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Farming in new weather reality focus of panel discussion

Community Author: University of Maine at Augusta
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AUGUSTA — All farmers are invited to a panel discussion and networking event about farming in a new weather reality 1:50-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Hancock Room of the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive.

The session will open with a panel of experienced Maine crop and livestock farmers who will discuss how changes in weather patterns have affected their operation, how they have adjusted, and needs for coping better in the future. Ellen Mallory, a University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture associate professor and UMaine Extension sustainable agriculture specialist, will moderate the session.

All farmers are encouraged to share their own experiences, strategies, and needs during an open discussion. Service providers and policymakers will describe what resources are currently available in Maine to help farmers manage issues related to weather.

The free panel and discussion will be held during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. One pesticide credit will be offered. The event is sponsored by the UMaine Climate and Agriculture Network and Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society.

For information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Mallory at 581-2942, ellen.mallory@maine.edu.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant and sea grant university. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master’s degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.