March 13 - Neonics Scientific Literature Review Public Hearing - *Hearing Postponed. Out of an abundance of caution due to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the Neonics Scientific Literature Review Public Hearing Friday March 13, 2020 from 2-4PM at Westborough Division of Fish and Wildlife has been postponed to a later date. We will be in touch regarding the updated date and location as soon as possible. Updates here.
March 25 - Agriculture Day at the Statehouse - Boston - CANCELLED
March 26 - Spring Kickoff for Landscapers: UMass Extension's Landscape Education Day - CANCELLED - Details here.
March 27 - Massachusetts Food Policy Meeting - CANCELLED. Updates here.
April 1 - UMaine Pre-season Tree Fruit Meeting - Webinar - 12 - 2 pm. To join: https://maine.zoom.us/j/132684553 Two pesticide re-certification credits available for all New England states.
April 8 - TickTalk with TickReport - Webinar - noon-1 pm. Updates from TickReport at UMass Amherst. This update includes the status of the lab during the COVID-19 response, summary data of the current Spring tick season in Massachusetts and beyond, and based on prior year's data, forecasts of what expected for tick activity in the coming weeks. Speaker: Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology. Preregistration is required to access the webinar. Register for “An Update from TickReport” at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4172502994884479746
April 16 - CISA's Annual Meeting - POSTPONED - 6-8:30pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, Springfield. Updates here.
April 16 - Agricultural Fencing - SEMAP Twilight Workshop - 5-7pm. Rehoboth. Brandon Hoderny of Homestead Agricultural Services and certified installer for RedBrand Fencing products will provide recommendations on fencing solutions for a wide range of needs. From inclusion of livestock and animals and exclusion of unwanted predator/critters to home and property safety uses. Details here.
April 25 - Intro to Welding - SEMAP Twilight Workshop - 11 am – 2 pm at Bayberry Farm & Flower Co., North Dighton. Tom Dufault will teach intro. workshop on basic welding skills, to include ARC, MIG, and gas welding brazing, metal prep, safety, and more. Includes pair of welding goggles. Details here.
May 20 - Cover Cropping and Soil Health - SEMAP Twilight Workshop - 5-7 pm, Langwater Farm, N.Easton. Langwater Farm will cover selection, establishment, termination and benefits of cover crops, as well as calculating plant available nitrogen. Maggie Payne from the USDA NRCS will talk about the basics of how a healthy soil functions, how to assess the health of your soil, and methods of improving soil health using reduced tillage and cover crops. Details here.