Farming in new weather reality focus of panel discussion

Farmers are invited to a panel discussion and networking event about farming in a new weather reality 1:50–4 p.m. Jan. 9 in the Hancock Room of the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive.

The session will open with a panel of experienced Maine crop and livestock farmers who will discuss how changes in weather patterns have affected their operation, how they have adjusted, and needs for coping better in the future. Ellen Mallory, a University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture associate professor and UMaine Extension sustainable agriculture specialist, will moderate the session.

All farmers are encouraged to share their own experiences, strategies, and needs during an open discussion. Service providers and policymakers will describe what resources are currently available in Maine to help farmers manage issues related to weather.

The free panel and discussion will be held during the Maine Agricultural Trades Show. One pesticide credit will be offered. The event is sponsored by the Maine Climate and Agriculture Network and Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Mallory at 581.2942,