Cooperative Extension

MOFGA site of Waldo County farmer, producer potluck dinner Feb. 29

Waldo County Extension Association is hosting the fourth annual Waldo County farmer and food producer winter potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association exhibition hall, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity. Snow date is March 7. Following the potluck dinner, a dinner theatre featuring local farmers in skits […]

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Have plant, insect questions? Attend a Fourth Friday plant clinic

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer monthly community plant clinics at several locations in Piscataquis County beginning 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the UMaine Extension office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. “Fourth Friday Plant Clinics,” scheduled the fourth Friday monthly through 2020, are open to the public for plant and insect identification, questions […]

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BDN interviews Coffin about chicken coop heat lamps

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Donna Coffin, a professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for the article, “Heat lamps are an unnecessary fire risk in chicken coops.” Chickens can knock over the lamps into their bedding, creating a fire risk. And chickens are able to keep themselves warm enough even in Maine winters without […]

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Hargest quoted in Press Herald Maine Gardener column on microgreens

Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener column quoted Pamela Hargest, a horticulture professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in a piece about how to grow microgreens. Microgreens can be grown indoors in a south-facing window, but usually do better with grow lights. “The greens can get a little spindly trying to reach for the light […]

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AP quotes Dill in report on pollinators, pesticides

The Associated Press quoted Jim Dill, pest management specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for a report on pollinators and pesticides. Pollinator populations have sharply declined over the past 30 years due to a variety of reasons, including pesticide and herbicide exposure, the report states. Dill said pesticides are over-applied by many backyard gardeners. […]

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Ellsworth American previews Hancock County food drive in March

The Ellsworth American previewed the ninth annual Hancock County Food Drive, which kicks off on March 7. The initiative is led by the Hancock County Food Security Network, with support from Healthy Acadia, Maine Community Foundation, United Way of Eastern Maine, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Star 97.7 and Maine Coast Mall.

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WVII previews UMaine Extension indoor seed starting workshop

WVII (Channel 7) previewed an indoor seed starting workshop hosted by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Bangor Public Library in the library’s board room from 2–4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. UMaine Extension horticulturist Kate Garland will lead the free hands-on workshop where participants will sow their own seeds to bring home and learn about […]

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BDN interviews Knight about carbon-neutral beef

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Colt Knight, a livestock specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for the article, “The debate over how to raise beef without killing the planet.” There is a growing movement of “carbon-neutral” or “carbon-negative” beef producers who aim to take advantage of the natural interplay between large grazing animals and […]

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WAGM, Potato News Today report on Extension award to develop hardy spuds

Potato News Today shared WAGM’s story that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Potato Integrated Pest Management program $553,486. The money will be used to develop new varieties of stress-tolerant, disease- and insect-resistant potatoes that display hardy qualities and are visually aesthetic […]

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UMaine Extension offers ‘Pork 101’ in South Paris

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Oxford County will hold a workshop about raising swine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 at the UMaine Extension office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris.   “Pork 101” topics include breed selection, nutrition, housing, health care and more. Extension livestock specialist Colt Knight will lead the workshop.  The $10 […]

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