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St. John Valley Times Advances UMaine Cooperative Extension Potato Recipe Contest


The St. John Valley Times reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Potato Board will sponsor the “Potatoes for the Health of it” potato-cooking contest July 27 at the 2014 Northern Maine Fair in Presque Isle. Participants are asked to prepare a heart-healthy recipe using the Maine potato as a primary ingredient. Recipes must contain no more than 30 percent fat and no more than 140 mg sodium per serving, feature Maine potatoes and use ingredients that are readily available. Recipe categories are soups, salads, breads, casseroles, desserts and miscellaneous.

Haskell Facilitates Facilitation


University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Jane Haskell specializes in strengthening skills of group facilitators so meetings can be conducted effectively and efficiently. Fishermen and graduate students are among her more than 400 clients.

This summer, Haskell, who has authored a national facilitation-training curriculum, is working with members of Wabanaki Nations.

She’s also researching how to buoy skills of facilitators who assist refugees. Specifically, she’s studying how American-born, English-speaking facilitators and group leaders ask for feedback from refugees who have recently arrived in the United States.

Refugees, she says, may not have positive experience with regard to giving comments in a formal group setting and may not understand the concept from a Western perspective or framework.

Haskell and a colleague who specializes in immigration and refugees issues are exploring how to best partner with refugees so that their perspectives are heard and understood in Maine.

Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter

Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter

Vol. 2, No. 2 – June 2014

57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle, ME 04769
207.764.3361 or 1.800.287.1462

Dear Grower,

For many areas, crops seem to be doing well despite the late plantings, and weather conditions post-planting have been more favorable than what was experienced last year.  In this latest issue of the newsletter you will find an article on tine harrowing for weed control in small grains.  As well, we have included an announcement from USDA-NRCS for funding and application deadlines for EQIP and AMA conservation programs.


Andrew Plant, Extension Agriculture Educator

Ellen Mallory, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

Huffington Post Interviews Plant about Growing Soybeans

The Huffington Post spoke with Andrew Plant, an educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Aroostook County, about growing soybeans in northern Maine. Plant said growers in northern parts of the state who are searching for crop alternatives to increase net farm income should consider planting soybeans. He said the beans perform best in well-drained soils, which are typical in Aroostook County, and can easily fit into a two- or three-year rotation with or without potatoes.

Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter Vol 2, No. 1


The May 2014 Maine Grain and Oilseed Newsletter is now available.  Take a look.

Thirty-two UMaine Faculty Members Receive Tenure and/or Promotion

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 32 University of Maine faculty members. The professors were nominated by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson based on a peer and administrative review of their successful work in teaching, research and public service.

“This annual process and recognition of excellence constitutes an important tradition to celebrate the University of Maine’s faculty and their role in the distinctiveness of Maine’s flagship, land grant university,” says President  Ferguson. “Their teaching, research and community outreach reaffirm the impactful role of public higher education in the quality of life for Maine citizens.”

University of Maine Faculty Promoted and/or Tenured, 2013–14

Promoted to professor

College of Engineering
Howard Gray, Civil Engineering Technology
M. Clayton Wheeler, Chemical Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Francois Amar, Chemistry
Mark Brewer, Political Science
Samuel Hess, Physics and Astronomy
Jon Ippolito, New Media
Richard Powell, Political Science
Liam Riordan, History

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Robert Lilieholm, Forest Resources
Ann Rosebush Sossong, Nursing
Vivian Chi-Hua Wu, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Promoted to associate research professor

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
Sarah Nelson

Promoted to associate professor with tenure

College of Engineering
Nuri Emanetoglu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Melissa Maynard, Civil Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Daniel Bilodeau, Theatre
Dylan Dryer, English
Mary Hough, History and Women’s Studies
Shannon McCoy, Psychology
Robert Meulenberg, Physics and Astronomy and Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
Kathleen Yoon, Psychology

Maine Business School
Niclas Erhardt, Human Resources
Jason Harkins, Entrepreneurship
Patti Miles, Operations Management

