Upcoming and Ongoing Events
USDA Reopens Application Period for Producers Recovering from Cattle Loss, Other Disasters
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters.
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for two disaster assistance programs in response to statutory changes made by Congress earlier this year.
Beginning June 4, FSA will accept new applications for losses for calendar year 2017 or 2018 filed under the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) or Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP). Producers who already submitted applications and received decisions on their applications for these years do not need to file again, but they can reapply if they have additional losses or their application was disapproved because it was filed late.
In February, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which made several changes to these two disaster programs, including:
- Removing ELAP’s $20 million fiscal year funding cap, enabling FSA to pay producers’ 2017 applications in full and their 2018 applications as soon as they are approved.
- Removing the per-person and legal entity annual program payment limitation of $125,000 for LIP for 2017 and future years. (The income limitation applies as it did before, meaning producers with an adjusted gross income of more than $900,000 are not eligible.)
- Changing LIP to allow producers to receive a payment for injured livestock that are sold for a reduced price due to an eligible event. Previously, the program only covered financial loss for livestock death above normal mortality.
Producers interested in LIP or ELAP should contact their local USDA service center. To apply, producers will need to provide verifiable and reliable production records and other information about their operation.
Drought, wildfires and other disasters continue to impact farmers and ranchers, and LIP and ELAP are two of many programs available through USDA to help producers recover. Learn more at https://www.usda.gov/disaster.
2018 Poultry Processing Workshop
Thursday, June 14
Thursday, July 26
MOFGA’s Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $75. $60 for MOFGA members
Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office 207.568.4142
Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s Livestock Specialist and an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We’ll discuss poultry management, equipment, and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home an organic bird.
Click here to register http://www.mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/Poultry-Processing-Workshop.
Join us for a FREE webinar on how to build an effective team for your farm!
Tuesday, June 19
Join TASTE NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and Dr. Richard Stup, of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Ag Labor Management as we discuss how to build effective teams for farms and food-based businesses based on open communication and leadership practices. Learn employee management practices to help your farm or food-based business grow and effectively and meet wholesale market demands without sacrificing quality of your product. Dr. Stup will discuss tools and resources for building your team and the importance of communication in a team.
Join us for this FREE lunchtime webinar on Tuesday June 19th.
Just sign up so we know who will be joining us!
Northeast SARE Invites Preproposals for Grant Programs
The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program is seeking applications for 2019 projects for three grant programs: Research and Education, Professional Development, and Research for Novel Approaches.
Each grant program requires a preproposal, due online by July 10 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Projects must be conducted in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia or Washington, D.C.
Applicants selected to submit full proposals will be contacted in mid-August with proposals due on Oct. 30. Projects awards will be made in late February 2019. More information on how to apply, including instructions for developing a preproposal, may be found at www.northeastsare.org/GetGrant.
The Research and Education Program funds applied research and farmer education projects on sustainable farming and food system topics. Projects must engage farmers as cooperators; aim for specific, measurable change in farm practices; and have a plan to verify results. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $200,000.
The Professional Development Program funds train-the-trainer projects about sustainable agriculture concepts and techniques for Extension educators, non-profit personnel and other agricultural service providers. Projects must specify measurable changes in service providers’ education and training of farmers. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $150,000.
The Research for Novel Approaches Program funds applied research conducted through social science investigations and/or field and laboratory experiments. Projects should lead to the feasibility of new practices and approaches that have high potential for adoption by farmers. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $200,000.
To decide which grant program is the best fit for their project, applicants are encouraged to use Northeast SARE’s grant decision tree (www.northeastsare.org/grantdecisiontree).
Questions about the grants program should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast SARE, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, offers competitive grants and sustainable agriculture education.
Throughout the year, MOFGA hosts hundreds of meetings, workshops, conferences, dinners, and festive gatherings. Many take place at our Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine. And many more happen at farms, businesses, and other venues throughout the state. We maintain a comprehensive Calendar of Events on MOFGA.org related to farming, gardening and environmentally friendly living Maine and the Northeast.
Following are links to some of our major annual events.
Online Small Business Workshops
Learn to farm online this winter from NE Beginning Farmer Project
Winter is a great time for farmers to rest, slow down the pace, and build new skills for the coming growing season. The Cornell Small Farms Program is pleased to announce the winter roster of online courses available through its Northeast Beginning Farmer Project. These courses help farmers learn from the latest research-based education.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm Dairy Training Program
Wolfe’s Neck Farm is now accepting applications for their newly launched an organic dairy farmer training program on our farm in Freeport, Maine. This is an intensive, experiential 18-month residential paid program that offers a high degree of support to help new organic dairy farmers start their own operation.
Ideal applicants will have dairy farm experience and are certain that they want to be a dairy farmer. The curriculum provides a solid background in the fundamentals needed to start and manage a dairy farm (business management, pasture and soil management, and animal health are the main areas we’ll focus on). Our team of experts provides specialized support through training, securing financing, locating land, and during the first few years of operation.
Poultry Webinars from eXtension
View free webinars on small and backyard flocks from eXtension!
Recently Archived Webinars
- Hatching and brooding your own chicks
- National Poultry Improvement Plan for exhibition poultry
- Composting for poultry
- Controlling internal parasites in small and backyard poultry flocks
- Establishing regulations for keeping urban poultry flocks
- Setting up a community chicken flock
- Predator management with small and backyard poultry flocks