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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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, the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room, and the Oxford Room (one presentation, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.). 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 3:00 in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room.


    

 2016 Schedule of MOFGA Presentations

MOFGA staff members will also present information at workshops of the Beginning Farmer Resource Network on Wednesday, January 13, and Thursday, January 14
View or download the 2016 Trades Show schedule of the Beginning Farmer Resource Network

We will offer presentations in three rooms (see the schedule for each room below):
Washington/York
(second floor of the Civic Center)
Piscataquis/Sagadahoc
(second floor)
Oxford (first floor)

The Commissioner's Luncheon takes place at noon

Our annual meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3 pm in Piscataquis/Sagadahoc

Washington/York Schedule

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
What is Organic Land Care? *
Jenna Messier, Organic Land Care Program Director, NOFA
• This talk will provide an overview of the Standards for Organic Land Care, inform the audience about environmental issues related to landscaping practices, and offer strategies for creating more healthy yards and landscapes for the homeowner. Since 2001, the NOFA Organic Land Care Program has educated landscapers and the public about the best practices for caring for the landscapes where we live our daily lives – without harmful chemicals. The program offers professional accreditation for 500 professionals in 20 states, holds two, 30-hour accreditation courses in Organic Land Care per year, and updates and maintains the groundbreaking publication, "NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care."

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Digital Marketing 
Frank Giglio, Three Lily Farm
Heather Omand, MOFGA
• Learn about developing an integrated digital marketing strategy and tips and tricks for getting the most from your online presence.

11 a.m. to noon
Using Beneficial Insects for Pest Management *
Kathy Murray, Ph.D., Entomologist, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
• Beneficial insects are often critically important in keeping pest insects from damaging our crops or impacting animal health. In managed agricultural systems the natural balance between pests and beneficials can be disrupted. In this session, we will discuss common beneficial insects and strategies for conserving, introducing or augmenting their populations on the farm.

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
MOFGA Annual Meeting – Piscataquis/Sagadahoc

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Food Safety *
Linda Titus, AgMatters
Jed Beach and Emilia Carbone, 3 Bug Farm

• Linda Titus, of AgMatters LLC, will cover general food safety themes from USDA's GAP/GHP food safety certifications and FSMA's proposed Produce Safety Rule. Jed Beach and Emilia Carbone of 3 Bug Farm, will talk about the different "on-the-ground" practices they do on the farm to meet food safety requirements and sell organic produce to commodity markets.

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Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Schedule

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Orchard Pest Thresholds *
C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator
• 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.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Value of Using Dairy One for Your Farm
Carol Benway, Dairy One
• Carol Benway will help you understand the value and possibilities for using Dairy One on you farm. Making record keeping easier and getting valuable information on production and health of the cows.

11 a.m. to noon
Getting the Most for Your Management
Doug Hartkopf, Hart to Hart
Jeff Bragg, Rainbow Valley
Jill and Randall Bates, Springside

• Doug Hartkopf, Jeff Bragg and Jill and Randall Bates will talk about how record keeping can help improve management for you dairy operation.

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
MOFGA Annual Meeting – Piscataquis/Sagadahoc
• Hear from MOFGA Staff, Board Members and Committee Chairs regarding the organization's activities and accomplishments over the past year. Elect MOFGA's Board of Directors for the coming year and network with members. Vote on proposed amendments to the MOFGA by-laws.

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Oxford Schedule

Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Organic Flower Production
Roundtable Discussion
• Local, seasonal and organic flower production has grown in popularity over the past several years.  This roundtable discussion will focus on organic flower production, including barriers to success. The discussion will be organized so that all attendees can share their experiences and expertise and create a peer learning group for flower growers across the state.

 

* Counts for one recertification credit for pesticide applicator licenses

Growers who use general-use (over-the-counter) pesticides and annually sell more than $1,000 of plant or plant products intended for human consumption are required to be licensed by the Maine Board of Pesticides Control. This requirement applies to growers who use pesticides that are approved for use in organic production. Once the exam is passed the applicant can apply for the three-year Agricultural Basic license, which costs $15 and requires one hour of continuing education annually. If you have questions about whether or not you need to comply with the law, contact Gary Fish, Maine Board of Pesticides Control at
gary.fish@maine.gov. More information on Maine.gov.


Beginning Farmer Resource Network

MOFGA staff members will present information at workshops of the Beginning Farmer Resource Network on Wednesday, January 13, and Thursday, January 14:

Wednesday, January 13 – LINCOLN / OXFORD ROOM
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Organic Certification – What it means and how to do it
Presenter: Mary Yurlina, director MOFGA Certification Services
• If you market and sell products as "organic," chances are good you need to be certified by a USDA-accredited certifier to comply with the organic standard. MOFGA Certification Staff will provide an overview of this marketing regulation and explain organic production practices. Information on how to become certified organic will also be presented. MOFGA is the country's oldest certifying body and we certify over 470 farms and processors.

Wednesday, January 13 – LINCOLN / OXFORD ROOM
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
SNAP Access 1 – Expanding your customer base through low income access
(2-hour session)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SNAP Access 2
Presenters: Maria Schamberger, FNS; Heather Omand, MOFGA; Leigh Hallett, MFFM; Maria Schamberger, USDA; Reba Richardson, Hatchet Cove Farm; Kim, Wolf Pine Farm; Ernest Rollins, Rollins Orchard
• Learn about the potential value of expanding access to your products by accepting Supplemental Nutrition Access Program funds on your farm through EBT. This session will cover the size of the market, logistics of accepting EBT payments on farm, incentive programs for EBT payments, and a farmer's perspective who has experience.

Thursday, January 14 – HANCOCK ROOM
11 a.m. to 12 noon
Principles of Holisitic Management: The 4 Ecosystem Processes
Presenter: Diane Schivera, MOFGA Livestock Specialist
• Diane Schivera will use Holistic Management as the lens through which to learn about the four ecosystem processes: the water cycle, the mineral cycle, the biological community, and energy flow. Learn more about using biomonitoring and different digital tools to improve the health of your land.


  

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