Save the Date for Ag Day 2012: April 28

February 23, 2012 under CANR News, Events

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at the University of Delaware will hold its annual Ag Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Every year, Ag Day draws thousands of guests who come to experience the wonders of agriculture and the natural world.

Registration for exhibitors and vendors begins on March 1, 2012 and will be available on the Ag Day website (http://ag.udel.edu/agday).  The website will serve as the central location for all Ag Day announcements and updates.

We hope to see you there!

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UDairy Creamery opens doors at special Ag Day ceremony

May 2, 2011 under CANR News

Despite the morning chill, those in attendance at Ag Day 2011 on Saturday, April 30, lined up for a taste of UDairy ice cream and to watch the ceremonial ribbon cutting that officially marked the opening of the UDairy Creamery.

When the sun finally poked through at the end of the day, the UDairy Creamery, housed in a new building adjacent to Townsend Hall, had served approximately 2,500 people.

Robin Morgan, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), spoke first at the ribbon cutting ceremony, pointing out the many benefits of the creamery. “This is much more than a shop front,” she said. “This creamery represents how to teach and how to do business development and management. It’s about sustainable and environmentally sound agriculture, it’s about food safety and food science and it’s about communications and marketing.”

Morgan introduced Monica Taylor, UD vice president for development and alumni relations, who noted that the creamery is focused on students and on giving them an opportunity to have learning experiences that stretch beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

“It is student managed from the science to the sales, the milk to the marketing,” Taylor said. “For our students who are here, you may not remember all the notes you have taken in class, but I can guarantee for those involved with this ice cream, you’ll leave UD with a deeper knowledge and understanding of both agriculture and business than you could have ever dreamed.”

Read more at UDaily > >

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Viewable on YouTube >>

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Animal trainer brings free flight demonstrations to Ag Day

April 28, 2011 under CANR News

Delaware’s native birds include the beguiling goldfinch, the majestic bald eagle and the cheery Carolina wren.

And then there’s the turkey vulture. With a face only a mother could love and a steady diet of roadkill, surely this native bird couldn’t have many fans.

Think again. On the national level, there’s the Turkey Vulture Society, a Nevada-based nonprofit dedicated to informing the public about “the valuable and essential services this bird provides.”

Closer to home, there’s Phung Luu, a Dover-based animal trainer who is passionate about all raptors, including the much-maligned turkey vulture.

“The turkey vulture is a highly intelligent animal,” says Luu, a University of Delaware alumnus. “If people got to know more about the turkey vulture they would come to appreciate it.”

Getting people to know more about turkey vultures and other raptors is Luu’s life work. He operates one company that puts on bird demonstrations. His second business, Behavior and Training Solutions, teaches zookeepers and other naturalists to work with raptors and other animals to become proficient trainers. He has one fulltime employee and also employs seasonal parttime staff.

Read more of the story at UDaily

Article by Margo McDonough

Photo by Danielle Quigley

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New Issue of UD Messenger Available

April 11, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The current edition of the University of Delaware Messenger magazine, which is mailed to alumni, parents and friends, can be viewed online, where an interactive PDF version also is available.  In this issue, be sure to check out the feature article about CANR’s upcoming Ag Day event!

For the UDaily announcement, please click here.

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Ag Day exhibitor, vendor registration closes Friday, March 25

March 24, 2011 under CANR News, Events

Ag Day registration closes Friday, March 25, 2011 and payment is due no later than April 1.  We are excited for this annual event and welcome the chance to include you in our list of exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors.

This year’s even will be held on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-4pm rain or shine.  We had beautiful weather last year and record breaking attendance.  As such, we have made a few changes to Ag Day, making for an even better event experience for our visitors.  This year will be extra exciting as we hold the ribbon cutting for the NEW UDairy Creamery storefront and processing facility!

Registration is ONLY available online this year.  Please visit the Ag Day website to register.

Registration is DUE BY FRIDAY MARCH 25, 2011 AND is subject to approval by the Ag Day Planning Team.  Only organizations/entities with missions relevant to the University of Delaware, agriculture and/or natural resources are accepted.  Once registration is closed, you will receive confirmation of your request.

Completion of an Ag Day 2011 Registration Form constitutes compliance with the guidelines on the registration web page.  We recommend printing a copy for your reference.

Registration is NOT considered complete until payment is received.  Payment for Ag Day registration is due NO LATER THAN APRIL 1, 2011.   Please include the name of your organization with payment so that we can properly track your registration.

Payment (checks made payable to the University of Delaware) can be mailed to:

Ag Day 2011
ATTN: Registration
104 Townsend Hall
531 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19716
ATTENTION FOOD VENDORS! Please be sure to see the special section on the registration information page specifically for you.

If you have any questions or problems with registration, please feel free to contact Katy O’Connell kvo@udel.edu or (302) 831-1355.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Botanic Gardens tour highlights flowering magnolias

March 23, 2011 under CANR News, Events

Magnolias will be featured on the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens tour and at the annual plant sale.

