Mount Desert Islander reports on UMaine, COA study on beekeeping, maple production

Mount Desert Islander reported on a joint project between the University of Maine and College of the Atlantic to study small- and medium-scale honey and maple syrup production in the state. The three-year project was awarded $498,462 by the United States Department of Agriculture in May. Jessica Leahy, a professor in UMaine’s School of Forest Resources, is the principal investigator on the project. The grant creates opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their research skills as part of a Sustainable Food Systems Research Collaborative, according to the article. Through the project, the team aims to link knowledge with action and build resilient collaborative relationships among producers, landowners, rural development specialists, policymakers, researchers, extension professionals and other stakeholders, the article states. WABI(Channel 5) also reported on the grant.