Cooperative Extension

BDN interviews Dill on horsehair worms

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Jim Dill, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension associate program administrator in pest management, on horsehair worms, a parasite that attacks arthropods and is found in still or slow moving water. Dill said there are several species of the worm and their life cycles aren’t fully understood. The worms enter […]

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Press Herald interviews UMaine Extension’s Jackson on farm closures

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Tori Jackson, a program administrator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, on farm closures across the state. The owners of Maxwell’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth announced this summer would be their final season after 51 years of business, and federal data reported nearly 600 farms closed in Maine between 2017 […]

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BDN highlights UMaine Extension Tick Lab for report on tick-borne diseases

The Bangor Daily News highlighted the work of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab to test submitted ticks for disease. The lab has received 1,700 samples this year, which is less than the 2,000 submitted by this same time last year. Griffin Dill, Tick Lab manager and integrated pest management professional with UMaine […]

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BDN interviews Schattman on water storage for farms

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Rachel Schattman, an assistant professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, on water storage and supply designs for Maine farms during drought. Schattman has led tests for several years on the safety of using water from shallow wells as an option for storage […]

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BDN interviews Dill on what to expect for Japanese beetle season

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Jim Dill, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension associate program administrator in pest management, on his population predictions for this season’s Japanese beetles. Dill said it could be a “banner year” based on the last two seasons, as populations have been increasing due to mild winters. The beetles damage plant […]

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The County references Extension information on plant-eating bugs

The County referenced an informational fact sheet and newsletter from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension on bugs and beetles that eat potato plants. Weekly throughout the growing season, four UMaine Extension pest specialists issue the Pest Alert with recommendations for treating pests and diseases.

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Portland media interview Handley on fruit flies damaging strawberries

The Portland Press Herald,  WGME (CBS 13 in Portland) and WMTW (ABC 8 in Portland) interviewed David Handley, a vegetable and small fruit specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, on the abundance of fruit flies arriving early to berry farms in Maine. Some strawberry fields have closed their fields down before the end of […]

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News Center highlights UMaine Extension’s 4-H summer camps

News Center Maine highlighted 4-H programming through University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H. During the summer, 4-H hosts four camps located across the state to enrich students in nature and education. Executive Director of Maine 4-H centers Ryder Scott said these types of experiences are important for young people to unplug from technology and for […]

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Smithsonian Magazine interviews Calderwood for blueberry feature

Smithsonian Magazine referenced research from the University of Maine and interviewed Lily Calderwood, a wild blueberry specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for a story about wild blueberries harvested in the state. University researchers are analyzing how the berries respond to heat stress and excessive precipitation in order to help farmers predict how […]

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