charged with selecting the honorees.

“We are extremely grateful to have been able to attract and retain such outstanding faculty in all areas of environmental research here at UD,” Sparks said. “The committee was particularly pleased to be able to recognize researchers in natural science, social science, and the humanities, and we are looking forward to having a stimulating, interdisciplinary discussion at the event.”

Kent Messer, Unidel Howard Cosgrove Chair and associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, will present “Maximizing Conservation: The Economic Science of Doing More with Less.”

He will be followed by Holly Michael, Unidel Fraser Russell Chair and assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, who will discuss “Water for a Thirsty Planet: Our Vulnerable Groundwater Resources.”

Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair and associate professor in the Department of History, will round out the event with “Why Do We Have Environmental Problems? Lessons from History.”

Each talk will be approximately 20-25 minutes long with time allowed for questions from the audience.

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Campus community members invited to tour New Jersey’s Duke Farms

October 2, 2013 under Events

Members of the University of Delaware campus community are invited to participate in a tour of the Duke Farms in Hillsborough, N.J., at noon Saturday, Oct. 12.

The tour will be led by Thom Almendinger, Duke Farms director of stewardship. The trip is cosponsored by UD’s Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture, the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Society of Natural History of Delaware.

Duke Farms is a 2,740-acre park which was one of the former homes of Doris Duke, the tobacco heiress. It has nine man-made lakes, miles of stone walls, 56 geothermal wells, an orientation center that is platinum LEED, a native plant nursery and wildflower meadows. The fields are no longer mowed so that they are attractive to grassland birds. There is also a webcam on an eagle’s nest.

Invasive plants have been removed from 380 acres, and native species have been replanted on 230 acres. There are 150 American chestnut trees and several champion trees.

Those who would like to carpool can meet under the big sign at the Crossroads Shopping Center, which is on Route 9 just south of I-295. For reservations, write to Al Matlack at amatlack@udel.edu or call 302-239-5383.

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Fall seminar series provides information on poultry career opportunities

September 23, 2013 under Events

DKQ_6534With employment opportunities in the poultry industry thriving, the University of Delaware will host a Poultry Careers Seminar Series starting Sept. 26 and running into October geared toward students interested in positions in the field.

The seminars will all take place at 6 p.m. in Room 101 of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Allen Laboratory and will provide students opportunities to speak directly to employers offering internships, management trainee programs and full-time positions. A free dinner will be offered before each seminar and there will be drawings for two $50 Barnes and Noble gift cards for students who attend all four seminars.

The first seminar will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, and will feature Connie Parvis and Byron C. Field.

Parvis is the director of education and consumer information at Delmarva Poultry Industry (DPI) Inc., a nonprofit trade association working for the continued progress of the broiler chicken industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. Members include more than 1,000 farm families raising chickens, five poultry companies producing birds for farmers, and thousands of poultry company employees and allied industry suppliers of products and services.

Field is the federal state supervisor of the Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). AMS Poultry Programs facilitates the marketing of poultry, poultry products and eggs. The USDA AMS also oversees the efficient, fair marketing of American agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops, in the global marketplace.

Additional seminars will be on Tuesday, Oct. 15; Tuesday Oct. 22; and Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Presenters at these seminars will include representatives from Perdue Farms, Cobb-Vantress, Mountaire Farms, UD Cooperative Extension and more.

There will also be information about a travel opportunity to Atlanta in January 2014 to attend the U.S. Poultry Foundation’s College Student Career Program, held during the International Poultry Expo, a major international poultry and agribusiness trade show.

The program will allow students opportunities to interview with 25 regional, national and international poultry and agribusiness companies and organizations and to network with representatives of more than 1,100 companies. Most travel expenses are covered with minimal cost to students attending this conference.

Students who attended the trade show last year said they found the event to be incredibly beneficial, with all five seniors and the one graduate student receiving one or more employment offers, and with at least three of the students accepting positions and now working in the poultry industry.

Students interested in attending any of these seminars should log into their Blue Hen Career account to RSVP for the seminar series or write to Diane Venninger at dvenning@udel.edu for each individual seminar so that food can be planned accordingly.

For more information, email Venninger at dvenning@udel.edu.

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Botanic Gardens’ fall sale focuses on plants that bring life to the garden

August 22, 2013 under Events

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) will hold its fall plant sale from Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 12-14, outside the fenced-in area across from the Fischer Greenhouse behind Townsend Hall on UD’s south campus.

The sale is open only to members from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12. Hours for the general public are 4-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.

Aster novae angliae 'Andenken an Alma Potschke.'  Image by Kathy Barrowclough.

Aster novae angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke.’ Image by Kathy Barrowclough.

The focus of this year’s fall plant sale is “Plants that Bring Life into Your Garden.”

According to Dr. Douglas Tallamy, professor and chairperson of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at UD, “Fall flowering plants are essential as nectar sources for migrating monarchs, red admirals and hummingbirds, as pollen and nectar sources for native bees, and as the plants that will set seed for wintering birds. All of these creatures partially depend on your garden to provide these plants.”

Popular perennial plants at this sale include, but are not limited to, swamp milkweed and butterfly weed (both attract monarch adults and caterpillars), Joe Pye weed (fragrant flowers lure butterflies), cardinal flower (beckons hummingbirds and butterflies), Indian pink (hummingbird magnet) and golden alexander (entices black swallowtail).

