WEATHER ALERT-Hurricane Sandy

October 28, 2012 under CANR News

For updates and University of Delaware information as it relates to Hurricane Sandy, check the University’s homepage or UD’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

In addition to what is posted on the UD homepage, all 4-H events, classes and meetings scheduled at UD’s Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown, DE are cancelled Monday through Wednesday. And, the UDairy Creamery will close on Sunday night at 9pm and remain closed on Monday and Tuesday.


Nematode Assay Service

August 15, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The University of Delaware Nematode Assay Service processes samples on Tuesdays of each week. This fee based service provides identification and enumeration of plant parasitic nematodes in soil and plant tissue.  The next set-up date will be August 21, 2012. Please note fee changes, and utilize the new form available as a pdf on the website, available by clicking here. A completed form must accompany submitted soil samples. Troubleshooting plant and root samples may be submitted at any time.  For more information visit the UD Plant Diagnostic Clinic website or call 302-831-1390. The Clinic is located in 151 Townsend Hall, 531 South College Avenue, Newark, Delaware.  A parking space for sample drop offs is located behind Townsend Hall.

For a useful video on how to sample for nematodes, visit the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources YouTube page. Or, see this video for diagnosing nematode damage in the field.


Colorful Natives at UDBG this Fall

August 15, 2012 under CANR News, Events

Did the heat and drought claim a few of your prize perennials this summer?

Fill those empty spaces and add a little zing to your garden with a fabulous selection of colorful natives and other choice plants at the UDBG Fall Plant Sale. Admission is free.

  • Friday, September 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • UDBG Friends can shop early at Members Day, Thursday, September 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Explore color in the garden with two lectures focusing on the wide range of color available using native plants:

  • UD’s Dr. Robert Lyons presents “The Color of the Native Plant Palette…and Other Related Thoughts,” Tuesday, September 4, 7 p.m.–Lyons presents colorful, reliable natives that function within a low maintenance philosophy. UDBG Friends: $5; $10 for nonmembers.
  • North Creek Nurseries’ Claudia West explores “The Landscape’s Color Spectrum: Apply Natural Color Theories to Enhance Design,” Tuesday, October 9, 7 p.m.—Learn how native plant communities inspire harmonious landscape design. UDBG Friends: free; $10 for nonmembers.

The Plant Sale is located in the Production Area behind Townsend Hall on UD’s South Campus. Both lectures will be held in The Commons, Townsend Hall on the University of Delaware’s South Campus. Pre-registration is requested for the lectures. Contact Sue Biddle at (302) 831-2531 or email Visit our website, for more information on these and all events at UDBG.


Shober offered position in Nutrient Management and Environmental Quality

March 30, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

Amy Shober has been offered the position of Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor for Nutrient Management and Environmental Quality for the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her expertise is in nutrient management and soil fertility.

Shober is currently an associate professor in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida. She earned both a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1998. Shober received her master’s degree in soil science from Pennsylvania State University in 2002 and her doctorate in plant and soil science from the University of Delaware in 2006.

Shober’s new position will include working with nutrient management issues such as nutrient runoff and water quality issues that impact the Delaware inland bays and the Chesapeake Bay.  She plans to begin work at CANR on September 1, 2012.


Alumni Weekend Registration Open

March 7, 2012 under CANR News, Events

Online registration for the fourth annual UD Alumni Weekend is now open at the UD Alumni Weekend website.  This event, held June 1-3 and hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, is the University’s premier alumni event, and more than 3,500 alumni and friends are expected to return to campus for a weekend to connect with the University and fellow Blue Hens.

Event highlights include Friday’s college receptions, the Mug Night Dela-bration, the Brunch on The Green, the President’s State of the University, the Alumni Wall of Fame induction ceremony and reunion parties for the classes of 1962, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. In addition, attendees will be able to stay overnight at the Independence Complex residence halls for a very affordable rate.

Alumni are encouraged to register today to take advantage of “Early Hen” pricing — $5 off for Friday’s Mug Night Dela-bration. While “Early Hen” pricing ends on Tuesday, May 1, online registration for Alumni Weekend will be open until Tuesday, May 29.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is hosting a special reception for its alumni on Friday night prior to Mug Night and is sponsoring several Saturday workshops.  Visit the website for details.


Undergrad Internships Available

February 7, 2012 under CANR News

There are a number of excellent paid undergraduate internships that will be available this year for our students, as summarized below and in the attached flyer. Details on these internships, application materials, and deadlines can be found on the CANR Internship website.

