Cooperative Extension

Maine media highlight UMaine Food Innovation Lab

The Portland Press Herald, Mainebiz and WFVX (FOX22/ABC 7 in Bangor) reported on the development of the new University of Maine Food Innovation lab. The facility, which  is expected to open by the end of 2025, will feature three commercial food processing rooms, a walk-in cooler and freezer, various processing equipment, blast-freezing equipment, kettles, a […]

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Rowley discusses effects of plastic, glass trash in compost with BDN

In an article titled “Don’t panic if you find Barbie in your compost,” Nicholas Rowley, sustainable agriculture and horticulture professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and staff member of the Maine Compost School, told the Bangor Daily News that small pieces of plastic, glass and metal trash found in compost cannot harm a garden. […]

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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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