UDBG cultivates plants from its teaching collection that do well in this region and are taught as part of the curricula in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Through this fall plant sale, the public has the opportunity to view and purchase these plants.

For further information regarding the sale, please contact Valann Budischak at 302-831-4188 or valannb@udel.edu.

Additional events

UDBG will also be hosting two September events related to its fall plant sale.

A guided walk of the 2013 fall plant sale highlights will take place from 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Fischer Greenhouse entrance on Roger Martin Lane. This walk will be led by UDBG Director John Frett, professor of plant and soil sciences.

A fall plant sale highlights lecture, entitled “Birds, Butterflies and Blossoms: Perennials that Attract Birds and Butterflies,” will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Townsend Hall Commons. Guest lecturer will be Lisa Roper, horticulturist at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pa. Registration is required. Cost to UDBG members is $5; cost to nonmembers is $10. Send payment to: UDBG, 152 Townsend Hall, University of DE, Newark, DE 19716. For information, email botanicgardens@udel.edu or phone 302-831-2531.

To enjoy member benefits and/or join the UDBG Friends, please contact Melinda Zoehrer at 302-831-0153 or mzoehrer@udel.edu. The gardens are open year round to provide ideas and inspiration, or for a quiet stroll. UDBG contributes to an understanding of the relationships between plants and people through education, research, Cooperative Extension and community support.

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Volunteers Needed for Ag Day 2013

April 14, 2013 under CANR News, Events

Ag Day is an annual tradition held by the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This year, on April 27th from 10 am to 4 pm, people will be visiting from all over the area to experience agriculture and the natural world through hands on education exhibitors, live demonstrations, as well as great food and music. Oh, and let’s not forget about that amazing ice cream from the UDairy Creamery!

Ag Day is an amazing experience, but with a crowd of over 5000 people, Ag Day would not be able to operate without the help of volunteers! Volunteers will work for periods of 2 hours and 10 minutes over the course of the day (from 8 am to roughly 6 pm).

Here is the breakdown of the volunteer time slots:
8-10:10 am
10 am -12:10 pm
12-2:10 pm
2-4:10 pm
4-6(ish) pm -clean up- Anyone who stays for the cleanup shift will receive FREE PIZZA!!

This is a great way to earn some of those community service hours you may need! Plus, all volunteers receive a FREE colorful volunteer t-shirt, and when your shift is over, we encourage you to go explore the rest of Ag Day!

Can’t make it on that Saturday but still want to be a part of this amazing experience? Have no fear! There is also a shift on Friday April 26th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm to help with setup.

Please remember, Ag Day is not successful without the help of volunteers! It’s you that makes Ag Day so special! So we encourage you to come on out and help us make Ag Day the best it can be!

If you are interested in helping out, please contact the Ag Day team at AgDay2013Volunteers@gmail.com with any time conflicts, and we will sign you up for a shift. Please respond by April 23rd.

If you are an Ag Ambassador, part of UDET or apart of any other special club, please let us know as well.

Hope to see you at Ag Day!

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Ag Day to feature interactive exhibits, demonstration, music, food and more

April 10, 2013 under CANR News, Events

AG Day 2013 set for April 27Ag Day, the annual event held by the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), is once again fast approaching. Students, faculty and the greater Newark community are encouraged to come out from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 27, for great food, music and, of course, interactive educational exhibits and demonstrations about agriculture and natural resources.

Organized by staff and students of CANR, Ag Day works with more than 90 organizations to bring hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and activities for kids and adults alike. From petting a farm animal or racing cockroaches, to listening to local bands and enjoying the UDairy Creamery’s newest flavors, there is plenty to keep visitors busy all day.

Ag Day will be held at CANR’s Townsend Hall, located at 531 South College Ave. in Newark. Admission and parking are free, with minimal charges for food, crafts, vendor sales and hayrides, with the profits going back to student and community organizations.

Those who attend are encouraged to visit the popular Ag Day plant sales offered by the UD Botanic Gardens, New Castle County Master Gardeners and Horticulture Club.

New this year are an Insect Zoo offered by the UD Entomology Club, horse=drawn wagon rides, a live herpetology display and more demonstrations than ever before. Live demonstrations throughout the day include two free-flight bird demonstrations from Behavior and Training Solutions, tree-climbing demonstrations from Bartlett Tree Services, dairy cow showmanship, sheep shearing, beekeeping, food canning and preservation, Seeing Eye dog demonstrations, gardening tips and more.

Bands performing all include at least one member who works for the college, and include Tater Patch, Dodging Cupid, The Hook and The Essentials.

Visitors are encouraged to use parking lots at UD’s Science and Technology Campus, ice arenas, Delaware Field House and Delaware Stadium, and also to use SEPTA/DART parking lots. Please use cross walks and obey all signs and signals. Those with handicapped tags are encouraged to enter near the Delaware Field House and proceed toward the UDairy Creamery for designated parking.

For the safety of the live animal exhibits, visitors are asked to leave their pets at home.

Ag Day 2013 is made possible through the support of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Ag College Council, Delaware Livable Lawns and additional sponsors.

For general information, FAQs, a full list of exhibitors and the day’s music and demonstration schedule, visit the Ag Day website.

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