Cooperative Extension

Yarborough talks with Associated Press about wild blueberry harvest

David Yarborough, wild blueberry specialist emeritus with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, told the Associated Press that a cold winter and a wet, cold spring are likely culprits for another difficult summer for Maine’s wild blueberry industry. He said the total harvest might be about 50 million pounds, which would be similar to last […]

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Portland Press Herald shares Cooperative Extension cover crop advice 

A Portland Press Herald gardening column shared Richard Brzozowski’s advice about planting oats as a cover crop. Brzozowski is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s food systems program administrator. Columnist Tom Atwell said Brzozowski recommends oats to enrich the soil, prevent erosion and inhibit weeds. Oats, says Brzozowski, will be killed off by the first […]

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BDN speaks with Lilley for article on cover crops

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Jason Lilley, a sustainable agriculture professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for an article on cover crops. Cover crops are sown between seasons after crops are harvested and fields are bare, helping discourage weeds and maintain soil health during the off season, the article states. And building soil resilience […]

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Advertiser Democrat quotes Dill in report on ticks

The Advertiser Democrat quoted Griffin Dill, an integrated pest management professional and director of the Tick Lab with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in the report “Ticked off: Tracking tick encounters and diseases.” Fifteen species of ticks have been identified in Maine, though not all are permanent residents — some, like the Gulf Coast tick, […]

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Maine AgrAbility mentioned in BDN article on essential skills for backyard farmers

The Bangor Daily News article “These 12 skills are essential for any backyard farmer” mentioned Maine AgrAbility, a nonprofit program funded by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant and run by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the National AgrAbility Project. The program works to make farming more accessible to people with […]

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Fiddlehead Focus, The County advance UMaine Extension livestock clinic in Presque Isle

Fiddlehead Focus and The County advanced a livestock clinic in Presque Isle hosted by the Central Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and National Resource Conservation Service. The clinic, designed for large-scale producers or small-farm hobbyists, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Olde MacDonald’s […]

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Morning Ag Clips previews UMaine Extension bee school in Springvale

Morning Ag Clips previewed a five-week beginner beekeeping school to be hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine State Beekeepers Association, beginning Sept. 26. Sessions will be held 6–8:30 p.m. through Oct. 24 at the Springvale Public Library. Cost is $95 per person, $140 for two people who share materials, and includes […]

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Teams gathering unwanted crops for Maine Harvest for Hunger

Since 2000, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Maine Harvest for Hunger program has donated nearly 3 million pounds of produce to help address food insecurity in the state.  In addition to donations from home and community gardeners, farmers and UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, contributions come from field-gleaning teams statewide to aid hunger relief […]

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