Barbara O’Neill Provides Saving for College Tips Via Tweetchat Forum

iStock_000007697683XLargeOn February 19, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management Barbara O’Neill was a guest “chatter” on WiseBread, a blog for millenials about “living large on a small budget.” O’Neill emphasized in the forum that even modest savings are helpful. “Any amount of college is better than none. what U can now & ramp it up over time ,” tweeted O’Neill. The Tweetchat engaged a wide audience, involving 78 contributors, 1262 tweets, 213,972 reach and 6,587,368 impressions. Read more highlights from the Tweetchat at WiseBread.

Delaware Estuary Summit Charts Course for Aquaculture in the Region

Farm-raised oysters in New Jersey ready for market.

Farm-raised oysters in New Jersey ready for market. Photo by Lisa Calvo.

Managers, educators, and oyster farmers gathered at Cape May’s Grand Hotel late last month for a special session, “Shellfish Culture Now and Tomorrow: Charting a Course for Delaware Estuary Aquaculture,” held in conjunction with the Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit. The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary has hosted the summit every two years since 2005 and it has become as important conference for a variety of stakeholders whose work focuses on the estuary.

The special session about shellfish aquaculture originated with Daphne Munroe, assistant professor at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL). Munroe worked with summit organizers and HSRL colleague Lisa Calvo, aquaculture program coordinator, to develop and host the session, which included overviews of shellfish aquaculture in New Jersey and Delaware and an extensive discussion period that engaged conference participates and invited panelists. [Read more…]

Entrepreneurship Agriculture Day 2014 — Another Success!

EA Day interns and faculty team members (l-r): Serpil Guran and Dave Specca from EcoComplex; Roslyn Dvorin; Ian R. MacCloud; Tatiana Gladney; Kasturi Pryanka Shanker;  Donna Schaffner, Food Innovation Center - South; Sabedo Argueta; Albert Ayeni; Christopher Satch; Xenia Morin, Office of Grants Facilitation; Tung Ching Lee, Department of Food Science; Bill Sciarappa

EA Day interns and faculty team members (l-r): Serpil Guran and Dave Specca from Rutgers EcoComplex; Roslyn Dvorin; Ian R. MacCloud; Tatiana Gladney; Kasturi Pryanka Shanker; Donna Schaffner, Rutgers Food Innovation Center – South; Sabedo Argueta; Albert Ayeni; Christopher Satch; Xenia Morin, SEBS Office of Grants Facilitation; Tung Ching Lee, Department of Food Science; and Bill Sciarappa

On October 18, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) celebrated its second Entrepreneurship Agriculture (EA) Day on Cook Campus. This event was part of the Entrepreneurship Ag Program initiated at SEBS in Spring 2013 and comprised the teaching of a Jr/Sr Colloquium on Entrepreneurial Agriculture, a competitive student internship on Entrepreneurship Agriculture and the forming of a student club with the mission of promoting entrepreneurship in agriculture and food at SEBS. Forty-seven people were in attendance, including individuals from outside of Rutgers.

The key events included poster and oral presentations by EA interns Sabedo Argueta (Environmental and Business Economics 2014), Roslyn Dvorin (Ecology, Evolution & Natural Resources 2015), Tatiana Gladney (Agriculture and Food Systems 2016), Ian R. MacCloud (Plant Science 2015), Christopher Satch (Grad Student, Plant Pathology) and Kasturi Pryanka Shanker (Biotechnology  2014); and a keynote speech by Theresa Viggiano and Patrick Leger, founders and chief executives, First-Field, Inc. [Read more…]

Oyster farmers ride the wave of consumer tastes – Lawmaker offers his help to the shellfish growers

Aquaculture farmers in Middle Township are riding the leading edge of an oyster renaissance, a Rutgers marine scientist said recently, and last week independent growers in the area got the vocal support of a federal lawmaker in their pursuit to revitalize a once-great state industry…Not long ago, the lawmaker’s office reached out to Lisa Calvo, a Rutgers marine scientist working with eight oyster farmers in the township, and one in Cumberland County.

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Five Reasons to Set Up Shop in the Garden State, Birthplace of M&Ms, Campbell Soup…and Bon Jovi

Commercial food production in progress at Food Innovation Center North, Piscataway, NJ

Commercial food production in progress at Food Innovation Center- North, located in Piscataway, NJ.

The birthplace of Allen Ginsberg, Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey is also home to food industry giants like Campbell Soup, Goya Foods and Unilever USA. But is the Garden State doing what it takes to attract the next generation of food and beverage businesses? FoodNavigator-USA joined reporters for a whistle-stop tour led by Choose New Jersey to find out. (Editor’s Note: Check out items 3, 5 & 9 for Rutgers’ contribution.) Read more in FoodNavigator-USA.