School of Food and Agriculture

Focused on Food Waste

Fourth-year UMaine Food Science and Human Nutrition major Olivia Conrad took the first place award in the 2017 Sustainability & Water Conference Undergraduate Poster Competition. Her poster, titled “Objective analysis of the physical and microbial quality changes that occur in packaged baby spinach when stored past the best-by date,” was the result of a research […]

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College honors White for outstanding research

The University of Maine’s College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture celebrated outstanding faculty and students during a ceremony on April 26. The college selected just three of its over 150 faculty members for recognition. The dean’s office honored Dr. Adrienne White, a Professor of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition in the School of Food […]

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UMaine Students Compete in North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge

Visalia, Calif.– Four students from the University of Maine competed in the 16th Annual North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge® (NAIDC) this spring in Visalia, California. The event drew 230 students from 37 colleges across the U.S. and Canada. The Dairy Challenge is a unique, real-world experience where students work as a team and apply their […]

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WLBZ highlights Black Bear Food Guild

WLBZ reported on the student-run Black Bear Food Guild and its community-supported agricultural share program. The program provides fresh produce on a weekly basis from mid-June through early October to customers who purchase “shares.” A full share costs $500 and is for three to four people, a half share costs $325 and is recommended for […]

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UMaine wild blueberry research wins at international symposium

Vasiliki Papakotsi, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture, was recognized at the Berry Health Benefits Symposium in Pismo Beach, California for presenting one of the best research posters at the conference. The poster featured a collaborative project between the laboratory of Professor Klimis-Zacas of the University of Maine’s […]

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Moran offers fruit tree pruning tips in BDN article

Renae Moran, an associate professor of pomology at the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture and with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Early spring is still the right time to prune fruit trees.” “It’s still a good time to prune fruit trees, but […]

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Yarborough quoted in Maine Public report on plummeting blueberry prices

David Yarborough, a professor in the University of Maine’s School of Food and Agriculture and wild blueberry specialist with Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Maine Public report about how blueberry growers in the state are struggling with plummeting prices. Yarborough said the berries can be roughly categorize into two groups: cultivated, or “highbush,” and […]

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UMaine teaming up to offer webinars on reduced tillage, American Agriculturist reports

American Agriculturist reported Cornell University’s Small Farms Program has teamed up with counterparts at Michigan State University and University of Maine to offer three free webinars on reduced tillage for organic vegetable production. Viewers can learn about practices that might fit their operation — from permanent beds, tarps and mulches to cover cropping, strip tillage […]

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Maine Public interviews Yarborough about blueberry production

Maine Public talked with David Yarborough for a story about Maine wild blueberry producers slashing production to survive. There’s been too much of a good thing and prices are plummeting, according to the story. Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with the School of Food and Agriculture and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, says something […]

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