Cooperative Extension

Using Social Media to Assist Maine’s Agricultural Community

As the nation’s farmers increasingly are using the Internet and social media for accessing crop, market and weather reports, communications, and agricultural research, a new tri-state Cooperative Extension collaborative will bring agricultural service providers up to speed on the latest online and social media tools to make their work with farmers more effective.

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Website Notes Extension Professor’s Participation in Dairy Project

Richard Kersbergen, UMaine Cooperative Extension professor of sustainable dairy and forage systems, will take part in a multi-state project to help organic dairy farmers better produce and market their milk, according to the website EurekAlert. The 4-year, $2.9 million U.S. Department of Agriculture project, which is being led by the University of New Hampshire, also […]

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Extension 4-H Program Inspires Students’ Sustainability Projects

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension has received renewed funding for a 4-H program that has introduced hundreds of middle and high school students to sustainable lifestyle practices and inspired them to positively influence their schools and communities through service-learning activities.

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Newspaper Reports on Extension Gardening Program

A UMaine Cooperative Extension kids’ gardening program was the subject of a news item in the Current Publishing newspapers in southern Maine. The Kids Can Grow program, which started in 1999 and has grown to encompass most of Maine and parts of New Hampshire, is now going national through a website. The program, founded by […]

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Extension’s Hopkins Wins Coveted Maple Syrup Award

Kathryn Hopkins, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator in the Somerset County office in Skowhegan, who co-founded the New England Maple Grading School in 2003, has received this year’s international Golden Maple Leaf Award for developing and running the program. The annual fall event, now called the Maple Grading School, is scheduled through 2014, when […]

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Hermon Youngster Noted for Completion of Extension Program

A Bangor Daily News article on twin brothers Matthew and Ben Nichols noted that Matt Nichols became last spring one of the youngest people to complete UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener program, which includes 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. Nichols had special permission to enroll because he is […]

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New York Newspaper Notes UMaine Bee Research

The Watertown Daily Times of northern New York state had a report on researchers who are studying the collapse of native bee colonies in the eastern U.S., and noted a federal grant to study the health of bee colonies, in which UMaine Cooperative Extension professor of insect ecology and insect pest management Frank Drummond is […]

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MPBN Interviews Drummond on Bee Study Collaboration

Maine Public Broadcasting Network interviewed University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor of insect ecology and insect pest management Frank Drummond on Monday for a news report on a research project on the decline of native bee populations in the eastern U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has award researchers from UMaine, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Cornell […]

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