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November 5: Farm Bill 2015 Workshop - What's New?
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Gorham Municipal Center/Burleigh Loveitt Auditorium, 75 South St., Gorham, ME
   For farmers, private landowners and conservation partners in Cumberland and York Counties: learn what's available for you in the new farm bill. Information will be covered on the following and more:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) covering energy, forestry, agricultural waste, high tunnels, irrigation, erosion control and beginning farmer programs
  • ​Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) - Irrigation and deer fencing for orchards
  • Farm Service Agency Programs and Qualifiers
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
  • Cumberland & York County Soil & Water Conservation District programs

For more details, see: Gorham Farm Bill Meeting flier. Contact: Hazel Richards at 207-883-0159, x.114 or hazel.richard@me.usda.govIf you require special accommodations to attend this meeting, please contact Wayne Munroe, 207-883-0159 by October 27, 2014.

November 6: Farm Bill Information Meeting - Farm Service Agency Programs and Loans
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Buxton Town Hall, 185 Portland Rd., Buxton, ME 04093
​    For more information, contact Sandy Truslow at the Farm Service Agency, 207-883-0159 x 105, or sandy.truslow@me.usda.gov.

November 15: Sheep and Goat Health Seminar
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, Maine
Cost: $35 per person (lunch and handout notebook are included)
   The 2014 Sheep & Goat Seminar will focus on animal health in the northeast and equip producers with skills and knowledge to keep their animals healthy and productive. Topics will include disease prevention, detecting disease, common diseases, health related tools, and the Scrapie program. Instructors include Dr. James Weber, DVM; Dr. Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM; Dr. Richard Brzozowski, PhD; and a practicing veterinarian. For more details and to register online: http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/sheep-goat-seminar/.

November 20: Pollinator Health and Safety Conference
Time: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Portland Marriot at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Dr., South Portland, ME 04106
Cost: $50, register by Oct. 31; or $75, register by Nov. 14
   Geared toward farmers in commercial agriculture, legislators and policy-makers, and co-sponsored by the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Topics at this one-day conference include: 
  • Factors Affecting Bee Mortality in Maine Agriculture
  • Status of Maine's Native Pollinators
  • Pesticide Risks
  • Neonic Use in Maine and Pesticide Alternatives
  • Best Management Practices for Pollinator Safety
FMI, see http://umaine.edu/agriculture/pollinator-conference/Questions? Contact Meghan Dill,  meghan.dill@maine.edu or 207.581.3878.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing, but we recommend that you contact the individuals shown for each event to confirm dates, times, etc.

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