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This is a listing of events, workshops and conferences available to the Maryland agricultural community. To submit an event, you must be a registered Maryland FarmLINK member.

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Women For The Land Conservation Learning Circle Program, American Farmland Trust (AFT)

September 30, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: Prince George's County Soil Conservation District, 5301 Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 (map)

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Description: The American Farmland Trust is offering a Conservation Learning Circle program to women landowners Anne Arundel and PG Counties. This program brings groups of 15-20 women landowners together with conservation and technical staff (mostly women) for three sessions over approximately two months. An experienced facilitator guides this Conservation Learning Circle through a well-developed agenda. AFT invites agency staff to participate as presenters and active participants in the conversation, addressing issues and questions in real time. The peer-to-peer women-only program provides an opportunity to learn from each other, gain confidence, and to obtain technical/financial assistance to protect your land's natural resources. These sessions are designed for women landowners who own, rent and make management decisions on their Maryland forest and farm land. AFT is operating this program in five states including Maryland. The core audience for the program are Women who own farm or forest land in Maryland, who may recently have come into ownership or taken on new responsibilities for decisions on their land. Some have families facing decisions about the future of the farm. Others need to find a new tenant to lease their land. For various reasons, they are often less familiar with the programs, agencies and individuals who can assist them. Despite their challenges, these women have strong ideas on how they want their land managed. They have proven to be highly-motivated and receptive to information and assistance once they learn the system. AFT sees these women as ideal partners in conservation and land protection and has developed the Women For The Land program to offer targeted support, education and tools to help them succeed. The Prince George's and Ann Arundel Counties Conservation Learning Circle is being hosted by the Prince George's County Conservation District with numerous other agencies and organizations participating. DATES: September 30, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm October 11, 2017 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, meet at a farm for a tour October 24, 2017 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Or Contact us at the information below. Margot Mays Program Coordinator Women For The Land Maryland American Farmland Trust womenforthelandmd@farmland.org 301-330-3460 To apply on line Click here: bit.ly/WesternShoreLC

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1783

Wheels Up ─ A Maturing Farming Business Management Assessment Program

October 3, 2017 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Large Conference Room, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Large Conferen (map)

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Description: Have you been farming for more than 3 Years? Are you ready to move from your start-up “Survive” business model to a better “Thriving Business” model? Do you have an established farming operation but need to improve your management and profitability in a specific management area? A new training program, “Wheels Up”, offered in partnership between the University of Maryland Extension and Future Harvest-CASA, may be the business up-grade training you need to help your business “take off.”

The "Wheels Up" program is for farmers with 3 or more years of business experience. As their businesses have grown and matured, critical issues have surfaced that were never anticipated in the original start-up plans. They now know what their businesses strengths and weaknesses are, but not how to correct or improve their situation. Very often the timing of these growth decisions comes simultaneously with increasing demands of family, community, and/or off-farm employment.

The program will consist of 4 class sessions plus "one-on-one" consultation support by appointment at the conclusion of the training. Class components: revisiting mission and goals and handling change in a business, addressing production and human resource challenges, understanding what a financial statement can tell you, and developing diversified marketing strategies. Since each participant will have a different priority for their business, each participant will also create their own learning contract to be completed by the conclusion of the project.

The 4 class sessions will meet at the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District

Location: 5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Large Conference Room, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

When: Tuesday evenings in October from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following dates:

-Tuesday, October 3 - Revisiting mission and goals and handling change in a business

-Tuesday, October 10 - Addressing production and human resource challenges

-Tuesday, October 17 - Developing diversified marketing strategies

-Tuesday, October 24 - Understanding what a financial statement can tell you

The tuition cost is $45 per person which includes all materials. Registration is through the University of Maryland Extension Eventbrite on-line system at https://wheelsupclasses-october2017.eventbrite.com or by calling 301-432-2767 ext. 301. For further information about workshop content, contact Ginger S. Myers, University of Maryland Extension Specialist at gsmyers@umd.edu, 301-432-2767 ext.338. Pre-payment and registration are required for this workshop. In-House Coordinator: Kim Rush Lynch, Agriculture Marketing Specialist, Prince George's County

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wheels-upa-maturing-farming-business-management-assessment-program-prince-georges-soil-conservation

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1778

14th annual Small Farm Conference 

November 3, 2017 - November 4, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore (map)

