Intro to Cheese Making at Rural Living Days March 29

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Waldo County is presenting “Rural Living Days” on

Saturday, March 29th between 8:30am and 3pm

Eric Rector, President of the Maine Cheese Guild and cheese maker at Monroe Cheese Studio, will give an introduction to cheese making workshop titled “Queso Presto!” in the early session beginning at 9am:

Cheese making can be quite mysterious because it involves using a few unusual ingredients to turn liquids into solids. Cheese making also can take a lot of time: usually a day of work just to get the initial stage of fresh (but bland) cheese, and then weeks/months/years of aging before that turns into something completely different. Rector will talk about all cheeses and what makes them different, and he will show you how to make a quick and tasty cheese in an hour, and describe milk’s “leap toward immortality”.

To learn more about this session, all of the sessions at Rural Living Days, and to register on-line, follow this link.

LD 1786 Released and Referred to Ag Committee

Legislative Document 1786, “An Act To Allow the Sale of Unregulated Farm-produced Dairy Products at the Site of Production” was released from the Maine State Legislature’s clerk’s office and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry today. Use the above link to view the entire bill.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Bill Noon of Sanford, and co-sponsored by a number of legislators and senators. It appears to provide a clear regulatory boundary between licensed commercial dairy producers in Maine and farmers who produce dairy products for their own and their neighbors consumption.

Guild members should post comments about this bill on this website article, which will help me determine what the overall Guild response to this bill will be if the Guild chooses to testify at any hearing held regarding this bill.

ACS Conference Scholarships 2014

Given the travel distance and current budget level, it’s unlikely that the Maine Cheese Guild will be offering ACS Scholarships in 2014, but the American Cheese Society also offers full and partial scholarships to their conference every year:

“If you’re a cheesemaker, retailer, student, or local chef, don’t miss your chance to apply for a 2014 ACS Conference Scholarship ! Recipients receive a free conference registration and may also receive a travel stipend and hotel accommodations in Sacramento, CA this summer. The application period for 2014 Conference Scholarships ends soon: submit your application by March 31 in order to be considered!

ACS 2014: Celebrating the American Cheese Plate will take place July 29-August 1, 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center. More than 900 members of the American cheese community will gather for this 31st annual event. With a conference scholarship, you can join them for timely educational sessions and networking events…”