Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Events
2016 WINTER AG SCHOOL
February 25, 6-8pm: Public Discussion of Natural Resources
Skip Babineau, Facilitator. Houlton High School, Rm 34 - Public meeting to discuss natural resource priorities for Southern Aroostook. Meeting relies on landowner input so please come and share your throughts and concerns. Discussion will be part of a Natural Resources Plan to be written by the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District.
March 1, 6-8pm: Potato Production as Part of an Ecological System
RJ Rant, Ag Consultant and Nutrilink Biosystems, Michigan. Cooperative Extension Houlton Office, 2nd Fl - RJ will cover the 4 basic principles of soil health: soil organic matter management, rotation and cover crops, integrated nutrient management, and tillage management. He will also discuss his work with Michigan potato farms and the steps they've taken to focus on soil building practices. - 1 Pesticide credit and 2 CCA credits
This class is made possible through the Conservation Innovation Grant "Building Soil Health with Innovative Potato Cropping Systems" and is based upon work supported by NRCS-USDA, under #691218146.
March 15, 6-8pm: To Tile or not to Tile?
Walter Allison, ASI Tile, New Brunswick and Ken Hill, NRCS. Houlton High School, Rm 34 - Learn what soils are right for tiling with discussion on history of tiling practices to current systems. Panel discussion so come with questions!
March 24, 6-8pm: Moose Topics
Lee Kantar, Maine IF&W and Don Kleiner, ME Professional Guide Assoc. Houlton High School, Library - Topics will include moose population dynamics, IF&W's adult/calf collaring project, economic of Maine's moose hunt and ticks. 2 QLP credits, 2 hrs Category 1 credits for Licensed Foresters and CLP tbd
March 31, 6-9pm: Forestry Night
Dan Jacobs, District Forester; Ken Laustsen, MFS Biometrician; Charlene Donahue, MFS Entomologist; Ked Coffin, Irving Woodlands; Pat Sirois, Maine SFI; and Tim Richards, LP. Houlton Higher Education Center, 18 Military St - Spruce budworm update, condition of northern Maine forests, SFI update and harvest survey results, and LP Mill update and wood market trends. 1/2 day CLP, 3 QLP credits, 2.5 Category 1 CFE credit for SAF, 3 hrs Category 1 credits for Licensed Foresters and 1 Pesticide credit
April 2, 11am-3pm: Fruit Varieties, Grafting and Scion Exchange
Sue Szwed, Look No Further Fruit Trees; Steve Miller and Liz Lauer. The Cup Cafe (downstairs of Unitarian Church, 61 Military St, Houlton - Discussion of fruit tree varieties from 11-noon; Scion swap during lunch (soup and sandwiches available for purchase at Cup Cafe) and grafting demo from 1-2pm. Root stock will be provided to first 25 people to pre-register for class. For a list of materials needed, including how and when to cut scion wood, download PDF