Economic Development

UMaine System surpasses local food goal ahead of schedule, media report

The Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5), Bangor Daily News, Mainebiz, 101.9 The Rock and The Associated Press reported the University of Maine System announced at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show that it already has surpassed the goal it set to source 20 percent of its food from local growers and producers by 2020. The […]

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The Fish Site reports on aquaculture industry research led by Noblet, Rickard

The Fish Site reported University of Maine research indicates the aquaculture industry is poised for growth through strategic outreach and consumer education. Globally, the marine aquaculture industry generates roughly $166 billion per year. However, the United States lags in international markets,  and for the industry to grow, there must be a general understanding and acceptance […]

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UMaine mentioned in Press Herald report on year’s top sustainability stories

The University of Maine was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article that listed some of the positive actions and events related to sustainability that took place in Maine during 2017. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration allocated a grant of $908,015 for research into sustainable processing of aquacultured seaweed and development of new value-added […]

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Top Gun entrepreneurship program to include aquaculture startups, Mainebiz reports

Mainebiz reported the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and its partners are expanding next year’s Top Gun entrepreneurship program to include companies in the aquaculture sector. MCED announced applications are now being accepted for Top Gun 2018, an acceleration program that has helped more than 175 startups since 2009, according to the article. Partnering with […]

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Fuller cited in Morning Sentinel article on Skowhegan wreath company

David Fuller, an agriculture and nontimber forest products professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article about business booming at Central Maine Wreath in Skowhegan. Fuller said it’s hard to know the full economic impact of fir tipping and wreath making, as the industry is not monitored by […]

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Yarborough speaks with Ellsworth American about Maine blueberry market glut

David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by The Ellsworth American for the article, “Market glut hits blueberry growers hard.” This year, many wild blueberry growers in Hancock and Washington counties left portions or entire fields unraked as the price of berries plummeted, according to the article. A […]

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Potato variety developed by UMaine doing well in stores, WAGM reports

WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle) reported a new potato variety developed by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine is selling well at supermarkets. Hannaford began selling Caribou Russet potatoes in November. Bags of the potato variety, which come from Irving Farms in Caribou, are available in 94 stores across Maine and in […]

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Morse quoted in Island Ad-Vantages article on new Penobscot Bay scallop farm

Dana Morse, an ​aquaculture research​er ​with Maine Sea Grant who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was mentioned in an Island Ad-Vantages article about a new scallop farm in Penobscot Bay. Father-and-son fishermen Marsden and Bob Brewer recently were granted a 3.23-acre experimental aquaculture lease southwest of Andrews Island, which allows them […]

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Free Press cites economic impact study in report about cruise ships in Rockland

The Free Press cited a 2016 study conducted by the University of Maine School of Economics in the article, “Rockland ponders the cruise ship question.” While no economic impact studies have been done specifically in the midcoast region, the UMaine survey found that respondents spent an average of $108 each during land excursions in Maine. […]

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