UD WATER undergraduate internships available

August 31, 2012 under CANR News

Three undergraduate internship opportunities are available to work with the University of Delaware Watershed Action Team for Ecological Restoration (WATER) project during the fall 2012 semester through the spring 2013 semester.

Interns may work up to 150 hours, paid at $10 per hour, and will have an opportunity to gain experience in areas such as geohydrology, ecological engineering, soil and water conservation, water resources management, and environmental education.

Internship requirements include an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater, the willingness to work in both the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters and to participate in periodic project meetings with the UD WATER team.

Interested students should visit the Delaware Water Resources Center website to download an application.

The deadline to apply for the internship is Friday, Sept. 28.

Applications should be sent to Maria Pautler, research associate in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

The UD WATER Project is a multi-disciplinary project focused on water resource management and water quality, with an emphasis on practices and programs that minimize UD’s impact on the White Clay creek, a wild and scenic river whose tributaries flow through the UD campus, and the Christina River.

The UD WATER Project team currently consists of faculty and professionals associated with the Delaware Water Resources Center, the UD Water Resources Agency, the Delaware Geological Survey, the University’s Stormwater Management and Grounds programs, and the City of Newark.

Interns will be selected and can begin work on their projects by October 5, 2012.

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UD researchers show how beneficial soil bacteria can boost plant immunity

August 29, 2012 under CANR News

With the help of beneficial bacteria, plants can slam the door when disease pathogens come knocking, University of Delaware researchers have discovered.

A scientific team under the leadership of Harsh Bais, assistant professor of plant and soil sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, found that when pathogens attempt to invade a plant through the tiny open pores in its leaves, a surprising ally comes to the rescue. Soil bacteria at the plant’s roots signal the leaf pores to close, thwarting infection.

The fascinating defense response is documented in video and micrographs of live plants taken by confocal and scanning electron microscopes at UD’s Bio-Imaging Center at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

The research, which explored the interaction between the soil bacterium Bacillus subtilis and the laboratory plant Arabidopsis thaliana, is published in the August issue of The Plant Journal. The findings underscore both the importance of root-based processes in plant defense and the potential for bolstering plant immunity naturally through the emerging field of probiotics.

Postdoctoral researcher Amutha Sampath Kumar is the lead author of the journal article. In addition to Bais, the co-authors include postdoctoral researcher Venkatachalam Lakshmanan, researchers Jeffrey L. Caplan, Deborah Powell and Kirk J. Czymmek of UD’s Bio-Imaging Center, and Delphis F. Levia, associate professor of geography. The National Science Foundation, University of Delaware Research Foundation and Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) provided funding for the study.

Millions of stomata, consisting of microscopic pores surrounded by guard cells, cover the above-ground parts of plants, from the stems to the flower petals. The pores resemble tiny mouths, or doors, which the guard cells open and close to allow carbon dioxide, oxygen, water and minerals in and out of the plant.

Pathogens also can slip through these stomata and begin infecting the plant. However, as Bais’s team confirmed, this invasion is halted when the beneficial bacterium Bacillus subtilis is present in the soil where the plant is rooted. The finding was based on tests of approximately 3,000 Arabidopsis plants inoculated with the foliar pathogenPseudomonas syringae pathovar tomato DC3000 (PstDC3000) during a year-long period.

When a foliar pathogen attacks, as shown in previous research by Bais and his group, the plant recruits Bacillus subtilis to help and facilitates its multiplication. The Bacillus subtilisbacteria bind to the plant’s roots and invoke abscisic acid and salicylic acid signaling pathways to close the stomata.

Abscisic acid and salicylic acid are both important hormones involved in plant defense. When a plant encounters adverse environmental conditions, such as drought, for example, abscisic acid triggers the stomata to shut tightly to prevent the plant from dehydrating.

In addition to ramping up plant disease resistance, the use of this rhizobacteria to promote drought tolerance in plants could be a very promising avenue, Bais notes.

“Many bacterial pathogens invade plants primarily through stomata on the leaf surface,” Bais says. “But how do plants fight off infection? In our studies of the whole plant, we see this active enlistment by Bacillus subtilis, from root to shoot.”

