Cooperative Extension

Coffin speaks with WABI about buying local meat

Donna Coffin, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) for a report about buying local meat in Maine. Coffin said the public wants to buy local, and cited the high number of farmers markets and CSAs in the state. “You’re making sure the money stays locally, and you’re […]

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Schmitt addresses what Arctic warming may mean for state in Maine Boats article

Catherine Schmitt, communications director for the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, writes in Maine Boats that the climate changes altering life above the Arctic Circle are also influencing conditions along the Maine coast. At last fall’s Arctic Council meeting in Portland, writes Schmitt, scientists gave examples of the connection between […]

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Times Record covers Bath talk on invasive moth

The Times Record reported on a public forum in Bath to discuss the browntail moth infestation. This was the second of several forums led by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, according to the article. The moth has the ability to defoliate trees, and has tiny […]

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Cooking for crowds safely with UMaine Extension

Volunteer cooks will have four opportunities in March and April to learn how to safely prepare food for large numbers of people. University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County will present the Cooking for Crowds — Food Safety Training for Volunteer Cooks workshop from 9 a.m. to noon March 28, April 5 and April […]

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‘Growing Maine’ shows mentorship key in farming

The fourth installment in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension “Growing Maine” series of short documentaries, highlighting Maine food producers and farm families, tells the story of Dan Kaplan and his family’s grass-fed beef operation, Heartstone Farm, in Charleston. Kaplan, along with partner and farmer Tara Hesseltine and her son Logan, are relatively new to […]

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Kersbergen to speak at Vermont organic dairy conference, Lancaster Farming reports

University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Rick Kersbergen will give the keynote address at the upcoming Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference, Lancaster Farming reports. Kersbergen, who specializes in sustainable dairy and forage systems, will talk about nutritional strategies for optimal herd health and performance at the March 9 conference at Vermont Technical College. Kersbergen will […]

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Rebar quoted in Press Herald column on growing marijuana in Maine

The Portland Press Herald spoke with John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for a “Maine Gardener” column titled, “It may be legal to grow marijuana in Maine, but it’s not easy to get gardening advice.” The local sources most Mainers go to for gardening help will not assist with growing […]

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UMaine Extension offers new resource for food entrepreneurs

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has launched a new online resource designed to be particularly useful to aspiring or existing food manufacturers wanting to produce specialty food products. The new website, Resources for Food Entrepreneurs, was created by UMaine Extension regional small-business educator and Extension professor Louis Bassano; Extension food science specialist and associate professor […]

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