Farm and Food Systems Newsletter

The Farm and Food System Newsletter is a monthly publication covering a variety of topics, resources, and events for Maine farmers.

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Recent Issues

  • March 2020
    In this issue: A Huge Thank You to our Farmers!, Effect of COVID-19 on Farms- Impact Analysis Survey, Up-to-Date Information and Resources for Maine Farmers- COVID-19, New Directory for Local Farm Product and Pick-Up Options, Posting Labor Needs During this Time, Willing to Help Dairy Farmers During the COVID-19 Outbreak? Contact UMaine Extension., Farmer to Farmer Support, Tips and FAQ’s for Safe Food Handling and Marketing, USDA Conducting its Biannual Agricultural Labor Survey, Upcoming Webinars
  • February 2020
    In this issue: UMaine Launches Grant-Funded Greenhouse Plastic Recycling Program, Reduced Tillage Practices Have Lasting Effects on Soil Health and Crop Productivity: Research Overview, USDA State Technical Committee Meeting Set for April 8 in Bangor, Sign up for the Tractor Roll-Over Protective Structure (ROPS) Rebate Program: It Could Save a Life, Respirator Fit Testing Requirements and New Resources, Apply Now for Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund, New England Farmer Microgrant Program Launched, Senior Farm Share Program Accepting Applications from New Farmers, License Applications to Grow Hemp in Maine Now Available, 2020 Crop Insurance Deadline Approaches, Share Your Experience of Economic and Ecological Side Effects of Food Safety Practice Adoption, Dry Bean Variety Development Survey, upcoming events, and more!
  • January 2020
    In this issue: High Tunnel Tomato On-Farm Research Project Seeks Growers,
    Greenhouse Plastic Recycling Program Available Through UMaine Extension
    Resources for Managing Farm Stress, 2020-2021 New England Vegetable Management Guide Available, USDA Announces Pilot Insurance Coverage for Hemp Growers, 2020 Crop Insurance Deadline Approaches, Advanced EQIP Payment Option for Historically Underserved Producers, Value-Added Producer Grant Program Offers $37 Million in Funding, Impacts of Food Safety Practices on Overall Farm Operations Survey, Agritourism and Direct Sales Survey, Survey of Crop Damages Due to Birds, Upcoming Events, and more!
  • December 2019
    In this issue: Managing Stress and Mental Health on the Farm, Value-Added Producer Grants Released, Join us at the 2020 Maine Ag Trades Show, NxLevel Business Planning for Maine Farmers: Registration Open, Resources Available for Biosecurity in Livestock Operations, Do You Produce Meat Birds? Let Researchers Know Your Resource Needs, Calling all Maine Woodlot Owners: Your Input Needed, Agritourism and Direct Sales Survey, Upcoming Events, and more.
  • November 2019
    In this issue: USDA Climate Hub Resources: So Much Valuable Information!, Climate Perspectives & Resource Needs Among Small-Medium Scale and Beginning Farmers, Tiny Swede Midge Causes Big Crop Damage in Maine, USDA Webinar and Guidelines for the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program, Hemp Meeting and Roundtable, Attend Your NRCS Local Working Group Meeting to Have Your Voice Heard, Funding Opportunities, Upcoming Events, and more.
  • September 2019
    In this issue: Obsolete Pesticide Collection: Deadline to Participate nearing; November 20 Deadline for Blueberry and Apple Crop Insurance Approaching; Maine Farms for the Future Program Now Accepting Fall Applications; Input Requested from Women Livestock Producers: A Needs Assessment; New Business Tools Available for Maple Producers; Soil Management a Key Component to Fighting Climate Change; Case Studies Show that Soil Health Practices Increase Farm Profitability; Crops Impacted by Deer Survey; and more.
  • August 2019
    In this issue: Cover Crops Provide More Soil Building Benefit than Compost Alone; Organic Soil Health Management Course Offered; Specialty Mushroom Production, Free Webinar Series Available; National Farm Safety and Health Week-Symposium for Veteran Farmers Scheduled; and more
  • July 2019
    In this issue: Results of the Statewide Farmer Needs and Priorities Assessment, 2019-2020 New England Small Fruit Management Guide
    What are Soil Aggregates? Blogpost from the Soil Society of America, Cover Crop Selector Tool in the Works for the Northeast, New Bulletin Investigates the Economics of Cover Cropping, Fire Risks in Hay Storage, Climate Impacts on Maine Wild Blueberry Farms: Interview with David Yarborough, PhD, Farmer Weather Tools Use Assessment, Leek Moth Survey Request, Dairy Insurance Informational Sessions, and more.
  • May 2019
    In this issue: Ag Labor: Resources for Onboarding New Employees, Your Input Needed! MOFGA’s Shared Use Farm Equipment Program Survey, Tips for Springing into Soil Health this Season, How Crop Insurance Works When a Wet Spring Prevents Planting, Climate Impacts on Vegetable Farms: Interview with Lauchlin Titus, CPAg, New Services Available from the UMaine Plant Disease Diagnostics Lab, The 2017 Ag Census Results are out!, Finding Farmland Course Available. Free from the National Young Farmers Coalition
    Maine Farms for the Future Program Grants Open for Submission, Support your Local Extension Office. Join the Executive Committee Board!, and more.
  • April 2019
    In this issue: U.S. Cover Crop Acreage Surged 50% in 5 Years, New Resource for Managing FSA Farm Loans and Tracking H2A Applications, Required and Important Annual Employee Training Topics, Maine Migrant Education Programs Available, UMaine Lab Offers Tick Management and Safety Resources, Identifying and Dealing with Stress on the Farm, Pesticide Storage Inventory BMP’s, Maine Open Farm Day-May 1st Registration Deadline, Master Food Preserver Application Deadline-May 3rd, and more.
  • March 2019
    In this issue: Vegetable Transplant Disease Prevention Tips in the Greenhouse, Climate Change Adaptation Research for Farmers, Promotional Opportunity for Farms: Maine Department of Education is Looking for Farmer Cikkabiratirs, IRS Waives Estimated Tax Penalty for Farmers, Register for Maine Open Farm Day, UMaine Extension Offers Media Training for Maine Farmers, New Infographic Helps to Explore Farm Soils, and more.
  • February 2019
    In this issue: New Dean of University of Maine Cooperative Extension Named, ‘Weather Tool Show and Tell’ at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching, Risk Management Resources: Soil Health for Prevention and Crop Insurance for Protection, Pesticide Safety Education Month: Sprayer Calibration Tips, Sales Forecasting for AG Business Publications from UNH, 3D Printers in Farming at KVCC, Looking for Employees or Interns? Horticulture Job Fair at SMCC, Education Resources Available for Migrant Farm Worker Families, and more.

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