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Animal Carcass Management Training October 27-29, 2020 – Highmoor Farm CANCELED

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.

 

Fall Gardening Series: Planning a Backyard Orchard -Webinar-Oct. 7, 2020

Are you thinking of planting some fruit trees next spring? If so, now is actually the best time to start planning!

Join MOFGA’s Agricultural Specialist for Downeast Maine CJ Walke for this webinar to help pave the way for success with your tree planting efforts next spring. CJ will talk about choosing locations for different types of fruit trees; considerations when deciding on rootstocks and tree size; choosing varieties and sourcing trees; preparing your ground; best practices when planting; and how to care for young trees.

Instructor: CJ Walke, MOFGA’s Agricultural Specialist for Downeast Maine

Co-sponsor: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA, www.mofga.org), formed in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The organization aims to educate about and advocate for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

 

If you are a person with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at pamela.hargest@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 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.

 

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Maine Compost School – October, 2020 – CANCELED

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.

Pesticide Applicator Training – Browntail Moth

UMaine Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control are pleased to offer a free browntail moth (Category 3A) webinar Tuesday, October 13th and Wednesday, October 14th.

Browntail moth infestations have spread up and down much of Maine’s coast, and increasingly to inland areas. Feeding caterpillars defoliate trees and shed toxic hairs that can cause severe irritation of the skin, eyes, and sometimes airways. This webinar will cover browntail moth life-cycle, ecology, history and spread, defoliation surveys, and management.

Speakers:

Angela Mech, Assistant Professor of Forest Entomology, University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology

Thomas Schmeelk, Entomologist, Maine Forest Service

Board of Pesticides Control staff with the BPC update

There are two opportunities to attend:

October 13th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm or

October 14th 8:00 am – 10:00 am

This webinar is intended for commercial pesticide applicators certified in Category 3A: Outdoor Ornamentals. However, all applicators in need of credits are encouraged to attend and registration is open to everyone.

Attending this webinar earns two recertification credits.

Preregistration is required. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and passcode after registering.

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: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Pesticide Applicator Training – Turfgrass Insect Pest Management

UMaine Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control are pleased to offer a free turfgrass insect pest management (Category 3B) webinar Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7th.

Join Dr. Benjamin McGraw, Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science at Pennsylvania State University, for a presentation over cultural, mechanical, and biological control strategies for managing insect pests of turfgrass. Basic turf management to reduce inputs and chemical control will also be covered. Board of Pesticides Control staff will present an update.

There are two opportunities to attend:

October 6th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm or

October 7th 8:00 am – 10:00 am

This webinar is intended for commercial pesticide applicators certified in Category 3B: Turf and private applicators who grow turf. However, all applicators in need of credits are encouraged to attend and registration is open to everyone.

Attending this webinar earns two recertification credits.

Preregistration is required. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and passcode after registering.

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: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Pesticide Applicator Training – Vegetation Management

UMaine Extension and the Maine Board of Pesticides Control are pleased to offer a free vegetation management (Categories 6A & 6B) webinar Tuesday, October 20th and Wednesday, October 21st

Unmanaged vegetation can create a variety of safety hazards, interfere with human activities, and even threaten natural resources. This webinar will cover management strategies for right-of-ways, invasive plant identification, and invasive plant management.

Speakers:

Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Robert Moosmann, Statewide Vegetation Manager, Maine Department of Transportation

Board of Pesticides Control staff with the BPC update

October 20th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm or

October 21st 8:00 am – 10:00 am

This webinar is intended for commercial pesticide applicators certified in Categories 6A: Right-of-way Vegetation Management and 6B: General Vegetation Management. However, all applicators in need of credits are encouraged to attend and registration is open to everyone.

Attending this webinar earns two recertification credits.

Preregistration is required. Participants will be sent a Zoom link and passcode after registering.

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: Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Preserving the Maine Harvest: October 2020 Series

October 6 – Winter Storage

October 13 – Storing Maine Grains and Repackaging Bulk Items

October 20 – Pressure Canning Meats

October 27 – Preserving Cranberries

For more information about food preservation workshops, visit the UMaine Extension Food & Health website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Kate McCarty at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.147 (in Maine) 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.

Preserving the Maine Harvest: September 2020 Series

September 1 – Canning Relish

September 8 – Preserving Apples

September 15 – Pressure Canning Soups/Stocks

September 22 – Fermenting Vegetables

September 29 – Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables

For more information about food preservation workshops, visit the UMaine Extension Food & Health website.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call Kate McCarty at 207.781.6099 or 800.287.147 (in Maine) 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.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Online/Virtual, December 11 & 18, 2020 (Two separate mornings on separate Fridays)

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.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training – Online/Virtual, November 5 & 6, 2020 (Two separate mornings back-to-back)

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.

Summer Gardening Series: Root Cellaring

Root Cellaring is a low energy method for storing your fresh produce into the winter. In this talk we’ll discuss the ideal storage conditions for most of our crops, and how to create those various conditions throughout most households. While we will touch on specialized outbuilding structures for root cellaring, the focus will be on cheap and simple modifications to your garden or areas of your homes to optimize produce storage length and quality.

Instructor: Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension Sustainable Agriculture Professional

If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Pamela Hargest, UMaine Extension Horticulture Professional,  at pamela.hargest@maine.edu or 207.781.6099 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.


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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
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