Knight and Johnson speak to BDN about protecting livestock and crops from extreme weather

The Bangor Daily News interviewed University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Colt Knight, state livestock specialist, and Brett Johnson, sustainable agriculture and horticulture professional, about keeping livestock and plants safe in extreme weather. “It’s always good to have a secure location to put your livestock in like a barn. For the most part, if you provide a good shelter, they are smart enough to utilize it,” Knight said. Johnson said that shelter is also important for crops, and some of the best protection can come from low tunnels, which Johnson predicts will become increasingly common in Maine as gardeners and homesteaders look to lengthen the typical short growing season in the state.