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Julie Gosse, Biochemistry
Teresa Johnson, Marine Policy
Robert Wheeler, Microbiology

Promoted to associate Extension professor with continuing contract

Tori Jackson, Cooperative Extension
Kristy Ouellette, Cooperative Extension
Andrew Plant, Cooperative Extension

Promoted to associate Extension professor and associate professor with continuing contract

Anne Lichtenwalner, Cooperative Extension and Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Ellen Mallory, Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Agriculture

Granted tenure at current rank of associate professor

Honors College
Margaret Killinger, Rezendes Preceptor of the Arts

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit

Image Description: Baling hay

Aroostook County Extension Association Annual Meeting

The Executive Board members of the Aroostook county Extension Association cordially invite you to the Aroostook County Extension Association Annual Meeting Thursday, November 21, 2013.  5:30 pm Grant Memorial United Methodist Church on Fleetwood Street in Presque Isle. 

The business meeting will be preceded by a social time at 5:30 pm and a dinner will be served around 6:00 pm.  Cost of the dinner is free; however, reservations are required.  Please call 532-6548 or 1-800-287-1469 by Tuesday, November 12th to RSVP.

The program for the evening will feature “4-H – Celebrating 100 years”.  There will be a brief powerpoint presentation of some of the highlights and programs that were offered this past year by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff, presentation of awards and election of officers.

Master Gardener 2013

Master Gardener 2013

  Are you a gardening enthusiast?  Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community?  If so, you may want to consider joining the Aroostook County Master Gardeners.  The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is pleased to again offer its popular Master Gardener Program in the fall of 2013.  Participants in the Master Gardener program will receive fourteen 3-hour in-depth training sessions in the art and science of horticulture starting September 10th, 2013.  Trainees also receive current, research based information from Extension educators and experts. 

After successful completion of the training program, each Master Gardener will volunteer 40 hours to a community gardening project such as planting and maintaining a vegetable variety trial, designing and creating a mobile display to be used at fairs and other public functions, or answering public calls and requests for gardening information. 

Master Gardeners become a part of a nationwide Cooperative Extension effort to train one another on best gardening practices and are recognized as well-trained practitioners who serve and beautify their communities.  They are linked to a professional network of support through county, state and national Cooperative Extension offices.

 The 2013 program will focus on garden vegetables, small fruits and trees fruits. The course will cover topics such as: soil science, composting and fertilizing, botany, growing nightshades vegetables, plant health and many other aspects of plant management. 

The program will be held as a distance education opportunity on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm beginning September 10th at the Cooperative Extension Houlton Office in Aroostook.  The live feed will originate out of our PiscataquisCounty office.

The program fees are based on your annual household income


Annual household income

Program Fee

$40,000 or less


$40,001 – $70,000


$70,001 or more


Note: This information will be confidential

 The fee is due on the first day of class following acceptance in the program. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available.

 For more information or to request an application, please call the Piscataquis County Extension Office at 564-3301 or 1-800-287-1491.  Applications are due September 6th, 2013. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Under University Policy, Federal and State of Maine Laws, participants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations that will allow them access to UMaine Extension programs. If you are a person with a disability and will need any accommodations please call Ana Bonstedt at the Piscataquis County Extension Office at 1-800-287-1491 or TDD: 1-800-287-8957 to discuss your needs. Request for accommodation should be submitted at least 10 days before the program begins, a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted. Our goal is to enable the public to participate in this program. Cooperative Extension provides equal opportunities in programs.

Coffin Talks about Pigs for BDN Article on Escaped Hog

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Donna Coffin, educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about pig habits for an article on a 140-pound black guinea hog who escaped into the Aroostook woods on its way to a slaughterhouse. Coffin said pigs are omnivores and if they can find a dry shelter with access to water, they could survive the winter in the wild. She also said the pig could be more cautious of people the longer it is on its own, but could be enticed with bait.


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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension in Aroostook County
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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