Cooperative Extension

TV Report Highlights Extension Wheat Efforts

UMaine Cooperative Extension’s efforts to help Maine farmers grow wheat for bread flour were highlighted in a report on Bangor’s Channel 2 (WLBZ). Ellen Mallory, a sustainable agriculture specialist with Extension, was quoted about the characteristics that make different wheat varieties suitable for bread flour. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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TV Report on Extension Gardening Tips

Bangor’s Channel 2 (WLBZ) had a report on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s outdoor gardening classroom in Orono. The report noted the gardens produced in 2010 more than 17,000 pounds of produce that was donated to food banks in Penobscot County. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Native Corn Springing Up, Garden Pests under Control

Maine-grown sweet corn got off to a slow start because of wet spring weather, but University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable and small fruit specialist David Handley says recent hot, sunny weather has corn in many parts of the state “jumping right out of the ground.”

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UMaine Nutritionist Available to Explain New USDA Dietary Logo

The USDA recently replaced its longstanding dietary guidelines food pyramid icon with a new one, “MyPlate,” which brings a fresh approach to daily nutritional recommendations and reflects recognition of the importance of increasing fruits, grains and vegetables consumption, in addition to portion control.

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Extension Specialist Comments on Hogweed

Comments from Lois Stack, a UMaine specialist in ornamental horticulture, were included in a Reuters report about hogweed. Stack warned that when touched, sap from the hogweed reacts with sunlight and causes severe skin irritation, blistering, and permanent scars. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Jam-Making Session Featured

A UMaine Cooperative Extension jam-making sessions were featured in the Lewiston Sun Journal. The session, held at the Extension office in Lisbon Falls, focused on low-sugar recipes and proper food safety techniques. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Preview of Extension Talk on Diabetes

The Bangor Daily News has a preview of Thursday’s scheduled talk by Tina Boudreau, a UMaine Cooperative Extension program associate, at the Sebasticook Valley Health Diabetes Support Group’s meeting in Pittsfield. Boudreau will give advice on how to maximize the benefits of summer produce through healthy eating and harvest preservation. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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4 H Camp & Learning Center Receives IF&W Scholarship Funds

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Western Maine has received a $50,000 scholarship grant from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. The funds will offset camp fees for Maine youth interested in learning more about conservation, nature, hunting, fishing and boating safety.

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The delicate balance of Maine beaches

Coastal property owners, beach advocates to gather July 15 Many changes along the southern Maine shoreline over the last century have shaped and altered the coastal landscape. Along with these changes comes a need to balance shoreline protection with the many varied uses and values of Maine beaches. On Friday, July 15, Gregory Berman, a […]

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Extension Water Quality Expert Interviewed on Invasive Plants

An I-95 (95.7FM) Cumulus Broadcasting Inc. reporter Interviewed Laura Wilson, a UMaine Cooperative Extension water quality and aquatic plants specialist today for a report on how residents and visitors can help protect lakes and streams from non-native invasive plants detrimental to water bodies. Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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