Faculty, Staff and Volunteers Receive Rutgers Cooperative Extension Excellence Awards for 2014

Staci Peterson accepted the Volunteer Excellence Awards on behalf of her and her husband Matt.

Staci Peterson accepted the Volunteer Excellence Awards on behalf of her and her husband Matt.

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 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Excellence Awards are to recognize faculty, staff and volunteers who demonstrate outstanding performance and creativity, and how their contribution to Extension has resulted in a positive change or has made a significant impact and enhanced RCE at a local county, state and/or national level. The Award for Volunteer Excellence was awarded to Sherrie and Matt Peterson, Hunterdon County 4-H volunteers; the Award of Excellence for Support Staff recipient is Anita Wagner, keyboarding clerk 3, RCE of Atlantic County and  the Award of Excellence for a Program Associate was awarded to Marycarmen Kunicki, 4-H senior program coordinator, RCE of Passaic County. [Read more…]

Collaborative Workshop Promotes Science-Based Approach to Manage Shellfish Diseases

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and the Rutgers Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory (HSRL) joined with scientific colleagues, shellfish farmers, and government officials in October to explore options for improving management of oyster and clam diseases along the East Coast of the U.S., in light of the region’s rapidly growing aquaculture industry.

VIMS' Ryan Carnegie address workshop participants.

VIMS’ Ryan Carnegie addresses workshop participants.

The partners met at VIMS’ Gloucester Point campus for a two-day workshop whose goal, says VIMS Research Associate Professor Ryan Carnegie, was to “identify strategies for a regional, science-based approach to shellfish management, one that facilitates interstate commerce while minimizing health risks to cultured and wild populations.” Carnegie directs the Shellfish Pathology Lab at VIMS, which performs dozens of health evaluations for industry each year.

Health risks to shellfish include oyster diseases such as MSX, SSO, and Dermo; as well as the clam disease QPX. These diseases don’t affect humans, but they do threaten the health of infected shellfish (both farmed and wild), and the operations and profitability of shellfish growers.

Carnegie co-hosted the event with David Bushek, director of HSRL, VIMS colleague Karen Hudson, Rutgers New Jersey Sea Grant Aquaculture Progam Coordinator Lisa Calvo, and USDA’s Lori Gustafson and Lynn Creekmore of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Services (APHIS VS). [Read more…]

Master Gardeners visit Little Sprouts Early Learning Center

A group of Master Gardeners under the leadership of Claudia Kunath recently continued their education program at the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center with a presentation about the season of autumn. "Our goal with this presentation was to focus on the season of fall and what happens to trees and seeds," explained Claudia Kunath, the Team Leader for the Master Gardeners for Little Sprouts. The group staged a story complete with puppets and props, and then set up stations for crafts and further examination of seeds and fall foliage.

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Better Process Control School at Rutgers: A Tip for Making Processed Foods Safer

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) offers a series of courses for food manufacturing and R&D professionals in food science, product development and food safety. In this video, Professor Don Schaffner offers a tip on preventing microbial contamination that is offered in the Better Process Control School. See a listing of OCPE’s upcoming food safety courses.

Video: Better Process Control School at Rutgers: A Tip for Making Processed Foods Safer

Edison Volunteer Receives Award for Excellence as a Master Gardner

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension is recognizing two Master Gardeners as recipients of this year’s Awards for Excellence at the 2014 Middlesex County Master Gardener Fall Conference. Master Gardener Linda Larson of Edison was recognized for her efforts in the Evergreen Garden of Memories and Susan Herzig of Old Bridge was recognized for her efforts in the Breast Cancer Awareness Garden. "The Masters Gardeners work hard to make Middlesex County a more green and beautiful place," said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee.

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