Cooperative Extension

VillageSoup highlights UMaine Extension helping tackle food insecurity in Waldo County

VillageSoup highlighted the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Waldo County participating in a new initiative to tackle food insecurity. Waldo County Bounty is a community fundraising and resource-sharing initiative backed by a coalition of community leaders, farmers, small businesses and other supporters, according to the article. UMaine Extension in Waldo County provides educational […]

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Wiscasset Newspaper advances UMaine Extension webinar, updated bulletins

The Wiscasset Newspaper advanced University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s all-season gardening webinar and two updated bulletins for summer berries. The webinar, which will be held noon–1 p.m. Aug. 3, will discuss how to build a small movable greenhouse or low tunnel structure for growing winter greens and boosting spring and summer season crops. Register on […]

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BDN interviews Smart about black lawn

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Alicyn Smart, plant pathologist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about a little-known plant disease spreading across Maine. Black lawn, an opportunistic fungus that attacks dying tissue, has not been seen in Maine for at least three decades. But Smart notes that the fungus, Cladosporium, has likely been here and […]

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CentralMaine.com advances safe blueberry harvesting webinar

CentralMaine.com reported on the upcoming University of Maine Cooperative Extension webinar on the topic of safely harvesting Maine wild blueberries during COVID-19. The webinar runs noon–1 p.m. July 14. All Maine wild blueberry growers are invited to join the discussion by Zoom or telephone for updates on ways to minimize the spread of COVID-19 during […]

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Updated UMaine Extension berry publications available

University of Maine Cooperative Extension offers two updated bulletins for summer berries.  “Raspberry and Blackberry Varieties for Maine” includes information on the different types of brambles — from yellow raspberries to thornless blackberries — propagation methods and how to choose the best stock and plants for a given location. The bulletin also offers online instructional […]

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Pine Tree Watch interviews UMaine, Extension faculty about shift in weather patterns

Pine Tree Watch interviewed Sean Birkel, research assistant professor in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, and John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about shift weather patterns fueled by climate change. According to the article, “Rain deficits can be prompted by “atmospheric blocking […]

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Choosing native plants for pollinators with UMaine Extension July 20

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a webinar about selecting native plants for a pollinator-friendly garden noon–1 p.m July 20. “Choosing Native Plants for Pollinators” will inform participants about how to select native plants for pollinators and specific growing conditions for different planting combinations, as well as offer time for questions. UMaine Extension Master […]

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Dill speaks to BDN about spittlebugs

The Bangor Daily News interviewed James Dill, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist, about spittlebugs. Spittlebug nymphs produce foam that deters predators and prevents them from drying out while they feed on plant juices, according to the article. “It’s a secretion from the butt of the spittlebug,” Dill said, “so it’s not […]

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Media highlight Extension’s native plants for pollinators webinar

The Daily Bulldog, Morning Ag Clips and the Associated Press highlighted the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s webinar about selecting native plants for a pollinator-friendly garden, which will be held noon–1 p.m July 20. “Choosing Native Plants for Pollinators” will inform participants about how to select native plants for pollinators and specific growing conditions for […]

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