October 2nd, 2013 1:43 PM
Pesticide Applicator License Exam Training
Thursday, November 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Maine
Registration fee is $10.00. Lunch cost is additional $15.00 (optional).
PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
The Core pesticide training and exam will be offered in the morning, followed by lunch. There will be Orchard Fruit Commodity AND Vegetable Commodity trainings and exams offered concurrently in the afternoon.
Please visit UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Tree Fruit website to register online and for more information.
October 1st, 2013 10:21 AM
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a Hancock County gleaning initiative — the act of harvesting extra crops and sharing with those in need — put on by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia. Food collected at farms throughout the county are collected by volunteers and redistributed to food pantries throughout Hancock County.
October 1st, 2013 9:23 AM
Male Spotted Wing Drosophila, photo by Griffin Dill
We continue to capture spotted wing drosophila flies at all of our monitoring sites from southern, mid-state and coastal Maine.
Please visit the Highmoor Farm website for the September 30, 2013 Spotted Wing Drosophila announcement, “Spotted Wing Drosophila Counts Remain at High Levels,” where you can subscribe to updates.
September 23rd, 2013 2:00 PM
The Weekly Observer, serving Sanford, Springvale, Acton and Lebanon, previewed a five-week introductory beekeeping course that will start October 15, 2013 in Springvale. The York County Beginner Bee School is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine State Beekeepers Association.
September 13th, 2013 12:19 PM
Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Phoenix food feature on apple varieties found in Maine. Moran said the gold rush variety is rare in New England because it doesn’t ripen until late October when it’s often too cold. She also said customer demand for organic apples hasn’t matched the hype and that it demands a lot of extra work and money for lower yields.
September 13th, 2013 12:00 PM
John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Morning Sentinel about the growth of agriculture in Maine for an article on the Good Will-Hinckley charter school’s latest project to reflect on its agricultural mission. Rebar said there is a growing interest in agriculture among young people and there is a need for agriculture education. He says programs such as those offered at the charter school in Hinckley will help students look at farming as a potential career.
September 13th, 2013 11:12 AM
Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke about the state’s apple crop for the latest post of the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” Moran said this year’s crop is larger than last year’s because the weather during bloom was favorable for pollination. She added that orchards in northern Maine have a lighter crop than southern Maine orchards from poorer pollination weather.