Strikingly, the research team’s data revealed that of different root-associated soil bacteria tested, only Bacillus species were effective in closing the stomata and for a prolonged period.

“We know only 1 to 5 percent of what this bug Bacillus subtilis can do, but the potential is exciting,” Bais notes, pointing out that there is increasing commercial interest in inoculating crop seeds with beneficial bacteria to reduce pathogen infection. “Just as you can boost your immune system, plants also could be supercharged for immunity.”

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CANR Summer Institute starts scholars on road to success

August 23, 2012 under CANR News

As the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Summer Institute comes to a close, this year’s participants, Bianca Riddick and Walker Jones, are heading home having completed research projects and gotten a feel for the UD campus.

“I think it’s going to be bittersweet,” said Riddick. “I’m going to miss it when I’m ready to go home. It’s grown on me.”

The 10-week Summer Institute is designed for underrepresented populations of undergraduate students who have an interest in pursuing graduate degrees in the agricultural and natural resource sciences. It is intended to provide these students with an opportunity to learn about the varied and exciting opportunities available in graduate education at the college.

Bianca Riddick

Riddick, who will be a junior at Norfolk (Va.) State University as a pre-med student majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry, said that her time at the Summer Institute was instructive as she conducted research for the first time on a subject out of her normal area of study: rice.

“I never thought I’d be working with rice,” said Riddick. “I really don’t care too much for rice, but some people depend on rice so it’s good to contribute to the research of this disease.”

The disease in question is known as “rice blast” and Riddick studied the interaction between the rice blast fungus and a bacterium that has the potential to be a bio-control agent for the disease. Specifically, Riddick looked at a handful of fungal genes in rice blast to see how they react — if they turn on or off — to the bacterium in order to get a better idea of how the disease-causing agent is defending itself against the bio-control agent.

The reason behind looking for a bio-control solution to the rice blast problem is that it has the potential to be more cost efficient and environmentally friendly than applying pesticides.

Riddick is studying in the laboratory of Nicole Donofrio, who said that she has been amazed at how quickly Riddick picks things up, especially since this is her first time conducting research.

Donofrio, assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, said of Riddick, “she is one of those people who just gets it. A lot of people, when they first start research, and this was the case with me too when I was an undergrad, have a pretty shallow learning curve. I had to make a lot of mistakes and Bianca is a rare student because she retains all of this information we’re throwing at her on the first try.”

Donofrio said that she has been so impressed with Riddick this year that she is going to ask her to come back next summer.

Riddick said that she has really enjoyed her time at the Summer Institute, calling it “a really good experience. It has everything laid out for you, you just have to come here and give your time. And I think that it’s a really good eye-opener.”

She also said that she has enjoyed the UDairy Creamery, with her favorite flavor being Cookies and Cream.

Walker Jones

Like Riddick, Jones also had to conduct research in an area outside of his wheelhouse.

As a senior at Virginia State University, Jones studies agricultural business and economics, but he spent the summer with Kent Messer helping him conduct a study on how beachgoers at Cape Henlopen and Rehoboth Beach would behave if there were offshore energy production providing renewable or lower energy costs but also affecting the aesthetics of the beach.

While conducting a study on the beach may sound like a summer job that is every undergraduate’s dream, Messer explained that Jones’ job was tougher than it sounds.

“This is actually really hard work. Going to the beach sounds really fun until you spend six days standing on the beach being told, ‘No, we will not participate in your study.’ And it’s 95 degrees, and you’re sweating and your relief is that you get to go hang out inside of a tent,” said Messer, associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics and Statistics.

Messer said that Jones was integral in getting the study conducted, as he conversed directly with state officials from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, getting the permission for the group to set up their tent at Cape Henlopen. Messer credited Jones with securing a “great spot” for the research project and said that it was a huge help to be able to give Jones such a high level of responsibility.

The research project involved having a computer simulation show participants images of wind turbines and oil drilling platforms as options for offshore energy. The participants were able to move the turbines or platforms closer or farther away from the beach, with the idea being that the closer the objects got, especially the wind turbines, the energy costs would be lower but the aesthetics of the beach would be affected.

