Maine AgrAbility

Saturday, April 04, 2015 @ 8am

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Richard J. Brzozowski
Small Ruminant & Poultry Specialist; Agriculturist
University of Maine
Cooperative Extension

Richard Brzozowski grew up in rural New Hampshire and attended public schools in the town of Antrim. He was involved in 4-H projects, mostly involving sheep, from age 9 to 17. He served in the US Navy Construction Battalion (Seabees) from 1973-1977 and was involved in several construction projects as a Builder (carpenter and mason) from Antarctica to the Azores. He attended agriculture colleges at three land grant Universities (New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Missouri). He has degrees in applied animal science, fruit & vegetable science, agriculture education, extension education and practical arts & vocational-technical education. He has a wealth of practical knowledge and skills related to farming and construction.

Richard has served as an Extension Educator for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension since 1987. He is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs for farmers in Cumberland County, Maine. For several years, he has also been involved in statewide programming for livestock producers including sheep and goat programs. These educational programs included annual presentations of sheep shearing schools, seminars for small ruminant producers and FAMACHA workshops. In addition, he has authored several sheep-related fact sheets and checklists. Farm Safety is also an integral part of his Extension programming.

Richard has served as the Principal Investigator for Maine AgrAbility since 2010 – a statewide outreach to farmers with disabilities and chronic health conditions.