Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, jazz, folk, world, goth and metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

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The University of Maine is launching an initiative designed to help Mainers better understand how the state is affected by Arctic climate.

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The University of Maine has unveiled a new center, dedicated to the science of parenting.

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Maine's fledgling hemp industry has been anxiously awaiting regulatory guidance from the federal government, and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued some temporary rules. But some of the initial guidance is raising questions for both growers and state regulators.

Maine labor leaders are gathering in Bangor for the two-day, biennial meeting of Maine AFL-CIO and its 160 affiliated unions.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

A few weeks ago, Sheepscot General Store and Farm in Whitefield was making headlines for its innovative "U-pick hemp," a crop that was legalized under the 2018 USDA farm bill. Now the story is one of uncertainty as the family farm finds itself in limbo with its bank and its insurance company both planning to drop the farm.

UMaine File

Officials with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry say an emerald ash borer was found in a beetle trap in Payson Park in Portland, marking the third time the destructive insect has been found in the state.

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Research spearheaded by Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay will try to prove that feeding seaweed to dairy cattle can lower their methane emissions and potentially spawn a new market for seaweed aquaculture.

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Experts are hoping to learn more about how a species of crab, normally found in the warmer waters of the mid Atlantic and Gulf Coast, wound up in the New Meadows River in west Bath.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

This year, there’s a new crop being harvested in Maine alongside apples, pumpkins and corn — hemp.

The Maine State Police say they are following up on new leads into the disappearance of a Greenbush man who has been missing for more than two years.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

More and more schools in Maine are adding solar power to their renewable energy mix. The solar panel array that's just been installed on the roof of Mount Desert Island High School is the largest so far on a public high school in Maine, and will provide more than enough power to meet its demands. Student supporters of the project are hoping that others will be encouraged by its example.

Maine Audubon

A new report in the journal Science indicates that the number of birds in North America has declined by several billion in the past 40 years. The findings, released Thursday, suggest that bird numbers are declining more rapidly than previously thought. And researchers are pointing a finger at habitat loss and climate change.

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Humans have been tilling the soil for thousands of years. Not surprisingly, we've mostly been focused on what we take out of it - bushels of wheat, barrels of apples and so on. But as researchers learn more about how soil and its organic components actually work, it's become clear that farming has a role to play in climate change.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

You may have heard it said that just about every third bite of food you take was made possible by a bee. Bees are required in the production of everything from apples to zucchini, and even important cattle feeds such as alfalfa require bees for pollination.

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Residents in Limestone are marking the 25th anniversary of the closure of Loring Air Force Base.