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  • September 30, 2020 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    On September 25, 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced finding two dead specimens of the invasive spotted lanternfly(SLF) in the towns of Milford and Norwood, MA. MDAR notes they were brought in on materials that originated in Pennsylvania counties currently under a spotted lanternfly quarantine. MDAR was also recently notified that nursery stock with spotted lanternfly egg masses and adults may have been unintentionally imported and planted in several parts of Massachusetts.

    Because no live lanternflies have yet been found in Massachusetts, there is currently no evidence that SLF has become established in the Commonwealth. As a precaution, surveys are planned in the areas where the insects were found to confirm that no live populations are present. While a dead lanternfly was previously found in the Boston area in December of 2018, repeated surveys have found no further signs of SLF in that part of the state. For more information, visit MDAR's press release: https://www.mass.gov/news/state-agricultural-officials-urge-residents-to-report-signs-of-invasive-spotted-lanternfly

    For more information about the spotted lanternfly, please visit: https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/fact-sheets/spotted-lanternfly

    If you have seen any of the life stages of this insect (pictured here) in Massachusetts, please report it: https://massnrc.org/pests/slfreport.aspx


  • September 25, 2020 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    UMass Extension Pesticide Education is offering nine continuing education workshops for pesticide contact hours.

    These workshops will be held from October 13 through November 17 using Zoom video conference. In case you are not familiar with Zoom, we will offer a short tutorial before the workshop series.

    Registration, workshop descriptions and dates are listed in the link below.  

    https://www.umass.edu/pested/recertification/current_workshops.htm

    Please contact Natalia Clifton at nclifton@umass.edu or call 413-545-1044 if you have any questions.


  • September 04, 2020 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    “Tree traps are relatively easy to install, and they can be a good option for residential landscapes,” said Heather Leach, extension associate in entomology. “But it’s critical for homeowners to install them correctly and monitor them frequently.” And this from Penn State on same topic.

    This 10 minute video is a good basic primer on SLF, with IPM management tips at the end. From the videographer Andrew Conboy: Andrew is an amateur videographer who aims to spread awareness about environmental issues and increase public interest and literacy in the sciences. He received his BS at Chestnut Hill College in 2018, and a MA in Biology at Lehigh University in 2020.


  • August 27, 2020 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    The Department has opened up September 16th and September 23rd to hold Commercial Applicator (Core) exams.

  • August 20, 2020 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/newsletters/hort-notes/hort-notes-2020-vol-316

  • August 18, 2020 8:15 AM | Anonymous

    UMass Green School is going VIRTUAL for 2020! 

    Classes will be Oct. 26 - Dec. 10.

    This comprehensive 12-day certificate short course for Green Industry professionals is taught by UMass Extension Specialists, University of Massachusetts faculty, and guest presenters.

  • July 25, 2020 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    TickTalk webinars continue at Univ of Mass Amherst: Extinction of Deer Ticks in North America, Aug 12 12noon

    Dr. Stephen Rich will discuss a recent publication in Nature (June 2020) from the Laboratory of Medical Zoology that provides insight to the evolutionary and ecological origin of the primary Lyme disease vectors in North America


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