Cooperative Extension

Dill Comments in Buggleblue Feature

University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist and professor of biology Jim Dill was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News feature article about a local family’s home-made insect repellant, Buggleblue. Dill said he expects mosquito and black fly populations to be, or to seem, about normal this year. He also discussed some of the […]

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News Report Features Extension’s Senior Companions

The Channel 7 (WVII) May 23 evening news report featured the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Senior Companion Program, which matches older volunteers with elders, many of whom are living at home alone, to provide companionship, conversation and camaraderie. Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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Horticulturist Stack in Toxic Giant Hogweed TV Report

University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and ornamental horticulturist Lois Berg Stack was interviewed for a May 23 Channel 7 (WVII) news report how to handle giant hogweed, a large, attractive plant with a chemical in its sap that burns the skin when exposed to sunlight. State horticulturists suggest eradicating the weed, but only after […]

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Extension Educators Attend Blaine House Gardening Event

Ellen Libby, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator in Knox and Lincoln counties overseeing 4-H Youth Development and Healthy Lifestyles programs, and UMaine Extension educator Caragh Fitzgerald this week participated at the invitation of the Maine Commissioner of Agriculture in an event at the Blaine House governor’s mansion. The event highlighted school gardens and Libby’s […]

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Extension Expert Update on Pest Insects, Blight Outlook

Jim Dill, University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor of biological sciences and pest management specialist, is available to discuss the status of several seasonal insect pests, including mosquitoes, black flies and a new arrival in Maine, the spotted wing drosophila, a fruit fly that threatens soft fruit and vegetable crops. Also know as the Asian […]

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Minnesota Newspaper Features Maple Grading School

Minnesota’s St. Cloud Times carried a feature story about the Maple Grading School recently held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. The Maple Grading School, an annual educational event on the production and grading of maple syrup, is coordinated by University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Kathy Hopkins in the Skowhegan Extension office, the […]

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Extension Experts Interviewed for Honeybee Article

University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and blueberry specialist David Yarborough and UMaine Extension entomology specialist Frank Drummond, who holds a joint appointment with UMaine’s School of Biology and Ecology, were interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about the value of bees for pollinating Maine’s wild blueberry and fruit crops. Drummond has been leading […]

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Extension Specialist Dill Advises on White Grub Treatment

Lawn-killing white grubs are being reported in outbreaks in Old Town, Orono and surrounding communities, and now is the time to take preventative measures for the summer and even next year, says Jim Dill, University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management specialist and professor of biological sciences. Dill is available at (207) 581-3879 to discuss […]

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Handley in Mother Nature Network Strawberries Article

University of Maine Cooperative Extension small fruit and vegetable specialist David Handley was interviewed for an article in Mother Nature Network about the health benefits of strawberries. Handley cited the high levels of potassium and folate in the berries. Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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Extension Posts May Gardening Tips Information

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has posted online the May 2012 issue of Maine Home Garden News. Articles are written by UMaine Extension specialists, educators, and horticulture professionals, as well as master gardener volunteers in Maine. Topics, including how-to videos, cover gardening preparations best suited for May, garden planning, composting, soil temperatures, garden placement […]

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