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Workshops for New Farmers to be Held at Agricultural Trades Show

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
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Agricultural Trades Show Maine logoAre you a new farmer? Do you need help navigating the various programs and services available to help you succeed in your new farming enterprise?

The Beginning Farmer Resource Network (BFRN) — a coalition of farm service providers supporting the whole farm community including agriculture, aquaculture, and forestry — will be conducting workshops on various topics for new farmers at the Agricultural Trades Show to be held at the Augusta Civic Center on January 7-9, 2014.

The schedule and topics for these workshops can be found in the Agricultural Trades Show program brochure. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8 and from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 9. There will also be a networking room where you can come and talk to a representative of BFRN about your farm. The networking room will be open Tuesday-Thursday during the hours of the Trades Show.

Go to BFRN’s website at www.umaine.edu/beginning-farmer-resource-network/ — the one-stop website for new farmers — for a “toolbox” of information on important issues/concerns that farmers should think about when starting their business.

Farm Scoop – December 2013 / January 2014

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
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The December 2013/January 2014 issue of Farm Scoop is now available:  Farm Scoop – December 2013/January 2014.  Read about the New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference, Cornell Small Farms Marketing Class, 2014 Maine Agricultural Trades Show, and Value -Added Producer Grant.

New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference – December 17-19, 2013

Monday, November 18th, 2013
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New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show
Tuesday through Thursday, December 17-19, 2013
Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire

The New England Vegetable and Fruit (NEVF) Conference will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors.

The conference is put together with close collaboration between growers and Cooperative Extension from across the region. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives.

For more information and to register, please visit the NEVF Conference website, www.newenglandvfc.org.

Kersbergen Quoted in AP Article on New Crop-Monitoring App

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, was quoted in an Associated Press article about goCrop, a new app that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems. Kersbergen said goCrop would be a potentially useful tool in helping dairy farmers keep records. NWCN.com carried the report.

Kersbergen Quoted in BDN Article on Farm Shares

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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Rick Kersbergen, sustainable dairy and forage systems educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article on the variety of Maine farm shares. Kersbergen said popular farmers markets, such as those in Belfast and Orono, are “just about impossible to get into,” and diversifying farm shares is one way farmers can continue to directly sell products to consumers.

Farm Scoop – October/November 2013

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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The October/November issue of Farm Scoop is now available:  Farm Scoop – October/November 2013. Read about the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Farmer to Farmer Conference, Free Work Safety Stickers, Ethnic Marketing of Lamb and Mutton Webinar Series, Maine Hay and Straw Directories, Cornell Online Berry Production Course, and the Annual Maine Beef Conference.

Cooperative Extension Offers ‘Ethnic Marketing of Lamb and Mutton’ Series

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension invites sheep producers to participate in a free, four-part webinar series designed to help them explore the feasibility of marketing lamb and mutton to ethnic consumers.

“Ethnic Marketing of Lamb and Mutton – An Educational Program for U.S. Sheep Producers” will be broadcast live on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. on November 19 and 26, and December 3 and 10. Presentations will be archived for later viewing.

Sheep marketing experts will be featured in each 60- to 90-minute presentation. Readings, self-driven activities, assignments and group discussions will supplement the sessions; which will also be useful for goat producers.

Webinars
November 19  – Ethnic Market Background
November 26  – Understanding the Ethnic Consumer
December 3     – Understanding and Evaluating Your Market Options
December 10  – Your Marketing Plan

Richard Brzozowski of UMaine Cooperative Extension, Susan Schoenian of the University of Maryland Extension, and Roger High of the Ohio State University designed the educational outreach series.

Please visit the UMaine Sheep and Goats website for more information and to register online. For disability accommodations, contact Richard Brzozowski at richard.brzozowski@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 (TDD 1.800.287.8957).

Kersbergen Mentioned in Press Herald Blog

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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Rick Kersbergen, sustainable dairy and forage systems educator with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was mentioned in the latest post of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” Kersbergen moderated the “Meat, Milk and the Future of Livestock Farming in Maine” panel during the Maine Farmland Trust’s Maine Fare Event in Belfast.

Sun Journal Previews Sheep, Goat Housing Seminar

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
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The Sun Journal previewed the daylong Maine Sheep and Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar that will take place Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering the seminar with the Maine Sheep Breeders Association, Boer Goat Breeders of Maine and regional dairy goat associations of Maine.

UMaine Extension Offers Sheep, Goat Housing Seminar

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension will present a daylong Maine Sheep & Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar on October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UMaine Extension is offering the seminar in cooperation with the Maine Sheep Breeders Association, Boer Goat Breeders of Maine and regional dairy goat associations of Maine.

The $35 per-person fee includes a reference notebook, refreshments and a hot lunch that includes Maine lamb. Online registration for the class is available at the UMaine Extension Livestock website, umaine.edu/livestock/sheep/sheep-goat-housing-seminar. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Justine Denny at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine only).

John Porter, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension professor, will lead the class. In addition, farmers will talk about housing and equipment that have worked well for them and their livestock.

“Housing is an important consideration for sheep or goat producers,” says UMaine Extension Poultry and Small Ruminant Specialist Richard Brzozowski. “Livestock facilities should be well designed for animal comfort, easy cleaning and efficient management. Multiuse of housing should also be considered. Producers who participate in this one-day seminar will learn how to design or adapt their facilities with profitability in mind.”