Agricultural professional development workshop offered in Lewiston

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LEWISTON — A workshop on management practices to reduce agricultural emissions, focusing on adaptation and mitigation, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, at the USDA Service Center, 254 Goddard Road.

Sponsored by the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, the workshop is partially funded by a Northeast SARE Professional Development Grant, and is being offered through the Maine Earth Smart pilot program.

The goal is to provide topics of interest to agricultural professionals who want to stay on top of local and regional developments, keep abreast of research and gain additional knowledge of agricultural practices that will help farms adapt to changing climate conditions and reduce agricultural emissions.

Speakers include: Ivan Fernandez, Ph.D., Eric Gallandt, Ph.D., and John Jemison, Ph.D., all of the University of Maine, Timothy Griffin, Ph.D., Tufts University, and Allison Morrill Chatrchyan, Ph.D., Cornell University.

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Their presentations will be applicable to both organic and non-organic farming. There will be ample time for discussion, questions, a panel discussion and group activity.

Space is limited and preregistration is required by Feb. 17. The agenda and registration form are available at www.androscogginswcd.org, or through the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District at 753-9400, ext. 400.

The cost to participate is $35 per person; refreshments are included.

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