EPA chief meets with Maine farmers amid controversy over water quality rules – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the agency needs to make clear that the new clean water rules are not intended to require additional permitting or regulation of farmers.

Source: EPA chief meets with Maine farmers amid controversy over water quality rules – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Grain gain for Aroostook farmers? — Business — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

As artisan and organic food goes mainstream, companies making beer, bread, granola and other such products are struggling to find enough of one of their core ingredients — high quality grains. Stonyfield, Clif Bar, General Mills and other companies are importing record amounts of organic grains, and they’ve come together […]

Source: Grain gain for Aroostook farmers? — Business — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Central Aroostook Forestry BMP Workshop

The Maine Forest Service, Huber Engineered Woods, and the Central Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District are providing a free workshop on “Using the Latest Technology for Proper Planning and Implementation of Best Management Practices”. Continuing Education Credits are available (QLP, CLP, ME LPF).

This workshop will provide training in the use of Google Earth and other mobile navigational apps that are helpful in cruising timber and harvest planning. We’ll demonstrate the latest that is currently available to help landowners, foresters, loggers and others to make informed decisions about, finding harvestable timber, preparing harvesting jobs and using BMP’s. In addition to a classroom presentation, participants will take a tour of a woodlot that was looked at on Google Earth, make a track and
waypoints. Bring a mobile device, laptop computer, tablet or smart phone. Not necessary if you don’t have one.


8- 8:10 Introduction Randy Lagasse – Maine Forest Service

8:10 Google Earth Randy Lagasse MFS

9:00 PDF Map (Avenza) Jacob Guimond – Bureau of Parks and Lands

9:30 Motion X GPS Bruce Wilkens – Private Consulting Forester

10:00 Break

10:15 BMP’s Dan Jacobs – Maine Forest Service

11:30 Lunch and travel to field site

1:00 Demonstration of forest types, making tracks and waypoints and layout

2:45 Adjourn

Androscoggin Valley SWCD hiring administrative assistant

LEWISTON: The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors (an equal opportunity employer and program provider) is looking for a part time Administrative Assistant who is interested in a career that focuses on the conservation of the natural resources in both Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties. Compensation package will be negotiated and based upon the candidate’s education and experience. The purpose for this opening is to train and prepare a person for the position of District Manager.

This position requires some college work, experience and willingness to learn work aspects in office management, accounting, planning/program development, and customer service/outreach. Funding resource research and grant writing experience is mandatory. Good written and oral skills, problem-solving and organizational skills are needed and must possess the ability to work well both independently and with others. Comfort in working on four to five projects/tasks in the same day will be a great bonus.

Some tasks will require the use of a reliable personal vehicle and candidate will need a valid State of Maine driver’s license and automobile insurance. Mileage is reimbursable at an established rate.

See the job description at www.androscogginswcd.org. Submit a resume, four references, proposed wage level and samples of successful grant proposals via email to: janeheikkinen@oxfordnetworks.net or mail to: Position Search Committee, Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, 254 Goddard Road, Lewiston, ME 04240.

Farm Pond Walk and Talk Workshop

A morning of farm pond construction and maintenance tips will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 8:30 A.M until noon. The session will start at the Topsham Fire Hall at 1 Main Street then move to the Bisson Farm at 116 Meadow Road in Topsham. After a time of classroom instruction, participants will go to the farm pond and discuss management practices. Refreshments will be available during the classroom portion.

Pre-registration is required by September 21. The cost is $7.50 per person or $10.00 per couple and $11.00 each after September 15. The registration fee must be sent with the workshop registration form and will offset the cost of morning refreshments provided. Notify Jane Heikkinen at 207-753-9400 ext 400 or email her at janeheikkinen@oxfordnetworks.net if special accommodations are needed. The walk to the pond will not be handicap accessible.

The FARM POND Walk and Talk is being sponsored by the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, hosted by the Topsham Fire Department and the Bisson Farm Family in Topsham and facilitated by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Engineer Candi Gilpatric. AVSWCD is an equal opportunity employer and program provider. This program will offer a relaxed, informal training opportunity, new pond construction tips, ideas for pond maintenance, helps for planning pond use, view of two farm ponds, practices used and an interactive learning experience with a question and answer time.