2 S P R I N G ISSUE Mainely Agriculture || Equi Ag & Livestock || Aqua Agriculture 2015

Did you know?
first celebrated
during
the third full
week of May,
1978. Previously, Arbor Day in
Maine had been observed in late
April, when much of Maine was
still deep in cold, winter weather. Not to be thwarted by weather, a group of students and their
teacher from Dover-Foxcroft requested the Maine Legislature
establish Arbor week in May.
Impressed by the arguments of
.
the sixth graders who came to
Augusta as a class to speak for
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their bill, the lawmakers agreed
Island and Vermont. The Maine Beef Producers Association is our certified to make this change. Arbor
nominating organization for USDA when a nomination for the Northeast Week in Maine continues to be
Region is needed. Jane Clifford, a dairy producer from Starksboro, Vermont, is celebrated during the third full
week in May, planting time.
the current Board representative for this region.
With such changes, this does not mean that the Beef Checkoff Program is going
away, all beef and dairy cattle producers and collecting points or individuals in
Maine must remit their $1-per-head beef checkoff assessments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Those checkoff dollars will go toward funding national
checkoff programming in promotion, research, information and foreign marketing. In addition, the CBB producer-communications team will take over checkoff communications with producers in Maine, and CBB Director of Collections This is likely
Compliance now is monitoring collections compliance in Maine and helping the most expewith direct communications to cattle producers in the state. To get the remittance rienced working dog in Maine.
address for your dollar-per-head beef checkoff assessments in Maine, contact Every week dozens of cattle,
Chad Smith (csmith@beefboard.org or 303-867-6304) with ANY questions you sheep, goats, pigs, and calves
have about this change or about your national Beef Checkoff Program.
are moved in and out of the sale
The Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (the Act) created the national barn owned by Jeff Tilton on
Beef Checkoff Program. The checkoff is set up as a partnership between state Puddleduck Road, East Corinth.
and national programs. In the states with a state beef council, that council is
allowed to retain up to 50 cents per head on assessments collected on that state’s In late fall, Billy helped unload
cattle for in-state programming efforts, while the remaining portion of the $1 per 12 head of sheep for a Brownhead is sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board for investment in the national ville farmer. Without a word of
direction, he hid in silence in the
checkoff program.
For states without a state beef council, the full $1-per-head assessment goes to the background until all were on the
Cattlemen’s Beef Board, which is a stand-alone organization of checkoff-paying beef cement looking puzzled about
producers and importers who volunteer their time and efforts to administer the national where to go and with pre-posiportion of the Beef Checkoff Program. Members of the Board are beef producers and tioned gates set by the driver,
importers appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from nominations submitted by Billy started the move. He came
eligible state organizations. Each state or geographical region with at least 500,000 head
quickly from the alley - shocked
of cattle is entitled to representation on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Contact Chad Smith
at the Beef Board office or go on the www.MyBeefCheckoff.com website, take a little the sheep - and all turned tail
time to explore some of the information available to all cattle producers and importers scattering in the proper direction
about your investments in the beef checkoff, and feel free to contact Diane Henderson right into the open pen. Job
complete, happy dog.
(dhenderson@beefboard.org or 303-867-6302).

County FFA ambassadors at Ag Trade Show 2015

Billy
Tilton

Hands-on Ag at College
Sustainable Livestock is more than a survey course
at Unity College, now celebrating 50 anniversary years here,
with their newly born rare
American guinea hogs.
The breed can breed twice
a year, and of the nine new
piglets born recently all
but 3 are pre-sold to other
breeders to bolster the
threatened national numbers that has fewer than
1300 total animals. The
pitfall for guinea hogs
were former farmstead American guinea hog - Wikipedia
crossings to other breeds that reduced the purity and adjusted
characteristics that contributed to previous disfavor such as
obesity that required strict oversight when such pigs are naturally aggressive foragers and should otherwise be allowed to
root fallow land within controlled family farmstead diets.
Because they are smaller - not beyond 200 lbs - they were not
seen as a commercially suitable breed but will yield between
50 and 100 pounds of meat and fat, more suitable to small
farms, average size family farms.

Potato farms in the news
Two local farmsteads were featured in
national publications last year with articles about last
year’s young (youngest and first girl) farmer of the
year, Sara Corey and her expanded story was repubwith two photos
lished in
previously published and photographed by
,
showing Sara, and Sara and her dad, Daniel standing atop a harvestran an article about Bob and
er that Sara drives. Also,
David Bartlett as two other prolific Littleton potato farmers who are
big fans of Massey Furguson tractors and have a long time excellent
reputation as seed growers, here.
The Crane Brothers Farm held an
open house here January 23 celebrating
completion a huge potato storage facility
and the farm’s 50 years in agricultural production. On hand were Steve and Neil
Crane families’ three generations with representatives of Frito-Lay, Syngenta, Hansen-Rice Construction and
TechMark. The storage facility has the largest, most modern temperature and humidity system yet built in Maine that uses an earthen
tunnel heating/cooling system with huge fans to move ambient and
controlled air from culverts and tunnels heating/cooling beneath the
building to the storage areas. Other new space included is a heated
floor shop area for additional on site farm equipment maintenance.

Crane Farm potato house taken during harvest-Facebook

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E Eastern States in top 5, US

- Eastern States Exposition is kicking off
2015 on a good foot. For two years, The Big E was ranked the fifth
largest fair in North America! Last season also marked the third
consecutive record-breaking event with attendance reaching
1,498,605. Eastern States joins Texas State, Houston Livestock and
Rodeo, Minnesota State and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
in the top five. Not only were these record-breaking years, one day
at Big E shattered the all-time highest count with 170,612 people,
attending. The former record, set in 1980, was 169,866. The Big
E is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016.

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