Cooperative Extension

Coastal Newspaper Reports on Farmer Outlook Survey

The Knox County edition of Village Soup newspapers carried an article based on a UMaine news release about a recent survey of Maine farmers’ outlook for the future by the university’s Cooperative Extension. Extension water quality and soil specialist John Jemison and Stephanie Welcomer of the Maine Business School reported that farmers are generally optimistic […]

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Profile of Citizen Science Program

Signs of the Seasons, a UMaine program coordinated by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant climate change educator Esperanza Stancioff, was profiled in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Signs of the Season utilizes citizen volunteers to diligently watch selected species on predesignated sites and record their observations about the life cycles of the […]

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Newspaper Report on Fruit Fly

The Lewiston Sun Journal included comments from Jim Dill, a UMaine Cooperative Extension educator and pest management specialist, in an article on an Asian fruit fly that threatens Maine’s berry crops. Dill said the potential damage to Maine’s low bush blueberry crop is the biggest concern. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Extension Farm Program in Sun Journal

UMaine Cooperative Extension Specialist David Handley and Educator Tori Jackson were interviewed for a Lewiston Sun Journal report on the struggles of Maine’s small farmers to gain disaster relief funds. Handley and Jackson are co-administrators of Crop Insurance Risk Management Education for Maine, an Extension program in its 13th year. Jackson said Maine was seen […]

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Insect Pests Article Includes Drummond Comments

A Portland Press Herald article that recently discussed several new invasive insect species that threaten the state included comments from University of Maine insect ecologist and Cooperative Extension entomology specialist Frank Drummond. Drummond described characteristics of a new-to-Maine spotted-wing drosophila, an Asian fruit fly that damages unripe and ripening fruit, including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and […]

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Website Notes Sea Grant’s Seaweed Project

FIS, the website of Fish and Information Services, noted a pilot project being done by the UMaine-based Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension’s Marine Extension Team that will help mussel farmers build understanding and knowledge of growing kelp. Through photosynthesis and simple growth, seaweeds remove carbon dioxide and nitrogen from the atmosphere. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Website Carries News on Seaweed Pilot Project

The website Physorg carried a news release about a pilot program coordinated by the UMaine-based Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension to start a demonstration hatchery where a species of seaweed would be grown along with mussels. The project is an example of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA), which is believed to reduce the environmental […]

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Pest Expert on Radio Interview on New Fruit Fly Threat

University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist Jim Dill was a guest for a live telephone interview Jan. 16 on the WZON radio morning show, The Pulse. He discussed a newly discovered fruit fly that has been located in Maine recently, which threatens the state’s soft-skinned fruit, including blueberries, raspberries and strawberries prior to […]

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