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2013 Horse Council Updates

April 23, 2013

Click here to see blog post about Ever Changing Equine Travel Restrictions - https://www.mainefarmbureau.com/media/post/ever-changing-equine-travel-restrictions

The Maine Farm Bureau Horse Council welcomes Robert Morin, of Waldoboro as the new Committee Chair, effective 2013.  Robert is the Owner and Trainer at Barrel Mill Farm Equine Training and has many great ideas and a wealth of knowledge to invigorate this committee!  Click here for a profile article about Robert: https://www.mainefarmbureau.com/media/post/meet-robert-morin-maine-farm-bureau-horse-council-chairman

 Other current Horse Council Board Members are:

Stephen & Stacey Scotia, Buckfield

Amy Beem, Palmyra

Meg Black, Deer Isle

Cynthia Hodak, Biddeford

Don Marean, Hollis

June Phillips, BoothbayHarbor

Pete Stratton, Sidney

 The newest Horse Directories are available in the office.  This is a comprehensive listing of Farm Bureau members offering services applicable to those in the equine industry – whether recreationally or professionally – offering resources for hay, lessons, boarding, and more.

 We are now taking submissions for the Equine Photo Contest – deadline September 30th.  If you are a Maine Farm Bureau member and would like to participate, please send jpegs to jjennings@mainefarmbureau.com

 Another ongoing program, with a deadline of September 15th is the Horse Farm of Merit Program.  Call 1-800-639-2126 or email jjennings@mainefarmbureau.com to request an application!

 Program Description

 The Maine Farm Bureau’s “Horse Farm of Merit” program is established to:

    ●      recognize Maine horse farms who meet high standards for overall horse health, farm management, and compliance with public safety.

 The intent of the program is to recognize and promote those farms who meet or exceed the established standards.

 Qualified equine professionals will evaluate horse farms.

 The program will:

    ●      provide the public with a list of farms meeting the standards.

   ●      provide beneficial information to the farms.

 The program has been developed and is overseen by the Maine Farm Bureau.

  Program Overview

 Certificates of Merit are based on criteria of horse health, farm management, and public standards compliance. A Certificate of Merit may used for promotion of the farm for the duration of the year. The suitability of the farm for the breed or type of activity conducted will be considered when scoring each farm. Farms are judged annually. Judging visits will be scheduled with the farms. Recipients will receive a distinctive sign that can be used at their discretion.

 Program Rules

 1.   A Certificate of Merit and sign will be presented at the Maine Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. The certificate will be valid for the succeeding calendar year.

 2.   Applicants must have at least two years of involvement in the horse industry.

 3.   Horse Farm of Merit signs are the property of the Maine Farm Bureau and may be reclaimed if the farm fails to maintain the standards of the program.

 4.   There shall be a non-refundable annual application fee of $25 for Maine Farm Bureau members and $125 for non-members. Fees cover the cost of administering the program. No farm will be judged unless fees are paid.

 5.   The sign shall not be displayed at or moved to other premises.

 Judging Criteria

 Each Farm will be judged upon the following criteria with the perfect score being 100%.

Any farm scoring at 85% or higher will be considered a “Horse Farm of Merit” and recipient of the certificate. Two judges evaluate new applicants and one judge for renewal.

 Horse Health Management

(possible 40 points)

 • General Appearance of Horses

• Evidence of Equine Health

 Farm Management

(possible 50 points)

 • Overall Condition of Farm and Facilities

• Control of Pests and Vermin

• Condition of Stalls and aisle ways

• Condition of Turnouts, Pastures, Riding Surfaces and Fencing

• Condition of Tack and Equipment

• Emergency Removal/Evacuation Procedure

• Equine and Human First Aid

• Fire Protection/Prevention

• Manure Management Program

 Business Practices

(possible 10 points)


• Documents

• Liability Insurance

• Waivers

• Equine Limit to Liability signage





Sandi Read - Wild Iris Farm in Bar Harbor's 2012 Winning Entry!

Ag Day in the Legislature

May 12, 2010

The Maine Farm Bureau Women's Committee recently worked at Ag Day in the Legislature, which is a chance for legislators to visit with at the booths of all of the different ag organizations around the state.  5 Women's Committee members brought food to serve and items to make gift baskets for the governor, majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate.  This year, we also had 20 Farm Bureau kids serve as pages.  This is an annual event and this year was a great succcess!

