Cooperative Extension

Master Gardener Program Set To Begin

The Morning Sentinel has a story about the UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Somerset County Master Gardener program, which begins next month. The focus this year will be on ornamental horticulture.

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UMaine Hosting Tour of State’s Dairy Industry

Contact: David Marcinkowski, 207-581-2740 or instate toll-free 1-800-287-7170; davidmar@maine.edu The University of Maine department of animal and veterinary science is hosting the New England Dairy Travel Course, a week-long tour of Maine dairy farms and related businesses set to begin Monday, January 3. The travel course, which will be based in Waterville, includes bus trips […]

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Tips on Keeping Kids Active this Winter

Contact: Kate Yerxa, (207) 581-3109 ORONO — As the new year arrives, many parents resolve to encourage their children be more active indoors and out, in spite of the colder, shorter days of winter. Even though it’s often a major challenge to keep children engaged in physical activity, exercise keeps kids’ minds sharp and ready […]

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Tainted Eggs Still a Threat; Expert Advice for Small-Scale Egg Producers

Contact: Anne Lichtenwalner, (207) 581-2789 ORONO — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) implemented new egg-handling safety regulations this year for corporate producers after Salmonella enteritis (SE) outbreaks in the Midwest and the recall of millions of chicken eggs as a result. SE-contaminated eggs, however, remain a threat for any size of farm, including backyard […]

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Majka in Story on Handling Leftovers

Alan Majka, a registered dietician and UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty member, was quoted extensively in a Maine Today Media story about techniques for the safe handling of leftovers.

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Extension Educator Talks Beans

Kate Yerxa, a UMaine Cooperative Extension nutrition educator, contributed to the Bangor Daily News a story about the health benefits of beans. Yerxa says beans are a perfect way to eat healthy and inexpensively.

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Stack Quoted in Poinsettia Story

Lois Berg Stack of the UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty comments in a Maine Today Media story about the notion that poinsettias are poisonous to ingest.  While she doesn’t advise eating them, Stack agrees with other experts who call reports of the plant’s toxicity “a myth.”

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Rebar Thanks Collins In Letter

John Rebar, executive director of UMaine Cooperative Extension, has a letter to the editor in Friday’s Bangor Daily News. The letter thanks U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for her support of the University of Maine Potato Integrated Pest Management program. The program provided in 2008 and 2009 early warnings and strategies that averted an estimated $43 […]

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Cranberries In Connecticut Newspaper Story

Information from UMaine Cooperative Extension about the popularity of the cranberry around the holidays was included in a story in a report in a Connecticut newspaper. The Bristol Press mentioned the health benefits of the cranberry, its history in North America, and ways cranberries can be cultivated in a home garden. More information can be […]

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Acheson, Murphy Scheduled for Radio Program

UMaine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Research Associate Ann Acheson and Barbara Murphy from the Cooperative Extension faculty will be part of a panel discussion on WERU radio, 10-11 a.m. Friday Dec. 17.  WERU is at 89.9FM with live streaming online. The subject will be local agriculture as a means for addressing hunger in Knox […]

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