Cooperative Extension

Report on Extension Collaboration with Piscataquis Grade-Schoolers

A Bangor Daily News website posting on the GrowME project to garden and farm with children in kindergarten through grade three noted that UMaine Piscataquis County Extension will also take part in the effort. Local volunteers will work with teachers to schedule an agricultural activity in their classrooms during Maine Agricultural Week, March 12-16. Contact: […]

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McConnon Interviewed for Cash Versus Credit Feature

University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics Jim McConnon was interviewed for a Lewiston Sun Journal column by a staff writer on her family’s decision to put away credit cards and shop only with cash. McConnon observed that studies show more Americans are using credit cards wisely and cautiously, holding less debt […]

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Stack Quoted in Story on Growing Zones

Lois Stack, an ornamental horticulture specialist for UMaine’s Cooperative Extension and a professor of sustainable agriculture, was interviewed for a Kennebec Journal story about the USDA’s new plant hardiness zone map, which was released last week and shows how growing zones have changed since the last growing guide was published 22 years ago. Stack said […]

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Extension Senior Companions Report Says Program Saved $4.6 Million

An economic impact survey of elder Maine residents receiving regular visits by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program has concluded that the program saved at least $4.6 million in 2011 by supporting elders choosing to remain in their own homes. A news release has details. Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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Senior Companion Report Says Home Visits Saved $4.6 Million

An economic impact survey of elder Maine residents receiving regular visits by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Senior Companion Program has concluded that the program saved at least $4.6 million in 2011 by supporting elders choosing to remain in their own homes.

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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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