Cooperative Extension

Handley speaks with Kennebec Journal about central Maine strawberry crop

David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits, spoke with the Kennebec Journal for the article, “Wayne, Farmington strawberry growers say crop coming soon, looking good.” According to Handley, last summer’s drought had a big effect on the upcoming strawberry crop. The plant population is a little thinner because […]

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Bridgton News covers tick-borne illness talk offered by UMaine Extension

The Bridgton News reported on a presentation by Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention employees that focused on tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses and how to prevent them. The lecture was offered through the Cumberland County Cooperative Extension and held at the University of Maine’s Regional Learning Center in Falmouth, according to the article. Approximately […]

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Mallory speaks with WVII about rainy spring, effect on crops

Ellen Mallory, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and associate professor of sustainable agriculture, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for a report about how the extra rain this spring can have an effect on crops, including strawberries and barley. The weather has pushed back planting dates for spring crops, according to UMaine researchers. “If […]

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BDN publishes UMaine 4-H Camp method for campfire building

The Bangor Daily News article, “How to build foolproof campfire for cooking,” features a step-by-step method that is taught by instructors at the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond. It’s used to teach students of all ages how to build a backcountry campfire for cooking meals over open flame, according […]

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Pasture walk at Wolfe’s Neck Farm June 21

University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Wolfe’s Neck Farm and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program are hosting a pasture walk beginning at 6 p.m. June 21 at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport. The pasture walk will include a discussion led by dairy grazing apprentices who work at the farm under the auspices of the first […]

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Jackson quoted in Press Herald column on native elderberries

Tori Jackson, an associate professor of agriculture and natural resources with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed for the latest article in the Portland Press Herald “Maine Gardener” column. The article focused on Maine’s native elderberries, which can be used as food, medicine and dye. Jackson said UMaine Extension began researching how best […]

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AP quotes Yarborough in report on plummeting blueberry prices

David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Associated Press for the article, “Fear of losing blueberry growers as prices drop, crop soars.” Wild blueberry prices to farmers have plunged from nearly a dollar a pound in 2011 to around 25 to 30 cents per pound last […]

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McConnon speaks with Morning Sentinel about sale of Backyard Farms

Jim McConnon, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics at UMaine, spoke with the Morning Sentinel for an article about Madison, Maine tomato-growing company Backyard Farms being sold to Mastronardi Produce Ltd., of Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. McConnon said these kinds of deals are standard across all industries, and the purchase could […]

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