School of Food and Agriculture

Juan J Romero

New Faculty: Juan J. Romero

The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture brought a wealth of experience and expertise to its community when it welcomed new faculty this fall. Over the next few months we will feature a new faculty member every Monday and Wednesday to help you get acquainted with these new members of our community. Please join […]

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Kennebec Journal quotes Yarborough in report on blueberry crop, drought

David Yarborough, a professor of horticulture in the School of Food and Agriculture and blueberry specialist with the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Kennebec Journal for an article about how some Maine blueberry farmers are using irrigation systems to deal with the recent drought. Maine is about halfway through its typical harvest […]

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Ph.D. student’s research recognized at Institute of Food Technologists meeting

Adeseye Lasekan, a Ph.D. student in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Program in the School of Food and Agriculture, was awarded first place in the Toxicology and Safety Evaluation Division student research poster competition organized by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He is working with Balunkeswar (Balu) Nayak, an assistant professor of food […]

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state fair dairy cattle students

Cattle, students showcase hands-on learning at Bangor State Fair

Students from the School of Food and Agriculture are took part in the Bangor State Fair, a local annual tradition last week. They exhibited Holstein dairy cattle from the J. Franklin Witter Teaching & Research Center, which is located adjacent to the University of Maine campus. “In years past a number of people grew up […]

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UMaine staff cited in articles about drought

University of Maine staff members Mark Hutton, Sean Birkel and John Rebar were cited in Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News articles about the impact of the drought in southern Maine. The Portland Press Herald piece indicated some fruits and vegetables — including tomatoes and watermelon — are faring well during the drought, but […]

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UMaine to host Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference

Promoting engineering as it relates to agriculture, biology and related applications is the focus of a multiday conference to be hosted by the University of Maine. About 75 participants are expected to attend the Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC) from July 31–Aug. 3 on the Orono campus. NABEC, part of the American Society […]

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Chantel Banus

Chantel Banus: Exploring consumer acceptance of seaweed products

Chantel Banus, second-year master’s student in human nutrition at the University of Maine, is working to determine the factors that influence consumer purchase of seaweed products in the United States. Banus is conducting a survey to see what consumers are looking for in seaweed products and what influences their decision to purchase them. She wants […]

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Padme students dairy cow Holstein

UMaine dairy cow sets state record for butterfat production

Holstein Association USA, the world’s largest dairy cattle breed organization, has verified the recent production record of UM Eden Padme as a new Maine state record for butterfat production in her age group. Padme is a member of the dairy herd at the University of Maine’s J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center in Orono. At […]

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Mallory receives USDA grant for potato and grain research in Chile

Ellen Mallory, University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and associate professor of sustainable agriculture, was awarded $11,902 grant for food research from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The project is supported by the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and is titled, “Investigating Diversity as a Climate Resilience Strategy for Potato and […]

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