Southern Aroostook SWCD Announces “Winter Ag School”

Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District
WINTER AG SCHOOL: February 18 – March 29, 2014
Confirm class location and time under each class listing

1. FORUM ON COVER CROPS & SOIL HEALTH: HARVESTING THE POTENTIAL
Tuesday, February 18, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Live video feed from Omaha, NE and soil health discussion with local NRCS staff
Mars Hill High School, Music Room, 35 Pleasant St, Mars Hill
Pre-registration is appreciated – please contact the District
• Panel of farmers will discuss experiences with cover crops and impacts on soil health (live video feed)
• Soil health in Maine discussion
1 Pesticide Credit
2 Nutrient Management Recertification Credits
2 Certified Crop Advisor Credits – Soil &Water

2. GROWING SMALL FRUIT & BERRIES
Tuesday, March 4th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dave Handley, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, Cooperative Extension
Houlton office of Cooperative Extension, Military St, 2nd Fl
• Basic care of growing small fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries

3. OVERVIEW OF PRECISION AG
Tuesday, March 11th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
George McLaughlin, Agricultural Engineer, Maine Potato Board
Houlton High School, Rm 34
• Broad discussion regarding precision ag and its uses, including pros and cons
1 Pesticide Credit

4. FARM SUCCESSION & GENERATIONAL TRANSFER ISSUES: AN OVERVIEW
Tuesday, March 18th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Gary Anderson, Animal & Bio-Sciences Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Houlton High School, Room 34
• General overview of estate planning and issues of transferring the farm/generational transfers
• Outcome of determining need and interest level for future day-long workshop on this subject

5. FORESTRY TOPICS
Thursday, March 27th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Dan Jacobs, District Forester, Keith Kanoti, Water Resources Forester – Maine Forest Service, and Pat Sirois, Director, Maine SFI
Houlton High School, Library
• BMPs to protect water quality
• Maine SFI programs and updates
• Interactive BMP demonstration on the SFI water table
• Intro to new Forestry Rules of Maine
2 QLP Continuing Education Credits
½ day CLP Recertification Credit
2 Continuing Ed Credits for Licensed Foresters

6. ORCHARD CARE: PRUNING
Saturday, March 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Rob Mulvey, Pleasant View Tree Farm
the Callnan’s orchard, 1245 County Rd, New Limerick
Pre-registration is appreciated – please contact the District
• Hands-on opportunity to learn how to effectively prune fruit trees
• Pruning tips for both new and established home orchards

For more information on the classes or if you require special accommodations please call:
Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District: 532-2087 ext.3 or email angela.wotton@me.nacdnet.net
http://www.saswcd.org

Demonstration Forest Volunteer Work Day and Invasive Pests and Plants Workshop

The Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District has rescheduled the Volunteer Trail Clearing Day and Invasive Pests and Plants Workshop at the Demonstration Forest in Williamsburg to Saturday, June 22nd. These events were originally scheduled for Saturday, June 8th.

We are seeking additional volunteer help with general trail clean-up and other projects from 9:00AM to Noon and from 1:30PM to 4:00PM, to get the forest ready for summer visitors. This is a great opportunity for civic groups and families to get involved in the stewardship of our local public forest, as well as for any students seeking community service hours. A bar-b-que luncheon will be held at Noon.

An Invasive Pest and Plants Workshop with Presenter Ann Gibbs will be held from 12:15PM to 1:15PM at the Demonstration Forest Outdoor Classroom, to teach people about the pests that may pose a threat to our woodlands in Maine. Gibbs is the State Horticulturist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. She works closely with the horticulture industry in the state, both in a regulatory and educational capacity. She has been working on invasive species issues for the past 15 years at the state, regional and national levels. Some of these efforts include working to prevent the introduction of Asian long horned beetle and emerald ash borer, minimize the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid, release beetles as biocontrol for purple loosestrife and certify facilities to enable export of firewood.

Pre-registration is required for the workshop and b-b-que, and is also recommended for the trail clearing so teams can be organized to clear the forest trail system. You are welcome to register and participate in the workshop even if you are unable to assist with trail clearing – we welcome all participation in our community educational forest. Please contact the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District at 564 – 2321, extension 3 or at info@piscataquisswcd.org for more information or to pre-register for the Invasive Pests and Plants Workshop and/or for the Demonstration Forest Trail Clearing Day.

CONTACT:
Joanna Tarrazi
Executive Director
Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District
42 Engdahl Drive
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426
Email: joanna.tarrazi@me.nacdnet.net
Phone: 564-2321, Extension 3