When John Frett leads a guided walk of the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens on March 31, he’s hoping to point out a few early blooming magnolias. More likely, though, he’ll head to the greenhouse to show off magnolias in flower.

Non-native magnolias typically start blooming in Delaware in April while the native varieties wait until May.

With plenty of other March blooms to enjoy — winterhazel, forsythia, hellebores and some dogwoods — why the rush to spot magnolias?

The walk is a spring tradition that highlights plants available at the UD Botanic Gardens Plant Sale. Along with winterhazel, magnolias will be a featured plant of this year’s sale, which is open to the public April 29-30.

Almost everyone loves magnolias. Frett, the director of the UD Botanic Gardens, is no exception. However, he’s reluctant to single out a best-loved cultivar or species. “It’s like picking a favorite child, they’re all fabulous,” says Frett.

Magnolias vary widely. The 80 or so recognized species include trees and shrubs; deciduous plants and evergreens; cold-hardy varieties that do well in Maine and others that flourish in the tropics. About the only thing they have in common are the distinctive, tulip-shaped flowers. And most — but not all — are highly fragrant.

Under Frett’s leadership, the magnolia collection at the UD Botanic Gardens has been expanded to 100 taxa of magnolia, with some 125 magnolias in all.

“The UDBG’s fantastic collection of magnolias includes a nice variety of native and non-native species and cultivars,” says Sue Barton, Cooperative Extension’s ornamental horticulture specialist.

Magnolias are widely scattered throughout the UD gardens but large groupings can be found between Townsend and Worrilow Halls, south of Townsend, and also north of UD’s outdoor pool.

In assembling the collection, Frett looked for a progression of flowering, from the earliest species, in April, to varieties that are still going strong in June. He also included rich and unusual colors, found in the hybrid varieties. In addition to characteristic pink or white petals, magnolia blooms can be light to medium purple, deep purple that is almost red, and yellow.

Barton has one of the yellow varieties in her backyard. “I bought the ‘Elizabeth’ cultivar from the UDBG sale a number of years ago because my older daughter is named Elizabeth,” she explains. “This tree will be covered with yellow flowers in about a month.”

Despite its name, “Elizabeth” isn’t Barton’s favorite backyard magnolia. That distinction goes to the native sweetbay magnolias growing near her patio. “They’re multi-stemmed so they help enclose the patio but you can still view through them so they don’t make it claustrophobic,” she says.

Carrie Murphy, the Extension horticulture agent for New Castle County, says the sweetbay is the top pick for most Delaware gardeners. “Including me,” she adds.

“The sweetbay magnolia is by far one of my favorite plants — it has beautiful late spring and early summer blooms and is lightly fragrant.”

But what Murphy really likes about the sweetbay isn’t apparent at first glance. “I love the underside of the foliage — when the wind blows and rustles the leaves, the silver underside of the leaves becomes visible and it’s absolutely gorgeous,” she says.

Several sweetbays have been added to the Master Garden Demonstration garden at the county Extension office in Newark. At the demo garden, home gardeners often ask for recommendations for small flowering trees and sweetbay nicely fits the bill. It prefers moist soil and some shade and even works well in wet sites. But it’s also adaptable to drier conditions, says Murphy.

Three cultivars of sweetbay will be available at the plant sale: “Mardi Gras,” with a butter-yellow variegated leaf; “Perry Paige,” a new dwarf variety only five to eight feet tall; and “Green Shadow,” a selection that Frett describes as “nearly an evergreen.”

Two other native magnolias will be sold, Magnolia macrophylla “Big Leaf Magnolia,” featuring huge leaves with a tropical feel and Magnolia pyramidata “Pyramid Magnolia,” which is considered rare. Also available will be three hybrids from native species, including two that originated from a cross with the native cucumber tree.

Guided walk

March 31: An hour-and-a-half walk through the UD Botanic Gardens, focusing on plant sale selections. 4 p.m. $5. Call 302-831-2531 or email [kelsch@udel.edu] to register. Maximum 35 people.

UDBG plant sale

Public sale hours are 3-7 p.m., April 29; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 30. For more information, call 302-831-2531 or go to the UDBG website.

Article by Margo McDonough
Photos by Danielle Quigley

This article can also be read online on UDaily by clicking here.

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April 24: Ag Day to celebrate 35 years with ground breaking of the UDairy Creamery, music, festivities

April 19, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The 35th annual Ag Day, sponsored by the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 24.

Every year, Ag Day draws more than 3,000 guests who come to experience the wonders of agriculture and the natural world.

This year, those who attend will be able to see the college break ground on its new ice cream store front and processing facility, the UDairy Creamery, at 11:45 a.m.

Ag Day will be held, rain or shine, on the grounds of Townsend Hall at 531 South College Avenue on UD’s main campus in Newark. The event is organized by staff and students with the support of more than 80 organizations.
The money raised at Ag Day benefits student and community organizations.

