NEW - The E.E. Cummings Crop Testing Laboratory has acquired a new grain analyzer! Thanks to a grant provided by the University of Vermont, we have upgraded from the original Perten Inframatic NIR, that we purchased when we opened the lab, to a new and improved Inframatic 9500. This NIR analyzes more grain types and provides more information about your samples. The Inframatic 9500 analyzes samples as whole grains rather than flour, so it is more important now than ever that samples are clean and free of debris to get accurate data. The sample submission and sample report forms will look a little bit different going forward. The submission form includes more grain types. It still asks customers to select wheat and barley sub-types and it is very important to identify these correctly for accurate analysis. The sample reports will now report protein and starch concentrations adjusted to 12% moisture content. There will be no changes in pricing for the NIR analysis. If you have any questions please contact our lab manager Hillary Emick at 802-656-5392 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We wanted to say thank you to You! We have all experienced a very different, challenging, and eye-opening past few years. We have all had to make changes, accommodations, and acceptances during this time as well. UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program has been able to continue with our projects and research trials, and we have continued to provide the information and research updates to you. We have appreciated the continued participation in the virtual events and webinars we have been able to provide. We have also started offering in-person and on-farm events this year! So once again, Thank You for your patience and continued interest in working with our NWCS Program!
Conferences and Events (current and past) – remember to always check out this webpage we maintain of our conferences and events – http://go.uvm.edu/conferences. In addition to current events listed, you can find past events with the webinars and/or presentations recorded and accessible to you to view. Most, if not all, of these recordings can also be found on our NWCS YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/cropsoilsvteam
2021 Research Reports – we have completed these research reports from 2021. Please view the Research Results webpage for our most updated information on our research trials, as well as previous years of reports - https://www.uvm.edu/extension/nwcrops/research
Remembering Jack Lazor
Among the many gifts Jack gave to us and the world was cultivation. Cultivation of plants and animals to provide nutritious foods. Cultivation of knowledge through his teaching at UVM and beyond. And, perhaps most importantly, cultivation of relationships – bringing together people throughout the food system to find a common path to sustainability. Jack’s work to help found the Northern Grain Growers Association is an example of this cultivation. Bringing together not only farmers but bakers, millers, and buyers that he met through his business and travels – all with the common goal of feeding people healthy foods while healing the earth.
Through the Northern Grain Growers Association, there is a donation opportunity to the Northern Flint Corn Consortium in honor of Jack.
Click here to learn about donating to the Northern Flint Corn Consortium in honor of Jack. The primary goal of the Northern Flint Corn Consortium is to help increase food production among Indigenous people and to help them find ways to sustain it. Education of students, participatory learning with the public, new connections, and new seeds for those who desire them.