Jones said that the group found that more people were open to the idea of having wind turbines present and closer to the shore, rather than oil platforms. “The (Gulf of Mexico) oil spill tragedy is still ringing true with some people and they don’t want that to happen again so when they see the picture of an oil platform they’d say, ‘No, I don’t like it,’” said Jones.

Jones said that he has enjoyed his time at UD, especially the fact that there are so many researchers on campus conducting a wide range of research in different departments.

He also said that he “really enjoyed how cooperative things went here, and how easily approachable the administration is around here.”

Tom Sims, CANR deputy dean and the T.A. Baker Professor of Plant and Soil Science, said that the Summer Institute was launched four years ago to “provide outstanding students such as Walker and Bianca with the opportunity to work with faculty mentors and learn more about graduate education in the agricultural and natural resource sciences.”

Sims continued that many of the 16 Summer Institute participants have “since entered graduate or professional schools both at UD and other top graduate programs. I’m sure that Walker’s exposure to the exciting new field of experimental economics and Bianca’s experiences in plant molecular biology have better prepared them for similar opportunities — we wish them well and look forward to continuing to work with similar dedicated students in the future.”

Article by Adam Thomas

Photos by Danielle Quigley and courtesy Kent Messer

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Gelb Receives Poultry Research Award

August 21, 2012 under CANR News

Jack Gelb, Jr., chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, was awarded The Bruce W. Calnek Applied Poultry 
Research Achievement Award at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP). The award is presented annually by the AAAP to an individual in recognition of their outstanding research contributions resulting 
in a measurable and practical impact on the control of important diseases of poultry.

Gelb was honored for his work related to the control avian infectious bronchitis virus, an important respiratory disease of chickens.

The Bruce W. Calnek Applied Poultry Research Achievement Award was first presented in 2004 as a result of a gift from 
Bruce Calnek of Cornell University.

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UDairy Creamery serves its 100,000th cone

July 17, 2012 under CANR News

Colleen Seemans walked into the UDairy Creamery on Monday, July 16, looking for a cold cone of ice cream to help out with the oppressive heat. She walked away with a whole lot more.

Seemans was fortunate enough to purchase the Creamery’s 100,000th ice cream cone. As the individual responsible for getting the Creamery to its 100,000th ice cream cone sold in little over one year of operation, Seemans received 52 coupons for free ice cream, and a UDairy tote bag filled with a UDairy Creamery hat, shirt, plush cow and bumper stickers.

“I’m so surprised, I can’t even believe it,” said Seemans. “I was debating whether or not to come get an ice cream cone for myself and it’s my lucky day I guess.”

Seemans, who graduated from the University of Delaware in 1993 with a degree in exercise physiology and whose husband is an alum of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said that she brings her family to the UDairy Creamery about 10 times during the summer and that her favorite flavor is the Delaware River Mud Pie.

Melinda Litvitnas, UDairy Creamery manager, said that the Creamery had wanted to do something special for the lucky patron who purchased the 100,000th cone.

“I was going through our item sales statistics and when I added up how many ice cream cone servings we had, it was at about 89,000 so I knew we were close.” Litvinas said that getting to 100,000 cones equals 143 tons of ice cream, or roughly the weight of 200 cows. Out of those scoops served by the UDairy Creamery, Litvinas noted that 7 percent of the patrons like sprinkles on their cones.

Litvinas also said that getting to 100,000 shows how great the community support has been for the Creamery during the past year.

“Without the support of the UD community and its alumni, we wouldn’t have been able to reach our milestone because other than marketing to the UD community, everything else has been word of mouth.”

Litvinas also marveled at how fast they reached this number. “Fourteen months ago we weren’t even open, and the fact that we’ve learned how to make ice cream and serve that many people in this amount of time is pretty awesome.”

As for plans for their 200,000th cone, Litvinas said, “I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.”

For more information on the UDairy Creamery, visit its website.

Article by Adam Thomas

Photos by Danielle Quigley

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CANR announces 2012 Benton graduate student award winners

June 25, 2012 under CANR News

The University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) has announced the winners of the 2012 William J. Benton Graduate Student Awards. The 2012 recipients are Rachael Vaicunas, Jixian Zhai and Kirsten Hirneisen.

