Learn to use 3D printers to make tools at grazing conference

Registration is open for the Maine Grass Farmers Network’s (MGFN) annual grazing conference 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. March 23, at Kennebec County Community College’s Alfond Campus on Route 201 in Hinckley.

Livestock producers are invited to learn about grass-based production and how grazing systems can be profitable and environmentally sound.

Morgan Hartman, managing partner of Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC, in Berlin, New York, and co-founder of the Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference, will deliver a keynote about holistic planned grazing. Steve and Seren Sinisi, owners-operators of Old Crow Ranch, will present a virtual tour of their pasture-based livestock operation.

Session topics include using 3D printers to make tools, composting manure and mortalities, and climate adaptation strategies.

The conference fee is $60, $45 for current MGFN or Maine Beef Producers Association members, and $25 for students 18 years and younger. Lunch and snacks are included. Register online.

MGFN is coordinated by producers, with support from University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. For more information, or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Richard Kersbergen, 342.5971; richard.kersbergen@maine.edu. More information about the conference also is online.