Grab your favorite coffee drink and dig into these longer pieces.

Fracking for Natural Gas in Western Mass? Probably Not Anytime Soon, Says UMass Geologist and Amherst Attorney

A 2012 report suggested there may be some untapped natural gas resources underneath the Pioneer Valley. The finding has communities concerned that it could invite the controversial hydraulic fracturing into their backyard.

Continue reading…

NSF Funds Student Anthropology Research in Europe

A new grant and a partnership with the University of Barcelona in Spain allows students to pursue independent research projects with the support of experts in European anthropology.

Continue reading…

Iconic Old Chapel Needs Millions in Renovations to Reopen Its Doors

When Marla Miller came to western Massachusetts from Wisconsin in the summer of 1987, she hiked up Mount Sugarloaf. At the summit 650 feet off the ground, she looked out into the vast Pioneer Valley, the Connecticut River meandering through hills and farmland. In the distance, she could see a cluster of tall buildings peaking up from the otherwise rural landscape. Miller asked someone what the name

Continue reading…

Massachusetts Dairy Farmers Look Beyond Milk to Make Ends Meet

Cows in the main barn at Barstow's Longview Farm in Hadley.

Cows in the main barn at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley.

On a late July morning in 2007, a group of dairy farmers, state legislators and various government officials met at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to discuss a crisis. After the attendees introduced themselves, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Scott Soares, described the “perfect storm” that drove the dairy industry into its dire

Continue reading…

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.