The awards were established in honor of William J. Benton, former CANR associate dean of research and professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences (ANFS).

Rachael Vaicunas

Vaicunas received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Bioresources Engineering, and she said that studying in the department “was a great experience because it provided me with valuable skills that will be useful for my future as an engineer.”

She is researching water quality throughout the state of Delaware, specifically looking at “concentrations of hormones and antibiotics in surface waters across the state and how different land uses affect water quality.”

Vaicunas said that receiving the Benton Award has made her “feel like I brought value to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.” She also wanted to acknowledge her graduate adviser, Shreeram Inamdar, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (PLSC), as she called him “a great mentor and motivator throughout my time at UD.”

Jixian Zhai

Zhai, a doctoral student in CANR, said his research focuses on understanding the roles of small RNA molecules in plant development and disease resistance. He conducts his research by utilizing high throughput sequencing technology, studying the small RNA molecules in a variety of plant species.

Zhai said that he is “really honored to receive this award and very grateful to the donors who always support graduate research in CANR. I believe this is an important step in my career and I am deeply motivated to live up to the expectation of this prestigious award.”

Zhai called his adviser, Blake Meyers, Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences and chair of the department, an “extraordinary adviser” and he wanted to thank Meyers for “all the guidance as well as the freedom that he gave me on my research.”

Kirsten Hirneisen

Hirneisen, also a doctoral student in CANR, said that receiving the Benton Award is “a great honor. Past recipients have been wonderful students and great scientists and it’s a wonderful feeling to be associated with them through this award.”

Hirneisen’s area of research is microbial food safety and she said that she enjoys working in the field because it encompasses many different areas. “As a food safety microbiologist; I get to be involved in all these areas to control hazards from the field to fork.”

Her doctoral research focuses on “the enteric viruses, including Hepatitis A Virus and human noroviruses, and their interactions with fresh produce in a field environment. The impacts of my research helps assess the risk of human pathogen contamination of produce and aids in the development of strategies to ensure a safe food supply.”

Hirneisen said that her adviser Kali Kniel, associate professor of ANFS, has been “a wonderful mentor to me and a great role model.”

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Study abroad highlights degree work for CANR’s Kinney

June 7, 2012 under CANR News

Graduation this year was particularly sweet for one University of Delaware employee. After having deferred her education for years, she achieved one of her life goals — a university degree.

Cathy Kinney, a senior administrative assistant in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, started college at UD right after high school, but decided early on that she wanted to go to work rather than go to college.  As the years went by, she began to regret that decision and getting a degree went on her “bucket list.”

When Kinney came to work at UD, she took advantage of the University’s course fee waiver benefit.  With the fee waiver, benefits-eligible employees can take up to two courses per semester or session without paying tuition.

“I began taking classes one at a time,” says Kinney. “That was all I could handle while working full-time, raising two children, and being a caregiver of an elderly relative. Although there were some challenging times and periods that I did not take any classes at all, I remained steadfast and graduated with my associate in arts degree in May 2012.”

Kinney reports that she had many rewarding experiences as she worked toward her degree. For instance, her project on the Corbit-Sharp House in Odessa, Del., for her History of Landscape Design course is published in the Library of Congress Historic American Landscapes Survey catalog.

“That was a very proud moment for me,” Kinney said, but an even more amazing highlight was going on a study abroad trip to Siena, Italy, during Winter Session 2012. “It certainly was a rewarding experience — one that I will never forget, and I proudly wore the Italian study-abroad stole at graduation,” said Kinney. “I would encourage all students, at any age, to study abroad to experience life, firsthand, with people of a different culture and to appreciate the history of the world we live in. I am most grateful to the University of Delaware for this opportunity of a lifetime.”

Kinney began working toward her degree with the help of the advisers in the UD ACCESS Center.  ACCESS, a part of the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies, provides academic advisement and career counseling to returning adult students and other nontraditional students.  The services are free of charge and open to anyone in the community.  The ACCESS Center can be reached at 302-831-2741.

