Cooperative Extension

Wagner, Dill featured in WVII report on coming spruce budworm outbreak

Robert Wagner, the Henry W. Saunders Distinguished Professor in Forestry at the University of Maine and director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit; and Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for Part I of the report, “The return of the spruce budworm.” During […]

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Witt, Wertheim speak about healthy lawns, waters on ‘Love Maine Radio’ show

Amy Witt and Frank Wertheim of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension were recent guests on “Love Maine Radio,” part of Maine Magazine. The episode, “Happy Lawns, Healthy Waters #243” explored the topic of healthy lawns, and their relationship with local waters and the ecosystem. “Without excessive irrigation and excessive fertilizer and pesticide inputs, you […]

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‘Preserve the Harvest’ with UMaine Extension

Food preservation is the focus of a hands-on University of Maine Cooperative Extension workshop 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the UMaine Extension office, 138 Pleasant St., Suite 1, Farmington. Kate McCarty, UMaine Extension food preservation community education assistant, will cover the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use hot water bath canners […]

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BDN interviews Moran about using dwarf trees to grow more fruit in Maine

Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Can Maine grow more fruit with smaller trees?” Moran, who works at UMaine Extension’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, has been running an experiment as part of a national project studying cold hardiness in […]

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Jim Dill speaks with WLBZ about black fly season

Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with University of Maine Cooperative, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) about black fly season in Maine. Dill said the amount of black flies varies by location, and that there tends to be more flies near streams, rivers or other fresh bodies of water. If bug spray doesn’t help keep […]

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BDN interviews Griffin Dill about tick precautions

Griffin Dill, coordinator of the tick ID program at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Are ticks keeping kids indoors? Maine schools help educate families about Lyme, other tick-borne diseases.” Last year, 1,200 probable and confirmed cases of Lyme disease were reported to the Maine Center […]

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Griffin Dill cited in AP article on ticks carrying Lyme disease in New England

Griffin Dill, coordinator of the tick ID program at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was cited in an Associated Press article about the prevalence of ticks that carry Lyme disease in New England. The pests have reached into northern Maine and are increasing in Vermont, where the state’s entomologist expects cases of the disease […]

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Media report on UMaine Extension’s latest ‘Growing Maine’ video

The Bangor Daily News and Morning Ag Clips reported on the second installment of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s “Growing Maine,” a series of short documentaries highlighting Maine food producers and farm families. The second video in the series tells the story of Doreen and John Simmons of Stoneheart Farm in South Paris, and […]

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White-tailed deer

Elias focuses on factors affecting spread of deer ticks, diseases

With the arrival of spring, many Mainers head outside to hike, mow lawns, picnic, and garden. But working and playing outdoors can bring people in contact with deer ticks and tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease. “Maine in 2014 had the highest incidence of Lyme disease of all the states in the country,” says Susan Elias, […]

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