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Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides

Mainers Urged to Sign Up for Free Disposal of Banned, Unusable Pesticides

Joint Press Release

AUGUSTA—This October, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s (DACF) Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to help Mainers dispose of banned or unusable pesticides.

This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. Collection will occur at sites located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland. To qualify, people must register by September 26, 2014.

Governor Paul R. LePage is urging Mainers to take advantage of this opportunity to protect the environment and save money through this once a year collection event that highlights cooperation between government agencies. “This is an opportunity for Mainers to dispose of unusable pesticides properly and at no expense,” said Governor LePage. “By consolidating collections into four central locations and using in-house resources and expertise, we can reduce disposal costs to about $2 per pound. That’s a great value for Maine taxpayers.”

It’s not unusual for homes and farms to have unintentional hazardous waste—banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen, or otherwise rendered unusable—sitting around in basements, garages, or barns. These chemicals can be difficult and expensive to dispose of; DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb stressed the importance of proper disposal of banned or unwanted pesticides.

“It’s important for the protection of public, wildlife, and environmental health that these products are dealt with properly and not thrown in the trash or down the drain, where they can contaminate land and water resources, including drinking water,” said Commissioner Whitcomb. “People holding these chemicals should contact the BPC as soon as possible to register for the October collection.”

“Providing an easy and no cost solution for Mainers to properly dispose of pesticides is a win for the environment and public health,” said Maine DEP Commissioner Patricia Aho. “The collection events cover the State and are held in Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta and Portland providing accessible methods of collection and future disposal.”

The collected chemicals go to out-of-state disposal facilities licensed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency where they are incinerated or reprocessed.

Registration by September 26, 2014, is mandatory—drop-ins are not permitted. To register, get details, and learn important information about the temporary storage and transportation of obsolete pesticides, go to the BPC Web site at MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “links.govdelivery.comtrack” claiming to be thinkfirstspraylast.org, or call 207-287-2731.

The Maine Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program, jointly sponsored by the BPC and DEP, and paid for entirely through pesticide product registration fees, has kept more than 90 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since its start in 1982.

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CCAR Outreach Efforts Featured in Aquaculture North America Article

The University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture (CCAR) in Franklin was mentioned in an Aquaculture North America article about Acadia Harvest Inc. of Brunswick, Maine, reaching the final pilot phase of its work on land-based re-circ aquaculture of California yellowtail. The company also is laying the groundwork for commercial production of yellowtail, and hopes to add black sea bass in the future, the article states. Taylor Pryor, a chief scientist and marine biologist at Acadia Harvest Inc., said the company wouldn’t have accomplished as much in the past three years without the expertise at CCAR, which supports aquaculture business incubation. “The CCAR staff are wonderfully competent in their hatchery work,” Pryor said. “Having their expertise and the CCAR facility can vastly reduce the time needed to move projects forward.”

August 2014 Preserving Events at UMaine Extension

Space Still Available …Sign up today

Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? UMaine Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops teach techniques for hot water bath and pressure canning, fermentation, drying of herbs, fruits and vegetables.

Cost: $15 materials fee per person unless otherwise noted. Contact us at (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (within Maine) or register at: Current Workshops .     

Date: August 19, 2014
Topic: Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Low-sugar Blueberry Jam
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: $15 materials fee per person
To register: Call (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (within Maine) or register online

Date: August 21, 2014
Topic: Preserving by the Pint demonstration
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Cost: $15 materials fee per person
To register: Call (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (within Maine) or register online
Taught by: Marisa McClellan, cookbook author and blogger

Date: August 22, 2014
Topic: Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Low-Sugar Blueberry Jam
Location:  Catherine’s Cupboard, Standish Town Hall, 175 Northeast Rd.  Rte 35  Standish, ME                             Time: 3:00pm-5:30pm
Cost: $15 materials fee per person
To register: Call (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (within Maine)

Date: August 28, 2014
Topic: Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing: Tomatoes
Location: Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Rd., Arundel
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $15 materials fee per person
To register: Call (207) 781-6099 or 1-800-287-1471 (within Maine) or register online

