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MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Drive

Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. Presentations are held in the Washington/York Room and the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room. There is no pre-registration for the day's events.

MOFGA also has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs.

MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the Association's
Annual Meeting, which will be held from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room.


 Schedule of MOFGA Presentations

We offer presentations in two rooms:
• Washington/York
(second floor of the Civic Center)
• Piscataquis/Sagadahoc
(second floor)

The Commissioner's Luncheon takes place at noon

Our annual membership meeting will be held from 1:30 to 4 pm in Piscataquis/Sagadahoc


9 am to 10 am
Insect Pests in High Tunnels During Shoulder Seasons
* – Clay Kirby, UMaine Extension
Clay Kirby is an Associate Scientist focused on all kinds of insects for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. He'll discuss insect pests commonly encountered in shoulder season and winter high tunnel production in Maine as well as strategies organic farmers can use to deal with these pests.

10 am to 11 am
Diseases Common to High Tunnel Vegetable Production
* – Eric Sideman, MOFGA's Organic Crop Specialist
Knowing how to recognize the cause of a problem is the first step in deciding a management technique. Eric Sideman, Crop Specialist at MOFGA, will show some pictures of diseases, the organism that cause the problem, and discuss cultural practices and materials for management.

11 am to noon
Scaling Up: A Farmer Led Conversation
– Ian Jerolmack, Stonecipher Farm and Carly DelSignore, Tide Mill Farm; Polly Shyka of Villageside Farm will moderate
A major topic in Maine's food system discussion is the concept of farms "scaling up" to work with wholesale markets. Farmers wanting to learn more about the realities behind this concept should attend this session to get a farmer point of view. Ian Jerolmack of Stonecipher Farm and Carly DelSignore of Tide Mill Organic Farm will share their experiences working with different types of wholesale markets, reflect on the opportunities and challenges, and share details about the on-the-ground changes that have to happen on the farm (production and otherwise) to make it work.

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
MOFGA Annual Meeting
(Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room)

3 pm to 4pm
Orchard Pest Thresholds*
– C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Specialist
C.J. will present methods of monitoring pest populations in organic orchards and establishing thresholds to determine the need for spray materials, while also focusing on cultural methods of pest management. Common OMRI approved products for use in certified organic orchards will be discussed, along with safe handling practices and proper timing for effective use.


9 am to 10 am
Organic Certification 101

If you market and sell products as ORGANIC, chances are good you need to need to be certified by a USDA-accredited certifier to comply with USDA regulations. MOFGA Certification Staff will provide an overview of organic production practices. Information on how to become certified organic will also be presented.

10 am to 11 am
Flower Forum
– Dave Colson, Director of MOFGA Agricultural Services, moderator
An open discussion for flower growers, bring your questions and ideas and share them with other producers. A discussion of a Flower Conference in Maine could be one topic for dicussion.

11 am to noon
Understanding Your Forage Test
– Gary Anderson, Animal & BioScience Specialist
Why taking forage tests can be valuable and what to do with them.

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
MOFGA Annual Meeting

3 pm to 4 pm
Food Safety Update
– Dave Colson, Director of MOFGA Agricultural Services
We've been hearing about food safety rules for years, now that the rules are written and trainings are being offered what level of training or record keeping do small to medium size vegetable producers need to satisfy FDA requirements? Dave will provide an overview as well as resources for determining where your farm operation fits into the world of produce safety.

* Counts for one recertification credit for Pesticide Applicator Licenses


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