A new 285-page illustrated manual, the Northeastern U.S. Aquaculture Management Guide, has just been published by the US Department of Agriculture Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center. Edited by Tessa L. Getchis, Connecticut Sea Grant and UConn Extension aquaculture specialist, the manual is a wealth of useful information on potential hazards for those who grow fish, shellfish, and seaweed. Twenty-five aquaculture extension professionals and many researchers, aquatic animal health professionals and farmers contributed to the information presented in this volume. Every year, the aquaculture industry experiences economic losses due to diseases, pests, adverse weather, or operational mishaps. This manual identifies many specific risks to help seafood growers identify, manage and correct production-related problems. The guide also includes monitoring and record-keeping protocols, and a list of aquaculture extension professional contacts who can help when there is a problem. The publication was made possible by funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center (NRAC) to the Northeast Aquaculture Extension Network. It is available for download in PDF format at http://agresearch.umd.edu/nrac/publications-0.
Laura Dunn is a master’s student in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics. After completing internships at both the UN and Noble Group, she has her sights on working with a team to tackle the big issues in today’s world of agriculture. Here’s what she said in an interview.
Where did you study as an undergraduate?
The University of Connecticut. During my senior year of high school, my dad and I took a road trip and visited over 20 schools. When I visited UConn, I realized it had everything I was looking for: well-respected academics, a diverse student body, high-ranking athletic teams, and a beautiful campus—for the best price too!
What was your major?
I received a BS in agricultural and resource economics (ARE) with a concentration in business management. I received two minors in Spanish and environmental economics and policy.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?
The CDC reports that in 2012, more than one-third of US children and adolescents were overweight or obese.
Amy Mobley, registered dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, is involved in several projects aimed at preventing childhood obesity and encouraging healthy eating habits. Mobley primarily works with low-income families, who experience higher rates of food insecurity and chronic disease than the population as a whole.
In a multi-state program funded by the USDA, Mobley helped create All 4 Kids, an obesity-prevention program designed for preschool age children from under-served, at-risk populations. The University of Nevada led the team that included UConn, Oklahoma State University and Rutgers.
Mobley’s team served as a key partner in developing the nine-week program. The Connecticut program was held at a Head Start preschool in Manchester that serves over 100 families. A nutrition educator was trained to present 24 lessons focusing on three key areas—eat smart, be active and accept others regardless of their size. They met three times a week for 30 minutes. (more…)