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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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New checklist features 270 species of native bees in Maine

The first checklist of bees in Maine, compiled using wild blueberry research records from the 1800s to present, as well as private and public collections, and citizen science observations, has documented a total of 278 species — all but eight of which are native, according to a scientific team led by University of Maine bee […]

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Yarborough speaks with Ellsworth American about Maine blueberry market glut

David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with University of Maine Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by The Ellsworth American for the article, “Market glut hits blueberry growers hard.” This year, many wild blueberry growers in Hancock and Washington counties left portions or entire fields unraked as the price of […]

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Highmoor Farm mentioned in BDN article on Maine Compost School

The Bangor Daily News reported on the Maine Compost School, an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed program that for the last 20 years has taught students from all over the latest cutting-edge compost technology. More than 1,000 students have graduated from the Maine Compost School, which is taught twice a year at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, the Maine […]

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UMaine awarded federal funds for projects that support food economy, media report

The Portland Press Herald and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station at UMaine are among the recipients of federal funding awarded to support Maine’s local food economy. Maine businesses and food projects will receive over $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree […]

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UMaine researchers to unveil wild bee habitat assessment tool July 19

University of Maine researchers have developed a tool called “BeeMapper” that will allow blueberry growers to assess the predicted wild bee abundance in the landscape surrounding their crop fields. They will debut and demonstrate the computer-based tool on Wednesday, July 19 at the UMaine Cooperative Extension annual Wild Blueberry Summer Field Day at Maine Agricultural […]

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Morning Ag Clips advances J.F. Witter Center’s livestock tour, field day

Morning Ag Clips published a University of Maine news release announcing the University of Maine J.F. Witter Teaching & Research Center will host a livestock tour and field day 1–6 p.m. July 12 at 160 University Farm Road, Old Town. Tours will include the center’s horse and dairy facilities, and pastured sheep and poultry flocks. […]

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Drummond speaks with BDN about fungus that could affect Maine’s blueberries

The Bangor Daily News interviewed Frank Drummond, an insect ecology professor at the University of Maine, about a type of fungus with zombie-like qualities that could threaten the state’s wild blueberry crop. Drummond said although the mummy berry disease is probably the most serious blueberry disease, it’s not well understood. Drummond and other UMaine researchers […]

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Rogers Farm site of new foodscaping garden, weekly open houses

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers (MGV) will offer weekly open house sessions 5:30–6:30 p.m. beginning June 6 at Rogers Farm in Old Town. The UMaine Extension Penobscot County MGV Demonstration Garden — which features 34 different theme gardens, including the new foodscaping garden — is open to the public during daylight hours. […]

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