Registration underway for UMaine Extension's Grain Conference
ORONO — Registration is open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension's annual Maine Grain Conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Spectacular Events Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor. The conference is designed for farmers, crop advisers and others involved in the agricultural community.
Featured speakers Klaas Martens and Mary-Howell Martens from Lakeview Organic Farm in Penn Yan, N.Y. will talk about organic grain rotations, production considerations for alternative grains, growing grain for seed and protecting grain quality with proper harvesting, drying, cleaning and storage. The Martens farm 1,400 acres of corn, wheat, barley, oats and legumes. They also operate a feed mill and sell organic feed, crop seed and food-grade grains.
UMaine professor details maple syrup industry’s impact on economy
ORONO — The Maine maple syrup that enhances the flavor of pancakes and ice cream also adds to the statewide economy.
University of Maine economist Todd Gabe says that, including multiplier effects, Maine’s maple industry annually contributes about $49 million in revenue, 805 full- and part-time jobs and $25 million in wages to the state’s economy.
Tips from a travel agent
Whether you are setting off to seek some sun during the tail end of winter or embarking on an adventure in the spring or summer months, travel may be on your mind this time of year. Unfortunately, vacations do not always go as planned. Whether it’s a delay at the airport or not being able to find a suitable hotel, sometimes vacations bring more stress than they relieve.
If there is anyone who knows how to avoid these mishaps, it is a travel agent. Cindy Hardy is the owner of Bangor Travel Services. Hardy has done her fair share of planning vacations over the years and shared some advice on how to get the most out of yours.
College of the Atlantic receives donation from David Rockefeller
MOUNT DESERT ISLAND – College of the Atlantic (COA) has received a $589,300 grant from David Rockefeller as seed funding for Peggy Rockefeller Farms, one of the college’s laboratories for understanding and experimenting with the human ecology of food systems. The grant will aid in the development of a demonstration center for COA’s Sustainable Food Systems while acting as a resource for members of the Maine community who want to learn about sustainable food production.
“The Peggy Rockefeller Farms meant a lot to our mother and to our family,” said Neva Goodwin, daughter of David and Peggy Rockefeller. “We are delighted to know that through our father’s generosity and support, COA will be able to preserve and share her legacy through this innovative program that will benefit the college and the whole MDI community.”
Meet your farmers
Learn about community supported agriculture
BANGOR – This weekend you have a chance to go to downtown Bangor and meet farmers who work the fields of Maine and learn more about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). At least 10 local farmers will be showcasing their farm share options at the Maine Holistic Center, on the corner of Main and Cross Street (across the street from the Discovery Museum). A farm share is where a customer can purchase a “share” and receive locally grown produce in exchange.
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