Annie’s Project NJ Receives 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Team Award

(L-R) Larry Katz awards Annie's Project team members Meredith Melendez, Nick Polanin, Robin Brumfield, Jenny Carleo and Jeff Heckman.

(L-R) Larry Katz awards Annie’s Project team members Meredith Melendez, Nick Polanin, Robin Brumfield, Jenny Carleo and Jeff Heckman.

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20. [Read more…]

2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist of the Year Awarded to Peter Oudemans

Peter Oudemans

Peter Oudemans

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

The Specialist of the Year Award is presented to an Extension Specialist who is being recognized by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension departments of 4-H Youth Development, Family and Community Health Sciences, and Agricultural and Resource Management Agents for their accomplishments and support to the agent departments. This year the Specialist of the Year was awarded to Peter Oudemans, extension specialist in blueberry/cranberry pathology.

Oudemans is considered a consummate professional. He is equally at home performing world class scholarship in fruit pathology as well as instructing agents and agricultural professionals, doing spray schedule with growers and designing applied investigations in cooperation with others. He is collaborative and cooperative. He displays leadership when needed. He is an excellent researcher and Extension speaker. Rutgers Cooperative Extension recognizes Oudemans as the best example of how research and Extension should work together.

Dept. of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Celebrates 100th Anniversary

DAFRE graduate alumni, along with Distinguished Professor Carl Pray. Front row, left to right:  Karen Rose-Tank, Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Liping Wang, Julia Menzo, Ann Courtmanche. Back row, left to right: Brian Schilling, Carl Pray, Katrin Glode-Sethna, John Italia.

DAFRE graduate alumni, along with Distinguished Professor Carl Pray. Front row, left to right: Karen Rose-Tank, Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Liping Wang, Julia Menzo, and Ann Courtmanche. Back row, left to right: Brian Schilling, Carl Pray, Katrin Glode-Sethna, and John Italia.

One day after an on-campus event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Rutgers’ designation as New Jersey’s land grant institution, an important component of that institution – the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics – marked its founding exactly fifty years later, in 1914.

The department’s centennial event, held on November 6th in the Cook Campus Center, featured a panel discussion on “Agricultural and Resource Economics in the 21st Century.” This was followed by a reception and dinner for alumni, current and former faculty, staff and guests.

Over dinner, department chairman Paul Gottlieb reminded attendees that in the first decades of its existence, the department’s quantitative research was especially important to New Jersey agriculture. “We were founded a year after the personal income tax was instituted in the U.S.,” he noted. “Without good records on their costs of production, farmers couldn’t calculate their income, and they might wind up paying too much. The first Rutgers economists helped farmers with this new bookkeeping problem.” [Read more…]

Kendrin Dyitt and Amy Rowe Receive Rutgers Cooperative Extension Diversity Awards for 2014

RCE Director Larry Katz (l) awards Kendrin Dyitt

RCE Director Larry Katz (l) awards Kendrin Dyitt

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

The purpose of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Awards for Diversity is to recognize outstanding efforts and accomplishments in achieving and sustaining diversity in Extension organizations, programs, and audiences. The two recipients for the Diversity Awards for 2014 are Kendrin Dyitt, Atlantic County 4-H urban program associate in the 4-H Youth Development Department and Amy Rowe, environmental and resource management agent, RCE Essex and Passaic Counties from the Agricultural and Resource Management Agents Department. [Read more…]

Magical Mud, Microbes and Methane

Re-enactment of the George Washington – Thomas Paine discovery that the “Will-O’-the Wisp” was a flammable gas on the 225th anniversary, November 5, 2008. Photo courtesy of Robert H. Barth

Re-enactment of the George Washington – Thomas Paine discovery that the “Will-O’-the Wisp” was a flammable gas on the 225th anniversary, November 5, 2008. Photo courtesy of Robert H. Barth

The Revolutionary War had ended and attention now turned to other issues. Debate ensued over the origin of the mysterious marsh blue flame, Will-o’-the-Wisp, which lured unsuspecting travelers to a boggy death near Rocky Hill. George Washington and Thomas Paine argued the origin was a flammable gas. In an experiment on November 5th, 1783, from a scow in the Millstone River, flaming torches were held above the river surface while soldiers probed the mud . . . 231 years later, Professors Douglas Eveleigh, Theodore Chase Jr., Craig Phelps and Lily Young submit a note of acknowledgement to their forebears on how that flash of inspiration from magical mud heralded American science and the study of microbiology. Read more at New Jersey 350.