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Free Poultry ‘Break-Even’ Webinar for Small Scale Producers

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
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The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free webinar from 7–8 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, Dec. 4, on the business side of raising poultry.

The webinar will instruct viewers in the use of a “break-even calculator” spreadsheet for backyard, small scale or midsize poultry enterprises. The spreadsheet will help poultry producers better understand their costs and calculate a reasonable
price for their products. The spreadsheet was developed by Wisconsin Extension educator Adam Hady for meat and egg producers to establish minimum pricing.

To participate in the webinar, viewers should connect to the Web link on a computer or device a few minutes before 7 p.m. on Dec. 4. For an electronic copy of the break-even calculator for poultry, email UMaine Cooperative Extension educator Richard Brzozowski at For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Richard Brzozowski at 207.781.6099.

The webinar is an offshoot of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant in applied poultry science, coordinated by UMaine Extension.

Webinar: Social Media Strategies for Farms to Generate Education, Awareness, and Action

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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Webinar: Social Media Strategies for Farms to Generate Education, Awareness, and Action
Wednesday, May 2, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Free — open to all interested

illustration of a farm with 4 social media iconsFacebook…Twitter…Linked In…Four Square…. They can be effective ways to connect with your community….Or they can be a huge waste of your time and energy. How can you use social media to build a supportive community online and in-person? Public relations expert Rachel Carter will explain how to develop a strategy for building a community of champions for your farm. Whether you are a farmer, a farm-based educator, or an Extension educator, this webinar will provide guidance for creating a strategy to use social media effectively and manage related risks.

Hosted by: Lisa Chase, Jessie Schmidt, Ben Amsden, and Erica Curry
University of Vermont Extension, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Plymouth State University Center for Rural Partnerships, and the Farm-Based Education Association

To access the webinar, please follow this link five minutes before the webinar begins:

For technical assistance during the webinar, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, E-mail:

Caseous Lymphadentis Webinar for Sheep & Goat Producers

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
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Extension expert and sheep producer; photo by Edwin RemsbergCaseous Lymphadentis (CLA)
60-Minute Webinar for Sheep & Goat Producers
March 5, 2012
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will provide a free one-hour educational webinar March 5 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Caseous Lymphadenitis (CLA), a contagious disease affecting sheep and goats that is becoming more prevalent in Maine.

The webinar is designed for producers and will help them to identify, prevent, and treat the disease. Instructors for the webinar include UMaine Extension educator Richard Brzozowski and UMaine senior animal science student Nicole Maher. In addition, veterinarians Becky Law of Turner and UMaine Extension veterinarian Anne Lichtenwalner will be available to respond to questions.

Register for the webinar. Registration is required.

For more information, please call UMaine Extension at 207-781-6099. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals. To provide adequate time to respond to your request please provide as much notice as possible.

The webinar will be recorded. To request a link to the recording, please e-mail Richard Brzozowski at

Maine Hay School Webinar Series

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
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Rick Kersbergen and farmer with bales of hay; photo by Edwin Remsberg

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will broadcast a series of five webinars on five consecutive Thursdays starting March 1 on the efficient production of high-quality haymaking and hay sales in Maine.

Since the quality of hay can vary from year to year and from field to field, the objective of the 60-minute webinars is to equip hay-makers with research-based information for selecting, growing, making, storing and marketing the best quality hays or other preserved forages at a profit.

The free webinars, which begin at 7 p.m., are designed for farmers planning to make hay in 2012. Topics for the five sessions include forage quality; improving hayfields; the biology of drying; hay harvest options; and the economics of hay production and marketing.

Instructors: University of Maine Extension educators Rick Kersbergen and Richard Brzozowski and Extension dairy and livestock specialist Gary Anderson


  • March 1, 2012, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Maine Hay School Part 1
  • March 8, 2012, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Maine Hay School Part 2
  • March 15, 2012, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Maine Hay School Part 3
  • March 22, 2012, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Maine Hay School Part 4
  • March 29, 2012, 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Maine Hay School Part 5

Registration required. All the webinars are free.

Small Ruminant Foot Health Webinar Series

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
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trimming a goat hoof; photo by Edwin RemsbergFebruary 21 and 28, 2012
7:00 to 8:00 PM

Presenters: Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland and Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine

Two one-hour webinars (parts 1 and 2) will teach beginner and experienced sheep and goat producers the cause of footrot in sheep and goats, the conditions that promote the disease, how to prevent foot diseases with effective biosecurity, how to treat footrot, how to effectively trim hooves, and the specific protocol to eliminate the disease from farms.  The webinars will also explain genetic markers that could identify sheep that are naturally resistant to the disease.

Registration required. Both webinars are free.

The webinars are a part of the Sheep Foot Health Research & Education Project funded by Northeast SARE.


Troubleshooting for Small Scale Poultry Producers Webinar

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
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Large and small chickFebruary 9, 2012
7:00 to 8:00 PM

Presenters: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky and Richard Brzozowski, University of Maine

This free one-hour webinar will cover common problems with egg or meat birds, and how to set and implement culling standards for your poultry operation. For beginner as well as experienced small scale and mid-size egg producers in New England. In addition, participants of a SARE-funded professional development project in Applied Poultry Science are encouraged to participate. Part of a series of several webinars planned for poultry producers this winter (2011-2012).

Registration required. Register now.