Economic Development

FBRI mentioned in Biofuels Digest report on adding value to forest industry

The University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute was included in the Biofuels Digest article, “Bounding Maine: Top 10 companies targeting Maine’s forest resource for higher-value apps.” Last September, the Defense Logistics Agency announced it will invest $3.3 million to advance wood to jet fuel technology at the Technology Research Center of FBRI. The technology […]

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UMaine lake monitoring project bolstered with NSF funding

The National Science Foundation has awarded a one-year, $100,000 grant for continuing a University of Maine citizen-science project aimed at protecting lake water quality in the state. The grant will help extend the project, which began in 2015 with funding from UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, into 2018 and beyond. Maine […]

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Morse, Maine Sea Grant map cited in Press Herald article on oysters

Dana Morse, an ​aquaculture research​er ​with Maine Sea Grant who works with oysters and other shellfish, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about seven ways to enjoy fall oysters. “As temperatures decrease, oysters know that they’re headed into winter, and to generate some energy reserves, they store it in the form of […]

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WGME cites UMaine study in report on state’s pulp and paper industry

WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) cited a study conducted by the Maine Forest Products Council and the University of Maine in a report about the state’s pulp and paper industry. According to the study, the industry had an $8.5 billion economic impact in 2016. “We have gone through some transitions and we’re in the middle […]

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Ellsworth American interviews Yarborough for article on blueberry marketing efforts

The Ellsworth American spoke with David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for the article, “Blueberry growers are looking at marketing for industry relief.” As a blueberry season shortened by bad weather and financial issues comes to an end, industry experts said a smaller crop has the potential to reduce […]

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UMaine cited in Mainebiz article on oyster farming

Research and faculty from the University of Maine were included in a Mainebiz article about the state’s growing oyster farming industry. Oysters are one of Maine’s top three farmed species (along with Atlantic salmon and blue mussels), according to the 2017 Maine Aquaculture Economic Impact Report, published by the UMaine Aquaculture Research Institute. Maine has […]

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Darling Marine Center awarded $1.5M to support aquaculture, media report

The Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5) and Associated Press reported the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole was awarded $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support the development of Maine’s aquaculture industry. The funds will help the center demolish and replace its deteriorated pier, renovate the Flowing Seawater Laboratory, […]

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Kelly quoted in BDN article on powering Bangor region’s economy

Renee Kelly, assistant vice president for innovation and economic development at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “The hidden businesses that power the Bangor region’s economy.” UMaine and other institutions connect different industries and players when they see a possibility for collaboration, according to the article. However, Kelly said, […]

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Federal grant funds ocean monitoring system, WABI reports

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine recently was awarded a $795,000 grant from the federal government for a buoy and high frequency radar operation to add to their ocean monitoring and studying programs. UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences has been working on a real-time ocean observing system in the Gulf of Maine, WABI […]

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