Cooperative Extension

Coverage Of Nature Observing Program

The Portland Press Herald has a story about “Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Project,” a Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension initiative. The project asks volunteers across the state to help track and document the effects of climate change on common plants and animals.

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Stack Comments in Spring Gardening Column

Comments from Lois Berg Stack of UMaine Cooperative Extension are included in a Portland Press Herald column detailing steps that one can take now to prepare for spring gardening.  Stack and other experts provide a series of practical tips in the column.

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Extension Director Quoted In Article About Organic Farming

In a Portland Press Herald story about a United Nations report on a global push toward small, diversified and sustainable farming, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Director John Rebar commented on the decline in funding of university extension programs. The report advocated for policymakers to fund and support farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing and the nationwide network […]

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Volunteers in New Program to Monitor Signs of the Seasons

Contact: Catherine Schmitt (catherine.schmitt@umit.maine.edu) Joe Carr (joe.carr@umit.maine.edu) ORONO — Spring is the season of firsts: first robin on the lawn, first blush of maples flowering in the swamps, first fragrant lilac bloom. Across Maine, many people enjoy watching the seasons as they unfold. Now, those observations can contribute to scientific studies through a new program […]

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Maple Tapping Tip In South Dakota Newspaper

The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D., has a story about tapping maple trees for sap to be turned into maple syrup. The story included a tip from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website that only trees at least 10 inches in diameter should be tapped. More tips can be seen here on the […]

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Kids Gardening Program In Article

An article about UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Kids Can Grow experimental youth gardening program in York Country was on the website of Foster’s Daily Democrat newspaper in New Hampshire. The Kids Can Grow program teaches children ages 7-12 how to grown their own vegetables, flowers and herbs. UMaine Extension Professor Frank Wertheim says in the article […]

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Dill in Bedbug Story

Comments from Jim Dill of the UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty were included in a Friday Channel 5 story about a Friday Orono forum about bedbugs.  Dill and other experts — including those form the hospitality and healthcare sectors — provided information about dealing with the pests.

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Television News Features UMaine Sugaring Operation

Bangor television stations Channel 5 (WABI), Channel 2 (WLBZ) and Channel 7 (WVII) interviewed Cooperative Extension educator and maple syrup expert Kathy Hopkins and Francis Avery, who operates the University of Maine’s Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House Thursday for a feature on the maple syrup season, now well under way with cold nights and warm […]

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Economist Research Included In New Business Column

Research done by James McConnon, UMaine Cooperative Extension specialist and economics professor, was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News column about women and work. The column, which is the first of a new series called Women@Work, states McConnon’s research has found 30 percent of microbusinesses in Maine are owned by women.

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Gardening Program In Lewiston Newspaper

The Lewiston Sun Journal ran an article about a UMaine Cooperative Extension experimental youth gardening program which teaches children ages 7-12 how to grow their own vegetables, flowers and herbs. The program, which was developed by Cooperative Extension in York County, will be held Saturdays, April through September, in Sanford.

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