Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

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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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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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