Cooperative Extension

AP advances Boots-to-Bushels program

The Associated Press advanced University of Maine Cooperative Extension training program in small-scale farming for market sales to military veterans and family members and farmers with disabilities starting in January. “Boots-2-Bushels: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners and Farmers,” features semimonthly online classes that will be held through May 24 via Zoom and weekly, hands-on fieldwork […]

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Pen Bay Pilot highlights Extension’s edible gifts webinar

The Penobscot Bay Pilot highlighted University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s webinar about preparing edible holiday gifts 2–3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Register on the program webpage to receive the link and resources. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Kate McCarty, 207.781.6099; kate.mccarty@maine.edu.

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Maine AgrAbility, UMaine Extension offer resources to veterans about farming in Maine

Maine AgrAbility and University of Maine Cooperative Extension have developed resources specifically for Maine military veterans who are farming or want to know more about farming in Maine. Maine AgrAbility Veteran Resources includes a checklist for veterans looking for farm employment, UMaine Extension’s publication Guide to Veteran-to-Farmer Training Pilot Program Resources in Maine, and links […]

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BDN interviews Kersbergen about hay shortage in Maine

The Bangor Daily News talked with Rick Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor, about the availability of hay and straw this year. According to Kersbergen, drought and increased demand for winter forage have created a shortage and resulted in significant price increases.

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UMaine Extension offers resources to producers during hay shortage

Many livestock and equine owners in Maine purchase all of their hay and forage needs for winter. While this year’s growing season started out well, forage growth was reduced due to low rainfall in most of the state, especially for second and third hay cuttings.  According to University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Rick Kersbergen, […]

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Media highlight Extension’s rural youth STEM education initiative

The Bangor Daily News, Morning Ag Clips and The Piscataquis Observer shared a news release about University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and University of Vermont Extension, developing and delivering remote STEM and agricultural sciences programming to rural K–12 students across the three-state region. The U.S. […]

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Coffin, Knight speak to BDN about benefits of mules

University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Donna Coffin and UMaine Extension state livestock specialist Colt Knight spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the benefits of having mules. “They seem to be hardier than horses, (which is) that hybrid vigor kicking in,” Coffin said. “They are very effective guard animals, as long as the mule […]

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