Spring meetings and training offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article “Maine wild blueberry industry may benefit from farm bill pilot program.” Blueberry growers will gather in March, 2014 for meetings planned by the UMaine Cooperative Extension in Waldoboro, Ellsworth and Machias. The meetings will include briefings on pollination, weeds, fertilizers, regulations, diseases and pests. The article also stated the Cooperative Extension and Maine Board of Pesticides Control will conduct training in Machias to prepare growers for the private pesticide applicator core exam and the blueberry commodity exam. Both exams will be administered after the training sessions.
Tree Fruit Preseason Meeting
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
USM Lewiston-Auburn College, Room 170
51 Westminster Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240
Registration fee: $20 per person, or $25 per person on the day of the meeting.
This meeting will provide pest and horticultural management updates for commercial, hobbyist, large and small-scale orchardists. The agenda and registration information are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Tree Fruit website.
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) and University of Maine Cooperative Extension will sponsor a basic pesticide applicator license training for farmers March 3, 3-6 p.m. at the Penobscot County UMaine Extension office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor. The exam also can be taken from 6:30-8:30 the same evening.
Growers who use only general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000 of plant or plant products intended for human consumption are now required to be licensed by the Maine BPC. A three-year license costs $15 and requires one hour of continuing education annually.
By definition, a pesticide is any naturally or synthetically derived substance used to kill, control or repel undesired insects, weeds, fungi, bacteria, mammals, birds, rodents or other organisms. Organic products are also pesticides if they are used as described above.
In addition to this training, Maine BPC and UMaine Extension will be offering additional sessions to help prepare growers for the Private Pesticide Applicator core exam before the requirement becomes fully enforceable April 1, 2015. Exam candidates should review the Pesticide Education (Core) Manual, available from UMaine Extension, prior to taking the exam. The exam can be taken at the BPC office in Augusta or at county Extension office. Call BPC, 207.287.2731, to schedule a time or have the exam mailed to your local Extension office.
Maine Vegetable and Fruit School 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Seasons Conference Center, Portland, Maine
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center, Bangor, Maine
Registration Fee: $35.00, includes lunch
PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please preregister by February 21, 2014.
This day-long school is offered for Maine farmers on two dates at two locations: March 10 in Portland or March 11 in Bangor. The agenda and registration form are posted on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website.
High Tunnel Workshop 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Arnold/Howard Rooms, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
Registration Fee: $20.00, includes book
PREREGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Please preregister by January 3, 2014.
This workshop is designed to help people who are interested in using high tunnels for vegetable and fruit production as part of a commercial enterprise.
Please visit UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm website to register online and for more information.
New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show
Tuesday through Thursday, December 17-19, 2013
Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire
The New England Vegetable and Fruit (NEVF) Conference will include more than 25 educational sessions over 3 days, covering major vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops as well as various special topics. A Farmer to Farmer meeting after each morning and afternoon session will bring speakers and farmers together for informal, in-depth discussion on certain issues. There is also an extensive Trade Show with over 100 exhibitors.
The conference is put together with close collaboration between growers and Cooperative Extension from across the region. This is a great opportunity to meet with fellow growers, advisors, researchers, and industry representatives.
For more information and to register, please visit the NEVF Conference website, www.newenglandvfc.org.
James Dill, pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) about a possible increase in fruit flies in Maine homes. Dill said his office has already taken many complaints from residents dealing with fruit flies, and he’s not sure why they seem to be more of a problem this year. He said the best way to get rid of the pests is to throw away or refrigerate ripe fruit and use either homemade or commercial fruit fly traps.
Mark Hutton, a vegetable specialist and associate professor of vegetable crops with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke about Maine’s pumpkin crop in the latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” Hutton said overall it was a pretty good year for pumpkin production in Maine despite excessive rainfall.
The latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” previewed a two-night honeybee disease and pest management workshop at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s office in Falmouth on November 5 and 12, 2013. Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will teach the workshop.
Pesticide Applicator License Exam Training
Thursday, November 14, 2013
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Maine
Registration fee is $10.00. Lunch cost is additional $15.00 (optional).
PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
The Core pesticide training and exam will be offered in the morning, followed by lunch. There will be Orchard Fruit Commodity AND Vegetable Commodity trainings and exams offered concurrently in the afternoon.
Please visit UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Tree Fruit website to register online and for more information.