“Going back to school may feel a little intimidating,” said Kinney.  “The advisers in the ACCESS Center are great to work with and will keep you on track as you progress. Your adviser can help ease any anxiety you may be feeling. When in doubt, it pays off to speak with your ACCESS adviser.”

“Working toward this degree has absolutely changed my perspective on life,” said Kinney. “I have gained an enormous respect for my children and other students who work so hard to earn their degree. It’s not easy, but anything can be accomplished with a little determination, dedication, discipline and diligence. I’ve also gained a sense of confidence and pride in earning a degree. In addition, I feel like I have a ‘re-purpose’ in life — not quite sure what that is at this point, but I am pretty excited about the prospects and possibilities.”

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UD’s McCarthy part of group that films rare striped rabbit in Sumatra

May 23, 2012 under CANR News

With cameras set up in Sumatra looking for medium- and small-sized wild cats, such as leopards, a research group involving the University of Delaware’s Kyle McCarthy, found images of something else entirely — a rabbit. Not just any ordinary rabbit, but a Sumatran striped rabbit, one of the world’s rarest species and one that had been captured on film only three times before.

There has never been a viable study of the Sumatran striped rabbit and McCarthy, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), said that while his group plans on continuing their study of small cats, they are now also focusing on the rare rabbit species.

“This is the most data that anybody has compiled on these rabbits ever,” said McCarthy. “The idea would be to go get a better idea of how many there might be in an area and we’re hoping that this can spur that forward.”

For the study, led by Jennifer McCarthy, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the group obtained 10 photographs of the Sumatran striped rabbit on two separate occasions in locations 790 meters apart in the Liwa region of Bukit Barisan Seletan National Park.

After obtaining the photographs, the group conducted an informal survey of colleagues who have worked in other protected areas of Sumatra to find out if they had ever seen or documented on film the Sumatran striped rabbit to get a better idea of where the rabbits might be living.

According to Kyle McCarthy, there is a great need for collaboration among the many groups studying animal species in the area because “this is one of those things that can just fly under the radar.”

With disparate researchers in different groups in many different parks, McCarthy said scientists have to collaborate or they could miss out on an important discovery.

The group found that most of the researchers hadn’t recorded the species, but they did find that scientists in Kerinci Seblat National Park, the largest park in Sumatra, had recently seen the rabbits multiple times.

One of the main factors working in the rabbits’ favor is that the group photographed them in an area that thus far has not been subject to heavy amounts of poaching. “One of the problems is that Sumatra continues to be settled and so we’re going to get more and more pressure around the edges of the parks and we’re going to see more poaching,” said McCarthy. “In other parts of this exact same park, we see a lot of poaching across the boundaries. This part is up high enough that we don’t see as many people and we don’t see as many poachers.” A point that McCarthy wanted to make clear is that most of the poachers are doing so to feed themselves, not as a means to profit.

McCarthy said that one of the reasons the group is so eager to launch a study of the rabbit is that “this could be a good spot to try and conserve them, especially for now, because they haven’t had that poaching pressure yet and so there’s probably a bigger population there.”

For now, McCarthy is just excited to be able to bring focus to a species that has been neglected for too long. “We’ve had a chance to not rediscover a species but, in essence, to bring focus back to a very rare rabbit. Often things like rabbits go overlooked because most people don’t even know there is a Sumatran rabbit. Part of doing field work in remote locations is that we are able to see things like this, and it can be really important for conservation.”

Details of the research and the team’s findings are being published in Oryx, an international wildlife journal. For a first look at the article, see the journal website.

The research was funded by the Mohamed bin Zaved Species Conservation Fund, Panthera and the McCarthy Laboratory in CANR’s Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.

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CANR Alum first U.S. Delegate at the Nuffield International Farming Scholars Contemporary Scholars Conference

May 23, 2012 under CANR News

Jean Lonie, Pfizer Animal Health Marketing Communications Manager who graduated from the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, had the honor of being the first ever U.S. Delegate to attend the recent Nuffield International Farming Scholars Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC) in London and Amsterdam.

