Agricultural Professional Development Workshop Offered

A workshop on management practices to reduce agricultural emissions, focusing on adaptation and mitigation, will be held February 24th from 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. at the USDA Service Center, 254 Goddard Road, Lewiston. Sponsored by the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, the workshop is partially funded by a Northeast SARE Professional Development Grant, and is being offered through the Maine Earth Smart pilot program. The goal is to provide topics of interest to agricultural professionals who want to stay on top of local and regional developments, keep abreast of research and gain additional knowledge of agricultural practices that will help farms adapt to changing climate conditions and reduce agricultural emissions. Adaptation and mitigation are keys to agricultural sustainability in a changing climate. Speakers include: Ivan Fernandez PhD., Eric Gallandt, PhD., and John Jemison, PhD., all of the University of Maine, Timothy Griffin, PhD., Tufts University, and Allison Morrill Chatrchyan, Ph.D., Cornell University. Their presentations will be applicable to both organic and non-organic farming. There will be ample time for discussion, questions, a panel discussion and group activity.

The full day program has seven CEU’s available, six from the American Society of Agronomy (three for professional development, two for soil and water resources and one for integrated pest management) and one Maine pesticide applicator CEU from the Maine Board of Pesticide Control. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by February 17th. The agenda and registration form can be downloaded at or contact Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District at 753-9400 X400. The cost is $35 per person, refreshments included.

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