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UMaine Extension 4-H offers new birding club for Maine youth

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H is offering a new statewide birding club for youth ages 9–18, with online monthly meetings to be scheduled December through April.  The “4-H Bird Chats” club is for youth interested in citizen science, learning more about birds and sharing observations with others. Participants will learn how to contribute data […]

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UMaine Extension offers tips for preparing edible gifts Dec. 8 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a webinar about preparing edible holiday gifts from 2–3 p.m. Dec. 8.  Topics include cost-effective ways to make edible holiday gifts, food safety tips to consider, and Maine foods to use in soup and baking mixes and preserved products. UMaine Extension staff will demonstrate recipes in an interactive […]

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UMaine Extension offers forage, crop insurance webinar for livestock owners Dec. 9

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer two opportunities for livestock owners to get updates on forage resources and crop insurance starting at 10 a.m and again at 6 p.m. Dec. 9.   “Got Livestock, Need Hay?” features UMaine Extension professor Rick Kersbergen sharing information for livestock owners on assessing how much feed is needed […]

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UMaine Extension, MOFGA host webinar about selecting seeds for vegetable gardens Dec. 16

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will offer a webinar about selecting suitable seeds for Maine vegetable gardens from noon–1 p.m. Dec. 16. “Planning Your Vegetable Garden: Selecting the Right Seeds” includes variety selection, disease resistance, quantities to order and more. MOFGA crop and conservation specialist Caleb Goossen […]

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UMaine Extension offers resources to producers during hay shortage

Many livestock and equine owners in Maine purchase all of their hay and forage needs for winter. While this year’s growing season started out well, forage growth was reduced due to low rainfall in most of the state, especially for second and third hay cuttings.  According to University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor Rick Kersbergen, […]

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UMaine Extension offers recipes and food safety tips for Thanksgiving

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has several resources to help prepare a safe and healthy Thanksgiving meal. Before buying that turkey, UMaine Extension associate professor and registered dietitian Kate Yerxa suggests “planning for one to 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person. This will provide enough for the meal and leftovers for turkey sandwiches or a […]

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UMaine Extension, MOFGA host fruit tree experts panel discussion Dec. 2

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will offer a webinar for aspiring or current hobby orchardists and commercial growers about growing fruit trees in Maine from noon–1 p.m. Dec. 2. “Reflections on the Season: Growing Fruit Trees in Maine” will feature UMaine Extension tree fruit specialist Renae Moran, […]

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UMaine Extension greenhouse plastic recycling collection ends Dec. 15

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is accepting greenhouse plastic for recycling through Dec. 15 before closing out the season.  The recycling program accepts clear, low-density, polyethylene (LDPE#4) plastic used to cover greenhouses, high tunnels, hoop houses and other agricultural structures. Collection sites can also accept white over-wintering LDPE#4 film used by the nursery industry.  The […]

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UMaine Extension offers tips on preparing local holiday foods Nov. 17 

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer ideas for using local foods in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 2–3 p.m. Nov. 17.  Topics include cost-effective ways to shop for local foods, food safety tips for handling turkey and leftovers, and how to use Maine foods in traditional holiday dinner recipes. Instructors will demonstrate preparing recipes […]

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