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3rd Annual Maine Cattlemen’s College

The Cattlemen’s College will provide up-to-date information to Maine beef cattle producers and allow Maine beef cattle producers an opportunity to meet industry leaders and fellow producers to share ideas and innovations. All beef cattle producers and farmers interested in keeping beef animals should consider attending.

Additional information and agenda can be found on the website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Melissa Babcock at melissa.libby1@maine.edu or 207.581.2788 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.

Animal Carcass Management Training June 2-4, 2020 – Highmoor Farm

The Maine Compost Team is offering an animal carcass management training. The training will prepare participants for deployment in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak or natural disaster to assist with the disposal of carcasses utilizing the composting process.

This is an experiential based program utilizing hands-on activities, problem solving scenarios and demonstrations that will prepare participants for actual field situations.

Training Goals:

For more information about the training, contact Mark Hutchinson at mhutch@maine.edu 207.832.0343.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343  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.

 

Beekeeping: Honey Bee Diseases (Intermediate Level) – Falmouth Feb 5&12, 2020

This five-hour class will cover the major pest and disease threats to honey bee colonies and their management.  Focusing on non-chemical and IPM strategies, students will learn the best management practices for all of the major threats to colony health in Maine. 

The fee covers the cost of the textbook, Honeybee Diseases & Pests, Third Edition. 

Beekeeping Schools

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray by email or call our office 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) 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.

Beekeeping: Queens & Nucs (Intermediate Level) – March 4&11, 2020 Falmouth

This five-hour class will cover the basics of starting your own sustainable apiary program through queen rearing and nucleus colony management. Designed for the small scale “back yard” beekeeper, students will learn how to raise and handle queens and how to move from queen rearing into nucleus colony creation and management.

Beekeeping Schools

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray, UMaine Extension staff by email or call our office at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine) 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.

Beginner Beekeeping – February 18-Mar 17, 2020, Falmouth

This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to refresh their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Instructors: Jacky Hildreth and Peggy McLaughlin

Beekeeping Courses

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray, UMaine Extension staff, by email or call our office at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine), 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.

Beginner Beekeeping – January 7- February 4, 2020, Falmouth

This is a great opportunity for new beekeepers, prior to their first year of bees, or it can be a great refresher course for beekeepers just now going into their first winter, and even those with a couple of years of experience who want to refresh their skills and knowledge. The Beginner Bee course consists of 5 sessions and will be taught by two Master Beekeepers. The fee covers the cost of the textbook and the beekeeper’s reference notebook.

Instructors: Jacky Hildreth and Peggy McLaughlin

Beekeeping Courses

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Gray, UMaine Extension staff, by email or call our office at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine), 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.

Conference Proceedings: 2017 Dickeya and Pectobacterium Summit

Downeast Agriculture Conference, Machias, January 18, 2020

For more information and agenda, visit the UMaine Extension Agriculture website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207.581.3175 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.

Family Gifts from the Kitchen – Machias

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Tara Wood at 207.255.3345 or 800.287.1542 (in Maine) 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.

 

Late Blight and Dickeya Training – Presque Isle, November 19, 2019

Do you wonder why there was no late blight in Maine in the 2019 season? Why it was recommended that no late blight protection to be applied?

Interested in Dickeya? Two years of field research in Maine has occurred since the November 2017 Dickeya Summit. Maine is co-leading national grant-supported research efforts on Dickeya dianthicola and Pectobacterium parmentieri. Come listen to the latest update from Maine and elsewhere on these pathogens.

The presentation will have limited seating owing to fire code regulations. This will be strictly enforced as a previous Dickeya presentation had more people in attendance that allowed.

MBPC and CCA credits will be available.

Visit the UMaine Extension potoate website for more information.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Steve Johnson at stevenj@maine.edu or 207.554.4373 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.

Maine Compost School – June, 2020

Maine Compost School is the longest running Compost School in the United States.

The Maine Compost School offers both classroom and laboratory hands-on activities. For people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations. This course is a certificate program and trains personnel to be qualified compost site operators.

For more information visit the website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Mark A. King at 207.592.0455 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.

Maine Compost School – October, 2020

Maine Compost School is the longest running Compost School in the United States.

The Maine Compost School offers both classroom and laboratory hands-on activities. For people interested and/or involved with medium and large-scale composting operations. This course is a certificate program and trains personnel to be qualified compost site operators.

For more information visit the website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call  Mark A. King at 207.592.0455 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.

Meat Science Series: Barbeque 101

Fully color-illustrated text book BUTCHERING (Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, Pork) by Adam Danforth, $24.99, can be purchased from UMaine Extension Publications.