The Nuffield International CSC brings together more than 50 competitively selected Nuffield International Farming Scholars annually from seven participating nations, as well as delegates from nonparticipating countries. Since the United States is not a Nuffield member nation, Lonie will work with the Eisenhower Fellowship program, a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization seeking to foster international understanding and leadership through the exchange of information, ideas, and perspectives among emerging leaders throughout the world, and Nuffield International to develop a plan that will ensure opportunities for U.S. producers to participate in the CSC and build a connection with the Nuffield network.

Lonie said that she was excited by the desire in the Nuffield organization and in the U.S. to connect the two entities. “Having experienced the benefits of this organization firsthand, my goal is to look at how to formalize this relationship and generate a stronger connection with Nuffield International, so U.S. producers have the opportunity to benefit from this amazing program dedicated to building the personal and professional capacity of agriculturalists.”

This year’s CSC was attended by 63 scholars and gave delegates the opportunity to travel through the Netherlands and London to learn about contemporary agriculture production and policy issues in the host nations and across the globe.

Nuffield scholars come to the conference with a chosen individual study topic, and Lonie’s study topic was focused on creating a more formal connection between the United States and the Nuffield International program, specifically the role of agribusinesses in supporting the leadership development of farmers.

“Across the globe, farmers and ranchers are developing new best practices that can help us safely, affordably and sustainably feed a growing population,” said Lonie. “Many of the thought leaders behind these practices have a unique common bond — they are Nuffield Farming Scholar alums.”

For more information on the About the Nuffield International Farming Scholars, visit their website.

For more information about the Eisenhower Fellowship program, visit their website.

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Georgetown research farm named for late Senator Thurman Adams

May 18, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The late State Sen. Thurman Adams, Jr., of Bridgeville has often been called a champion of Delaware agriculture, both personally and professionally, for his advocacy during his 37 years in the State Senate. In honor of Sen. Adams and his legacy, the University of Delaware has named its research and education farm in Georgetown, Del., the Thurman G. Adams Agricultural Research Farm.

“Thurman Adams was simultaneously committed to preserving Delaware’s farm heritage and to ensuring that Delaware farmers were leaders in adopting new technologies,” said Robin Morgan, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “He cherished his friends and colleagues and was quick to credit them and recall their successes. Surely a giant in Delaware agriculture, he touched so many people across generations.”

Lynn Adams Kokjohn, Polly Adams Mervine and other family and friends of Sen. Adams joined UD officials and state legislators on Tuesday, May 15, for the naming announcement at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, which Sen. Adams affectionately referred to as the “Substation.”

“This place [the Substation] had a special place in Thurman’s heart,” said Mark Isaacs, director of the Carvel Research and Education Center, as he recalled the tireless efforts of Adams advocating for agriculture as well as the associated educational research component. “Sen. Adams was committed to making sure that the Substation had all the resources it needed to address the agricultural needs of Delaware. He stated time and time again, that his goal was for the substation to be the showcase for the east for research and Extension programs meeting the challenges for agriculture for years to come.”

Adams was also a steadfast supporter of other programs, including the Cooperative Extension and Delaware 4-H.

“Agriculture was number one to him,” said Mervine, one of Sen. Adams’ daughters. “He absolutely would be thrilled about this but more thrilled to see how the agriculture community has moved forward with all the advances they are making.”

A resolution on the naming passed by the University’s Board of Trustees at its recent spring meeting credits Sen. Adams for sponsoring “critical legislation to preserve Delaware’s farm heritage and strengthen the state’s agricultural economy.”

Isaacs said that Sen. Adams’ contributions in the Senate and Delaware accounts for millions of dollars of funding for the poultry industry, cooperative extension as well agricultural research and education at UD as well as other organizations. “Sen. Adams’ support was critical in providing the facility and equipment needs of the Substation, as well as the staffing to make sure research and extension programs were cutting edge,” Isaacs said.

Sen. Adams earned his bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from UD in 1950, and joined his father in family farming and their grain brokerage business, T.G. Adams and Sons, Inc., of which he later served as longtime president.

Article by Meredith Chapman

Video by Katy O’Connell and Bob DiIorio

Photos by Danielle Quigley

To view a video that accompanies this story, visit the CANR Youtube page

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