Rutgers is leader in designing new varieties of turf grass

SEPTEMBER IS prime time for starting or renovating lawns, and it may be the only time that homeowners give lawn grass a second thought… New Jersey has stepped up, claiming a nationally prominent role in designing new grass varieties for temperate climates around the world. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station maintains several sites at which turf grass is grown, managed and studied, but the heart of the breeding operation that produces new breakthroughs is a 206-acre site in Adelphia (Howell Township), much of it presenting an unbroken expanse of mowed "lawn." "They call this the country club," says William Meyer, director of the Turfgrass Breeding Project for the past 20 years. "It may look like one big lawn, but there are actually 40,000 3-foot by 5-foot plots of individually distinct grasses. And each one is rated every month."

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Join Union County Master Gardeners for Healthy Outdoor Fun and Community Service

Union County residents looking for a fun, active community service opportunity are invited to join the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County. Master Gardeners are trained and certified by Rutgers experts. No previous experience with gardening is needed… The mission of the Master Gardeners is to share knowledge, experience, and love of gardening through community activities including neighborhood garden and beautification projects, education, and outreach to seniors and the disabled.

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New Jersey does well at National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships

The 2016 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships June 24-28, in Grand Island Nebraska set a new record with 635 4-H youth participants representing 36 States… New Jersey 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory Council sent three teams and two individuals to the National Championships.

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Local residents receive high honors at Morris County 4-H Fair

Morris County 4-H recently held their annual Morris County 4-H Fair at Chubb Park, Chester from July 20th -24th. 4-Hers and youth from around the county had been invited to compete in the many Divisions spanning from Fine Art to Childcare to Models… The Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn by doing approach to enable youth to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to become competent, caring and contributing citizens of the world.

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4-H teens boost leadership and civic engagement skills

New Jersey 4-H members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and three adult chaperones attended Week six of the conference from July 10-16. The Cumberland delegates attending this year’s conference were Kaylynn Hyson, Jacob Newkirk and Ryan Rugenus.

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Horsemen urge voters to say ‘yes’ on casino referendum

The future of New Jersey’s equine industry may depend on voter’s response to a referendum on the November ballot expanding casino gambling beyond Atlantic City… Dr. Karyn Malinowski, the director of the Rutgers Equine Science Center (RESC), said that racing is not the only discipline that loses if casino gaming is not expanded outside of Atlantic City. She points out there will be little incentive for young people planning a career in the equine industry to stay in the state should the referendum fail.

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Rutgers Equine Science Center kicks off “15 Years of Excellence” Celebration

The 2016 Rutgers Equine Science Center Summer Showcase was deemed a huge success by organizers. Close to 100 people participated in the kickoff celebration of the Center’s 15-year anniversary… Welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Director of the Equine Science Center… The event continued with the presentation of a Congressional Certificate from U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (NJ-01), and presented by Ms. Sharon Ortepio, Chair of the Equine Advisory Board, a part of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

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Rutgers science-based summer program engage, enrich teens

A group of high school students head out to the Raritan River in Piscataway on Wednesday afternoon to learn about marine life on the river as part of Rutgers University 4-H Summer Science Program… Kristin Hunter-Thomson, Rutgers University’s Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Program Coordinator has been a part of the program for five years. The program is interdisciplinary so it exposes students to a wide range of science. Students have the opportunity to live on Cook campus in New Brunswick for a week. They are exposed to different kinds of scientists. "Our program shows kids there is much more than just medicine in science." The students spend a week with Rutgers scientists, talking about their work, touring their labs and learning about their research.

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Waters at Jersey Shore take on tropical hue, thanks to plankton

For all its charms, the Jersey Shore is not known for crystalline waters, with the ocean off the Garden State almost always colored a murky, opaque green.But swimmers off parts of Atlantic, Ocean and Cape May counties have enjoyed an unusual treat since early July: turquoise seas reminiscent of the Caribbean that permit beach-goers to see straight to the bottom, even out past the breakers… "These upwellings occur every summer, and fuel large phytoplankton blooms," Oscar Schofield, a Rutgers marine scientist, said in an interview published by NASA.

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This South Jersey farm experiments to improve crops

Each farm prides itself on the production of healthy crops, but a 300-acre Cumberland County farm has taken an experimental approach to agriculture. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) in Upper Deerfield Township has acres of research plots that stretch into Salem County, solely focusing on insect control, vegetable breeding and pathology – vegetable diseases… "Our purpose is to generate information for those in this region, provide leadership to the growers in the region and industry. We generate new info, research and deliver it," sad Director Daniel Ward, an extension specialist.

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