2023 Sustainable Ag Workshop

March 22, 2023
7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
UMPI Ballroom (120 Campus Center, 181 Main St. Presque Isle ME 04769)

Person holding potatoes covered in soil.This event featured renowned speakers who covered topics ranging from interseeding and intercropping to Potato Virus Y (PVY) and Potato Leafroll Virus (PLRV) management in potato production.

The event offered 5.5 CCA/CEU credits and 2 pesticide credits. Attendees also presented their research through the poster submission form.


Registration has been closed for this event.


7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast (Hot breakfast)

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. — Dr. Jason Johnston, Welcome speech

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. — Dr. Randy Martin – Interseeding and Intercropping, Benefits and Drawbacks

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. — Dr. Jaime Garzon – Alfalfa and soil health

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. — Mr. Thomas Molloy – Improving winter survival of winter grains

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. — Coffee Break and poster session

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. — Dr. Dustin Supa – Business marketing and branding in the potato industry

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. — Mr. Aaron Buzza – Using drone technology for scouting purposes

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. — Dr. Pam Bryer – Getting the product where it needs to go, what are the concerns with drones/UAVs?

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Mr. Tony Jenkins/Ms. Helena Swiatek – NRCS Cover crop practices and financial assistance (payment programs and cost shares)

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. — Dr. Sumon Datta – Irrigation Scheduling for Potato in Maine

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Dr. John Jemison – A 35-year Retrospective of nutrient management from Agriculture

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Coffee Break and poster session

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. — Dr. Andrei Alyokhin – PVY and PLRV management in potato production

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — Dr. Jianjun (Jay) Hao – Integrated management of Verticillium wilt of potatoes

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. — Snack and Adjourn

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Pam Hickey at 207.764.3361 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.

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