Cooperative Extension

Blueberry Specialist in Report on Crop Pollination Issues

University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and blueberry specialist David Yarborough was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article published in the Kennebec Journal and other news outlets about pollination problems in many Maine blueberry barrens caused by last week’s gloomy weather, which discouraged honeybees from doing their work buzzing from flower to flower. Bees […]

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Handley Comments on Strawberry Harvest

Channel 5 (WABI) ran an Associated Press report that included comments from University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable and small fruit specialist David Handley about how the 2012 crop is shaping up. Handley said favorable weather last fall and early warm weather this spring has helped produce a “terrific” strawberry bloom now. Maine Public Broadcasting […]

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Press Herald Reports on Strawberry Season Outlook

Comments from David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable and small fruit specialist, were included in a Portland Press Herald report on the Maine strawberry harvest. Handley said strawberry growers are anticipating a good harvest in the coming weeks despite frosts and recent heavy rain. Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777

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Blueberry Expert Interviewed About Crop

David Yarborough, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension blueberry experts, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News about the effects of the cold, wet, foggy spring on the blueberry crop along the Down East coast. Yarborough said the fields close to the ocean may be a bust, but inland fields are a lot further along. […]

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Portland Newspaper Cites Extension’s Harvest for Hunger Program

The Portland Press Herald carried an article about another community garden at a school site in South Portland, which is dedicating three rows of produce for donation to charity through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program. The garden is at Hinckley Park. Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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Extension’s Kittridge Receiving 2012 Hikel Award

Charles Kittridge, former agricultural engineer with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for 31 years until his retirement in 1986 will receive the 2012 Barbara Hikel Award for exemplary volunteer service to the university after retirement. He’ll receive the award during a luncheon Tuesday, June 5 at noon with UMaine President Paul Ferguson at the […]

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Press Herald Features 4-H ‘Sensory Science’ Workshop

A column in the Portland Press Herald describes a “sensory science” experience her children had at a recent University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H workshop led by Extension food science specialist and professor Beth Calder. Calder introduced a group of youngsters to sensory and taste testing of different types of Oreo cookies, and encouraged the […]

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Harvest for Hunger Program Featured in Press Herald

In a story about employee-managed corporate gardens, the Portland Press Herald featured University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program and UMaine Extension educator Barbara Murphy, who helps run the program. Murphy said hunger in Maine is usually represented by poor nutrition resulting from people not having the money to buy fresh fruits and […]

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Economist in Article on Bond Rating

UMaine Cooperative Extension specialist and School of Economics Professor Jim McConnon was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about bond ratings for the state of Maine. McConnon said Maine must consider the guidance and rationale provided by the rating agencies because that could signal what happens in the future, but the rating itself is […]

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McConnon Interviewed for Tourist Season Report

Comments from University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics Jim McConnon about the coming tourist season were included in a Maine Public Broadcasting Network report. McConnon and others involved with the tourism industry agreed the improving economy likely will mean a strong tourism season. Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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