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Local Bread Wheat Project Cited in Press Herald Report

A Portland Press Herald article about Maine bakeries using more local grains mentioned the Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project, a USDA-funded collaboration of researchers, farmers, millers and bakers in Vermont and Maine that aims to help farmers increase organic bread wheat production and quality. For the past four years, Alison Pray, co-owner of the Standard Baking Co. in Portland, has been working with the Northern New England Local Bread Wheat Project at the University of Maine and the Northern Grain Growers Association. The groups occasionally send her new heritage wheat varieties to bake with so she can evaluate their properties and flavor, according to the article.

Dill Quoted in Press Herald Article About Increase in Tick-Borne Illnesses

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Maine seeing an increase in tick-bite illnesses other than Lyme disease. Cases of anaplasmosis and babesiosis, which can seriously affect health if undetected, are at or nearing record levels in the state, according to the article. Dill said the good thing about illnesses from ticks is they can be treated with antibiotics. “That’s why, when we have a tick bite, we always tell the individual to contact their physician, especially if people find a tick that is attached and it has started to feed,” he said. He also stressed the importance of having a dedicated tick laboratory at UMaine, which would be funded if voters support Question 2 on the November ballot.

Upcoming Beekeeping Courses

2014 Fall: Beginner Beekeeping

Dates: Thursdays, October 16 to November 13
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Chris Rogers

2015 Winter: Beginner Beekeeping

Dates: Thursdays, February 5 to March 5
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Workshop Fee: $100.00 per person
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Chris Rogers

2015 Winter: Intermediate Beekeeping

Dates: Tuesdays, January 6 to February 10
Location: UMaine Extension Cumberland Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Instructors: Jack Hildreth and Peter Richardson
Workshop Fee: $140.00

For more information and to register, visit: umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/agriculture/beekeeping/

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Dill Quoted in AP Article on Berry Growers’ Fruit Fly Battles

James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in an Associated Press article about Northeast berry growers learning how to combat an invasive fruit fly — the tiny spotted-wing drosophila — that wiped out 80 percent of some farms’ late-season fruit two years ago. Growers in Maine, the country’s largest producer of wild blueberries, are spraying and harvesting sooner and planting earlier varieties, the article states. “You take a loss, but the loss is on green berries rather than having to put more pesticides out there,” Dill said. The Portland Press Herald, Yahoo! News and Fox Business carried the AP report.

 

Backyard Locavore Day TICKETS on sale

Backyard Locavore Day

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9th, 2014

REMINDER:  Tickets on Sale NOW!

See a total of 6 backyards in Brunswick and Freeport.  See details and online ticket ordering today at: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/locavore

Come and learn at this unique outdoor educational event.

This way to the backyard!

Buy your tickets today and get the $15 in advance  Day of event Tickets will cost $20.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension office will be open for ticket pickup

and sales on Saturday, August 9th between 10AM and Noon.

Regular Office hours:  Friday,  August 8th   8AM-4:30 PM  for ticket sales and pick up arrangements call 781-6099 or email extension.rlreception@maine.edu

 

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Press Herald Advances UMaine Extension’s Backyard Locavore Day

The Portland Press Herald previewed the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s sixth annual Backyard Locavore Day on Aug. 9. Several UMaine Extension experts will be on hand during self-guided tours of six backyards in Freeport and Brunswick. Visitors can learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore, or a person who eats food locally grown and produced. Demonstrations and talk topics will include vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, greenhouses and beekeeping. Each garden session will feature food-preservation methods, including drying, hot water bath canning and making herbal vinegars and jam. Complimentary food samples will be provided.

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Maine Home Garden Newsletter August available

The August 2014 issue of Maine Home Garden News is now available at:

Maine Home Garden News

In this issue…

August Is the Month to . . .
Native Perennials for Late Season Bee Gardens
Cover Crops for the Home Gardener
Tomatoes: Maine Foods for August


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Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County
75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104
Falmouth, Maine 04105
Phone: 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine)E-mail: extension.cumberland@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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