School of Food and Agriculture

Witter Center’s dairy herd ranked eighth in the nation

The herd of Holsteins at the University of Maine’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center is among ten best at U.S. colleges and universities, an annual ranking by the Holstein Association says.  The 26-cow herd placed third in New England and tied for eighth in the association’s nationwide 2022 Breed Age Average ranking. Breed Age […]

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Camire named editor-in-chief of leading food science journal

University of Maine food science professor Mary Ellen Camire has been named the first dedicated editor-in-chief for the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety (CRFSFS).  The journal ranks third among more than 140 food science and technology journals worldwide. Camire has served as scientific editor of the journal since 2018. In that […]

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UMaine hosts dairy travel course for six universities

Animal and veterinary science students from six universities toured Maine’s dairy industry this month in a travel course hosted by the University of Maine.  More than 40 students and their advisors from universities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont joined the statewide tour. Five students from the University of Maine participated as […]

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Ishaq co-authors article for Brooklyn Eagle

Sue Ishaq, assistant professor of animal and veterinary sciences at the University of Maine, co-authored an article for the Brooklyn Eagle about the benefits of compost. The article explains that compost is so powerful in improving soils that it is often called “black gold.” The article explains how composts feed soils, how access to compost […]

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Brickman consults for Global Forum of Innovation in Health Professional Education

Lily Brickman, a graduate student of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine and a former Gerontological Workforce Enhancement Program graduate assistant, served as a student consultant to the Global Forum of Innovation in Health Professional Education convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The forum, which took place […]

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HowStuffWorks features UMaine research in article about agrovoltaics

In an explainer on agrovoltaics, or adding solar energy developments to agricultural lands, HowStuffWorks noted that one of the largest agrivoltaics sites in the U.S. is a blueberry farm in Rockport, Maine. Researchers from University of Maine Cooperative Extension are evaluating the impact of the installation and will also see how the crops fare under […]

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Gallandt speaks to BDN about climate change and weed management

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Eric Gallandt, professor of weed ecology at the University of Maine, about how climate change will impact weed management for growers in Maine. “Organic farming and ecological weed control is an interesting mix. On the one hand you are seeing these periods of wet conditions hitting when you need to […]

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Morning Ag Clips, BDN note UMaine grant to study alfalfa hay spoilage

Morning Ag Clips and Bangor Daily News reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $668,456 to a team of University of Maine researchers studying new ways to reduce spoilage in high-moisture hay, and how spoilage processes differ in alfalfa relative to grass hays.

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