Rural Media Group to Air UMaine Cooperative Extension Videos

February 7th, 2014 12:33 PM
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Rural Media Group (RMG), a privately held corporation that owns and operates a portfolio of rural-based entertainment companies, is slated to air University of Maine Cooperative Extension videos on their morning “Market Day Report” and “Rural Evening News” programs. Videos likely to air include “How to Frost Seed,” “Working with Maine Business,”“How Do I Tap a Maple Tree?” and “Darling Marine Center Scallop Research.” RMG’s two channels, RFD-TV and RURAL TV, are dedicated to serving the needs and interests of people living in rural America with programming focused on agriculture, rural lifestyle, traditional country music, and live news and daily market coverage with a focus on the business and policy issues of rural America. RMG’s programming is available internationally and is currently distributed into more than 53 million homes through satellite and cable providers including DISH Network, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

Workshops for New Farmers to be Held at Agricultural Trades Show

January 2nd, 2014 9:51 AM
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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

December 4th, 2013 11:29 AM
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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.

Maintaining a Healthy Herd Focus of Beef Conference

November 26th, 2013 1:09 PM
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beef cows and calves on pasture; photo by Edwin Remsberg

“Keeping Your Herd Healthy” is the theme of the Maine Beef Producers Association’s (MBPA) 24th Annual Beef Conference on Saturday, Dec.7, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor, Maine.

Presenters include: Walter Whitcomb, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Dr. Simon Alexander, veterinarian at Exeter Veterinary Services; Cindy Kilgore, livestock specialist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; and Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner, veterinarian and director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Animal Health Laboratory.

The MBPA and the Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) are co-hosting the event; registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the conference. Nonmember registration, including lunch, is $60 for the first person from a farm and $40 for all others from the same farm. The student rate is $20. Discounts are available for MGFN and MBPA association members.

Sponsors are UMaine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Hilton Garden Inn.

For registration details, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Melissa Libby at 1.800.287.7170 in Maine or 207.581.2788 outside of Maine. More details, including the keynote speaker, will be announced at the UMaine Extension Beef website.

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

November 18th, 2013 10:45 AM
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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

October 29th, 2013 9:07 AM
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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

October 17th, 2013 12:45 PM
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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

October 17th, 2013 11:20 AM
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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

October 10th, 2013 12:13 PM
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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).

Sheep & Goat Seminar – Housing & Equipment – October 19

September 23rd, 2013 9:27 AM
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herding sheep flock toward a handling areaProviding proper housing for your livestock  is an important aspect to the success of your farming operation, no matter the size.  The  health and performance of your sheep or goats depends upon their comfort in every season.  Proper housing need not be elaborate or expensive – just appropriate.  In addition, the housing and equipment you use can save time and labor.  How much time do you spend caring for or handling your livestock?  Can these regular activities be streamlined? Being  as efficient as possible will make a difference for you, your health and bottom line.

After participating in this seminar, you will be able to effectively assess your situation and make the necessary changes – from air exchange, to cleaning, handling, loading livestock, feed or supply storage and more.

Please make plans to attend this practical seminar scheduled for 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine.  For more information 2013 Maine Sheep & Goat Housing and Equipment Seminar