March 20, 2020 3:45 PM | Anonymous

Dear UMass Extension Friends and Stakeholders,

As you are probably aware, operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been significantly reduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to student activities, this also applies to research and the facilities managed by UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment. Current information on the UMass closure can be found at Current information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is available at

Current Massachusetts and University policy have the effect of temporarily suspending most of the on-campus services that we provide, including but not limited to:

  • ·          Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab
  • ·          Plant Disease Diagnostics Lab
  • ·          Hot Water Seed Treatment
  • ·          Weed, Insect, Turfgrass, and Invasive Plant Identification
  • ·          Public access to all farm properties

These services will be suspended until at least April 6, 2020. Until further notice, please do not send or deliver samples to the campus, as we cannot process them.

In addition, all in-person UMass Extension events scheduled through April 6 have been canceled or postponed, including the MassAggie workshops. All professional staff are working remotely and are unable to travel for work at this time. We are doing our best to maintain and expand our remote educational services.

We will evaluate and revise our plans as circumstances evolve, and additional cancellations of events scheduled after April 6 are possible. We are also working to identify ways to offer as many services and educational opportunities as possible under these circumstances, and hope to announce new offerings as they are developed. We deeply value all those who partner with us and rely upon us, and will endeavor to continue to support you and achieve our mission to the best of our ability under these challenging circumstances.

At this time, the TickReport Risk Assessment and Passive Surveillance Program, not part of UMass Extension, remains open. Tick samples can continue to be submitted via at this time. Please contact TickReport with further questions and updates on the status of their service. 

If you have home gardening questions, you may continue to send them to .

We realize this is a challenging time for everyone and we thank you for your patience and understanding. Please continue to check UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry Program ( or the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment ( for more updates and additional contact information for UMass Extension’s other services.

Ellen Weeks
UMass Extension
French Hall
230 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003
tel 413-545-0895
fax 413-577-1620


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