AGRICULTURE

It may seem paradoxical, but sugar maple trees need snow to grow.

Each winter, a deep blanket of snow — 8 inches deep or more — covers about 65 percent of northeastern sugar maples. Without this insulating snow, the soil freezes deeper and longer, damaging the trees’ shallow roots.

A Dollar General store in New Britian, Connecticut.
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Residents of Cummington, Massachusetts, are pushing back against a possible plan to build a Dollar General store in their town.

Climate change will hit the Northeast hard and soon, bringing threats to our health — and to fruit crops, ski resorts and the Atlantic cod.

Those are some conclusions from the fourth National Climate Assessment, which was released on Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — in what some see as an attempt to blunt media coverage. Thirteen federal agencies contributed to the 1,656-page report, which is mandated by law and produced every four years.

UMass Amherst Launches Student-Run Sustainable Vineyard

Nov 21, 2018
Students at UMass work on the vineyard.
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UMass Amherst has created a vineyard for students to get first-hand experience in growing wine-quality grapes.

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Town officials in Deerfield, Massachusetts, are reaching out to UMass Amherst after residents complained about spraying at a grass research farm owned by the university.

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