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UMaine Extension hosts Downeast agriculture conference Jan. 18

Community Author: Tara Wood
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MACHIAS University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host the inaugural Downeast agriculture conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Lee Pellon Center, 90 Main St. The snow date is Jan. 25.

Both land- and sea-based production topics are scheduled, including the future of Maine family blueberry farms, high tunnel production, seaweed production, utilizing shared waters, distribution of goods and value-added products. Two grower panels will discuss challenges and collaborations affecting Downeast Maine agriculture.

Fees to attend are by donation; lunch is included. Register online [extension.umaine.edu/register/product/downeast-maine-agriculture-conference-land-and-sea-machias-january-18-2020] by Jan. 12. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact 207-581-3175 orĀ mary.michaud@maine.edu. For information on being a sponsor or reserving a vendor table, contact lily.calderwood@maine.edu. More information is also on the conference website [https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/downeast-ag-conference].

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.