Weather Alert-Carvel Center in Georgetown

October 26, 2012 under CANR News

Due to the possibility of weather effects from Hurricane Sandy, we post the following information from the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgetown:

If events or programs have been cancelled, it is the policy of the Carvel Research and Education Center in Georgeown’s policy to notify local news outlets (WBOC-TV, WMDT-TV).

In addition, if the Carvel REC facility experiences a weather related delay or closing, it will be recorded on their main phone number (302) 856-7303. Please be mindful that telephone service may be interrupted.

Cancellations referring to Carvel facility will specifically state “Research and Education Center.”

We do not necessarily follow closing schedules of UD’s Asscociate of Arts program or other UD locations.

Please check with the following news organizations regarding any weather-related closures. There will be no classes at Carvel on Tuesday, October 30.
Master Gardener Demonstration Garden Cleanup scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 is cancelled.

For other University of Delaware storm information, please visit the University’s main website.


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


UD alum Steven Leath named president of Iowa State University

February 14, 2012 under CANR News

University of Delaware alumnus Steven Leath has been named the 15th president of Iowa State University. Leath started his new position on Jan. 16 and he said of the appointment, “I’m very excited, a little bit humbled and very pleased to be here.”

Leath said that he hopes to continue to make Iowa State a great place for undergraduate and graduate education.

“We’re going to continue to provide a real hands on, high quality undergraduate educational experience,” he said, “and we’re going to make our research very responsive to the needs of the state. We want to be the best place for public/private partnerships so that industry is drawn to Iowa State and cooperating with Iowa State.”

Before becoming president of Iowa State, the nation’s first land grant university, Leath served as vice president for research and sponsored programs for the University of North Carolina system. He also served as the associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and as director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service at North Carolina State University.

Leath has received three plant science degrees, earning his bachelor’s from Pennsylvania State University, his master’s from UD and his doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Illinois.

Leath received his master’s degree from UD in 1981, studying in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and he remembers fondly his time in Newark, specifically the Saturday morning lab sessions with his fellow Blue Hen researchers.

“The Saturday morning lab sessions were some of my favorite memories because it seemed more informal,” he said. “We all got along and there was a lot of camaraderie, a lot of exchange of ideas, ranging from scientific discussions to sports discussions.”

Another aspect that sticks with Leath is the time he spent conducting research in southern Delaware. “I loved going to the research farm in Georgetown. That was really great. The drive was nice and it was just a great place to do your field work,” Leath said, explaining that he conducted his master’s thesis research on root disease in soybeans.

He credits his time and his professors at UD — specifically Robert Carroll and James Hawk, professor of plant and soil sciences and professor at the Agricultural Experiment Station — for preparing him for the future, saying, “The University of Delaware did a real good job of transforming college graduates into independent researchers.”

Of course, he also remembers UD fondly because it is where he met his wife, Janet, who was also a student. “I met my wife of 30 years there and as it turns out, she’s had a huge positive effect on my career,” Leath said, adding, “It’s probably hard to quantify that, but it’s a big deal.”

They both returned to the campus in 2010 when Leath received the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Distinguished Alumni Award, and he said that the University still holds a special place in their lives. “We just still have fond memories and great affection for the University of Delaware. We always remember it as a beautiful campus, but it’s more beautiful than ever.”

Article by Adam Thomas

Photo by Danielle Quigley

This article can also be viewed on UDaily


Sussex MGs offer garden walk

June 13, 2011 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension, Events

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to invite the public to a Garden Walk at the Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden on, Thursday, June 16, 2011, 5 – 7 p.m. The garden is located behind the county Extension office, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown. The event is free.

Master Gardeners will feature a look at a June garden filled with flowers. In addition to enjoying the garden, a number of Master Gardeners will be available to provide information and help on a wide variety of gardening topics including an exhibit of Accessible Gardening Tips and Tools.

Following the Garden Walk, Master Gardener Vicki Thompson will be presenting a workshop on ‘Hostas’ at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 3 of the Extension Office. Pre-register for this workshop by contacting Tammy Schirmer at (302) 856-2585 ext. 542 or

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

Article submitted by Michele Walfred.