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.

Agenda

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