Cooperative Extension

New Coalition to Focus on Nation’s Working Waterways and Waterfronts

Contact Natalie Springuel, (207) 288.2944 x5834, nspringuel@coa.edu PORTLAND, Me. – At the conclusion of a national symposium here last week, representatives from federal, state and local governments and organizations announced the formation of a National Working Waterways & Waterfronts Coalition. Sea Grant programs from around the country, including Maine Sea Grant and Virginia Sea Grant, […]

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It’s Not a Trick: Halloween Treats Can be Healthy

Contact: Kate Yerxa, (207) 581-3109 or kate.yerxa@maine.edu ORONO — For many adults and children, the idea of Halloween without candy is a frightening one. But Kate Yerxa of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension says there are several ways to both limit the amount of post-Halloween candy sitting around the house and also cut down […]

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Moran Comments on Interest in Tree Fruit Gardening

Renae Moran of the UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty was quoted in a Kennebec Journal report based on a new RSU 11 (Gardiner area) adult education course featuring content for people interested in fruit tree agriculture.  Moran, who helps teach the course, is based at UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth.

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Rake Leaves or Leave Them Be?

Barbara Murphy of UMaine Cooperative Extension was featured in a Tuesday WLBZ/WCSH television report about whether it’s advisable or necessary to rake the leaves that fall on lawns during the fall.  She says it’s a matter of personal preference, but that there does not seem to be any real advantage gained from nutrients that might […]

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Holberton, Morse Look at Warm Weather Impact on Birds and Fish

A Working Waterfront story provides analysis of the impact of warmer-than-usual temperatures in the first eight months of 2010 on seabirds and certain marine species.  Rebecca Holberton, UMaine avian biologist and Dana Morse, a marine extension associate in UMaine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, are both quoted in the story.  Holberton notes that seabird […]

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Lichtenwalner Comments on Egg Safety

Comments from UMaine Cooperative Extension veterinarian Ann Lichtenwalner were included in a Saturday Bangor Daily News report about the ways in which Maine officials work to ensure the safety of eggs produced in the state.  Lichtenwalner oversees efforts at UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, which is also featured in photos accompanying the story.

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Spring Frost Hurting Apple Crop

UMaine Cooperative Extension tree fruit specialist Renae Moran is the lead resource in a York Weekly story about Maine’s 2010 apple crop.  She says that yield appears to be down, attributable to a May 11 frost that saw temperatures dip into the low 20s.  Southern Maine orchards were hit harder than those in northern Maine.

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Opitz in Egg/Salmonella Report

A comment from retired UMaine Cooperative Extension veterinarian Michael Opitz is included in a Blue Ridge Now news Web site story looking at issues related to salmonella at egg production facilities owned by Austin “Jack” DeCoster.  Blue Ridge Now covers western North Carolina.

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Good Season for Plant-a-Row-for-the-Hungry

Barbara Murphy from UMaine Cooperative Extension was quoted in a Maine Sunday Telegram story reporting that the 2010 growing season has been a good one for the Plant-a-Row-for-the-Hungry program in Maine.  Murphy credits the favorable growing season and generous nature of Maine’s gardeners.

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Apple Harvest Down Due To Frost

The website FreshPlaza.com has a report quoting UMaine Cooperative Extension Fruit Specialist Renae Moran about the apple harvest in Maine. Moran said the harvest is down because of an early spring frost.

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