Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
Providing assistance in the conservation of soil and water resources for our community through proactive efforts, actions, & education
Knox-Lincoln USDA Local Working Groups - Dec 11 & Dec 12
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, in cooperation with Kennebec and Waldo Soil & Water Conservation Districts and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service field offices in Augusta and Belfast, will hold two Local Working Group meetings in December:
Local Working Groups provide recommendations to USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field offices in Augusta (Lincoln & Kennebec counties) and Belfast (Knox & Waldo counties) and set priorities for distribution of USDA funding in our region. Meetings are open to the public and all interested parties are invited to attend.
For more information and directions to the meeting locations: click on Local Working Group, call 596-2040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require assistance to participate, please call 596-2040 by Dec 6.
Building Farm-Friendly Communities - December 4
An education forum for farmers, municipal officials, & farm supporters. Lunch included.
John Piotti, Maine Farmland Trust
Richard Abbondanza, Hopkinson & Abbondanza
Daniel Wallace, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Stacy Benjamin, Maine Farmland Trust
To register: http://lcrpc.org/farm-forum
FMI: Stacy Benjamin - 342-2929; email@example.com
USDA-NRCS Conservation Program Assistance Apps due Dec 20
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist, Juan Hernandez, has set a cutoff date of Friday, Dec 20, for submitting applications for conservation program financial assistance in fiscal year 2014. Maine’s producers are encouraged to sign up now for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program initiatives and Conservation Activity Plans, which provide financial and technical assistance to address varying natural resource priorities.
Highlights from our 2013 Awards Banquet
Our Awards Banquet was a great sucess!
See pictures of award winners and guests:
Annual Awards Banquet
FSA resumes 2013 crop commodity loan reimbursements
Read more: Conservation News
Maine Food Summit - Register Now!
Fri, Dec 6 from 8am to 4pm
Wells Conference Center, UMaine
Keynote address by Tim Griffin
Other speakers include:
Molly Anderson, Patrick Keliher, Tanya Swain & John Jemison
FSA October Newsletter for Kennebec-Knox-Lincoln
Information on loans for marketing assistance, socially disadvantaged, and farm storage facilities, and more.
NACD announces 2014 Poster Contest Theme
This year's K-6 poster contest theme is "Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil."
FMI and to register your class: Poster
Invasive Plant Alert: Hardy Kiwi
Mass Audubon issued this alert in 2011. At that time, the infestation of hardy kiwi in this photo at left covered ~3 acres in Western MA with an intertwining mat more than 4 ft deep. The ground under the mat was littered with trees that succumbed to the vines’ weight. Seeds are dispersed by raccoons & other mammals (possibly turkeys & grouse) and can establish in closed canopy woodlands. This plant has been on my "don't plant" list for years based on some scary populations I've seen right here in Maine. Spread the word.
Read more: Hardy Kiwi Alert
Woodland Steward Program
The Woodland Steward Program is an online curriculum developed to help landowners learn more about their woodlot and options for its long-term stewardship. Because it is web-based, you may take the course at your leisure, at times and paces convenient to you. This program is a collaborative effort of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine, Maine TREE Foundation and New England Forestry Foundation.
FMI and to register: Woodland Steward Program
So You Want to Farm in Maine? Webinar Series
This free webinar series was offered by Piscataquis County Cooperative Extension in Spring 2013. It's purpose is to equip people with the business knowledge and skills to start, adapt, and maintain a profitable land-based business. It is designed for people who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby to a profitable business.
The sessions are currently archived at http://umaine.edu/piscataquis/so-you-want-to-farm-in-maine-2/.