Cooperative Extension

Extension Specialists Comment on Garlic Plant Diseases

Steven Johnson and David Fuller of UMaine Cooperative Extension commented in a Lewiston Sun Journal story about the impact in Maine of destructive diseases that can decimate a garlic crop. Johnson, a crops specialist, said one disease has been confirmed on one farm, and another disease has been noted in three farms. Fuller warned that […]

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Report on UMaine Assessment of Blueberry Crop

The Bangor Daily News reported from UMaine research facility Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro that the 2011 blueberry crop could be well below average if the region continues to remain dry. UMaine blueberry specialist and horticulture professor David Yarborough said moisture levels — too much or the lack of it — is the biggest factor […]

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Extension Educator Article on Food Choices

UMaine Cooperative Extension Educator Kate Yerxa contributed an article to the Bangor Daily News on the U.S. Department of Agriculture program MyPlate, which is meant to help people make healthful choices about their diets. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Sun Journal Story on Efforts to Grow Wheat

A UMaine Cooperative Extension effort to reinvigorate Maine’s wheat-growing industry was the focus of a story in the Lewiston Sun Journal. Extension professional David Fuller and agronomist Ellen Mallory were mentioned in the story, which featured a test winter wheat field in Farmington. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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TV Report Highlights Extension Wheat Efforts

UMaine Cooperative Extension’s efforts to help Maine farmers grow wheat for bread flour were highlighted in a report on Bangor’s Channel 2 (WLBZ). Ellen Mallory, a sustainable agriculture specialist with Extension, was quoted about the characteristics that make different wheat varieties suitable for bread flour. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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TV Report on Extension Gardening Tips

Bangor’s Channel 2 (WLBZ) had a report on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s outdoor gardening classroom in Orono. The report noted the gardens produced in 2010 more than 17,000 pounds of produce that was donated to food banks in Penobscot County. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Native Corn Springing Up, Garden Pests under Control

Maine-grown sweet corn got off to a slow start because of wet spring weather, but University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable and small fruit specialist David Handley says recent hot, sunny weather has corn in many parts of the state “jumping right out of the ground.”

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UMaine Nutritionist Available to Explain New USDA Dietary Logo

The USDA recently replaced its longstanding dietary guidelines food pyramid icon with a new one, “MyPlate,” which brings a fresh approach to daily nutritional recommendations and reflects recognition of the importance of increasing fruits, grains and vegetables consumption, in addition to portion control.

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Extension Specialist Comments on Hogweed

Comments from Lois Stack, a UMaine specialist in ornamental horticulture, were included in a Reuters report about hogweed. Stack warned that when touched, sap from the hogweed reacts with sunlight and causes severe skin irritation, blistering, and permanent scars. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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Jam-Making Session Featured

A UMaine Cooperative Extension jam-making sessions were featured in the Lewiston Sun Journal. The session, held at the Extension office in Lisbon Falls, focused on low-sugar recipes and proper food safety techniques. Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

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