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Students Eagerly Transfer to New Applied Plant & Soil Sciences Major
Woman in Labcoat with Tray of Plants

Stockbridge School of Agriculture has merged three bachelor of science programs—Horticultural Science, Plant & Soil Sciences, and Turfgrass Science & Management—into one comprehensive major in Applied Plant & Soil Sciences.  The new major offers a stronger foundation in the sciences alongside increased flexibility to select courses from across the Stockbridge course catalog.

July 2, 2024
Stockbridge Celebrates Associate Degree Graduates at 102nd Commencement Ceremony
2024 AS Degree Graduates with Faculty

18 members of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture Class of 2024 each received associate of science degrees in one of five majors: Arboriculture and Community Forest Management, Landscape Contracting, Sustainable Food and Farming, Sustainable Horticulture and Turfgrass Management.

May 30, 2024
Stockbridge Students Score Victories At National Collegiate Landscape Competition
Stockbridge students at a landscaping competition in Utah

Who in their right mind goes to the snowy mountains of Utah when all their friends are thinking about Spring Break in Florida?  Success-minded Stockbridge and UMass students seeking to impress employers, that's who.

April 9, 2024
Alumni Buy Local Farm With Help From UMass Loan
Lilli and Max Laughing

Two recent alumni of our Sustainable Food & Farming program have purchased Kitchen Garden Farm in nearby Sunderland, with help from the Lotta Agricultural Fund administered for the benefit of UMass graduates.  Max Traunstein and Lilly Israel are 2014 graduates of the Sustainable Food & Farming program at Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and both have been working at Kitchen Garden Farm for several years.  Both Max and Lilly credit their mutual love of farming, and their confidence to take on such a big project, to experiences in their college years at Stockbridge, and on the UMass Student

March 4, 2024
Alumni Support Sends Students to Turf Bowl and SFMA Competitions
Students posing with check for Turf Bowl

This winter, Stockbridge sent 11 students to two national competitions sponsored by professional organizations in the turfgrass industry.  There, they had the chance to network with alumni, many of whom are now employers seeking Stockbridge talent.  Students also got to competitively demonstrate the knowledge they developed at Stockbridge.  The Alumni Turf Group, industry sponsor Vermont Greenscapes Association, and several individual Stockbridge alumni, provided substantial donations to enable 11 current students to attend two national events and compete against other college teams.

February 21, 2024
Meet the MVP of Superbowl LVIII: Stockbridge Alum Nick Pappas
Nick Pappas 20 days before Super Bowl LVIII

Pappas, who earned two degrees from Stockbridge (Turfgrass Management AS ’10; Plant & Soil Sciences ’12), is the newest Field Director for the National Football League (NFL).  Pappas was the MVP for both teams in the 31 days leading up to kickoff, in charge of building and delivering the one-time-use special turfgrass field that made the whole event possible.  Pappas and his team took over Allegiant Stadium two days after the Raiders’ final home game on January 7.  The job started with ripping up the original turf on which the Raiders played.  Pappas posted photos over the next 31 days

February 12, 2024
Dr. Peter Veneman (1947-2023): Professor, Mentor, Friend
Peter younger and older

Petrus (Peter) Veneman has passed.  In his 34 years of teaching at UMass, and as chair of the Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences department, his research, teaching, mentorship, and funding advocacy contributed greatly to the Stockbridge School of Agriculture as it stands today.  His research, tracking the effects of pollutants in soil and wetlands, helped to illuminate the role soil scientists can play in protecting the natural environment.  Today, students of Dr. Veneman have careers as environmental professionals across Massachusetts and New England, and hold leadership positions in the

December 13, 2023
Stockbridge Presents Latest Research at Agronomy, Crops and Soil Conference
Faculty and Students at international conference

Stockbridge sent a large contingent of faculty and students to St. Louis, Missouri to present their latest research at the conjoined annual international conference of three allied professional organizations.  The American Society for Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, jointly host this premier gathering of ideas, solutions, and innovation from across the field of environmental sciences.

Students presenting their research at a conference like this learn important skills including how to organize data, how to respond to professional critiques of

November 20, 2023
Landscape Students Plant Class of 2027 Tree With Chancellor Reyes
Students planting trees with Chancellor Reyes

Students from the two-year Landscape Contracting associate degree program welcomed Chancellor Reyes to the planting of a class tree intended to welcome students entering this Fall 2024.  Landscape Contracting students spend time in their drafting studios inside the ultra-modern Olver Design Building, learning to design landscape space.  In the building's dedicated assembly space, students learn how to build landscape elements which they install on campus in collaboration with the University's professional Landscape Management department.

Students receive close attention due to a low student

November 15, 2023

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