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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
 
 
 

Workshops

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 Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Events
2015 WINTER AG SCHOOL
All classes are FREE and open to the public
February:
Friday, Feb. 20, 10am - Noon:  "Soil Fertility, Management and High Tunnel Varieties"
Where:  University of ME Cooperative Extension, Military St, Houlton, 2nd Fl.
Speaker: Andrew Medfferd, Senior Trial Technician, Johnny's Selected Seeds
Lunch will be served after workshop - please pre-register for this class.
1 NM Credit
 
March:
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00-8:00pm:  "Climate Change and Impacts on Farming"
Where:  Houlton High School, Rm 34
Speaker:  David Putnam, Lecturer of Science, UMPI
1 NM Credit
 
Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 - 8:00 pm : "Backyard Poultry"
Where:  Cooperative Extension, Military St, Houlton, 2nd Fl
Speaker:  Linda Trickey, Ass't Ag Educator, Cooperative Extension
 
Thursday, March 12, 10am - Noon:  "Growing Tomatoes in High Tunnels" (2nd class of 3-part high tunnel series)
Where:  Houlton Higher Education Center, Rm 110, 18 Military St
Speaker:  Eric Sideman, Crop Specialist, MOFGA
Lunch will be served after workshop - please pre-register for this class.
1 Pesticide Credit
 
Tuesday, March 24, 6pm - 9pm:  "Beavers & Forest Management"
 Where:  Houlton High School, Library
Speakers:  Dan Jacobs, MFS; Barry Burgason, Huber; Matt Stedman, Irving; Amanda DeMusz, IF&W; Donald Dudley, ME Trappers Assoc.
2 QLP Continuing Ed Credits
1/2 day CLP Recertification Credit
2 Continuing Ed Credits Licensed Foresters
 
Thursday, April 9, 6pm - 8pm: "Weeds - What They Tell Us and How to Manage Them"
Where:  Cooperative Extension, Military St., 2nd Fl
Speaker:  Rick Kersbergen, Cooperative Extension
1 NM Credit
2 Pesticide Credits
 
Tuesday, April 14, 6pm - 8pm: "High Tunnel Series - Irrigation and Pests and Diseases" (3rd class of a 3-part high tunnel series made possible by the Broad Reach Fund of Maine Community Foundation)
Where:  Cooperative Extension, Military St., 2nd Fl
Speaker:  Mark Hutchinson, Cooperative Extension
1 Pesticide Credit

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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