Morgan Hartman to Headline Annual Maine Grass Farmers Network Annual Conference March 23

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Morgan Hartman to Headline Annual Maine Grass Farmers Network Annual Conference March 23

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Contact: Rick Kersbergen, 207.342.5971,

ORONO, Maine — Registration is open for the Maine Grass Farmers Network's (MGFN) annual grazing conference 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 23, at Kennebec County Community College's Alfond Campus on Route 201 in Hinckley.

Livestock producers are invited to learn about grass-based production and how grazing systems can become more profitable and environmentally sound.

Morgan Hartman, managing partner of Black Queen Angus Farm, LLC, in Berlin, New York, and co-founder of the Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference, will deliver a keynote about holistic planned grazing. Steve and Seren Sinisi, owners-operators of Old Crow Ranch, will present a virtual tour of their pasture-based livestock operation.

Session topics include using 3D printers to make tools, composting manure and mortalities, and climate adaptation strategies.

Registration: The conference fee is $60; $45 for current MGFN or Maine Beef Producers Association members; and $25 for students 18 years and younger. Lunch and snacks are included. Register online.

MGFN is coordinated by producers, with support from University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Richard Kersbergen, 207.342.5971; More information about the conference also is online.

About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.

About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 62 countries. It currently enrolls 11,404 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn graduate certificates, master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit