University of Maine Receives Grant to Advance Cooperative Extension

Council member the University of Maine (UMaine) was recently awarded a grant of over $260,000, from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), for the university’s Cooperative Extension.

The grant comes from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program, or NADPRP. The program works with those in animal agriculture to increase capabilities and readiness of the industry. The grant funds will be used for a project on “Carcass Management Preparedness Train-the-Trainer Program for Animal Agriculture Sector Responders,” which will educate farmers and workers on how to use composting techniques during emergencies.

“The Cooperative Extension is an important resource for agricultural producers in Maine, yet Extension is constantly facing looming budget cuts, staff shortages, and resource deficiencies,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) when announcing the grant. “Their support to farmers—which is largely free—is crucial to our state’s agricultural successes.”

The Council congratulates UMaine on receiving this grant, and its efforts to improve both farming practice and the communities it serves. Read more in News Center Maine.

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