2023 In-Service Training for Agricultural Service Providers, Certified Crop Advisors (CCA)

Rogers Farm

January 25 and 26, 2023
Holiday Inn, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This two-day in-service training for agriculture service providers in the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) program will focus on crop and forage production, soil quality, precision agriculture, pest management, and more (agenda and hotel information below). CEUs and Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits requested.

Registration Cost:

  • Both Days: $300
  • One Day: $150

Register Online

If you need registration assistance, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175.

Hotel Accommodations for This Event

There are rooms available for training attendees at the Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801 (Directions, Google Maps).

To make your hotel reservation for January 25, proceed directly to their website by clicking the button below. When making the reservation, use the UME code and you’ll receive the $94 room rate.

FMI and Reserve a Room: Holiday Inn Portsmouth


Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Vegetable Crop Production Issues and Solutions

8:00-8:50 a.m. — Registration, Coffee, Tea, Light Food, Shelley Jemison, Maine

8:55-9:00 a.m.Welcome, John Jemison, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

9:00-9:30 a.m.PFAS contamination and Vegetable Production, Caleb Goossen, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

9:30-10:00 a.m.Update on PFAS in ME Agriculture: From a Service Provider’s Perspective, Ryan Hanrahan, Northern Tilth

10:00-10:30 AM a.m.Tarping to Control Weeds in Vegetables, Mark Hutton, University of Maine

10:30-10:45 a.m.Break

10:45-11:15 a.m.Specialty Vegetable Crop Research Updates, Becky Sideman, University of New Hampshire

11:15-11:45 a.m.What’s New in Vegetable IPM?, David Handley, UMaine Extension

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.Effect and Cause: Know thy Tree Fruit Enemy, Elizabeth Garofolo, Red Tomato Co.

12:30-1:30 p.m.Lunch (Provided)

Afternoon: Nutrient and Pest Management Issues in Crop Production

1:45-2:15 p.m.Getting the Product Where It Needs to Go, What are the Concerns with Drones/UAVs?, Pam Bryer, DACF

2:15-2:45 p.m.Nutrient Management Impacts From Agriculture… Have We Made Progress? … A 35-year Retrospective, John Jemison, UMaine Extension, and Tom Morris

2:45-3:30 p.m.Profiles in a Successful Business: Emery Farms, Trent Emery, Emery Farms

3:30-3:45 p.m.Break

3:45-4:15 p.m.Garlic Planted Into Living Cover Crops: Contribution of Cover Crop N, Alexa Smychkovic, UMass

4:15-4:45 p.m.N Management of Flower Hemp: Crop Response and Success of Testing Measures, Heather Darby and John Bruce, UVM

4:45-5:15 p.m.Weed Management in Hemp Production, John Jemison, UMaine Extension

5:30-6:30 p.m. — Musical Interludes and Beer, John Jemison

Andrew Carpenter was scheduled to play with John however he has to attend a different conference this same night and will not be able to accompany John in the musical venue. If anyone coming to this event plays an instrument and would enjoy playing, contact John Jemison at jemison@maine.edu.

6:00 p.m.Dinner On Your Own

CEU’s Requested Day 1

  • Crop: 2.5
  • Soil Fertility: 2.0
  • Soil and Water: 0
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): 1.0
  • Professional Development: .5
  • Pesticide Application Recertification Credit Day 1: 1.0

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Morning: Crop Production

7:00-8:00 a.m.Breakfast (Provided)

8:00-8:30 a.m.Climate Projections for New England: What Will the Future Bring?, Sean Birkel, UMaine

8:30-9:00 a.m.Ag Engineering Measures to Adapt to Predicted Climate Change in New England, Sumon Datta, UMaine Extension

9:00-9:30 a.m.Enhancing Potential Ecosystem Services from Agriculture, Alissa White, American Farmland Trust

9:30-10:15 a.m.American Farmland Trust: Soil Health and Climate Adaptation in Massachusetts, Julie Fine, American Farmland Trust

10:15-10:40 a.m.Break

10:45-11:15 a.m.Cover Crop Options to Protect Potato Soils, Bee Chim, UMaine Extension

11:15-11:45 a.m.Soil Health Changes From Parasite Pesticide Applications, Bryony Sands, Post Doc, UVM

11:45-12:15 p.m.Evaluating Yield and Quality of New Upright Crabgrass Varieties as a Summer Forage for the Northeast, Masoud Hashimi, UMass

12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch (Provided)


1:15-1:45 p.m.Rainfall Effects on N Stabilizer Applications, Tom Morris, Professor Emeritus, UConn

1:45-2:15 p.m.Comparing Phosphorus Soil Test Methods: Modified Morgan vs. Mehlich 3

Bruce Hoskins, UMaine

2:15-2:45 p.m.California Agricultural Order for Discharges to Irrigated Lands 4.0: An Issue Coming to New England?, Paul Peters, Swamp Yankee Consulting

2:45-3:00 p.m.A Retrospective Review of the 2010 Future of Maine Ag – 2025 Project, John Jemison, UMaine Extension

3:30-4:00 p.m.Wrap Up and Evaluation, John Jemison, UMaine Extension

CEU’s Requested Day 2

  • Crop: 2.5
  • Soil Fertility: 0
  • Soil and Water: 3
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): 1.5
  • Professional Development: 1.0
  • Pesticide Application Recertification Credit Day 2: 1.0

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodation to participate in this program, please call John Jemison at 207.581.3241 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 Boudreau Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).