Cooperative Extension

Media report on new fiddlehead study warning against overharvesting

The Bangor Daily News and News Center Maine reported on a new study from a University of Maine Cooperative Extension expert that highlights the dangers of overharvesting fiddleheads. David Fuller, an agricultural and nontimber forest products professional, found that fern crowns with all the fiddleheads removed in a single harvest suffered significant decline in growth in […]

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New fiddlehead study warns against overharvesting 

Fiddleheads, a traditional springtime delicacy in New England and Eastern Canada, can decline significantly over time if harvesters pluck too many from the same plants in a season, according to a new four-year study conducted by a University of Maine Cooperative Extension expert. Fern crowns with all the fiddleheads removed in a single harvest suffered […]

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KJ, Morning Sentinel highlight Extension information about black knot

The Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel highlighted information about black knot fungus from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for an article about it infecting several cherry trees in the city of Augusta. The fungus in particular spread across 14 cherry trees in Monument Park, which city officials plan to remove, according to the article. […]

Read more shares Extension notice about browntail moth caterpillars shared an earlier notice from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension warning about browntail moth caterpillars in the article “Dry weather a boon for pest browntail moth caterpillars in central Maine.” The June 19 notice from UMaine Extension highlighted reports from the Maine Forest Service stating that the “caterpillars have begun to pupate at […]

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UMaine Extension 4-H announces summer fun workshops

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H will offer more than 50 summer learning activities throughout July and August for all youth ages five to 18. UMaine Extension 4-H staff and volunteers will offer a wide variety of experiential learning workshops both online and offline. Topics include leadership development, science and engineering challenges, creative cooking, art […]

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Hargest contributes to Press Herald piece about drought 

Pamela Hargest, horticulture professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, talked with the Portland Press Herald for its article about the recent record lack of rain and drought conditions in the state. Hargest said mulching and regular watering are beneficial for home gardens. “I would say that people really want to stay on top of […]

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Carter to take part in Maine Calling show about COVID-19, agriculture

Hannah Carter, dean of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will participate in a Maine Calling discussion about agriculture and COVID-19 at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.  Amanda Beal, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; and Sarah Alexander, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, also will be part […]

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Carter talks with edible MAINE about Cooperative Extension

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is the featured nonprofit in the summer issue of edible MAINE, a food magazine based in Portland. “If you like local food, you should love the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. It touches over 5,000 food-based operations in Maine annually,” the story began. “With the help of 5,000 volunteers, it […]

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Daily Bulldog shares Extension updates about safe preservation of peaches, elderberries

The Daily Bulldog posted a University of Maine Cooperative Extension media release announcing recent U.S. Department of Agriculture research indicates freezing is the only recommended method of preserving white-fleshed peach varieties. The USDA and Extension’s canning recipes for peaches are only safe when using the yellow-fleshed variety. More information is available here. USDA research also […]

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