UMass Extension

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UMass Amherst offers a Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture program, and MFGA works closely with the University’s experts to identify and address issues that affect greenhouse growers and garden centers. We turn to UMass for assistance in research and analysis of technical and non-technical issues.

UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program has a website that provides extensive information on better management practices (BMPs), pesticides, and many other subjects that are important to your operation.
Click here for more information.

Also at the UMass website, you can find the Pest Management Guide. It is the most comprehensive, science-based information about insects, diseases, and weeds for greenhouse growing in New England.

Click here if you are new to the industry or just want to review some basics on greenhouse topics.

Contact information

University of Massachusetts Floriculture Extension Program
Jason D. Lanier 413-545-2965 | 413-577-1620 fax
103 French Hall, University of Massachusetts
230 Stockbridge Road, Amherst, MA 01003

Dr. Angela Madeiras 413-545-3209 | 413-545-4385 fax
3 French Hall, University of Massachusetts
230 Stockbridge Road, Amherst, MA 01003

Geoffrey Njue 781-891-0650 x12
UMass Waltham Center
240 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA 02452

Faculty Specialist—University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Douglas Cox 413-545-5214
Bowditch Hall, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Floriculture Diagnostics—University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Dr. Angela Madeiras 413-545-3208 | 413-545-4385 fax
3 French Hall, University of Massachusetts
230 Stockbridge Road, Amherst, MA 01003

Plant Diagnostic Lab—University of Massachusetts, Amherst
413-545-3208 • 413-545-4385 fax
French Hall, Room 3, 230 Stockbridge Road, Amherst, MA 01003
http://ag.umass.edu/services/plant-diagnostics-laboratory
Cost: $50 per plant disease sample analysis

Soil & Plant Nutrient Testing Lab—University of Massachusetts, Amherst
413-545-2311
203 Paige Lab, 161 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01003
http://ag.umass.edu/services/soil-plant-nutrient-testing-laboratory
Cost: $15 per soil sample