Bruce Hoskins, assistant scientist of Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Sun Journal column that listed 10 things to get excited about this year. Hoskins remarked on the U.N. General Assembly naming 2015 the International Year of Soils. “People just kind of take it for granted. It really is the foundation for all plant production, food production,” said Hoskins, whose lab annually tests 15,000 soil samples then suggests how to improve crop production.
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James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Sun Journal for an article about insects that are common in Maine during the winter. Dill spoke about several pests and how to cope with them, including snow fleas, western conifer seed bugs, northern house mosquitoes, winter moths and spiders and Asian lady beetles. “It used to be when I first started, people would say, ‘Oh, boy, it must be boring during the winter being an entomologist,’” Dill said. “With the things that have come in, and looking at pests and you name it, there’s truly not a slow time of year anymore.”
James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about the state’s increase in Lyme disease cases and the new research lab at UMaine that will help with treatment. In November, voters approved an $8 million bond to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. Testing at the lab will allow researchers to more quickly get information on infected ticks to doctors, which would increase the effectiveness of treatments, Dill told the Press Herald. He said the waiting period for Lyme test results should decrease from several weeks to about 48 hours.
The Portland Press Herald covered a conference sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry that focused on the plight of honeybees. Honeybees experience colony collapse disorder and presenters said perils for the bees include pesticides, malnutrition, being attacked by mites and being overworked.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering growers a training session for the Bureau of Pesticide Control (BPC) private pesticide applicator core exam. Training will be 3–6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the UMaine Extension Oxford County office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. Participants also have the option of taking the exam 6–7:30 p.m.
Effective April 1, 2015, a new Maine state law requires a pesticide license for fruit, vegetable and grain growers who use only general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides, and annually sell more than $1,000 of plants or plant products intended for human consumption. Each operation must have at least one licensed owner or employee on the farm. To qualify for the license, the candidate must pass the private pesticide applicator core exam.
Cost for training is $10. For more information, to register for the training or request a disability accommodation, contact Barbara Murphy, 207.743.6329, email@example.com.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Registration Fee: $15.00
PREREGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Please preregister by January 9, 2015.
The Highbush Blueberry School will be offered for those who are interested in growing highbush blueberries as a commercial enterprise. The agenda and registration information are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website.
The Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, Inside Higher Ed, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Portland Press Herald and WLBZ (Channel 2) reported voters approved Question 2 on the Maine ballot. The bond will give $8 million to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. The lab will be biosecure. Sun Journal, WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) and SFGate carried the AP report.
Question 2 on the Maine ballot was mentioned in reports by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Portland Press Herald. The bond would give $8 million to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. John Rebar, executive director of UMaine Extension, and Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with UMaine Extension, spoke with MPBN about the importance of building a biosecure lab. Dill also spoke about bed bugs for the Press Herald article. Question 2 also was included in an Associated Press article about all six bond proposals Maine voters will be faced with. The Kansas City Star, Seacoast Online and Charlotte Observer carried the AP report.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece written by University of Maine President Susan Hunter, titled “‘Yes’ on Question 2 is a vote for Maine’s health, safety.” Question 2 on the November ballot will ask Maine voters to approve an $8 million bond for animal and plant diagnostic services. The bond would allow the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new facility on campus to house labs for the monitoring and testing of insects and pests that affect domestic and wild plants and animals in Maine. “What’s needed in Maine is a facility devoted to pest management and animal health, where public health threats can be monitored through research and diagnostics,” Hunter wrote.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about Question 2 on the November ballot that will ask Maine voters to approve an $8 million bond for animal and plant diagnostic services. UMaine Extension’s current facility was built in the 1940s and is not biosecure, according to the report. “Right now if you remove a tick from yourself, loved one, or a pet, we can identify the tick,” Rebar said. “There’s 14 different species in Maine of ticks, but we can’t tell you whether that tick contains microorganisms that will cause disease because we don’t have a biosecure lab in order to do that testing in.”