2018-2019 UMaine Extension Piscataquis County Annual Report



Picture of Lisa PhelpsWelcome to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension! We are located across the state in 16 county offices, research farms, 4-H camps, and online. We are the largest outreach component of the University of Maine and reach more Maine people than any other entity within the seven-campus University of Maine System. Our work is focused on two areas of excellence. UMaine Cooperative Extension conducts the state’s most successful out-of-school youth education program through 4-H, empowering young people to reach their full potential. Extension also helps support, sustain, and grow the food-based economy across the entire state of Maine. We are the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated.

UMaine Cooperative Extension is determined to make a positive difference in our areas of excellence for the citizens of Maine. Explore our website, visit a county office, and contact our enthusiastic workforce.

— Lisa Phelps, Interim Director

Picture of Hannah CarterCaribou native named dean of University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Caribou, Maine native Hannah Carter has been named dean of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, effective May 1. Carter was an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida (UF), which is part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). She directed UF’s Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, and was interim director of the UF/IFAS Center for Leadership.

Carter received her Ph.D. and master’s degree in agricultural education and communication, specializing in agricultural leadership and Extension education, from the University of Florida, and has been a member of the UF community since 1997. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

“For more than a decade, Dr. Carter has been involved in leadership development programming on state and national levels, particularly as it pertains to agriculture and Cooperative Extension,” says Jeffrey Hecker, UMaine executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She also knows UMaine Extension and the difference it can make — from 4-H, the most successful out-of-school youth education program in Maine, to the integrated pest management program that supports the state’s agriculture industries. The fact that, following an extensive national search, the candidate who rose to the top of the applicant pool has deep roots in Maine is the icing on the cake. We are thrilled that Hannah will return to her home state to lead the university’s most extensive community outreach enterprise.”

“I have a passion for people, for agriculture and for 4-H, and I am so excited for the opportunity to return home and apply all my experiences for the benefit of the state of Maine. This position is one that I aspired to, and I look forward to beginning my new position in May,” Carter says.

Piscataquis County Office

Piscataquis County Extension Association

Executive Committee:

Dr. Beth McEvoy, President

David Bridges, Vice President

Carole Boothroyd, Secretary

Dr. Karen Murphy, Treasurer

George McKay

Gretchen Huettner

Ben Cookson

Dotty Hadler – Retired

Richard Neal – Retired

Piscataquis County Staff

Barbara Baker, Extension Educator – Retired

Donna Coffin, Extension Professor

Sheila Norman, 4-H Professional

Trisha Smith, Home Horticulture Community Education Assistant

Laurie Bowen, Food System Community Education Assistant

Anette Moulton, Administrative Specialist

Putting university research to work in homes, businesses, farms,
and communities for over 100 years.

Our annual report features highlights of recent accomplishments
and the difference we make in the lives of Maine citizens and their communities

Piscataquis County Extension Media Survey

UMaine Cooperative Extension is your doorway to University of Maine expertise. For over 100 years, we’ve been putting university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities — in every corner of Maine and in every part of the Maine Food System.  Our Positive Youth Development through 4-H hands-on learning programs focus on STEM disciplines as well as traditional “home economics” skills.

In addition to our state offices in Orono, we have a network of county-based offices staffed by experts who provide practical, locally-based solutions for farmers and other small business owners; kids and families; and individuals.

We are asking for your help to make us more effective with our program content and efficient in our communication methods by completing this survey.   FMI 207-564-3301 or extension.piscataquis@maine.edu.   Complete this survey online.