SFR Activity Fwd: Sustainability Talk Oct. 5 - Climate Tools for Tech Savvy Farmers

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Peggy Johnson

Sep 29, 2020, 1:31:52 PM9/29/20
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From: Cynthia Paschal <>
Date: Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 1:29 PM
Subject: Fwd: Sustainability Talk Oct. 5 - Climate Tools for Tech Savvy Farmers

Hi Cindy,

Can you please help spread the word to SFR faculty and students about the Mitchell Center's next sustainability talk. Our presenter is Lily Calderwood from UMaine Cooperative Extension who will talk about the climate tools her research team is developing for tech savvy farmers. See below and attached for talk details.

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All talks are available via Zoom and are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please go to the event page to register and receive connection information.

Speaker: Lily Calderwood, Extension Wild Blueberry Specialist and Assistant Professor of Horticulture, UMaine

This talk will focus on a project led by University of Maine Cooperative Extension members and the State Climatologist in collaboration with Maine farmers. Their goal: to listen to farmer needs around weather information and farm management decision support tools, and discuss future capabilities in light of Maine’s changing climate.
Lily will discuss their progress towards providing site-specific temperature, precipitation, frost and heat-stress warnings, cloud-cover/sunshine, evapotranspiration, and soil moisture forecast and observation values for locations in Maine. The apple, wild blueberry, and potato industries already have crop-specific weather stations. Through the project, the team has gained a better understanding of how these crop-specific weather stations can be combined with NOAA gridded weather data to serve more farms in Maine.

Lily Calderwood conducts research and education programs that aim to develop whole system approaches to wild blueberry production in Maine. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is at the forefront of her work, which can improve the economic and ecological resilience of farms by incorporating subjects such as fertility, soil health, and plant physiology into pest management.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Ruth Hallsworth
Strategic Program Manager

Senator George J. Mitchell
Center for Sustainability Solutions
University of Maine
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5710
ph: 207-581-3196 / fx: 207-581-3320
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Cynthia Paschal
Administrative Support Supervisor
School of Forest Resources
201 Nutting Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME  04469-5755

Tel: (207) 581-2841
Fax: (207) 581-2875

Peggy A. Johnson
Administrative Specialist
School of Forest Resources
201 Nutting Hall
Orono, ME  04469
Tel: 581-2887
Fax: 581-2875

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