Cooperative Extension

Stack comments in gardening column

Comments from Lois Berg Stack of the UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty were included in Tom Atwell’s Maine Sunday Telegram gardening column.  The article examined the factors that determine the extent to which people remain enthusiastic about home vegetable gardening.

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Extension’s Yerxa Interviewed about Storm Preparedness

UMaine Cooperative Extension educator Kate Yerxa was interviewed for a Thursday news report by Channels 2 (WLBZ) and 6 (WCSH) about preparing for the effects of Hurricane Irene. Yerxa offered advice for stocking up on appropriate food and emergency provisions in case of power outages. Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

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Hutton Cautions Gardeners to Brace Vegetables for Storm

Mark Hutton, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist, was interviewed by the Mid-Coast’s Village Soup newspaper group for a Thursday story about potential crop damage from Hurricane Irene, due to hit Maine Sunday or Monday. Hutton advises growers to harvest any crops that are ripe or near ripe, with the exception of melons, […]

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Tick infestation story includes Extension’s Dill

Wednesday’s Bangor Daily News includes a front-page story about Maine’s increasing problems with ticks.  Jim Dill, a pest management specialist in UMaine Cooperative Extension, is one of several experts interviewed for the story.

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Mallory comments in AP wheat story

Ellen Mallory, a UMaine Cooperative Extension sustainable agriculture specialist, is quoted in an Associated Press story about the resurgence of wheat farming in New England.   Consumer interest in locally produced foods is a key factor in renewed interest in wheat crops.  Until the 1800s, most of the nation’s wheat was grown in New England.

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Blueberry specialist interviewed for crop report

David Yarborough, University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and blueberry specialist, discussed in a WLBZ news report Tuesday how dry weather Downeast this summer has affected blueberry crop. Berries are smaller than normal, but just as tasty, he says.

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Cooperative Extension in Japanese Beetle Story

The Portland Daily Sun included comments from Clay Kirby, UMaine Cooperative Extension insect diagnostician, in a story about how to handle infestations of Japanese beetles. Kirby said people need to be vigilant and urged gardeners to have a game plan for dealing with the pesky bugs. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Murphy Column on Extension Program

UMaine Cooperative Extension Educator Barbara Murphy had a column in the Lewiston Sun Journal about the Extension program Harvest for Hunger, a statewide program that encourages people to donated unwanted or excess produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, and individuals in need so that people have access to healthy, nutritious food. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Website Carries Story on African Group’s Work With Extension

The website MENAFN.com, which covers news from and about the Middle East and North Africa, carried a Portland Press Herald story about the Center for African Heritage’s work with the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth. According to the story, the Center for African Heritage, which has a garden at Tidewater Farm near the Regional […]

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