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.
The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and RSU 19 Adult Education are sponsoring a workshop on how to grow hops in home gardens. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport. Participants will learn the history of hops production in New England, what is needed for hops to thrive in Penobscot County, basics of planting and care, pests that can affect hops, and harvesting.
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.
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.
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.
Kathryn Hopkins, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about Maine’s maple syrup season and how the colder weather, mixed with warm spells, has been affecting it. Hopkins said some producers in southern Maine have been able to make syrup during the brief warm temperatures, but a lot of people are still waiting for warmer weather before they begin to tap. She said she’s not worried about the late start, and if the weather warms up in a few weeks, there would still be a six-week season.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and RSU 19 Adult Education are sponsoring the workshop, which will cover the history of hops production in New England, what is needed for hops to thrive in Penobscot County, basics of planting and care, pests that can affect hops, and harvesting.
Donna Coffin, Extension Educator in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties and statewide resource for the Maine beef and equine industries, will lead the workshop. Cost is $10 for those who register by March 24/$15 for those who register after. To register, call 207.368.3290 or visit http://bit.ly/UMaineApril. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine.)
“Is Farming for ME?” will instruct attendees how to assess all assets that can contribute to a successful farm and where they can go for more information on starting a farm business plan. The program is part of the YOU CAN series of workshops developed to teach self-sufficiency skills to Maine families.
Donna Coffin, Extension Educator for Piscataquis and Penobscot counties and statewide resource for the Maine beef and equine industry, will lead the workshop. Cost is $5; pre-registration is required. To register, call 207.564.6525 or visit http://bit.ly/pyoucan. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301 or 800.287.1491 (in Maine).
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:
- March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
- April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
- April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
- April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
- April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
- May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
- June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale
Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields.
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) and University of Maine Cooperative Extension will sponsor a basic pesticide applicator license training for farmers March 3, 3-6 p.m. at the Penobscot County UMaine Extension office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor. The exam also can be taken from 6:30-8:30 the same evening.
Pre-registration is required by Feb. 28. The $5 registration fee covers the training and exam administration. To register or to request a disability accommodation, contact Theresa Tilton, 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 in Maine; Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let her know if you plan to take the exam at the end of the training.
Growers who use only general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000 of plant or plant products intended for human consumption are now required to be licensed by the Maine BPC. A three-year license costs $15 and requires one hour of continuing education annually.
By definition, a pesticide is any naturally or synthetically derived substance used to kill, control or repel undesired insects, weeds, fungi, bacteria, mammals, birds, rodents or other organisms. Organic products are also pesticides if they are used as described above.<
In addition to this training, Maine BPC and UMaine Extension will be offering additional sessions to help prepare growers for the Private Pesticide Applicator core exam before the requirement becomes fully enforceable April 1, 2015. Exam candidates should review the Pesticide Education (Core) Manual, available from UMaine Extension, prior to taking the exam. The exam can be taken at the BPC office in Augusta or at county Extension office. Call BPC, 207.287.2731, to schedule a time or have the exam mailed to your local Extension office.