Registration is open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s annual Maine Grain Conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor. The conference is designed for farmers, crop advisers and others involved in the agricultural community.
Featured speakers Klaas Martens and Mary-Howell Martens from Lakeview Organic Farm in Penn Yan, N.Y. will talk about organic grain rotations, production considerations for alternative grains, growing grain for seed and protecting grain quality with proper harvesting, drying, cleaning and storage. The Martens farm 1,400 acres of corn, wheat, barley, oats and legumes. They also operate a feed mill and sell organic feed, crop seed and food-grade grains.
Dorn Cox of the four-generation Tuckaway Farm in Lee, N.H. will discuss grain equipment options for all scales of operation. The grain grower will also give an overview of his 250-acre farm, as well as of the Great Bay Grain Cooperative that shares equipment and expertise.
Ellen Mallory, UMaine Extension sustainable agriculture specialist and conference organizer, will update attendees on UMaine grain research results with graduate students Aaron Englander and Erin Roche. An open question-and-discussion session will be held so participants can tap into available expertise.
Participants will receive two pesticide certification credits and six Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits.
Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 13. Cost is $20 if pre-registered by March 10, $30 after. The fee covers lunch and a snack. To pre-register and pay online, visit http://umaine.edu/agriculture/programs/2014-maine-grain-workshop/. For more information, to pre-register by phone, or to request a disability accommodation, call Meghan Dill at 207.581.3878.
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Workshop series beginning Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014
Meets weekly 5:45 – 9:00 p.m. through Weds., Mar. 26
Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District,
254 Goddard Road, Lewiston, ME 04240
Full 5-session registration $50/person or $15/individual session
Priority Series Registration Deadline February 24, 2014
Join with other new and experienced farmers, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators, and other agricultural professionals to share strategies for successful farming. Topics include crop, nutrient and pest management; irrigation, and transition to organic production. This series includes four evening sessions and one full-day session in May. Full details, including how to register, are available online. Contact Jane Heikkinen, 207.753.9400 x 400, with any questions or to request a disability accommodation.
Sponsored by Androscoggin Valley Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services; and University of Maine Cooperative Extension. All sponsors are equal opportunity employers.
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA) will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.
Topics will include best management practices, bird health, and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds. Additional topics include poultry nutrition, poultry product quality, and organic practices.
The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers, and 4-H teens. The $25 fee ($10 for MPGA members) includes a reference notebook, a poultry break-even calculator and refreshments. Participants should bring their lunch.
The Maine Farm Bureau and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association are co-sponsors. For more information and to register, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/poultry-keepers/ or call UMaine Extension, 207.781.6099. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).
The class, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Kennebec County Farm Bureau and Kramer’s Inc., will meet 6-8 p.m. Mondays, March 31 through April 21, with a written exam and driving test April 28.
Jeff Bragg of Sidney, Neal Caverly of Clinton, Cliff Kramer of Kramer’s Inc., and Karen Hatch Gagne of UMaine Extension are instructors. They will teach participants to safely handle tractors and equipment, to identify hazards and to minimize the risk of accidents. The course is open to all; priority will be given to youth 14-16 years old. Participants who successfully complete the classroom sessions, written exam and driving test earn a federal certificate of training.
Preregistration is required. To register online, visit http://umaine.edu/agriculture/programs/tractor-safety/kennebec/. A fee of $20 includes books, snacks and other materials. For more information, to receive a registration form, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Gagne or Diana Hartley at 207.622.7546, 800.287.1481 (in Maine), email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will learn how to handle tractors and equipment safely, how to identify hazards, and how to minimize the chances of accidents. The course is open to all adults and youth interested, but priority will be given to youth ages 14 to 16. This course is required for 14 and 15 year olds who plan to operate farm equipment for hire on farms other than their own. A Federal Certificate of Training will be issued at the completion of the course after successful completion of the written test and driving course and with attendance requirements met.
For more information or to register, select a location near you:
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FALMOUTH – A four-week course, “So You Want to Farm in Maine?” is being offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Falmouth for experienced and prospective farmers on four consecutive Tuesdays, Feb. 5–26.
Classes are 6:30–9 p.m. at the University of Maine Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104 in Falmouth. A $50 per-farm fee includes course materials.
Topics of discussion include selecting and evaluating farm enterprises, keeping production and financial records with QuickBooks, and doing market research for farm products and services. Classes will include panel discussions about available resources for farmers.
Attendance is limited to 25 participants and preregistration is required. For more information, to register or to request disability accommodations, contact Andrea Herr, 207.781.6099 or email@example.com. Additional information is available on the UMaine Extension website (http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/so-you-want-to-farm-in-maine/).
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a five-part weekly series beginning this month on the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil, soil management, and long-term enhancement of soil organic matter.
The series is a response to farmers’ increasing requests for more in-depth training on managing soils for long-term health and production, in addition to the exploration of options and recommendations for soil amendments, cover cropping and crop rotations, according to Frank Wertheim, UMaine Extension educator in the York County office in Springvale.
The series will provide management strategies for optimum crop production and long-term soil health. Classes are scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, Oct. 23-Nov. 20 in the Nasson Room of the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St. in Springvale. The cost for the entire series is $25 per person, or $10 per session. Preregistration is required. Call 1-800-287-1535 (in Maine), or (207) 324-2814.
UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.
The schedule is as follows: