We focus on the interaction of plants, soils and the use of land for the mutual benefit of people and sustainable environments. Our students acquire knowledge leading to successful careers through hands-on learning and internships.

Current Events

Using Peonies to Attract Tiphia Parasitoids – natural enemies of Japanese beetle grubs

Come to learn about and observe a fascinating and beneficial interaction between peonies and Spring Tiphia parasitoids. Find out how we can help these parasitoids and in that way make life harder for Japanese beetles. We will show you how to recognize Tiphia parasitoids and discuss white grub management options.

Free Outdoor Presentation

Registration is not necessary but RSVP to ana.legrand@uconn.edu will be appreciated to have a head count for refreshments and to send you reminders/updates. Pick any of the available dates.

When: Tuesday, May 26th (rain date May 27th) 11am-12 noon or Saturday, May 30th (rain date May 31st) 11am-12 noon

Where: UConn Plant Science Research and Education Facility
59 Agronomy Road, Storrs. Agronomy Road is off Rt. 195 (Storrs Road) and in between Flaherty Rd. and E Rd.

From I-84: Take exit 68 (Route 195), head south on Rte. 195, towards the UConn campus (this is a right turn if coming Hartford and a left if coming from Massachusetts.) Travel 8.8 miles on Rte. 195, pass through the UConn campus, then turning left onto Agronomy Road, the farm is at the end of the road. Landmarks: Second left after Liberty Bank.

From Route 44: Travel to Rte. 195, towards the UConn campus, (this is a right turn if coming from Hartford and left if coming from Putnam). From the junction of Rte. 195 and Rte 44, travel 3.0 miles on Rte 195, pass through the UConn campus, then turn left onto Agronomy Road. The farm is at the end of the road.

From Willimantic and points east: At the intersection of Rte. 195 and Rte. 6, travel 5.3 miles north on Rte. 195 and turn right onto Agronomy Road. The farm is at the end of road.

This program is sponsored by the UConn IPM Program and USDA NIFA.

The GrowIt! 2015 Horticulture Student Contest

Ball Horticultural Company has announced an awesome opportunity for hort related students.They will be selecting 2 students for the following experience:

  • An all-expense paid trip to Chicago August 17th-20th
  • All access pass to the Independent Garden Center Show
  • Lunch & dinners with various industry leaders
  • AND... dinner with Anna Ball

For additional information on requirements, click here.

CAHNR Summer Orientation

All incoming first-year and transfer student into the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources attend an Orientation session over the summer, which will include an advising session with Academic Programs and faculty advisors. This advising session will cover academic regulations and policies, plans of study, and registration. To review an outline of information covered during Orientation, please see this reference page.

News

Huffington Post: Turfgrass Management One of Five Non-traditional Yet High-paying Degrees

The Huffington Post recently listed Turfgrass Management as one of five non-traditional yet high-paying degrees for entering college students who don't want to enter traditional degree fields.

One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture.

USDA reports nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture job openings expected annually in the U.S., yet only 35,000 graduates available to fill them.

Congratulations to PLSA Faculty John Inguagiato and Cristian Schulthess!

Assistant Professor John Inguagiato received the CAHNR Excellence in Outreach Award

Associate Professor Cristian Schulthess received the CAHNRAA Excellence in Teaching Award

PSLA Landscape Architecture students place 2nd and 3rd in design competition for Hartford's Keney Park

2nd place: Grant Losapio, Ashley Bancel, Megan Duva, and Yilan Jian

3rd place: Samantha Stewart, Shane Holman, Xuru Yuan and Guang Zhou

PSLA LA students Shane Holman (second from left) and Yilan Jian (third from right) 

Hands-on Learning: PSLA Plant Propagation course

Students in this spring's HORT 3640 class with Dr. Mark Brand shared some of their plants propagated this semester!

 

Three students had perfect attendance in Plant Propagation lectures. Left to right are Tyler Holmquist, Dawn Smith, and Brian Bostram.

Congratulations Gabriel DeRosa!

PSLA Horticulture major, Gabriel DeRosa, was awarded a spring 2015 UConn IDEA Grant. Gabriel will work with two other CAHNR students, Daniel Foth and Carl Underwood, on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture through a Greenhouse Utilizing Aquaponic Technology. The team will create an organic, energy efficient aquaponic crop production system at Spring Valley Student Farm to address the increasing demand for locally-grown, nutrient-rich produce.

CAHNR in the News: Jessica Lubell

The Hartford Courant quoted Assistant Professor Jessica Lubell in the April 9, 2015 issue. Dr. Lubell advised gardeners to do research on native plants before visiting a garden center.

Congratulations Cody Seaman!

PSLA undergraduate Cody Seaman was accepted for the 2015 Jacobsen's Future Turf Managers' Seminar. This all-expense paid week-long trip and educational seminar is sponsored by Jacobsen for a graduating senior. Cody will be the sixth UConn turf student to receive this honor. 

Naturally@UConn: Meet PSLA undergraduate student Kamil Jablonowski

Kamil Jablonowski