UNITY — The Waldo County Extension Association will announce the 2015 Woman Farmer of the Year at its annual meeting 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Windgate Farm, 36 Stevens Road, Unity. The public is invited to attend.

The association, with support from Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, developed the award to recognize the county’s female agricultural leaders. In 2012, 29 percent of farmers in Maine were women, an increase of 4 percent since 2007, according to a news release from the association. In Waldo County during the same time period, the number of female farm operators increased 82 percent, according to the USDA.

In addition, host farmers Penny and Jeff Stevens, who practice no-till farming for corn silage production, will discuss soil health. Will Brinton, associate faculty with UMaine Extension and president of Woods End Laboratories in Mount Vernon, and other Extension researchers, also will participate in the talk.

Election of association officers and a request for approval of the 2016 budget will take place. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact the Waldo County Extension office at 800-287-1426, [email protected].

University of Maine Cooperative Extension:

As a trusted resource for 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.

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