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2012 WILD BLUEBERRY SPRING MEETINGS

WALDOBORO

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Time:
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location
: Knox-Lincoln County Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road (Manktown Road connects Route 235 and Route 1 in Waldoboro and  the office is located across  from the new high school)

ELLSWORTH

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time:
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location:
Hancock County Extension Office, 63 Boggy Brook Road

MACHIAS

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Time:
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location:
University of Maine – Machias, Science Bldg, Room 102, O’Brien Avenue

PESTICIDE LICENSE TRAINING

Machias All others Agenda
1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Interaction of Fertility and Other Management Practices: So much more to learn, John Smagula, The University of Maine
1:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Prodding the Lowbush Blueberry to Produce Rhizomes, Brad Libby, The University of Maine
2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Applying NRCS Conservation Practices to Wild Blueberry Lands, Dave Garcelon, Roland Dupuis, Autumn Birt, NRCS District Conservationists
2:15 p.m. 7:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Mummy Berry and Leaf Spots, OH NO!, Seanna Annis, The University of Maine
3:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) a New Insect Pest?, Frank Drummond, The University of Maine
3:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Board of Pesticides Control Regulation Update, Staff, Board of Pesticides Control
4:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m. Adjourn

Two re-certification credits available for licensed pesticide applicators!

MPG CROP SERVICES INVITES YOU TO OUR ANNUAL 2012 BLUEBERRY MEETING
See attached invitationwith meeting details.

Maine Wild Blueberry Crop Figures for 2011 Not Available Yet

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service usually publishes the Preliminary Non Citrus Fruit and Nut Report at the end of January.  However, because of budget cuts mandated by Congress they have delayed this report.  The Non Citrus Fruit and Nut Preliminary Report will be released March 15 at 3:00 PM.  So I will provide you with the North American Blueberry Crop Summary in the April Wild Blueberry Newsletter.

Finding Funds for Farmers

The Maine Department of Agriculture has produced a revised publication to help farmers find financial resources for their farm and food business. This publication will provide you with most of the banks and grant programs available as of July, 2011. Not all private or philanthropic organizations are in this publication, and not all banks actually loan to farmers.  Their business development specialist contact number is 207-287-3491.  The 82 page Finding Funds for Farmers publication can be found at www.getrealmaine.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/faqs.showpage/pageID/100/index.htm

Sincerely,

Dave

David E. Yarborough
Extension Blueberry Specialist
www.wildblueberries.maine.edu

Information in this publication is provided purely for educational purposes. No responsibility is assumed for any problems associated with the use of products or services mentioned. No endorsement of products or companies is intended, nor is criticism of unnamed products or companies implied.

©2012

Published and distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914, by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Land Grant University of the state of Maine and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Cooperative Extension and other agencies of the U.S.D.A. provide equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Call 800-287-0274 or TDD 800-287-8957 (in Maine), or 207-581-3188, for information on publications and program offerings from University of Maine Cooperative Extension, or visit extension.umaine.edu.


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