Cooperative Extension

Extension Crop, Pest Experts Discuss Fruit Fly Threat

University of Maine Cooperative Extension blueberry specialist David Yarborough and pest management specialist Frank Drummond were interviewed for a Channel 2 (WLBZ) news report about a new Asian fruit fly – the Spotted Wing Drosophila – discovered in Maine that may threaten the state’s soft-skinned berry crops, including blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Contact: George Manlove, […]

Read more

Kennebunk Weekly Notes Extension Gardening Program

UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers program was mentioned in a story on the website of the weekly Kennebunk Post. The story, which is about an upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in Kennebunk, notes guest speaker Kathy Landrum, a social activist, went through the Master Gardener program in 2010. Landrum said the program […]

Read more

Agriculture Website Notes Fruit Fly Findings

The website Western Farm Press has a story about the finding by UMaine Cooperative Extension experts of a destructive non-native fruit fly in Maine that could decimate the state’s berry crop. Jim Dill, Extension educator and pest management specialist, and Frank Drummond, an Extension blueberry researcher, were both quoted in the story. Contact: Jessica Bloch, […]

Read more

Stack, Lichtenwalner in News Report on Lack of Snow

University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialists Anne Lichtenwalner and Lois Berg Stack appeared in a Channel 2 (WLBZ) news report Tuesday on some of the effects of the lack of snow this winter. Stack, an ornamental horticulturist, said the lack of snow exposes plant roots to freezing without a protective blanket of snow on the […]

Read more

Extension Expert Comments on the Future of Farming

UMaine Cooperative Extension professor and water and soil quality specialist John Jemison was interviewed for a WCHS-TV report from the 71st Maine Agricultural Show about the future of farming. Jemison, who presented findings of a study done to determine where Maine farmers see their industry headed, said high energy costs and a lack of infrastructure […]

Read more

Extension Specialist Comments on Seeds

A Kennebec Journal report on additions to the state’s list of genetically engineered seeds grown in Maine included comments from UMaine Cooperative Extension water and soil specialist John Jemison, Jr. Jemison, who serves on the Maine Board of Pesticide Control, headed up the board’s technical advisory committee that looked into two Bt-corn products that have […]

Read more

Dill Comments on Invasive Fruit Fly

Jim Dill, a UMaine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist, was quoted in a Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio story about an Asian fruit fly which has been found in five monitoring locations in Maine. Dill said the pest could decimate Maine’s $190 million blueberry harvest. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Read more

Dill Comments in Channel 8 Report on Fruit Fly Threat

Comments by Jim Dill, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and pest management specialist, are included in a story by Channel 8 (WMTW) in Portland on the discovery of an Asian fruit fly that has recently been identified in Maine. Soft-skinned fruit like blueberries and raspberries, and possibly vegetables, are most at risk regardless of […]

Read more

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

Read more