Cooperative Extension

Stack Quoted in Poinsettia Story

Lois Berg Stack of the UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty comments in a Maine Today Media story about the notion that poinsettias are poisonous to ingest.  While she doesn’t advise eating them, Stack agrees with other experts who call reports of the plant’s toxicity “a myth.”

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Rebar Thanks Collins In Letter

John Rebar, executive director of UMaine Cooperative Extension, has a letter to the editor in Friday’s Bangor Daily News. The letter thanks U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for her support of the University of Maine Potato Integrated Pest Management program. The program provided in 2008 and 2009 early warnings and strategies that averted an estimated $43 […]

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Cranberries In Connecticut Newspaper Story

Information from UMaine Cooperative Extension about the popularity of the cranberry around the holidays was included in a story in a report in a Connecticut newspaper. The Bristol Press mentioned the health benefits of the cranberry, its history in North America, and ways cranberries can be cultivated in a home garden. More information can be […]

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Acheson, Murphy Scheduled for Radio Program

UMaine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Research Associate Ann Acheson and Barbara Murphy from the Cooperative Extension faculty will be part of a panel discussion on WERU radio, 10-11 a.m. Friday Dec. 17.  WERU is at 89.9FM with live streaming online. The subject will be local agriculture as a means for addressing hunger in Knox […]

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UMaine Testing Mentioned In Egg Safety Article

In a Bangor Daily News story Thursday, Maine state veterinarian Don Hoenig credited testing done at UMaine labs as a major reason the state’s large egg processing facilities have tested Salmonella-free again this year. Other factors included the work done by egg farmers and the collaborative nature of Maine’s effort to keep out Salmonella.

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Extension Dietician Issues Advice To Fighting Winter Sickness

Kate Yerxa, a registered dietician with UMaine’s Cooperative Extension, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News story about how to ward off winter illnesses. Yerxa said the best way to stay healthy during cold and flu season is to eat a varied diet of fruits, vegetables, dried beans, nuts, whole grains and lean cuts of […]

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Report on Pets as Holiday Gifts

Leslie Forstadt, a child and family development specialist in UMaine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Sunday Maine Today Media story about pets as holiday gifts.  Forstadt urges that families consider carefully the ramifications of such a decision.  She also recommends that parents consider interim steps to prepare the family for a new pet, such […]

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LED Holiday Lights can Save Money

WLBZ/WCSH had a Friday news report featuring Donna Coffin of UMaine Cooperative Extension describing the benefits of LED holiday lights.  Those decorations can save a good deal of money compared to other lights, and they are safer because they do not get as hot.

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Murphy In Story About Crop Gleaning

CNBC had on its website an Associated Press story in which UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Barbara Murphy was quoted about gleaning leftover crops to donate to the needy. Murphy said gleaning is becoming more popular as a way to reduce waste.

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McConnon in Sun Journal Retail Story

Comments from Jim McConnon of the UMaine School of Economics faculty and Cooperative Extension are included in a Wednesday Lewiston Sun Journal report looking at the holiday retail season in Maine.

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