The annual Maine Vegetable and Fruit School for farmers will be offered in Portland Tuesday, March 13, and in Bangor on Wednesday, March 14, according to a news release from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Orono.

The school will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. On March 13, class will be held at Seasons Event and Conference Center, 155 Riverside St. in Portland, and will be repeated March 14 at the Bangor Motor Inn Conference Center, 701 Hogan Road in Bangor.

Topics will include a legislative update, sending samples to the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, brown-tail moth management, maximizing farm operations with value-added products, managing root diseases, integrated pest management for high tunnels, improving record keeping, and paper mulch trials at Highmoor Farm.

The workshop is offered by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association.

The registration fee is $45, $55 if received after Feb. 26, and includes lunch; registration is required by March 2.

To register, visit

Recertification credits are available for pesticide applicators and certified crop advisors. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Mark Hutchinson at 832-0343 or [email protected].

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