John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald for the article “Growing hemp nears legality in Maine, but just for research.” The article states Maine is one of a dozen states in which hemp could be grown for research purposes if the farm bill passed Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. Rebar said as long as commercial hemp production remains a violation of federal law, it’s unlikely Maine research institutions would be interested in studying it. He also said the potential market for hemp remains unknown because it is illegal to grow commercially in the United States, and the farm bill wouldn’t change that.
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James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to the Associated Press for an article about preventing garden slug infestations with baits and upkeep. He suggests removing any debris from the garden, such as straw, boards or leaves, that provide hiding places for slugs during the daytime. The Washington Post carried the article.
The Morning Sentinel published an article about Katie Quinn, a bartender at Bullwinkle’s restaurant on Sugarloaf Mountain, who created a Bloody Mary mix to help reduce overhead. Quinn cites Recipe to Market, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension course, with helping her meet necessary guidelines, such as seeking her commercial kitchen license and label registration from the state Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
The latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series included information on programs offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff. Lois Berg Stack, an ornamental horticulture specialist with UMaine Extension, will teach soil science for gardeners April 15–16 at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Brunswick, and a beginning beekeeping course will be offered at the UMaine Extension’s Cumberland County office in Falmouth on Thursday nights from Feb. 13 to March 13.
The Maine Edge previewed a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Jan. 25 that will focus on the science behind cooking and eating potatoes. Jason Bolton, assistant extension professor and food safety specialist, and Kate Yerxa, a Cooperative Extension educator, will lead the program for youth in grades six through eight at Hitchner Hall on campus. Participants will bake potatoes, prepare a potato bar with toppings for lunch and discuss how potatoes can be part of a healthy diet.
David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable and small fruit specialist, was mentioned in the Portland Press Herald’s latest Maine Gardener column, “Pests bound to bug Maine this year.” Handley and other UMaine Cooperative Extension crop specialists at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Maine, are working to improve traps for the spotted-wing drosophila, the column states. Previously, traps were being used to determine when the pests will appear to schedule spraying. Now the goal is to create traps that will kill the flies that would damage crops.
Biomass Magazine reported on a new venture between Sierra Resins Inc. and Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Bolton is working with the company as a food safety consultant to advise them on remediation testing and food safety regulations related to the development of next-generation bioplastics for the food services and food processing industry using fisheries waste material.
Kate Garland, horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) for a report on the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association wanting a presence in Penobscot County. To test community interest, the group is hosting a Stone Soup Social Jan. 11 where members are invited to bring chopped vegetables to add to a pot of soup. Garland said the event’s purpose is to gather enough interested people to determine if setting up a Penobscot County chapter would be a viable option and to find out what educational and social activities people are interested in.
Frank Wertheim, an agriculture and horticulture extension educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by The Village for a feature article on himself and his work with Cooperative Extension. Wertheim said the best part of his job is “creating programs and working with a community of volunteers, farmers and the farming community, and engaging others.”
The Bangor Daily News reported the Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s tick submission program, which has identified ticks for Maine residents for 25 years, is expected to end because it has run out of funding. The staff members say they hope to see the program transferred to University of Maine Cooperative Extension.