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Farmer Connector Series

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"FARMER CONNECTOR SERIES"
The Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a series of gatherings in 2013 for farmers to network with one another and participate in discussions led by crop and livestock specialists. Thanks to all who participated and made the Farmer Connector Series such a success!
 
Check under our "Events" tab for listing of workshops to be held in 2014.
 
2013 Events in the FARMER CONNECTOR SERIES 
January 21, 6-8pm:  Forage and Underseeding Discussion with Barenbrug
 
March 21, 11am-12:30pm: Farmer Lunch and Speaker Topic:  "Pesticide Risks 2013: What Are They and How to Avoid Them" with Lebelle Hicks, Board of Pesticides Control. Meduxnekeag Ramblers Snowsled Club, Wiley Rd, Littleton. Cost of lunch is $12. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged!  To register, email SASWCD.
1 Pesticide Credit
 
September 11, :  Four Season Forward: Producing Year-Round Crops Using High Tunnels, Low Tunnels and Quickhoops with Clara Coleman of Four Season Farm Consulting from 8:30am to 2:30 pm in Littleton.
 
October 29: "Innovations in Building Better Soils for Healthy Crops": a free day-long workshop with Ray Archuletta, NRCS Technology Center, NC and Brendon Rockey, high-altitude potato farmer, CO. Ray Archuletta is a conservation agronomist with NRCS and is a dynamic and passionate speaker on soil health. Brendon Rockey is a potato farmer in the Rockey Mountains of Colorado. He farms his specialty and seed potatoes with companion crops and a mixture of 10 cover crops, reducing outside inputs dramatically.
This workshop would not have been possible without the support of local businesses such as:
Daigle Oil; York's of Houlton; Agri-Cal, Inc.; McCain Foods; Highway Tire; Crown Equipment; Casella Organics; Louisiana-Pacific; Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians; Maine Farmers Exchange; Farm Credit of Maine; Northern Tilth; Lilley Farms
 
 
 

Winter Ag School

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 Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District
WINTER AG SCHOOL: February 18 – March 29, 2014
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1. FORUM ON COVER CROPS & SOIL HEALTH: HARVESTING THE POTENTIAL
Tuesday, February 18, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Live video feed from Omaha, NE and soil health discussion with local NRCS staff
Mars Hill High School, Music Room, 35 Pleasant St, Mars Hill
Pre-registration is appreciated – please contact the District
• Panel of farmers will discuss experiences with cover crops and impacts on soil health (live video feed)
• Soil health in Maine discussion
1 Pesticide Credit
2 Nutrient Management Recertification Credits
2 Certified Crop Advisor Credits – Soil &Water

This workshop is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Sustainable Ag Research and Education (SARE) and NRCS

2. GROWING SMALL FRUIT & BERRIES
Tuesday, March 4th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dave Handley, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, Cooperative Extension
Houlton office of Cooperative Extension, Military St, 2nd Fl
• Basic care of growing small fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries
1 Pesticide Credit

3. OVERVIEW OF PRECISION AG
Tuesday, March 11th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
George McLaughlin, Agricultural Engineer, Maine Potato Board
Houlton High School, Rm 34
• Broad discussion regarding precision ag and its uses, including pros and cons
1 Pesticide Credit

4. FARM SUCCESSION & GENERATIONAL TRANSFER ISSUES: AN OVERVIEW
Tuesday, March 18th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gary Anderson, Animal & Bio-Sciences Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Houlton High School, Room 34
• General overview of estate planning and issues of transferring the farm/generational transfers
• Outcome of determining need and interest level for future day-long workshop on this subject

5. FORESTRY TOPICS
Thursday, March 27th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Dan Jacobs, District Forester, Keith Kanoti, Water Resources Forester – Maine Forest Service, and Pat Sirois, Director, Maine SFI
Houlton High School, Library
• BMPs to protect water quality
• Maine SFI programs and updates
• Interactive BMP demonstration on the SFI water table
• Intro to new Forestry Rules of Maine
2 QLP Continuing Education Credits
½ day CLP Recertification Credit
2 Continuing Ed Credits for Licensed Foresters

6. ORCHARD CARE: PRUNING
Saturday, March 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Rob Mulvey, Pleasant View Tree Farm
the Callnan's orchard, 1245 County Rd, New Limerick
Pre-registration is appreciated – please contact the District
• Hands-on opportunity to learn how to effectively prune fruit trees
• Pruning tips for both new and established home orchards

For more information on the classes or if you require special accommodations please call:
Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District: 532-2087 ext.3 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 

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