Rutgers Turfgrass Program Raises $400,000 for Henry Indyk (AG ’50) Graduate Education Fellowship

Henry Indyk

Henry Indyk

The Rutgers Turfgrass Program has raised a total of $400,000 to support the Henry Indyk Endowed Graduate Fellowship at the university. Thanks to a $61,000 donation from the New Jersey Turfgrass Association (NJTA) and the New Jersey Turfgrass Foundation (NJTF) in March, the seven-year capital campaign has met its goal of continuing support of graduate education at the university.

According to Bruce Clarke, chair of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and director of the Center for Turfgrass Science, this fundraising effort was initiated in 2007 to provide an ongoing source of funding for graduate students in turfgrass science at Rutgers. Clarke expressed appreciation “to the NJTA and NJTF for their tremendous support of the Henry Indyk Endowed Graduate Fellowship, to the tune of more than $150,000 in funding since we started our campaign.” [Read more...]

Grafting apple trees to be shown at Rutgers’ Snyder Farm in Franklin Township

Want to learn the how’s and why’s of propagating apple trees and changing varieties with the age-old techniques of grafting? Then come to the last class in this spring’s Rutgers Snyder Farm Home Orchard Series…Both classroom instruction and a hands-on grafting workshop taught by County Agricultural Agent Win Cowgill, area fruit agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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Master Gardeners present “Alternatives to Invasive Plants” @ Stafford

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Master Gardeners of Ocean County will present “Alternatives to Invasive Plants” at the Stafford branch Monday, April 28th at 2:30 PM.

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Rutgers Alumna Finds Thousands of Creepy Crawlies Live in our Homes

marmorated stink bug isolated on whiteNancy Brill earned a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Rutgers in 2000. After completing a master’s degree in horticulture at North Carolina State University (NCSU), she returned to Rutgers as a field researcher in vegetable pathology at Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Upper Deerfield, NJ. Brill, who later earned a Ph.D. in Entomology at NCSU, conducted a  study as a postdoc that sought to reveal the arthropods that can be found in our homes. The result? Over 10,000 specimens were collected from just 50 houses. The New York Times published Brill’s inside peek into just what kind of creepy crawlies lurk inside our homes.

Note: While she conducted field research at Rutgers, she found time to publish an essay spilling the dirt on being a woman working in agriculture, which was published in Newsweek in 2007. Brill is currently an Agronomic Service Representative at Syngenta Crop Protection.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers spring lawn and garden tips

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers the following tips for people doing work on their lawn and garden this spring. Bulbs: Start planting summer bulbs in May. Some favorites are gladiolus, dahlias, calla lilies, caladiums, alstroemeria, lilies, crocosmia and tuberous begonias.

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