School of Food and Agriculture

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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UMaine Students Compete at Northeast Regional Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

By Grant Herchenroether Five animal and veterinary science students from the University of Maine competed at the 16th annual Northeast Regional Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge®. Schools across the Northeast sent students to compete against one another in this real-world application event. These students are pursuing potential careers in the dairy industry including farmers, researchers, educators, financial […]

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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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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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New potato variety available at harvest festival, supermarkets, media report

The Associated Press, Fiddlehead Focus, WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle), WABI (Channel 5) and WVII(Channel 7) reported a new potato variety developed by the Maine Potato Board and University of Maine was once again available at the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor. The Caribou Russet was made available to consumers for the first time at the same festival last year, […]

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Press Herald article on local popcorn includes recommendations from Hutton

The latest article in the Portland Press Herald’s “Green Plate Special” column focused on eating and growing local popcorn in Maine. For those who want to try growing popcorn, Mark Hutton, an Associate Professor of Vegetable Crops in the School of Food and Agriculture and University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable crop specialist recommends 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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Nayak featured by Institute of Food Technologists

Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the world’s largest professional society for food scientists with 22, 000 members, featured School of Food and Agriculture Assistant Professor of Food Processing Balunkeswar Nayak on the cover page of the society’s Virtual Volunteer Leadership Summit. More information about the event, which is scheduled for September 19, 2017, and the cover featuring […]

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Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability: facts, values and better decisions

The 21st century will see unprecedented transformations in human life and vast changes on planet Earth. Key among these are the problems of sustainability, but emerging technologies — especially the intersection of nano-, bio-, information and cognitive technologies — also have the potential to reshape human life. These challenges will require difficult decisions based on […]

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