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

  • 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.
  • December 2018
    In this Issue: Respirator Fit Test: Get Your Fit Test Done at the Maine Ag Trades Show, Hay and Pasture Management Resources, Financial Assistance Available for GAP Audits, The Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Grower’s Association’s Grower Input Survey, Farming for Wholesale Program Accepting Applications, Grant Program Available to Promote Sustainable Practices on Small Farms, Ergonomics Tips from the UVM Extension Ag Engineering Blog, Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Guide for Livestock and Diary Farms, Poultry Producer’ Input Needed, and more.
  • November 2018
    In this issue: Preparing Your Barn and Crop Storage Areas for Winter Pests, Guidance Released for the Food Safety Moderation Act: Comment Period Open, Your Input Needed! How Can Maine Ag Support Organizations Best Support You?, Improve On-Farm Communication Workshops with UMaine Extension, NxLevel Tilling the Soil of Opportunity Course, Specialty Crop Block Grant Funds Released to Support Maine Farmers, and more.

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