Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

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Servello named dean of College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

Frederick Servello has been named dean of the University of Maine College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, effective July 1. Servello has been serving as interim dean and director since Oct. 1. A national search was conducted to fill the position of Edward Ashworth, […]

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UMaine Holstein ranks among cream of the crop

The Holstein Association USA announced this month that a member of the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center’s dairy herd ranks among the top 10,000 registered Holsteins in the country for Total Performance Index (CTPI). With more than 22 million registered Holsteins in the United States, the distinction places UM Robust Rosmerta in the top […]

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Mainebiz cites UMaine study in report on state’s commercial dairy farms

A report conducted by the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station at the University of Maine was mentioned in the Mainebiz article, “Maine’s dairy farmers seek ‘fair marketplace.’” According to the article, Maine dairy farmers say their industry could use help from Congress in their efforts to provide milk to customers in a fair marketplace. […]

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New potato variety released at Maine Harvest Festival, media report

The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the release of a new potato variety developed by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture and Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. The Caribou Russet, which was first unveiled last spring, was […]

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What’s black and white and cute all over?

The newest addition at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center! Dynamite the dairy cow gave birth during the middle of a lab last week, presenting an unexpected hands-on learning opportunity for the students!

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Harvest fall fun at Witter Farm with Cabot Creamery

The University of Maine J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center will host Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s Open Farm Sunday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. Members of the public are welcome to visit the farm for a family-friendly afternoon of free cheese, apples, games, and live bluegrass music. UMaine Applied Dairy Cooperative of Organized Working […]

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Community: From the ground up

Read transcript The University of Maine’s potato breeding program, conducted in collaboration with the Maine Potato Board, is committed to cultivating new varieties of spuds — a process that takes more than a decade and involves the expertise of growers, entomologists, food scientists, agronomists and geneticists. Follow professor Gregory Porter to the University of Maine […]

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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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