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Jemison, Black Bear Food Guild Members Talk to WVII about Local Foods

WVII (Channel 7) spoke with John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and two members of the Black Bear Food Guild for a report about Maine’s high commitment to local foods. Jemison said people want to know what’s in their food and how it’s grown, and he has seen a lot of that interest in Maine. UMaine students and Black Bear Food Guild members Laura Goldshein and Lindy Morgan spoke about their work within the guild. The Black Bear Food Guild is a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that is organized and managed by sustainable agriculture students and offers CSA shares to community members in an effort to increase accessibility to fresh, seasonal produce.

2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

2014 Maine Pollination Workshops

During the spring and summer of 2014, researchers from the University of Maine are hosting a series of free pollination workshops for fruit and vegetable growers. These workshops are supported by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. The workshops will provide instruction on assessing bees’ impact on fruit set and identifying wild bees. They will also include information on strategies to improve habitat for wild bees. For more information, contact Kourtney Collum at kourtney.collum@maine.edu. In case of inclement weather, visit the following website for more information:  http://mainepollinationworkshops.weebly.com/. No preregistration is required for these workshops.

 

Pollination Workshop for Apple Growers

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Rain date:  Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for apple growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Seven Tree Farm, Route 235, 2740 Western Road, Warren, Maine 04864

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop II for Lowbush Blueberry Growers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Rain date:  Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Blueberry Hill Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 1643 Route 1, Jonesboro, Maine 04648

This workshop is designed specifically for lowbush blueberry growers.

 

Pollination Workshop for Squash and Pumpkin Growers

Monday, July 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Rain date:  Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Highmoor Farm, UMaine Experiment Station, 52 U.S. Route 202, Monmouth, Maine 04259

This workshop is designed specifically for squash and pumpkin growers.

Morning Sentinel Advances Hayfield, Pasture Management Workshop

The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County will hold a workshop on hayfield and pasture management April 3, 2014 in Farmington. Richard Kersbergen, Extension educator from Waldo County, will lead the class for farmers and others who want to make their lands more productive and profitable.

Kennebec Journal Advances Cooperative Extension Poultry Producers School

The Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teenagers. Topics will include best management practices, bird health and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds, poultry nutrition, poultry product quality and organic practices.

WABI Interviews Hopkins about Maine Maple Syrup Season

WABI (Channel 5) spoke with Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, about the current state of Maine’s maple syrup season. Hopkins said while some people may be concerned about the slow start to this year’s season, it’s actually back to the traditional time frame for maple syrup production following a couple of earlier seasons. She said the maple syrup season in Maine can range from the end of January until the middle of April and predicts there will be plenty of syrup available in April.

Hopkins Talks to MPBN about Maple Syrup in Maine

Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the report “Harsh winter expected to harm spring maple syrup harvest.” Hopkins said an ideal sugaring season consists of a long period of cold nights and sunny, warm days. Such weather hasn’t happened in Maine yet this year, but she predicts it will occur from late March into April.

Hopkins Discusses Maple Syrup on MPBN’s “Maine Calling”

Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was a guest on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on tree tapping and maple syrup making in Maine.

Press Herald, BDN Cite Gabe’s Syrup Study

Portland Press Herald columnist Meredith Goad wrote about University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s study on the maple industry’s financial impact in the state. The industry, he found, generates a direct contribution to the state’s economy of $27.7 million, 567 full- and part-time jobs, and $17.3 million in labor income.

Kathryn Hopkins, a maple products specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said in a Bangor Daily News story that Mainers could increase the state’s maple syrup production and profile. “We have the trees,” said Hopkins. “If we decide to get organized, get more young people and develop the market … Maine could do anything it wants.”

Last year, Maine’s licensed producers generated 450,000 gallons of syrup worth $24 million. Maine ranks third in the country in syrup production behind Vermont and New York. Hopkins said the maple syrup industry has recently been growing in Maine; three years ago, there were about 380 licensed maple producers and this year there are 452.

Sentinel Gears Up for Tractor Safety Courses

The Morning Sentinel reported that University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s tractor and farm machinery safety course will be start April 15, 2014 at Ingraham’s Equipment in Knox. The course, designed for youth ages 14–16, will continue for the next four consecutive Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Brzozowski Comments on Mail Order Poultry Practice

Richard Brzozowski, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension poultry specialist, commented in a Morning Sentinel story about day-old mail order baby chicks that died en route from Pennsylvania to Mercer, Maine, when their delivery was delayed. Brzozowski said Maine farmers often rely on mail order chicks because there are no commercial hatcheries in Maine.


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Cooperative Extension: New Farmers
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 1.800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 1.800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
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