UMaine Extension to offer free training for agricultural service providers

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a free training webinar for agricultural service providers 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.

Agricultural service providers offer expertise related to production, marketing and business planning during one-on-one consultations with farmers. Webinar participants will examine farmers’ needs related to communication, decision-making, goal-setting and time management.

Presenters include Elaine Bourne, Maine Agricultural Mediation Program director; Leslie Forstadt, UMaine Extension human development specialist; and Abby Sadauckas, co-owner of Apple Creek Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine.

They will introduce new resources to service providers that are designed to assist farmers with challenges related to interpersonal skills.

A Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program grant titled “Focusing on interpersonal relationships for greater farm viability” is funding the training.

Register online by Dec. 3. Participants will receive the call-in number and resources the week of Dec. 4. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Forstadt at 581.3487,