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Description: As November rolls in, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Small Farm Program gears up for their annual Small Farm Conference. This event has successfully provided outreach and training to 600+ participants (beginning, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged farmers and landowners and others) since the conference first initiated in 2003. This event alone has been recognized as one of the premier agricultural events on the Eastern Shore, attracting on average about 150-175 attendees each year where people travel from all over the state of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and along the Delmarva Peninsula to attend. The overall objective of the conference is to provide a venue where participants can come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability. Due to increased participation and interest in select agricultural topics over the past five years, the Small Farm Conference moved from a one-day event to a two-day educational conference. Day 1 of the conference features up to three or four comprehensive, half-day workshops that encompass classroom instruction along with a hands-on activity or a field demonstration component. Topics can range from Soil Health and Vegetable Production to Direct Marketing and Home Food Preservation. On Day 2, participants have the opportunity to select three out of the nine different seminars offered under the following educational tracks: Alternative Agriculture, Farm Business and Marketing, and New & Beginning Farmer (added in 2013). In addition, participants have the opportunity to network and visit with agricultural vendors and exhibitors including USDA agencies, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, agricultural businesses and various non-profit organizations that support agriculture. More info and to register: umessmallfarm.com/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1785

Fee: Free

Soil health workshop for agriculture producers

November 7, 2017 | Time: TBD

County: St. Mary's

Location: St. Mary’s Agricultural Center, 26737 Radio Station Way (Suite C) in Leonardt (map)

Organizer: St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District & Southern MD Resource Conservation & Development

Contact: Denitra Brawner, denitra.brawner@somdrcd.org, 240.577.6413

Description: HEALTHY SOILS ARE KEY TO MORE PRODUCTIVE, PROFITABLE, & SUSTAINABLE FARMS - RESULTING IN HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE, LONG-TERM RETURNS. This Soil Health Workshop will provide you with the basics and benefits of soil health, and ideas on how you as a farmer can build soil equity by using soil health management systems that include cover crops, diverse rotations and no-till practices. NO COST TO ATTEND - REGISTRATION REQUIRED – SPACE IS LIMITED. Please let us know if you require reasonable accommodations to attend.

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1786

2017 Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference

November 17, 2017 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Doubletree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court , Annapolis, Ma (map)

Organizer: Agriculture Law Education Initiative

Contact: aleipartners@gmail.com, aleipartners@gmail.com

Description: Online registration has not yet started for this event. Registration is currently scheduled to open on September 1, 2017. Please come back later to register. Discussion topics to include: Hot Legal Issues in Agriculture Legal Resources for Improving Soil Health Antibiotics and Livestock Conservation and the 2018 Farm Bill Organics: Certified, Transitional, Livestock, Oh My! *Nutrient Management Continuing Learning Education Credit Available. www.umaglaw.org/event/2017-agriculture-environmental-law-conference/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1766

#AgPitch17

December 1, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: Part of the Rural Maryland Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Annapolis (map)

Organizer: Rural Maryland Council and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

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Description: Do you have a business idea that can change agriculture? We’d love to hear about it! Tell us about your business or idea for a business below. Five finalists will be selected to present their ideas/business plans at the Rural Maryland Council Conference on December 1, 2017 to compete for $7500 top prize, accounting, legal services and other business services to help further your business ideas and plans AgPitch applicants must reside in the MidAtlantic Farm Credit footprint. Employees, board members and their immediate families are not eligible for this event. The deadline to submit your application is November 1, 2017. More information: www.mafc.com/agpitch

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1784

MFB Young Farmer’s Retreat

December 2, 2017 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Eastern Shore (locations TBD) (map)

Organizer: Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers

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Description: mdfarmbureau.com/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1780

MFB 102nd Annual Convention

December 3, 2017 - December 5, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: Ocean City (map)

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Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1779

2018 Future Harvest CASA's Annual Conference

January 11, 2018 - January 13, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: College Park Marriott (map)

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Description: Featuring Opening Speaker Gabe Brown, Regenerative Rancher
Gabe Brown believes in and practices Holistic Management, a part of which is farming and ranching in nature’s image. He strives to solve problems in a natural and sustainable way. Improving soil health is a priority and no-till farming has been practiced on Brown's Ranch since 1993. A diverse cropping strategy, which includes cover and companion crops are used. Brown has now elimnated the use of synthetic fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides. Brown uses minimal herbicide and is striving to eliminate it. He does not use GMOs or glyphosate. His ever evolving grazing strategy allows most of our pastures a recovery period of over 360 days. These strategies have allowed the health of the soil, the mineral and water cycles to greatly improve. In other words, the natural resources have benefited. This results in increased production, profit and a higher quality of life for Brown's family. He is moving towards sustainability for not only ours but future generations as well.
More speaker, programming, and schedule information coming soon! Visit the website for updates: www.futureharvestcasa.org/2018-conference

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1781