Cooperative Extension

Ellsworth American previews pollinator workshop

The Ellsworth American reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program will offer a free workshop with Woodlawn Museum on Sept. 19. “Native Pollinators: Habitats In Your Garden,” will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the museum in Ellsworth. Alison Dibble, a research professor in pollination ecology at UMaine, will present […]

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Rebar quoted in Deseret News article on younger generation of farmers

John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with Deseret News for the article, “A younger generation of farmers gets in the dirt.” The article states the number of Americans younger than 35 pursuing farming as their primary occupation increased 10 percent to roughly 55,000 between 2007 and 2012, according to […]

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Boothbay Register advances annual Knox-Lincoln Counties Extension Association meeting

Boothbay Register reported the Knox-Lincoln Counties Extension Association’s (KLCEA) annual meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Sheepscot General Store, in Whitefield. This year’s meeting will focus on the challenges facing small farms in Maine and the innovation leading to success, according to the article. Guests are invited to meet with […]

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Moran speaks with Press Herald about state’s peach crop

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about Maine’s relatively small peach crop. Moran estimates there are about eight acres of peaches in the state compared with 2,000 acres of apple trees. In an ordinary year, the state’s climate is rough on the […]

Read more interviews Brawley, Kaczor about influx of seaweed washing ashore

Susan Brawley, a professor of plant biology at the University of Maine, and Keri Kaczor, a marine professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, were quoted in the article, “Massive influx of seaweed worries officials.” Maine environmental officials, scientists and coastal municipal leaders have recognized an ecological shift along southern coastal beaches and […]

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Kersbergen quoted in Press Herald report on local, grass-fed meat

Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, was quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “Backing up claims about local and grass-fed meat,” as part of the “Green Plate Special” column. According to a letter drafted this summer by the Maine Grass Farmers Network to retailers, restaurants […]

Read more advances UMaine Extension beekeeping course reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association (MSBA) will offer a five-week Beginner Bee School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1 through Oct. 29, at Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale. Instructor Larry Peiffer, master beekeeper and former MSBA vice president, will discuss honey bee […]

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Ellsworth American interviews Yarborough about highbush, wild blueberries

David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, spoke with The Ellsworth American for the article, “Competition increasing for state’s wild blueberries.” Highbush blueberries — which can be cultivated easily and grow rapidly — are presenting increasing competition for Maine’s wild blueberries, […]

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UMaine Extension sweet corn newsletter cited in BDN article

A 2012 University of Maine Cooperative Extension newsletter on growing sweet corn in Maine was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about “corn smut,” a fungus that grows in kernels, causing them to become grayish and bulbous. August is typically when corn smut is most often discovered in Maine, according to UMaine Extension. “This […]

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