MESAS at the 77th Maine Agricultural Trades Shows Program

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME January 9th, 2018



Tuesday, January 9th, Hancock Room

9 – 10:15 AM  Morning Session

Impact investing with environmental monitoring technology on Maine farms:
This session will discuss new technologies that are working on Maine farms and MESAS’ role in the Maine Sustainable Year Round Agriculture Cluster Initiative. We will focus on the importance of combining remote environmental monitoring technology and old fashioned farm records to direct agricultural investment and development programs.

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10:15 – 10:30am More Maine Meat Project Update, MESAS President Nanne Kennedy

10:30 – 11:30am  MESAS Board Meeting and Election of Officers

1:50 – 4:00 pm Afternoon Session

Co-sponsored by the University of Maine Climate and Agriculture Network

Farming in a New Weather Reality:
Calling all farmers: Are you farming in a new weather reality?  Come prepared to share your stories with other farmers, service providers and policy makers.  The session will open with a panel of experienced Maine farmers who will discuss how changes in weather patterns have affected their operation, how they’ve adjusted accordingly, and what’s needed to cope better in the future.  All farmers are encouraged to share their own experiences, strategies, and needs during an open discussion. Service providers and policy makers will describe what resources are currently available in Maine to help farmers manage issues related to weather.

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(more info and the full 3 day program for the 2018 Maine Agricultural Trades Show is available via the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry’s website)