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Leahy discusses state’s forest resources on ‘Positively Maine’ radio show

Jessica Leahy, a professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on Newsradio WGAN’s “Positively Maine” radio show. Leahy discussed the School of Forest Resources, forestry students, legacy planning for older landowners, wood banks and other projects that have had a positive effect on Maine’s family forests.

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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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Potato variety developed by UMaine doing well in stores, WAGM reports

WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle) reported a new potato variety developed by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine is selling well at supermarkets. Hannaford began selling Caribou Russet potatoes in November. Bags of the potato variety, which come from Irving Farms in Caribou, are available in 94 stores across Maine and in […]

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Morse to give oyster harvesting talk in Newcastle, Boothbay Register reports

Boothbay Register reported Dana Morse, an aquaculture researcher with Maine Sea Grant who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, will talk about the oyster harvesting process Nov. 28 in Newcastle. From 3 to 4 p.m., Morse will speak at the Lincoln Home about why the Damariscotta River produces some of the best-tasting oysters, […]

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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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Strong speaks with Press Herald for article on ocean acidification

Aaron Strong, an assistant professor of marine policy at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald for the article, “State largely ignores role as seas grow more acidic.” Despite a bipartisan recognition of a threat to Maine’s shellfish industry, leadership on ocean acidification has fallen to a volunteer group of scientists and conservationists, […]

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Student discovers new wasp species, AP reports

The Associated Press reported University of Maine student Hillary Morin Peterson discovered a new species of wasp. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Peterson discovered the species, which doesn’t sting, while conducting work for her thesis. The Brunswick resident named the wasp Ormocerus dirigoius, in tribute to Maine’s motto, “Dirigo,” which means “I […]

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BDN reports on Kelley’s shell midden research

The Bangor Daily News reported on the prehistoric shell middens, or refuse heaps, along the Maine coast that are threatened by rising sea levels, beach erosion and development. The middens include clam shells, fish bones and other artifacts left behind by people who lived along the coast thousands of years ago. “The paleo information is priceless,” says […]

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Machado speaks with BDN about safe turkey cooking for Thanksgiving

Robson Machado, a food science specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about how to safely cook a Thanksgiving turkey. When buying a fresh bird, according to UMaine Extension, plan on picking it up one or two days before […]

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