Farm Scoop – January 2021

CFAP Offers Additional Assistance

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept new or modified CFAP applications from eligible producers January 19 through February 26, 2021. Certain producers will receive updated payments automatically.

Are you eligible for additional assistance through CFAP? Application information related to your operation is detailed below by the specific commodity you grow or raise.

Producers who are modifying their applications should contact their local USDA Service Center for assistance. Producers who are filing new applications should contact their Service Center or call 877-508-8364 for one-on-one support. Additional information for those now eligible to apply for CFAP 2 or for eligible producers making CFAP 2 application modifications is available at

Maine Risk Management and Crop Insurance

For questions regarding Maine risk management and crop insurance, please contact our Crop Insurance Education Program Manager: Chris Howard at: or at 207.570.2868.

For more information or questions regarding subscription information, contact Caitlin Ramsay, Administrative Specialist, Highmoor or 207.933.2100.

Any reference to commercial products, trade names, or brand names is for information only, and no endorsement or approval is intended.

USDA and the University of Maine are equal opportunity employers and providers. This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28584.

QuickBooks for Farms

4-part workshop on February 15th, 17th, 22nd & 24th, offered from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in a virtual format.

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MFRN Journeyperson Programming Accepting Applications and Information Session

MOFGA is now accepting applications for the Journeyperson program, a 2 year support program for farmers in their first few years of a farm business.  This program provides mentorship, technical assistance, connections to a wider network of farmers in Maine, whole farm planning and business planning education, and educational stipends. To learn more about the program and to apply please see our website here. An information session about the program will be held on January 20th from 4-5 and you can register here. Email any questions to Beginning Farmer Program Specialist, Bo Dennis, at

Pesticides Applicators 15 credit hours of free, virtual programming Jan. 19-21 during the 2021 Agricultural Trades Show Online

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will offer 15 credit hours of free, virtual programming Jan. 19–21 during the 2021 Agricultural Trades Show Online.

Winter is here! Join us for the Poultry Flock Talks – Wintertime Ventilation to discuss wintertime coop preparation, heat, ventilation, and other cold-weather management tips for small and backyard flocks of poultry.

Herbicide Injury and ELISA Presentations

Do you think you had herbicide injury in your potato field but weren’t sure? Are you curious about how the lab virus test for seed certification is performed?

A one-hour Zoom meeting will be held on Wednesday 13 December 2020 from 7 to 8 pm, consisting of two half-hour presentations.

Dr. Andy Robinson, an Extension potato agronomist from North Dakota State University, will give a presentation on Recognizing Herbicide Injury in Potatoes

Aaron Buzza from UMaine, located at Aroostook Farm, will give a presentation on The Steps Used in ELISA Tests.

To view the meeting, sign up is required: The University of Maine – UMaine Extension Workshops, Classes, and Events – Educational Update for the Agricultural Industry via Zoom – January 13, 2021