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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
 
 
 

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 Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Events

2016 WINTER AG SCHOOL
For more information about the classes or if you require special accommodations please call 532-2087 x101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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


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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