AUBURN — The Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Chapter of Maine Farm Bureau will host the annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19.
The event will feature workshops, panels and tours, as well as a banquet supper on Saturday. A business meeting and voting delegates meeting will be followed by a state board meeting on Sunday.
Preregistration is requested for the event, which is an opportunity for Maine Farm Bureau members and others interested in Maine agriculture to take part in educational sessions and tour businesses that are a part of Maine agriculture.
Saturday morning will feature workshops, panels and networking from 8 a.m. to noon. Workshops and tours are free, and agricultural enthusiasts are invited to participate.
Workshop and panel topics include:
• Maine’s Food System Panel, understanding food policy for farming families.
• Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), updates for farmers.
• No-Till and Cover Crop, talk.
• Broadband in Maine, workshop.
• Marijuana legislative update.
• Knowledge and resource sharing form UMaine Cooperative Extension, including AgrAbility and Beginning Farmer Resource Network.
• Farm and small business financial tools.
• Industry and legislative updates.
After a break for lunch, Saturday activities will begin with tours from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring visits to Ricker Hill Orchards, Brigeen Farms and Hillandale Farms. Shuttles will be available.
Saturday will conclude with a banquet supper at 6 p.m. that features an open resolutions session, a keynote presentation and entertainment. The cost is $35.
Day two will feature the collaborative, participatory process for Maine Farm Bureau members to share and prioritize issues and opportunities that impact Maine’s diverse group of family farms and the MFB membership.
In addition to the open resolutions session on Saturday evening, three business meeting segments are scheduled Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They include general session, voting delegates session and state board of directors meeting. Voting delegates are reminded to bring their participant credentials to check in and registration for the business meeting on Sunday.
Donations are still being accepted for the annual fundraising raffle-silent auction. Contact Maine Farm Bureau offices to donate.
To preregister, complete the online form: www.mainefarmbureau.us/annual-meeting-registration/.
FMI: 207-622-4111, [email protected]