Cooperative Extension

Pest Website Announced

Contact: Jessica Bloch at 207-581-3777 The Lewiston Sun Journal has a story about a collaborative effort, of which UMaine Cooperative Extension is a part, to start a website about pests and pest management, aimed at low-risk management. The website, which can be seen here (www.gotpests.org) is intended for Maine homeowners and gardeners and is designed […]

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Organic Farmer Lauds Cooperative Extension In Article

A Waterville Sentinel article about an organic farmer from Skowhegan had a mention of UMaine’s Cooperative Extension services. Sarah Smith of Grassland Farm in Skowhegan, who is going to speak to members of Congress later this week about organic farming issues, said organic farmers in Maine are fortunate to have the support of the various […]

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Opening Nears For Regional Learning Center In Falmouth

The Falmouth Forecaster newspaper website has a photo of Maine Department of Transportation workers on Monday posting signs directing travelers on Interstate 295 to UMaine’s new Regional Learning Center at Tidewater Farm in Falmouth. The center, which is scheduled to open the first week of May with a grand opening on May 14, will include […]

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Cruise Industry Article Cites Gabe, McConnon Research

An article in the April 2011 edition of Portland Monthly magazine about the economic outlook for the coming cruise ship season cites research by UMaine economists Todd Gabe of the School of Economics and Jim McConnon, a Cooperative Extension specialist and professor of economics, that estimated typical spending ranges by visiting cruise line passengers.

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Cooperative Extension Hosts Robotics Event For Kids

UMaine Cooperative Extension was one of the hosts of the Second Annual Washington County 4-H Robotics Expo, held at ine-Machias, according to a Bangor Daily News story. Twenty teams of Washington County children in grades 5-8 competed in the event.

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Coverage Of Nature Observing Program

The Portland Press Herald has a story about “Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Project,” a Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Cooperative Extension initiative. The project asks volunteers across the state to help track and document the effects of climate change on common plants and animals.

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Stack Comments in Spring Gardening Column

Comments from Lois Berg Stack of UMaine Cooperative Extension are included in a Portland Press Herald column detailing steps that one can take now to prepare for spring gardening.  Stack and other experts provide a series of practical tips in the column.

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Extension Director Quoted In Article About Organic Farming

In a Portland Press Herald story about a United Nations report on a global push toward small, diversified and sustainable farming, University of Maine Cooperative Extension Director John Rebar commented on the decline in funding of university extension programs. The report advocated for policymakers to fund and support farmer-to-farmer knowledge sharing and the nationwide network […]

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Volunteers in New Program to Monitor Signs of the Seasons

Contact: Catherine Schmitt (catherine.schmitt@umit.maine.edu) Joe Carr (joe.carr@umit.maine.edu) ORONO — Spring is the season of firsts: first robin on the lawn, first blush of maples flowering in the swamps, first fragrant lilac bloom. Across Maine, many people enjoy watching the seasons as they unfold. Now, those observations can contribute to scientific studies through a new program […]

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Maple Tapping Tip In South Dakota Newspaper

The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, S.D., has a story about tapping maple trees for sap to be turned into maple syrup. The story included a tip from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension website that only trees at least 10 inches in diameter should be tapped. More tips can be seen here on the […]

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