2012-2013 CANR Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

University of Delaware Brazilian Project:  Food Security, Bioenergy, and Biodiversity: Issues and Challenges in Brazil (application deadline is March 12th).

UDairy Creamery Internships (application deadline announced soon)

Delaware Water Resources Center Internships (application deadline is March 23rd)

CANR Garden for the Community Internships (application deadline is March 23rd)

CANR Wetlands Restoration Internship (application deadline is March 23rd)

Cooperative Extension Scholars (application deadline is March 23rd)

CANR Summer Institute Internships (application deadline is April 2nd)

DuPont & CANR Discovery Biology and Environmental Internships (application deadline is April 16th)

Landscape Horticulture Internships (contact Dr. Susan Barton,


Parking for drop-offs

February 7, 2012 under CANR News

We are pleased to announce that there is a new parking spot for 15 minute drop-offs in the main Townsend Hall parking lot.  The spot is outside of the north end of Townsend Hall, next to the motorcycle parking area, and down the row from the handicapped spots.  This will be very helpful for the Plant Diagnostic Clinic and Soil Testing Program.

Submitted announcement


Holiday Schedule

December 21, 2011 under CANR News, Events

This is a reminder that University of Delaware offices will be closed from Saturday, December 24th through Monday, January 2nd. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Please see the UDaily article “UD offices to close Dec. 24-Jan. 2″ for extended details.

The UD community is asked to begin winter break by powering down their campus spaces.  (Power Down UDaily article)

The UDairy Creamery store will be closed during this time, but will still be at home Blue Hens Basketball games.

For the UD Events calendar please click here.


CANR Dean Search

December 15, 2011 under CANR News

The University of Delaware has formally launched a nationwide search for a new dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The new dean will replace Robin Morgan, who announced in September that she will be stepping down effective at the end of the 2011-12 academic year, when she completes her second five-year term as dean. Morgan will return to the CANR faculty.

UD will begin advertising for the position, and a review of applications will begin Feb. 15 and will continue until the position is filled. The proposed start date for the successful candidate is July 1, 2012.

“We look forward to an inclusive, nationwide search to identify the next dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a person whose dynamic and entrepreneurial leadership will continue to strengthen and expand the research, teaching and extension work of the college,” said Charles G. Riordan, UD vice provost for graduate and professional education and chair of the search committee.

The search committee was convened by Provost Tom Apple.

In addition to Riordan, committee members are: Mohsen Badiey, deputy dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and professor of marine science and policy; Kelebogile Setiloane, associate professor of behavioral health and nutrition; Blake Meyers, Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor and chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences; Calvin Keeler, professor of animal and food sciences; Joshua Duke, professor of food and resource economics; Judy Hough-Goldstein, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology; James Glancey, associate professor of bioresources engineering; Pam Green, Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair of Plant and Soil Sciences; Susan Garey, Cooperative Extension agent; Carissa Wickens, assistant professor of animal and food sciences; Mark Isaacs, assistant professor of plant and soil sciences; and James C. Borel, DuPont executive vice president and a member of the UD Board of Trustees.

Information is available at the CANR dean search website, and a copy of the dean search advertisement is available in PDF format.


CANR Holiday Gifts

December 6, 2011 under CANR News

Need a holiday gift for someone that’s distinctively Delaware? Think about a blanket or skein of yarn made from the wool of University of Delaware sheep.

Products featured by Blue Hen Blankets and Yarn, established in 2009, are made with wool from UD’s flock of Dorset sheep at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

All proceeds from the sale of Blue Hen Blankets and Yarn help to support to the undergraduate large animal teaching programs of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

Two blankets sizes are available: lap throws ($100) and queen-sized blankets ($175).

The un-dyed natural wool blankets are edged in blue in true UD spirit.  Each blanket is labeled with an individual serial number.  Customers can request a specific serial number for a surcharge of $10 per item  (subject to availability based on a total of 200 throws and 25 blankets produced in 2010).

Yarn is ideal for making natural handcrafts. Four-ounce hands are available in un-dyed natural ($10), blue ($12) and yellow ($12).

Blankets and yarn are available for purchase at the UDairy Creamery store. If you are not able to visit the Creamery, visit the Blue Hen Blankets website to complete an online order form.  Shipping is available for an additional fee.