Farm Scoop July 2011

By Richard Brzozowski, Extension Educator, Cumberland County and Tori Jackson, Extension Educator, Androscoggin & Sagadahoc Counties

University of Maine Wheat Research Field Day

On July 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., UMaine Cooperative Extension will host this FREE event at University of Maine Rogers Forage and Crops Research Farm, Stillwater, Maine (1.5 miles from I-95 Exit 193). Registration starts at 5:45 p.m. More information is available online.

Wild Blueberry Field Day

On July 20th, 2011, the annual Wild Blueberry Field Day will take place at UMaine’s Blueberry Hill Farm on Rt. 1 in Jonesboro from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information call the farm at 207.434.2291. Two pesticide recertification credits available.

Highmoor Farm Summer Tour

On July 21st, 2011, the annual Highmoor Farm Summer Tour will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Highmoor Farm is located at 52 US Route 202 in Monmouth. Registration is $15/person and includes lunch. No pre-registration is required. This year’s field day will include tours of current research projects in tree fruit, including apples and plums, and projects in vegetables and berries, including new strawberry variety testing, sweet corn evaluations, pumpkin trials, summer squash and cucumber evaluations, as well as vegetable production under plastic tunnels, and new biodegradable mulches. For more information call the Highmoor Farm office at 207.933.2100.

Farm Solar Microdrip Irrigation

On July 23rd & 24th a Farm Solar Microdrip Irrigation workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sankofa Farm, 139 Route 193, Beddington, ME. Participants will learn the basics of solar energy and microdrip irrigation. Cost is $60 for either day or $100 for the weekend, and includes lunch. Scholarships are available from Maine Rural Partners for agricultural producers and can be requested by contacting claudia@mainerural.org. For more information about the program contact Richard Komp, Maine Solar Energy Association 207.497.2204 or by email.

Second Annual Androscoggin County Farm Bike Tour

The second annual Androscoggin County Farm Bike Tour (in conjunction with Open Farm Day) takes place on July 24th, and begins at the Durham Community School. Bring your family and ride through some of Androscoggin County’s most beautiful farm land. You need not be an expert rider for our easy 13 mile route. There will be refreshments and educational opportunities at each stop. This event provides education about local farming, conservation, and healthy lifestyles and serves as a fundraiser for the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, Healthy Androscoggin, and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Register through the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties Extension Office (24 Main St. Lisbon Falls, ME 04252), or contact Tori Jackson or call 207.353.5550 x11 if you have any questions.

Kneading Conference

On July 28th & 29th the Kneading Conference, sponsored by the Maine Grain Alliance and MOFGA will take place at the Skowhegan Fair Grounds. For more information call 207.474.2947.

Beef Basics Workshop

On July 30 & 31, 2011, Aldermere Farm will host its annual Beef Basics Workshop. This year, participants can attend talks on fitting and showmanship, Beef Quality Assurance, artificial insemination, USDA and FSA programs, farm estate planning, business planning, tractor and forage equipment, marketing and market research, and regulations that impact agriculture. The two-day workshop has a minimal cost associated with it that is dependent on whether you are seeking specific certifications. Please contact Heidi Baker at 207.975.4415 or by email for a registration form and for more information.

Need Pesticide Credits?

Check out the Maine Board of Pesticide Credit Calendar!  Many approved pesticide applicator recertification programs are listed there.  For more information call 207.287.2731.

Processing Pastured Poultry Workshop

On August 16, 2011 a workshop on processing pastured poultry will be offered from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at MOFGA‘s Common Ground Education Center in Unity. 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. Course fee is $30 and each participant will take home a bird. Limited to 15 participants. Call MOFGA at 207.568.4142.

Aquaculture Research Institute

The 1st Annual Open Day of the Aquaculture Research Institute, University of Maine will take place on August 24, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Wells Conference Center in Orono. Anyone interested in aquaculture research and our research portfolio are welcome to attend. To register, please email Anne Langston. Registration is free.

Maine Farm Days

Maine Farm Days will be held August 24 & 25, 2011 at Misty Meadows Farm in Clinton. Sponsored by Kennebec County SWCD. More information is available online .

Maine Hay Directory

Don’t forget about the Maine Hay Directory where you can list hay or hay stumpage that you have for sale. Sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to assist livestock producers in identifying sources of hay for their livestock. The listing of hay, available by county, is free.

Potato IPM Hotline

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Potato IPM program has a Pest Management Hotline with the latest details on the growing season. Just call 760-9IPM (207.760.9476) to get the information you need to manage your potato crop.

NOTICE TO HISPANIC OR WOMEN FARMERS AND RANCHERS: COMPENSATION FOR CLAIMS OF DISCRIMINATION

If you believe that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) improperly denied farm loan benefits to you between 1981 and 2000 because you are Hispanic, or because you are female, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. You may be eligible if: you sought a farm loan or farm-loan servicing from USDA during that period; the loan was denied, provided late, approved for a lesser amount than requested, approved with restrictive conditions, or USDA failed to provide an appropriate loan service; and you believe these actions occurred because you are Hispanic or female. If you want to register your name to receive a claims package, you can call the Farmer and Rancher Call Center at 1.888.508.4429.

Sketch-It Clipboard

There is a clipboard specially made for doing quick sketches with straight lines and angles. It has small ridges on the surface so when you press down firmly with a pencil, you can make perfectly straight lines without a ruler. It is a great engineering tool for quick drafting in the field when a computer and mouse are not convenient or available. You can learn more and purchase this at their website.