Food and Agriculture

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UMaine develops new potato variety for gourmet, specialty markets

The University of Maine has released a new gourmet potato variety, Pinto Gold. The potato was tested with the research identification number AF4659-12 and has been available in seed catalogs under that name since 2015. The potato is a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety with excellent roasting and eating quality, according to Gregory Porter, who leads […]

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UMaine Students Compete in North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

Visalia, CA — Four students from the University of Maine competed in the 17th Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® this spring. The event, based in Visalia, Calif., included 235 students from 38 colleges across the U.S. and Canada. Dairy Challenge is a unique, real-world experience where students work as a team and apply their […]

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Drummond named 2018 Distinguished Maine Professor

Frank Drummond, an internationally recognized entomologist whose decades of research on insect pests, bees and reproductive biology of the blueberry plant have contributed to the growth of Maine wild blueberry production, has been named the 2018 University of Maine Distinguished Maine Professor by the UMaine Alumni Association. The Distinguished Maine Professor Award, sponsored by UMaine’s […]

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Ellsworth American interviews Yarborough about Maine blueberry industry, retirement

The Ellsworth American spoke with David Yarborough, a professor with the School of Food and Agriculture and wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for the article, “Market glut, low prices hurt Maine’s blueberry industry.” The per-pound price for Maine blueberries steadily dropped from 76 cents in 2012 to 60 cents in 2014 […]

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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 awarded grant for potato research, media report

WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7), Mainebiz and WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle) reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently awarded the University of Maine $388,000 for potato research. UMaine will serve as the lead on an eastern United States potato breeding project focused on developing attractive, productive, disease- and insect-resistant potato varieties for […]

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Camire speaks with BDN about granola

Mary Ellen Camire, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about granola. According to Camire, granola is an example of a healthy food gone bad. “Granola is a very concentrated source of energy and a good source of fiber,” she said. “But […]

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Food Science Club visits Ocean Spray headquarters

Students in the University of Maine’s Food Science Club took their learning on the road to learn about cranberry growing and processing from Ocean Spray. The graduate and undergraduate students visited the company’s headquarters in Middleborough, Massachusetts. There, they were greeted by Dr. Brianna Hughes, an associate manager of product development and UMaine alum. The […]

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Nayak, Beal aim to bolster seaweed, blue mussel production

Aquaculture companies in Maine are at the forefront of efforts to culture high-quality seafood products. While the industry has grown in the last five years, those seeking to further expand face serious challenges. Two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will support research projects designed to overcome the challenges and increase aquaculture production. […]

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