High School Discussion Meet
Ag Day in the Legislature

Young Farmers Southern Maine Meeting

April 22, 2010

The Maine Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee  is working to develop an active group in the Southern part of the state!  Plan to join us on Thursday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. at Colonial Bowling Center, 399 R Main St, in Westbrook colonialbowlingcenter.com

We will have a brief organizational meeting and pizza and soda will be provided for you.  Other food and beverage items are available for purchase. After dinner and meeting, stay and bowl!

Spread the word and invite or bring friends that may be interested. 

RSVP is not required, but it would be great to have an idea how many pizzas to order so if you know you are coming call or email Jasmine at 1-800-639-2126, jjennings@mainefarmbureau.com or email Ethan Robertson, YF Committee Chair at agr1093@yahoo.com .  Also find us on facebook!



Fun and fellowship - bowling and pizza
YF Group at Newport Meeting
Commissioner Bradstreet
Commissioner Seth Bradsteet addressing Young Farmer group at November's Newport meeting

Minutes from YF Meeting

March 25, 2010

Young Farmer Committee Meeting
March 25, 2010
Submitted by: Jasmine Jennings

Present: Ethan Robertson, Emilee Robertson, Andrew Hardy, Jesse Haskell, Ben Hartwell, Trish Ouellette, Mark Ouellette, Eric Brooks, Neal Caverly, Aaron Perkins, Emily Crocker, Jasmine Jennings, John Harker – Department of Agriculture, Amanda Burton – NRCS.

The meeting began with guest speakers.  Amanda spoke of programs that the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) offer such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Web Soil Survey website, and other financial assistance and easement programs.  She provided a list of contacts in each county and information packets if anyone not present needs information.

John Harker, next spoke about his role in the Grants & Loan Development program at the Department of Ag.  He discussed the various Business Development programs such as the Agricultural and Potato Marketing Loan Fund, Ag Development Grants, Technical Assistance Grants, and the Rural Rehabilitation Trust Fund.  More information on these programs is also available at the office if needed.

The group briefly discussed a recap of this year's winter outing hosted by Ryan Crane at Crane Brothers.

Ethan reported Ben Blackwell would like to organize another summer tour and will be in contact with the group with more ideas and information.

A Gubernatorial Breakfast was discussed, as this is an election year.  The group expressed some interest and will develop a smaller working group for planning.  Jasmine will contact Aaron after researching this further.  (As a side note, after the meeting Jon Olson's suggestion is to hold a gubernatorial debate in September, after the primaries have been held and the candidate numbers are down to the true contenders.  He also suggested getting other ag groups involved with us to ensure a good turn-out.  We want to have at least 100 people present to make it worthwhile.  The state board of directors can help develop questions the candidates can debate).  The Maine State Grange does seem to be the best location and a brunch can be served.

The group discussed the Farm Bureau facebook page and plan to develop a spin-off of this page just for Young Farmers.  Jasmine will look into this and it can be set up with more than one "admin" to can add updates, photos, and events.

Ethan mentioned he would like to see representation from the Young Farmers Committee at every State Board meeting, which he can't always attend due to his work schedule.  Andrew Hardy mentioned he would be interested in trying to attend the April 23rd meeting.

Plans for a southern Maineorganizational meeting were discussed.  Originally to be held April 15th (date changed to April 22nd due to a scheduling conflict in Cumberland County).  We will have a bowling/pizza meeting at Colonial Lanes in Westbrook from 6-8 p.m. and focus on getting some members from more of the southern end of the state involved.   Jesse Haskell and Emilee Robertson volunteered to take extra postcards about the meeting and distribute these to the various farms they see through their jobs. 

Elections were held.  It was determined the group would have a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and a couple of members at-large.  Ethan will remain chair.  Aaron Perkins will be the Vice-Chair.  Trish Ouellette will be the Secretary.  Ryan Crane and Jesse Haskell will be the members at large.

The next meeting will be a conference call at 6 p.m.on April 8th to finalize plans for the April 22nd SouthernMaine meeting and to plan the nextNewport area meeting.