4-H Horsemanship Camp for Beginner and Intermediate Riders

March 31st, 2014 3:19 PM

Two 4-Hers on horseback with instructor4-H Horsemanship Camp for Beginner and Intermediate riders (ages seven and up) will be held June 13, 14 & 15, 2014 at Windsor Fairgrounds. Please call the UMaine Extension Kennebec County office to request the number of packets you will need for your 4-H’ers: 207.622.7546 or 800.287.1481 (in Maine). You may also request packets by e-mailing diana.hartley@maine.edu or you may download them from our 4-H Horsemanship Camp for Beginner and Intermediate web page. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS JUNE 6, 2014.

Kennebec Journal Advances Cooperative Exension Poultry Producers School

March 31st, 2014 1:42 PM

The Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teenagers. Topics will include best management practices, bird health and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds, poultry nutrition, poultry product quality and organic practices.

UMaine Extension offers hayfield, pasture management workshops

March 19th, 2014 10:06 AM
Baling hayUniversity of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free workshops on hayfield and pasture management this spring around the state.

Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County, will lead the “Got Hayfields?” workshops, which focus on how to best manage hayfields and pastures to produce high-quality feed for livestock. Topics include weed control, managing soil fertility, hay and pasture renovation techniques, grazing management and basics of forage quality.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates, times and locations:

  • March 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo
  • April 3, 6-8 p.m., Farmington Grange, 124 Bridge St., West Farmington
  • April 10, 7-9 p.m., UMaine Extension, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor
  • April 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vassalboro Grange, Route 32, East Vassalboro
  • April 30, 2-4 p.m., UMaine Extension, 57 Houlton Road, Presque Isle
  • May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., UMaine Extension, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls
  • June 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Noon Family Sheep Farm, 78 Sunset Road, Springvale

Pre-registration is requested. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 1.800.287.1426, or visit http://umaine.edu/waldo/programs/events/got-hayfields.

2014 4-H Farm Tractor Safety Course

February 3rd, 2014 1:26 PM

teen on tractorMondays, beginning March 31 — April 28, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Kramer Tractor, Sidney, Maine

Cost per student: $20.00

The Kennebec Office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Kennebec County Farm Bureau, and Kramer Tractor will be sponsoring a 4-H Tractor Safety Course beginning March 31, 2014 at Kramer Tractor, Sidney from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Class sessions will continue each succeeding Monday on April 7, 14 and 21, followed by a written exam and tractor driving course on April 28th. The 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 14 to 16 years of age. 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.  Instructors for this year’s course include Jeff Bragg of Sidney, Neal Caverly of Clinton, Cliff Kramer, Kramer Tractor,  and Karen Hatch Gagne, Extension Educator, Kennebec County Extension (4-H).  Anyone wishing to gain tractor safety knowledge and skills to operate a tractor and implement safely is encouraged to attend.

This course is offered once a year and youth who need a Federal Certificate of Training should plan to attend. There is a registration fee of $20 (covers books, snacks, and participant materials).  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register online.

For further information or to receive a registration form contact Karen Hatch Gagne, Extension Educator, or Diana Hartley at Kennebec County Extension Office, Augusta by calling 207.622.7546 or 1.800.287.1481 or by sending an email to karen.h.gagne@maine.edu or diana.hartley@maine.edu.

Course Manual: Participants will use a tractor safety manual published by Pennsylvania State University.

Sponsored by: University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Kramer Tractor, Sidney; and the Maine Farm Bureau (Kennebec County Chapter).

Location for All Sessions:  Kramer Tractor, Sidney, ME.

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Instructors: Karen Hatch Gagne, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension; Cliff Kramer,  Kramer Tractor, Sidney; Jeff Bragg, Farmer, Sidney; Neil Caverly, Farmer, Clinton

Course Schedule

Session #1

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, March, 31, 2014– Kramer Tractor, Sidney
  • Registration and introduction to the course
  • Requirements of the course
    • All assignments must be completed and submitted
    • Successfully pass the final written exam
    • Successfully complete the tractor hook up and driving exams

Read the following task sheets before Session 1:

1.1 The Work Environment
1.2 Safety & Health Regulations
1.2.1 Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture
2.1 Injuries Involving Youth
2.4 Age-Appropriate Tasks
2.7 Personal Dress
2.8 Hazard Warning Signs
2.9 Hand Signals
2.10 Personal Protective Equipment
2.11 First Aid and Rescue
4.1 Agricultural Tractors
4.2 Tractor Hazards
4.3 NAGCAT Tractor Operation Chart
5.1 Connecting Implements to the Tractor

Session #2

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 7, 2014

  • safety check of farm equipment exercise
  • tractor controls and parts identification exercise

Read the following task sheets before Session 2:

4.4 Tractor Instrument Panel
4.5 Tractor Controls
4.5.1 Engine Stop Controls
4.5.2 Ground Motion Controls
4.5.3 Power Engagement Controls
4.5.4 Position and Adjusting Controls
4.5.5 Location and Movement of Tractor Controls
4.5.6 Tractor Operation Symbols
4.6 Preventative Maintenance and Pre-operational Check
4.6.1 Fuel, Oil and Coolant Levels

Session #3

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 14, 2014

Read the following task sheets before Session 3:

3.1 Mechanic Hazards
3.4 Working with Livestock
3.5 Agricultural Pesticides
3.6 Electrical Hazards
3.8 Confined Spaces
3.9 Silos
3.10 Grain Bins
3.11 Manure Storage
3.12 Anhydrous Ammonia
3.13 Farmstead Chemicals
4.7 Starting and Stopping Diesel and Gasoline Tractors
4.8 Mounting and Starting the Tractor
4.9 Stopping and Dismounting the Tractor
4.10 Moving and Steering the Tractor
4.11 Operating the Tractor in Reverse

