Maine Climate and Ag Network

Jemison, Koehler quoted in BDN report on climate change realities for gardeners

The Bangor Daily News spoke with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s John Jemison and Glen Koehler for the article, “Maine gardners facing realities, challenges of climate change.” According to climate change experts, the state’s growing seasons have lengthened, allowing for the introduction of newer crops. “I think in this instance, climate change is in […]

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Chen, Fernandez named 2018 Presidential Award winners

A fisheries scientist whose research informs commercial and recreational resource management, a popular mechanical engineering professor whose classroom contributions include development of new curricula and educational software, and a soil scientist whose leadership and expertise benefit policymakers and the public are the recipients of the University of Maine’s top faculty honors this year. Yong Chen, […]

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Mallory, Roche write on raising awareness of climate and agriculture issues in USDA newsletter

Ellen Mallory, an associate professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and Sustainable Agriculture Cooperative Extension Specialist, and Erin Roche, a Cooperative Extension Crop Insurance Education Program Manager at the University of Maine wrote about their outreach experience at the 2018 Maine Agricultural Trades Show for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Northeast Climate Hub newsletter […]

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Morning Sentinel covers panel discussion on farming in changing weather

Morning Sentinel reported on a panel discussion at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show that focused on farming in a new weather reality. Five Maine farmers spoke about how changing weather patterns have prompted them to adapt their farming strategies, according to the article. The forum was organized by the Maine Climate and Agriculture Network and […]

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Farming in new weather reality focus of panel discussion

Farmers are invited to a panel discussion and networking event about farming in a new weather reality 1:50–4 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Hancock Room of the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive. The session will open with a panel of experienced Maine crop and livestock farmers who will discuss how changes in weather patterns […]

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AP advances panel discussion on farming in new weather reality

The Associated Press reported a panel discussion and networking event about farming in a new weather reality will be held Jan. 9 during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center. The event, which will run 1:50–4 p.m., will open with a panel of Maine crop and livestock farmers discussing how changes in […]

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UMaine researchers to receive USDA funds for climate adaption project with UVM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on July 19 nine grants totaling more than $8 million to study and develop new approaches for the agriculture sector to adapt to and mitigate the effects of changing environmental conditions. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food […]

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Wet winter, spring alleviate drought conditions in state

Maine’s wet 2017 winter and spring eased the 2016 drought conditions, says Sean Birkel, University of Maine research assistant professor and Maine State Climatologist. Winter precipitation was 2.3 inches more than normal on a statewide average, he says, totaling 11.7 inches water equivalent. And spring precipitation was 2.5 inches above normal, totaling 12.3 inches water […]

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UMaine report cited in Sun Journal article on Maine’s changing climate

A University of Maine report was cited in the Sun Journal article, “Maine’s climate already changing, with more to come.” “Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update,” by the Climate Change Institute, Maine Sea Grant, and members of the Maine Climate and Agriculture Network at UMaine, lays out a troubling scenario for a state that depends on […]

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Kennebec Journal speaks with Birkel about climate changes across Maine, severe weather

Sean Birkel, Maine’s state climatologist and a research assistant professor at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, was quoted in the Kennebec Journal article, “Climate changes across Maine likely to bring more severe weather.” At a broad level, Birkel studies what has been happening in Maine over time, according to the article. “The historical […]

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