Robert Skalbite, assistant superintendent of the university’s Hadley Farm Equine and Livestock Research and Education Center, has been named to a new interim position as farm manager. This position will oversee operations at the Crop and Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield, the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield and the Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center in Belchertown, as well as the Hadley Farm.
All the farms are managed by the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE) and are used by both educators in UMass Extension and faculty in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the department of veterinary and animal sciences for outreach, applied research and teaching.
Skalbite assumes his new post on June 5.
CAFE director Jody Jellison said, “We are delighted that Mr. Skalbite will be joining our administrative team in this new role. I’m confident our farms will benefit from his work.”
Skalbite holds a bachelor’s degree in sustainable food and farming from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. He also runs his family’s farm in Monson, where he raises belted Galloway cattle, pigs and poultry.