Outcomes of a number of surveys over the previous 12 months in regards to the pandemic’s challenges for Maine farmers and agriculture service suppliers, and practices to assist them recuperate, would be the subject of a July 21 panel dialogue.
The surveys had been performed by practically a dozen teams and authorities entities, together with College of Maine Cooperative Extension; the Maine Natural Farmers and Gardeners Affiliation; Maine Farmland Belief, three state departments; and others. Surveys matters ranged from normal points associated to the pandemic and its affect, to infrastructure wants, to a deep dive on the monetary hit these within the agriculture trade took.
“Farmers and ag service suppliers had been very type to finish these surveys and we thought they might be fascinated about studying in regards to the responses from different farmers and repair suppliers,” mentioned Donna Coffin, UMaine Extension professor.
Surveys to be mentioned embody:
- COVID-19 Maine Farmer Survey, by UMaine Extension and the Maine Farmer Useful resource Community.
- How the COVID-19 Impression and Market Entry Affected Maine Farmers, by MOFGA, Maine Farmland Belief, Cooperative Improvement Institute and Coastal Enterprises Inc.
- Maine Heritage Industries Infrastructure Wants, by Maine Division of Economics and Group Improvement and Maine Division of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
- 2021 Maine Farm Employee Compensation Survey, by UMaine Extension, Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Affiliation and Maine Division of Labor.
Most of the surveys had been shared all through the Maine Farm Information community, fabricated from of dozens of agriculture stakeholder teams all through Maine. Survey outcomes may even be shared all through the community.
Coffin mentioned that representatives of the teams that administered the surveys might be on needed to talk about the responses and panelists will reply questions from attendees.
Findings might be mentioned by a panel representing the teams, from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, through Zoom. Registration data is on the event webpage.