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MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

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MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Augusta Civic Center
76 Community Drive

Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. This year, presentations will be held in the Washington/York Room, the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room and the Lincoln Room. There is no pre-registration for the day's events.

MOFGA also has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs.

MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the Association's Annual Meeting, which will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room.

This year, we are offering presentations in three rooms:
• Washington/York Room (second floor of the Civic Center)
• Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room (second floor)
• Lincoln Room (first floor)

The Commissioner's Luncheon takes place at noon

Our annual membership meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Piscataquis/Sagadahoc


9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Organic Certification Basics and Compliance Q & A
MOFGA Certification Staff
Join staff from MOFGA Certification Services as we discuss the basics of certifying your operation as organic to the USDA National Organic Program standards and answer your certification questions. Topics will include the application process, review of the Organic System Plan (OSP), the Federal Cost Share Rebate program, and the Materials Review process among others.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Commercial Dairy Value-Added Licensing Q & A
– Speaker TBA; Jacki Perkins, moderator
Join us in discussing ways to produce value-added goods for your operation in order to help offset the recent price cuts to commercial dairy.

11 a.m. to noon
Plant Diseases Seen in 2017 *
– Alicyn Smart, D.P.M., Assistant Extension Professor & Plant Pathologist
The most common diseases submitted to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab will be presented. Detailed information on those diseases will include symptoms, life cycle, and management to help you for the 2018 growing season.

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30 to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Annual Meeting (Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Room)

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cooperative Vegetation Management Agreement *
– Robert Mooseman, Maine Department of Transportation
Has Certification told you that you need a “No-Spray Agreement”, but you're not sure where to start? Mooseman has been working on a state program to make it easy for organic producers and Maine DOT to communicate their needs to each other. He also has valuable information on standard procedures for other entities that may be chemically controlling vegetation in your area.


9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Organic Pricing: Past, Present, and Future?
– Heather Omand, MOFGA
In this session, Omand will share the initial results of her analysis of organic pricing over the past decade in Maine – looking at price fluctuations, inflation, and a variety of crops and products. She will also discuss 2017 pricing as it relates to different market types (CSA, farmers' markets and wholesale), seasonal changes, and regions of the state. The future component of the session will come from discussion with whoever is in the room ... what is the future of organic pricing as it relates to the national market increase in demand and supply?

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Nutrient Management Planning in Organic Systems: balancing soil health with water quality protection
– Anne Hallee, Northern Tilth
This presentation will focus on the basic technical issues of nutrient management planning as they relate to using organic matter-based materials to build soil health and fertility while protecting water quality. It will cover the benefits to soil fertility and soil health of a wide variety of organic materials including composts, digestates and manures. The presentation will also go over matching soil amendments with crop needs, methods for calculating and reducing erosion potential in agricultural fields and using a phosphorus index to help reduce phosphorus risks to water quality when using soils amendments containing phosphorus. This presentation will help to demonstrate nutrient management planning methods that balance improving soil health with water quality.

11 a.m. to noon
Low Impact Forestry and Woodlot Farm Management Panel
– led by Peter Hagerty
The panel will include Peter Hagerty, co-founder of MOFGA's Low Impact Forestry Project, and members of the organization who will field questions about the Maine forest ecosystem's unique and critical ability to safely store carbon and help curb global warming.

Noon – Commissioner's Luncheon

1:30 to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Annual Meeting


3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Flower Forum
– Dave Colson, moderator
An open discussion for flower growers. Bring your questions and ideas and share them with other producers. A discussion of Maine's new Flower Conference will be included.

* Counts for one recertification credit for Pesticide Applicator Licenses