Outreach

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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Bridgton News reports 4-H lab and learning center community fundraising underway

The Bridgton News reported community fundraising efforts are underway to launch the Magic Lantern 4-H Innovation Lab and Learning Center in Bridgton. The $4 million campaign will purchase the Magic Lantern theater and expand the community engagement it offers with the development of an innovation lab and learning center for youth, the article states. The […]

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Center on Aging partners on a new grant to address nutritional needs in older adults with multiple chronic conditions

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with St. Joseph’s Healthcare, the University of Maine Center on Aging and Senscio Systems, has received a three-year, $750,000 award from the Administration for Community Living to establish and test an innovative, technology-driven, nutrition enhancement and self-management program for older adults with multiple chronic diseases.  The three-year […]

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Fishman speaks with BDN for article about canning tomatoes

Lisa Fishman, regional supervisor and nutrition education professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article “Canning tomatoes like your grandmother did isn’t a good idea.” Tomatoes today are less acidic than tomatoes 50 or 60 years ago, so older canning recipes may no longer yield food that is […]

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Franklin Journal reports on soil health workshop

The Franklin Journal reported on a workshop offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Grass Farmers Network, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. About a dozen farmers gathered at Hardy Farm in Farmington to learn about the effect grazing has on soil health, and ways to improve and maintain it, the […]

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