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On Thursday, January 31, 2019, the public viewing area for the robotic milking parlor at the Kellogg Dairy Center was named for Handfield Dairy Equipment. For more than forty years, Handfield Dairy Equipment has been a partner of the UConn dairy program, providing equipment for retrofits of the milking parlor as technology has evolved. In 2017, Handfield Dairy Equipment donated countless hours of labor and provided equipment through a gift in kind that ensured the University could install the robotic milking system with the available budget, helping the UConn program remain at the forefront of teaching and research in modern dairy science.

CAHNR in the news

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UConn Today announced that the UConn Board of Trustees confirmed the appointment of Thomas C. Katsouleas as the 16th president of the University of Connecticut. Department of Nutritional Sciences Professor Hedley Freake and Department of Extension Professor Nancy Bull were members of the Advisory Search Committee for President because of their affiliation with the University Senate Executive Committee.

The New York Times ran a story about the woman who developed and directed the food stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, or SNAP. The woman was Isabelle Kelley, who was the first woman to receive a degree in agricultural economics from the University of Connecticut. The article is part of an effort by The Times to write the stories of remarkable people whose deaths went unreported.

Morning Ag Clips posted about a cannabis course being offered for the first time at UConn. Professor Gerald Berkowitz was quoted, and CAHNR alumna Taylor Cheek was mentioned. Another alumnus, Temporary University Specialist Matt DeBacco, will be the primary instructor for the class. Continue reading

Meet recent graduate Kelly Chuquihuanca

Kelly Chuquihuanca
Kelly Chuquihuanca

Kelly Chuquihuanca is a recently graduated agriculture and natural resources major. She started her journey at UConn in the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, completing her associate’s degree in animal science.

Once moving to CAHNR, she was actively involved in orientation for the college and was one of our College Ambassadors. These experiences caused her to realize that her passion is in teaching, and she will be receiving her Masters in curriculum and instruction from the Neag School of Education with the aim of being an agriculture educator. Here is what she said about her CAHNR experience.

What attracted you to UConn? One of the biggest reasons why I chose UConn was its animal science program. UConn has one of the best programs for people who are interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine after they complete their undergraduate degree. Another big reason was the size of the college, I come from the city, so I was not afraid of how big the campus was. Plus, UConn’s commitment to community translates to a warm welcoming for upcoming students. Continue reading

Researchers study food insecurity and obesity in Connecticut

Rebecca Boehm
Rebecca Boehm

Individuals who experience higher levels of food insecurity are often forced to make sacrifices in the quality of their diet. This is an issue because cheap calories are not necessarily healthy calories. As an example, you can order two cheeseburgers, medium fries and a Diet Coke® from McDonald’s for under five dollars and receive 930 calories. According to research by the Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research at Duke, it costs nearly $20 to get the same caloric intake from low-energy but nutritious foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables). If you are living on a fixed income, it might be hard to improve the quality of your diet, especially if you do not have enough money to buy food.

In a Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy Outreach Report published last month, the research team of former Postdoctoral Fellow Rebecca Boehm, Associate Extension Educator Jiff Martin, CAHNR alumna and current Senior Director of Community Partnership and Programs at the Connecticut Food Bank Jaime Foster and Director of Zwick Center and Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics  Rigoberto A. Lopez examined the link between food insecurity and obesity in the state of Connecticut.

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