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The Agricultural Engineering Program of UVM Extension is dedicated to enhancing Vermont’s food systems through analysis, design, evaluation and adoption of infrastructure, technology and equipment that meet the needs of food producers and processors.

Vermont’s food systems are experiencing increased localization, value addition, diversification, extension of growing season and increased market demand.  New crops and new ways of growing and harvesting crops are being explored and adopted.  Regional processing of crops to value-added food products is on the rise. Consumers are demanding nutritious, safe, and locally-sourced foods through-out the year requiring a focus on extended growing season and improved storage mechanisms.  This is happening at a time when energy is expensive and environmental impact is increasingly important.  As a result, the agricultural landscape and the people who work in it are changing and adapting.  The dynamic nature of the food system demands technical assistance in several areas including engineering.

Farmers and processors with specific technical needs and research & development ideas related to Vermont food systems are encouraged to contact us.

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Introducing UVM Extension’s New Ag Engineering Technician!

Hey there! I thought I should introduce my self now that I’ve been a part of the UVM Extension community for a few months now, met many of you (farmers, colleagues) and look forward to getting to know many more impactful individuals in the agricultural and food system space with-in (primarily) Vermont communities.

I’m Andy Chamberlin and work with Chris Callahan on agricultural engineering types of projects. The main focus of the work I do is to help fruit and vegetable farmers with their post-harvest processes to increase efficiencies to drive success and increase profitability all with food safety in mind. Continue reading Introducing UVM Extension’s New Ag Engineering Technician!