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UMass President Robert Caret launches whistlestop tour

Christina Rapsomanikis, left, and Laty Chhuon, employees of the Berkshire Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, listen to UMass president Robert Caret speak Monday during a visit to Czajkowski's Farm in Hadley which provides food for the Amherst campus. Caret was on the first day of a four-day 500-mile tour which, according to a press release, "highlights 150 years of UMass' academic excellence and economic contributions."
KEVIN GUTTING

Christina Rapsomanikis, left, and Laty Chhuon, employees of the Berkshire Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, listen to UMass president Robert Caret speak Monday during a visit to Czajkowski's Farm in Hadley which provides food for the Amherst campus. Caret was on the first day of a four-day 500-mile tour which, according to a press release, "highlights 150 years of UMass' academic excellence and economic contributions." KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret Monday launched a statewide bus tour with stops in Hadley as well as Springfield, Holyoke and Lowell that will cover 500 miles in four days. One of his stops Monday was at Czajkowski’s Farm, at 311 River Road in Hadley, where he met with UMass students studying agriculture. The farm provides food for the Amherst campus. Caret’s tour, his second since taking office, will include visits to alumni start-ups, business incubators, research centers, and other key landmarks in an effort to underscore the university’s commitment to entrepreneurship, research and economic development. The tour coincides with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Land Grant Act, which created the state’s network of public land grant universities. UMass Amherst was founded in 1863.

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