Cooperative Extension

Extension Funded for Continued Potato Blight, Pest Prevention Research

Contact: Jim Dill, (207) 581-3879; James Dwyer, (207) 764-3361 ORONO — University of Maine Cooperative Extension researchers have received renewed U.S. Department of Agriculture Funding of $432,000 for potato late blight and pest management research and education for 2010. The program is overseen by co-principal investigators Jim Dill, an Extension pest management specialist in Orono, […]

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Apple Harvest Down Due to Frost

UMaine Cooperative Extension fruit specialist Renae Moran told MPBN the apple harvest is down this fall as much as 50 percent due to frost, but an abundance of warm, sunny weather earlier this summer has produced unusually tasty apples.

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UMaine Cooperative Extension Offering Program to Assist Farmers and Farm Workers with Chronic Health Conditions or Disabilities

Contact: Corie Washow, (207) 353-5550 or 1-800-287-1458, or corie.washow@maine.edu A national program aimed at helping farmers, farm workers and farm family members with chronic health conditions or disabilities continue to farm successfully and live independently is now available in Maine through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Maine AgrAbility, a collaboration between UMaine, Goodwill Industries […]

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Story reports blight-resistant Extension research

Tuesday’s Lewiston Sun Journal includes a story featuring comments from Cooperative Extension’s David Fuller, talking about late blight and its impact on Maine potatoes and tomatoes.  Fuller described Extension research into developing blight-resistant varieties of those crops

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Extension Egg/Salmonella Testing in WLBZ Report

WLBZ broadcast a Tuesday report about egg testing procedures conducted at UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Animal Health Lab, under the direction of veterinarian Anne Lichtenwalner.  The lab features capabilities to conduct several levels of testing as mandated by state and federal regulations.

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Dill Featured in BDN Insect Report

Comments from Jim Dill of the UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty are included in a Tuesday Bangor Daily News report on the impact of this summer’s weather on Maine’s insect populations.  Dill says that the number of pests — especially mosquitoes — has been reduced this summer because of the dry and warm weather conditions

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UMaine Expert Says Egg Producers Can Reduce Disease Risks

Contact: Anne Lichtenwalner, 581-2789 ORONO – Consumers can do their part in protecting themselves from potentially contaminated poultry products, including eggs, by using common sense and sanitary food preparation practices. There also is a lot that can be done by Maine’s thousands of chicken owners. Large commercial henhouses, family farms or even small backyard chicken […]

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Sun Journal Previews Extension Tour Bus Marketing Program

Monday’s Lewiston Sun Journal includes a preview of a Sept. 13 UMaine Cooperative Extension program for western Maine business operators.  Headed up by Extension’s Marc Edwards, the program will provide information and advice about marketing businesses to the tour bus industry that visits that part of the state during the fall foliage season.

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UMaine Cooperative Extension Program Feeds Hungry

The Lewiston Sun Journal highlights a statewide program through which the UMaine Cooperative extension distributes vegetables to food pantries, senior lunches, and outside some Cooperative Extension offices. Barbara Murphy, an Extension educator, says about one in five Maine families aren’t sure where their next meal is going to come from.

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Bangor Daily News advances UMaine Gardening Forum

The Bangor Daily News reports on presentation by UMaine Cooperative Extension Researcher Dave Handley and members of the Extension’s Master Gardeners Program. The presentation, which includes information about maintaining healthy crops, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at the Rogers Farm in Stillwater.

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