Following the Ag Day tradition, there will be a variety of educational workshops and live entertainment at this year’s event.

On the entertainment stage will be acts including:
• The Deltones, one of the premier a capella groups at UD;
• Five Points, a student band with a unique blend of rock music;
• Dodging Cupid, a classic rock and roll band from the Delaware Valley featuring Thomas Ilvento, chairperson of the Department of Food and Resource Economics;
• Tater Patch, lively folk music featuring Judith Hough-Goldstein, professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology; and
• The Common Room, a student band with reggae, rock, and acoustic styles.

In the education presentation area, guests will be able to:
• See live animals from the Brandywine Zoo;
• See innovative vegetable gardening with representatives of the Tyler Arboretum;
• Learn about money management with Patricia Barber, associate professor in the Department of Food and Resource Economics;
• Hear and sing along with Zach Ladin and his nature songs;
• Participate in a wool workshop wool workshop with Lesa Griffiths, associate provost and professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences; and
• Learn how to keep those pesky pests out of your garden in an eco-friendly way with UD’s Cooperative Extension.

Additionally, annual attractions include 3 tents of educational exhibits, pony rides, a petting zoo, YoUDee, face painting and UDairy Ice Cream.

Those with an interest in gardening will want to visit the 18th annual UD Botanic Gardens Plant Sale from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., located in the Fischer Greenhouse behind Townsend Hall. The sale offers a variety of perennial flowers, shrubs and trees that are sure to add flare to any lawn or garden.

Admission and parking for Ag Day are free and open to the public, with minimal charges for food. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor or for additional information, visit the Ag Day Web site or call (302) 831-2508.

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18th Annual University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Benefit Plant Sale Features Witchhazels

April 5, 2010 under CANR News, Events

The 18th Annual University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Benefit Plant Sale will be held on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. behind Townsend Hall, across from the Fischer Greenhouse on the University of Delaware campus (north of the University of Delaware football stadium and adjacent to the Blue Ice Arena.) Saturday is also UD’s Ag Day, where the whole family can enjoy educational exhibits, live music, animals, tours and much more. The plant sale, featuring witchhazels (Hamamelis), presents an opportunity to purchase unusual and difficult-to-find plants, and to learn about the wide variety of exciting and useful plants available beyond the usual palate found at discount garden centers or nurseries. Witchhazels are the bookends of winter, some flowering in October, while others erupt into color late January through early April. The fragrance of their flowers compliments the variety of colors – bright yellow, gold, copper and red.  Check out the 2010 Plant Sale Catalog on the UDBG website, http://ag.udel.edu/udbg.

The Gardens are open year round to provide ideas and inspiration, or for a quiet stroll. The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens contribute to an understanding of the changing relationships between plants and people through education, research, extension and community support so as to instill an appreciation of plants in the landscape and the natural environment.

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Ag Day Exhibitor/Vendor Registration Now Open

March 3, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources invites you to take part in one of the longest-running and most popular spring events in the City of Newark—Ag Day!

Ag Day 2010 will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine, on the grounds of Townsend Hall in Newark, Delaware.

Registration for exhibitors/vendors is now open and available at http://ag.udel.edu/agday by clicking on Exhibitor/Vendor Registration.

REGISTRATION IS DUE BY March 24, 2010. PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 1. Registration is subject to approval by the Ag Day Planning Team.

If you have further questions, please contact Katy O’Connell at (302) 831-1135 or via email to kvo@udel.edu.  

Ag Day is a community event that brings agriculture and natural resources to life for the approximately 3000 people who attend each year. Through educational exhibits, tours, and activities, our exhibitors educate everyone from schoolchildren to homeowners, senior citizens to teenagers, about the world of agriculture and natural resources. Adding to the fun are our many supplemental vendors, who provide food and entertainment for our guests.

With its far-reaching audience, Ag Day is the perfect opportunity to promote your organization, raise funds, and enjoy a spring Saturday with people who are interested in learning more about agriculture and natural resources. We hope you will consider joining us as an exhibitor at this year’s event, which marks our 35th Ag Day!

We hope to see you at Ag Day 2010!

College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
104 Townsend Hall – 531 S. College Ave. – Newark, DE 19716
PH: 302/831-2508 – FAX: 302/831-1360
Web: www.ag.udel.edu/agday

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April 24: Save the Date for Ag Day 2010

March 2, 2010 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

Celebrating its 35th year, Ag Day is an annual tradition held by the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). On April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., members of the community are invited to come and interact with the agricultural world through hands-on educational exhibits and interactive demonstrations.

Visitors will enjoy great food, children’s activities, and live music.

As in previous years, Ag Day will be held at CANR’s Townsend Hall, located at 531 South College Avenue in Newark.

Ag Day is organized by staff and students, with the support of more than 75 organizations. The money raised at Ag Day is geared towards giving back to student and community organizations.

Admission and parking for Ag Day are free and open to the public, with minimal charges for food. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor or for additional information visit the Ag Day Web site or call (302) 831-2508.

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