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Proposed Legislation Would Make It Easier for Aspiring Young Loggers to Get into the Business

Friday, March 17th, 2017

logger looking at chainsaw and felled treeProposed legislation would level the playing field with other agricultural fields by allowing family members to get experience in logging from an earlier age so they can carry on a family business. Read more in Morning AgClips.

Monthly update on AgrAbility

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Maine AgrAbility geared up for a busy March.  AgrAbility exhibits and resources will be shared at six different events – all before packing up and heading to TN for the NTW!  The exhibit themes will be Universal Design, with hands-on discussion points to share information and ideas with people about making their workspace universally accessible.

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LogAbility packets were distributed to a local lumber mill.  The easy to handle packets were assembled for the lumber mill to share with the loggers and truck drivers, increasing our distribution of information and resources.


On March 9, Maine AgrAbility hosted a Cultural Diversity Training for staff, advisory council members, veteran farmers and veteran services staff.  Throughout  the day we will be looking at the similarities and differences between military and non-military culture, alongside other cultural differences.

Interested in what’s happening with other AgrAbility projects across the United States?AgrAbility e_Note March 2017







What’s new in the AT Toolbox ?

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

A colelction of assistive technology products in agriculture



2017 AgrAbility Harvest Newsletter

Monday, March 13th, 2017

AgrAbility Harvest 2017AgrAbility Harvest 2017 newsletter highlights the activities and impacts of AgrAbility, and is designed for agricultural producers, AgrAbility staff members, rehabilitation specialists, agriculture professionals, educators, legislators, or anyone else with an interest in the agriculture and disability arena. It is published in both electronic and print formats, and to receive print copies, please email with “Newsletter” in the subject line.



Open Stern Boats Present a Unique Hazard

Monday, March 13th, 2017

lobster trapsOpen stern boats present a hazard that traditional boats don’t have: If a fisherman becomes entangled in trap rope, he is not pinned against the transom, but is likely pulled into the water and down with the traps. What then, constitutes best or safe practices in an open stern boat? Read more in the March 2017 issue of Fisherman’s Voice.

Farm Safety in Maine: On-Farm Safety Audits Offered

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Before the cropping season is takes off, it is a good time to look at your facilities, equipment and training opportunities for your employees to try and prevent accidents on your farm.

Cooperative Extension wants to help you identify problems on your farm that could lead to tragedy. We are offering to come to your farm to help you prioritize problems and suggest solutions to improve working conditions for you, your family and your employees. Accidents are not only tragic, but can also be a financial and emotional stress on your operation that can be prevented!

If you are interested, we would like to come and visit your farm in March to do an assessment. This is a free and non-regulatory evaluation to try and prevent injuries. Additionally, we may also be able to help facilitate your adoption of tools and techniques that may reduce physical stress and other injuries that many farmers face every day.

Give us a call or email to get this started!

Discounted Personal Protective Equipment Designed for Farmers

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Keeping yourself and your workers safe by using the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) should not be hindered by the expense and difficulty to find quality PPE that is designed for what you do. That’s why the Bassett Healthcare Network’s New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health is offering discounted PPE designed specifically for farmers. See the catalog, which include PPE as well as slow moving vehicle (SMV) signs and power take off (PTO) shaft shields.

More PPE can be found can be found through the AgriSafe Network.

Maine AgrAbility, Tide Mill Farm and Derek Volk

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

On the November 26, 2016 episode of The Derek Volk Show, Derek talks about how the state of Maine is working together with the agriculture community to better employ people with disabilities.  Lani Carlson, the AgrAbility project coordinator, talks about the program and Jane Bell of Tide Mill Organic Farm, talks about her son Jesse who has autism, is a vital and active member of their family farm business.


2016 Maine Soil Health Workshop

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

cover crop: no-till drill seeding in corn fieldFriday, December 9, 2016
8:45 AM – 3:00 PM
Spectacular Event Center
395 Griffin Rd, Bangor, ME

Healthy soil is fundamental to growing health crops. In this day-long workshop, farmers, educators, and technical advisors will learn about ways to measure, protect, and build soil health. Speakers include Extension educators, crop advisors, and farmers, who will discuss their research and experiences with reduced tillage, no-till, and cover cropping on dairy, mixed vegetable, and potato and grain farms.

Who should attend: Farmers, educators, and technical service providers. 4.5 Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered.

Cost (includes lunch): $20.00 before December 2, 2016; otherwise $25.00. NOTE: No refunds will be offered for registrations made by check OR after December 2. Pre-Registration required.

Register & Pay Online

If you need registration assistance, please contact Michele Lodgek at or 207.581.2721.


8:45 – 9:00 AM: REGISTRATION, coffee, tea, snacks

9:00 – 9:15 AM: Welcome and Announcements.
Soil Health Concepts and Considerations — Ellen Mallory, UMaine Extension

9:15 – 11:00 AM: Reduced Tillage and No-Till Strategies — Mark Hutchinson, UMaine Extension; Paul Thomas, Thomas Farm, Corinth; Sam Wright, Cavendish AgriServices; John Jemison and Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension

  • Reduced-till in mixed vegetable systems
  • No-till following potatoes
  • No-till and cover crops in silage corn
  • Discussion

11:00 – 11:15 AM: BREAK

11:15 – 12:30 PM: Soil Health Tests — Bruce Hoskins, UMaine Soil Testing Service; John Jemison, UMaine Extension; Will Brinton, Woods End Lab

  • What do they mean and what do you do?
  • A no-till example

12:30 – 1:10 PM: LUNCH

1:10 – 1:30 PM: Maine Soil Health Teams — Caragh Fitzgerald, Andrew Plant, and Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension

1:30 – 3:00 PM: Cover Crop Opportunities and Management — Eero Ruuttila, Johnny’s Selected Seeds; Ellen Mallory and Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension

  • Strategies, considerations, and examples
  • Terminating strategies
  • Northeast Cover Crop Council
  • Discussion


For questions about the workshop: contact Ellen Mallory: or 207.581.2942.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Ellen Mallory at 207.581.2942 or to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

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