For more information visit the UMaine Extension Livestock website.

Directions and Parking Information will be sent to you via email upon registration.

Rob Dumas Bio

Chef Rob brings 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and is a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation. Chef Rob has a diverse background ranging from cooking for the President and first family to teaching culinary arts and meat fabrication at the New England Culinary institute. His current work with Umaine allows him to focus on his passion for local and seasonal food while working as a resource to the state’s agricultural industries.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Melissa Libby Babcock at 207.581.2788 or melissa.libby1@maine.edu to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Pesticide Applicator Training – Outdoor Ornamentals 2019

An Outdoor Ornamentals (Category 3A) program will be held in December, 2019. There are two opportunities to attend: 12/10/19 at Jeff’s Catering & Event Center in Brewer, from 12:00 pm to 4:45 pm, or 12/11/19 at Seasons Event and Conference Center in Portland, from 7:30 am to 12:15 pm. Each offers four recertification credits.

Seating is limited, please register by November 27th. The registration fee on or before Nov. 27th is $40. The nonrefundable registration fee after Nov. 27th is $50. Only cash or check can be accepted at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

Tentative Agendas:

BREWER (Dec. 10)
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Check-in/Registration
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Browntail Moth Management, Kyle Rosenberg, Arborist, Town of Bath
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Invasive Ornamentals: Management and AlternativesGary Fish, State Horticulturist, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
2:30 pm 
– 2:45 pm: Break/Refreshments 
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: BPC UpdateJohn Pietroski, Manager of Pesticide Programs, BPC
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm: The Risks of Pesticides in the LandscapePam Bryer, Toxicologist, BPC
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: UAVs: Potential for Landscape Pest Management, Matthew Wallhead, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist, UMaine Extension 
4:45 pm: Credit Forms/Adjourn

PORTLAND (Dec. 11)
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Check-in/Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Browntail Moth ManagementKyle Rosenberg, Arborist, Town of Bath
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Invasive Ornamentals: Management and AlternativesGary Fish, State Horticulturist, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
10:00 am 
– 10:15 am: Break/Refreshments 
10:15 am – 10:45 am: BPC UpdateJohn Pietroski, Manager of Pesticide Programs, BPC
10:45 am – 11:15 am: The Risks of Pesticides in the LandscapePam Bryer, Toxicologist, BPC
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: UAVs: Potential for Landscape Pest Management, Matthew Wallhead, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist, UMaine Extension 
12:15 pm: Credit Forms/Adjourn

For questions about credits or certification, contact the BPC at 207.287.2731 or pesticides@maine.gov

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact Kerry Bernard at 207.581.3884, 800.287.0279 (in Maine), or kerry.bernard@maine.edu. 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. 

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Sarah E. Harebo, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Belfast, December 6, 2019 (Snow date: Dec 13)

For more information visit the Food Safety Training website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Theresa Tilton at theresa.tilton@maine.edu or 207.942.7396 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.

Recipe to Market (Half Day Intensive) – Falmouth (Dec. 17, 2019)

(Snow Date: Wednesday, December 18th, 2018, 9:00 am-12:00 pm)

Do your friends and family rave about your homemade chowder, blueberry jam, ice cream, fudge or other special food product? They say you should sell it and make a fortune. You wonder if they’re right, and if you have the drive and personality to run a business.

Participants of the half-day Recipe to Market workshop will learn about licensing, how to prepare and package their food product safely, to access potential profits, and discover some of the resources available to support them in business development.

This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one. Participants must have a specific food product or recipe in mind.

Instructors: 

Register by December 13th to reserve a spot.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kathy Savoie at 207.781.6099 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

 

Looking for our 6-part workshop? Check out the link below.

Recipe to Market 6-Part Workshop

Recipe to Market: Is It For ME? Lisbon Falls

This workshop will be helpful to a wide range of individuals who are thinking about starting a food business in Maine.  Examples include:

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207.581.8200 or 800.287.1458 (in Maine) 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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Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II – December 19 – Falmouth

Thursday, December 19, 2019 (snow date Friday, December 20, 2019

1-Day Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Theresa Tilton at 207.942.7396 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 5 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II – November 21, 2019 Bangor

Thursday, November 21, 2019

1-Day Seafood HACCP Alliance Segment II

For more information visit the Cooperative Extension food safety website. 

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Theresa Tilton at 207.942.7396 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 5 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.


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UMaine Extension Workshops, Classes, and Events
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)E-mail: extension@maine.edu
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System