Cooperative Extension

News Center details funding bill that supports potato research

News Center Maine reported the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a funding bill that would provide $20 million to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Potato Integrated Pest Management program. RFD-TV — a 24-hour television network in Nashville, Tennessee featuring programming centered on agribusiness, equine and rural lifestyles — carried the AP story.

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Learn about caring for backyard poultry in winter 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County is holding a free winter care workshop for small-scale poultry producers. The program will be offered twice Sept. 26 — 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 6–8:30 p.m., at the UMaine Extension office in Dover-Foxcroft. Workshop topics will include poultry breeds, housing, health and nutrition, demonstrations of various waterers […]

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Free yoga class offered to gardeners, farmers in Falmouth

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a free yoga class for gardeners and farmers 6–7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Brie Weisman, Maine AgrAbility specialist, OTR/L, and owner of Adapt-Able Living in Rumford, will instruct the class. She’ll demonstrate ways to incorporate yoga […]

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‘Growing Maine’ gets sweet with Monica’s Chocolates

University of Maine Cooperative Extension released the latest installment of “Growing Maine,” a series of short documentaries highlighting Maine food producers and farm families. The latest video in the series takes viewers to Lubec and the home of Monica’s Chocolates.   Originally from Peru, and despite being a novice chocolatier, Monica Elliot built a successful chocolate […]

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Fuller speaks with Franklin Journal about invasive insect damaging broccoli 

The Franklin Journal interviewed David Fuller, an agriculture and nontimber forest products professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for an article about an invasive insect found in Franklin County. The Swede midge, a member of the fly family, poses an economic threat to those raising broccoli, cauliflower and other members of the brassica family, […]

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Kersbergen discusses tractor safety with BDN 

Rick Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “When it comes to kids and tractors, it’s safety first.” Kersbergen runs a series of farm machinery safety certification workshops around the state. “People think it’s this really pastoral scene with a tractor operator driving […]

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Hutton, Mallory, Calderwood interviewed for Press Herald article on climate change effects on food systems

University of Maine experts Mark Hutton, Ellen Mallory and Lily Calderwood were interviewed for the Portland Press Herald article “As Maine’s climate warms, what’s on the menu likely will change.” Dramatic fluctuations in temperatures and rainfall, increasingly acidic oceans, new plant and shellfish diseases and insect pests may challenge what farmers can grow in Maine […]

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Johnson discusses ban of pesticide used to control potato disease for The County article

Steven Johnson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension crops specialist, was interviewed for The County article, “The pesticide Maine potato farmers use to control disease is being banned around the world.” There have been recent national and international changes in the regulation of the fungicide chlorothalonil, so growers may want to start transitioning to using newer […]

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Morning Ag Clips previews beef quality assurance workshop

Morning Ag Clips previewed a University of Maine Cooperative Extension beef quality assurance and low-stress cattle handling workshop to be held 5:30–7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Findview Farm in Gorham. UMaine Extension livestock specialist Colt Knight will lead the workshop on topics including differences between grass- and grain-fed beef, key issues with Maine-raised beef cattle […]

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