Cooperative Extension

Blueberry Expert in Boston Globe

In a story about an Asian fruit fly that has made its way to Maine, the Boston Globe included quotes from UMaine Cooperative Extension blueberry expert David Yarborough. He told the Globe the pest lays its eggs in soft blueberries, which destroys the fruit, and can devastate a berry crop. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Yarborough Interviewed for Asian Fruit Fly Report

University of Maine Cooperative Extension blueberry specialist David Yarborough was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News report on a new pest, the spotted-wing Asian fruit fly or Drosophila melanogaster, which has been identified for the first time in Maine. It poses a new threat to Maine cranberry and blueberry crops. Yarborough says growers must consider […]

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Experts Assess Effects of Mild Weather, Lack of Snow

The unseasonably mild falls and early winter may have caused a few forsythias, rhododendrons and blueberries to flower in some parts of the state later than usual, but the warm and largely snowless winter isn’t expected to significantly affect wildlife or plant cycles, according to several University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialists.

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Extension Homemakers Report in Sun Journal

A report about a recent meeting of the Franklin County Extension Homemakers Advisory group, a partner of UMaine’s Cooperative Extension, was included in the Lewiston Sun Journal. The report noted Deborah Killam, an associate extension professor, was introduced as the Maine Extension Homemaker Council Advisor for 2012. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Extension Noted in Newspaper Report on Peer Group

The Lewiston Sun Journal ran an article on a peer helper group at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, where the group recently organized a school-wide wellness day which included an appearance from UMaine Cooperative Extension nutrition educator Kate Chaisson. Chiasson gave a presentation about ideas for healthy eating. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Maine Tree Club Offers Outings and Education

PORTLAND, Maine— The Maine Tree Club is inviting citizens and visitors interested in learning more about one of the state’s greatest resources to join the club, an educational project designed for people of all ages to learn about trees, offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Forest Service.

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Experts Comment In Reports On Holiday Sales

UMaine economist James McConnon was quoted in a Maine Public Broadcasting Radio story about reports of stronger-than-expected Black Friday sales in Maine. McConnon said strong sales could be the result of consumers with less personal debt and a decline in personal savings rates. Nory Jones, a UMaine associate professor in the Maine Business School and […]

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McConnon in Sun Journal Shopping Analysis

Jim McConnon, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics, was interviewed by the Lewiston Sun Journal for perspective on the holiday shopping outlook for the 2011 season. McConnon says shoppers are being careful in their bargain hunting, but are expected to spend slightly more than last year — a positive sign, given […]

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Press Herald reports on Harvest for Hunger tally

The Portland Press Herald reported on the final results of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Harvest for Hunger program, which received more than 140 tons of fresh garden produce donated by more than 500 gardeners throughout the state this year.

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