Session #4

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Practice driving
  • Safety Video
  • Review for final exam

Read the following task sheets before Session 4:

4.12 Tractor Stability
4.13 Using the Tractor Safely
4.14 Operating the Tractor on Public Roads
4.14.1 Lighting and Marking
5.1 Connecting Implements to the Tractor
5.2 Using Drawbar Implements
5.3 Using Three-Point Hitch Implements
5.4 Making Power Take Off (PTO) Connections
5.4.1 Using Power Take Off (PTO) Implements
5.5 Using Implements with Hydraulic Components
5.6 Using Implements with Electrical Components

Session #5

5:30 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Driving Test and Written Final Exam

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Taking Applications

August 20th, 2013 9:18 AM

gardener working in vegetable gardenAre you a gardening enthusiast? Would you like to share your gardening knowledge with your community? If so, you may want to join the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers training for Kennebec and Waldo Counties this fall.

The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo Counties.

Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. This coming program will focus on vegetable and fruit production and will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from Oct. 16 through early December. Classes will be held at Colby College from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2014 and pass a written exam. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer – demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks, and more.

For more information or to apply online, go to http://umaine.edu/kennebec/resources/master-gardeners/ or contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by e-mail at cfitzgerald@maine.edu or by phone at 207.622.7546 (local) or 1.800.287.1481 (toll-free, in Maine).  The course application is due Sept. 11 for first consideration. If accepted, the program fee is due by October 9. If the fee is a barrier to a participant, please contact the county Master Gardener Coordinator. Limited scholarships are available. To request a disability accommodation, call Caragh Fitzgerald at 207.622.7546 / 1.800.287.1481 / or TDD: 1.800.287.8957 (in Maine0 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program begins provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

Gagne Talks to WABI at Educational Conference

August 5th, 2013 1:11 PM

Karen Hatch Gagne, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) at the fourth annual Positive Youth Development Institute in Bangor. The professional development conference gives Maine educators a chance to hear from students about ways to strengthen their relationships. Gagne said changes in education are really about youth voice, choice and partnerships.

So You Want to Farm in Maine? Free Webinar

February 12th, 2013 10:15 AM

small red barnSo You Want to Farm in Maine is a farm business course for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby into a profitable business. This course will be offered in eight (8) evening webinars, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., starting Thursday, March 7. Classes will be held on the Internet, live and with an archived version that will be available shortly after the live session.

Topics will include selecting and evaluating a farm enterprise, writing a business plan, record keeping, market research, and much more. The webinar is free. Course texts can be purchased from the UMaine Extension Publications Store.

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UMaine Extension Faculty Paper in Agricultural Journal

December 19th, 2012 1:41 PM

An article about high tunnel gardening techniques in Maine by University of Maine Cooperative Extension faculty members Caragh Fitzgerald in the Kennebec County office and Mark Hutton of the Highmoor Farm office in Monmouth appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the NACAA (National Association of County Agricultural Agents).

UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program Taking Applications

September 10th, 2012 8:17 AM

Augusta, ME – University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program for Kennebec and Waldo Counties is now open for application.

The program provides participants with more than 40 hours of in-depth training in the art and science of horticulture. In addition, the program trains volunteers to conduct and join sustainable horticulture projects in Kennebec and Waldo Counties.

Trainees receive the latest research-based information from UMaine Extension educators and industry experts. This coming program will focus on ornamentals and will be on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 23 through mid-December. Most classes will be held at Longfellow’s Greenhouse from 12:30 – 4:00 pm. Participants must attend two of three tours held at other area sites in spring of 2013 and pass a written exam. To complete the course, participants must volunteer a minimum of 40 hours at approved community projects the first year. There are many ways to volunteer – demonstration gardens, school programs, Harvest for Hunger campaigns, newsletter articles, public talks, and more.

Interested participants may apply by contacting University of Maine Cooperative Extension Kennebec County office by e-mail at cfitzgerald@maine.edu or by phone at 207-622-7546 (local) or 1-800-287-1481 (toll-free, in Maine).

The course application and fee are due Sept. 27 for first consideration. For more information on the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program, visit extension.umaine.edu/gardening/master-gardeners.

UMaine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. If you are a person with a disability and will need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Caragh Fitzgerald at 622-7546 / 800-287-1481 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least two weeks before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be accepted.

Beginning Farmer Series: Thinking of Starting a Farm?

February 9th, 2012 2:11 PM

Extension expert with farmer; photo by Edwin remsberg5-session series
March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 2012
6:30 – 9:00 PM

Where: UMaine Extension Waldo County Office, 992 Waterville Road, Waldo, ME 04915-3117

Cost: $60 per farm and includes course books and other program materials.

Interested in starting a farm? Getting information at the outset can put you on the road to success by saving you time, money, and energy. University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a 5-session Beginning Farmer Series in Waldo starting March 13, 2012. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.

UMaine Extension Educators Rick Kersbergen and Caragh Fitzgerald will collaborate with farmers and other experts from around the region to present this series. Novice farmers will be given the tools to evaluate and choose enterprises, develop a business plan, and market their products. Cost is $60 per farm and includes course books and other program materials. Registration ends March 7. For more information, contact Caragh Fitzgerald at (207) 622-7546 (toll free 1-800-287-1481 in Maine), TDD 1-800-287-8957, or cfitzgerald@maine.edu.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Caragh Fitzgerald at 1-800-287-1481 to discuss their needs at least 7 days in advance.