Anne Lichtenwalner, a University of Maine professor, veterinarian and director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Once shunned, eggs again deemed healthy convenience food.” “I’m a big supporter of eggs as an important part of good nutrition,” Lichtenwalner said. “Eggs are a quality food, [and] they have a lot of potential for enriching family life with kids learning a lot about nature being around the birds.” Lichtenwalner also spoke about how people can supply the protein-rich eggs for themselves and teach children about sustainability and where their food comes from.
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WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond will host Camp North Woods, an opportunity created by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The camp, which was established to build upon the popularity of the Animal Planet show “North Woods Law,” aims to provide opportunities for youth and their families to learn outdoor skills and the importance of sustaining Maine’s natural resources, the report states.
The Mount Desert Islander reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a youth gardening program May through September in Somesville. “Kids Can Grow!” is designed for children ages 7–12 and offers monthly hands-on gardening classes, as well as materials and help for each participant to build their own raised bed. Master Gardener volunteers will guide each child’s efforts, according to the article. Participants will learn about planting, growing and harvesting their own vegetable, herb and flowering plants; nutrition and food safety; and teamwork, the article states.
Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) article, “Despite spread of Lyme disease, Mass. dedicates no money to prevention.” Dill said the extremely cold winter most likely didn’t kill many ticks because “most of them were three feet under … warm and well-insulated” by the snow, the article states. Northeast states generally don’t spend much on tick-borne disease prevention, according to the article, although Maine voters in November approved $8 million for a UMaine Extension lab that will test ticks and conduct other pest-related research. Massachusetts’ Eagle-Tribune, Lowell Sun and Worcester Telegram & Gazette carried the NECIR article.
The Bangor Daily News interviewed Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for an article on the science and folklore of companion planting. Science shows that planting certain crops together can yield more bountiful results and potentially keep pests away, according to the article. “A lot of people feel very strongly about companion planting. Maybe they learned about it from their grandfather or grandmother, so it may not be based in science — but it works,” Garland said. “But, no one person is going to be 100 percent right all the time.” Garland said there are many suggested plant pairings related to either plant compatibility or timing.
The Portland Press Herald published a feature for its “Meet” series on Esperanza Stancioff, an associate professor and climate change educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant. Stancioff oversees the Signs of the Seasons program, which uses volunteers to observe and record seasonal changes as a way to track Maine’s changing climate, according to the article. “We are constantly reaching out to people all over the state, and we’d love to have more people out there observing,” Stancioff said of the program that began in 2010. “The more data, the better information we are going to get.”
The Bangor Daily News referenced University of Maine Cooperative Extension videos and a guide on how to compost in the article, “Interested in composting? Here’s what you need to get started.” The report cited the UMaine Extension bulletin, “Home Composting,” as well as two videos featuring Mark Hutchinson, a UMaine Extension educator and professor.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free introductory workshop for people considering a small-scale food business from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 6, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan.
“Recipe to Market: Is it for me?” will introduce key components of starting a successful food business, including fundamentals of entrepreneurship, product development and licensing. Registration is required by Friday, May 1. To register or request a disability accommodation, call 474.9622, 800.287.1495 (in Maine), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dollars & Sense: Real World Economics published, “Maine farmers and climate change: Reactive or proactive?” by three University of Maine professors. The article was written by Stephanie Welcomer, an associate professor of management and associate dean of the Maine Business School; Mark Haggerty, an associate professor of Honors and Rezendes Preceptorship of Civil Engagement; and John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Gary Anderson, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor, was quoted in a Castine Patriot article about the latest legislative push to allow unlicensed raw milk sales in Maine. Two proposed bills would require milk and milk products to be labeled as unpasteurized, that farmers undergo a dairy sanitization course, and prohibit the advertising of products, according to the article. Anderson recently testified that while no illnesses related to drinking raw milk have been reported in Maine, 26 states reported 81 raw milk outbreaks from 2007 to 2012, causing 979 illnesses and 73 hospitalizations, the article states.