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Workshops and Events

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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Mt. Top Fruit and Vegetable Meeting

December 19, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Garrett College - CTTC Building, 116 Industrial Park Dr, Accident, MD, 21520 (map)

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Description: Phone the Garrett County Extension Office at 301-334-6960 for more information. extension.umd.edu/events/wed-2018-12-19-0900-mt-top-fruit-and-vegetable-meeting

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1969

Computer Classes for Farm Businesses

January 4, 2019 - January 7, 2019 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26, 1000 College Circle, Wye Mills, MD, 21679 (map)

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Description: Computers are an important tool for farm business management. The University of Maryland Extension will be offering a QuickBooks class for farm use. There is the option of two training days January 4 or January 7 and you can register for whichever class suits your learning level. Learn how to manage your files, operate windows software, protect your computer, develop spreadsheets and use QuickBooks. Classes will be held at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. Class sizes are limited so please register sdill@umd.edu (link sends e-mail) or 410-822-1244. The cost of each class is $20.

If you need special assistance, please register 1 week ahead of time. This course is open to anyone interested in learning more about computers for their farm business.

QuickBooks for Farm Businesses: Beginners
January 4 OR 7, 9am – noon
Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Everyday tasks just got more efficient. QuickBooks can quickly organize your business finances and show you exactly where you stand. Instantly create invoices, track payments, manage expenses, and access information. Quickly locate any account, report, or invoice with just a keyword. Complete transactions faster with convenient access to your customer’s or vendor’s balance and transaction history.

QuickBooks for Farm Businesses: Advanced
January 4 OR 7, 1 – 4 pm
Chesapeake College, Economic Development Center EDC 26

Are you using QuickBooks but would like more advanced information? This session is for QuickBooks users and will address more advanced topics. These include setting up fixed asset accounts, using a business credit card, lines of credit, enterprise accounting and payroll. extension.umd.edu/events/fri-2019-01-04-0000-computer-classes-farm-businesses

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1971

First Friday Produce Safety Rule Webinar

January 4, 2019 | Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Webinar (map)

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Description: Do you grow produce? Do you have questions about the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act? This webinar series will delve into some of the details of the Produce Safety Rule and highlight specific information growers need to know. Even if you have attended a Produce Safety Rule training you will benefit from tuning into and learning more. extension.umd.edu/events/fri-2019-01-04-1200-i-am-qualified-exempt-produce-safety-rule-now-what

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1972

Fee: free

Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop

January 8, 2019 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

County: Maryland

Location: Chesapeake College- HPAC 127, 1000 College Circle Way, Wye Mills, MD (map)

Organizer: Hughes Center For Agro-Ecology, Inc.

Contact: Nancy Nunn, nnunn@umd.edu, 410-827-8056

Description: Conservation practices are not as common on leased farmland land for a variety of reasons. The Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop series will equip agricultural service providers, landowners and farmers with the communication and leasing tools they need to install conservation practices on leased farmland. Nutrient Management Credits available!

This work is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number ENE18-151.
nnunn@umd.edu

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1952

Basic GAP - Basic Good Agricultural Practices Training

January 8, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: University of Maryland Extension, Frederick County, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD, 21702 (map)

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Description: Who should attend: This one-day workshop is highly recommended for small- and large-scale producers who want to understand how to meet basic U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety requirements and/or are considering Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification. The training will assist with on-farm food safety implementation and writing a GAP program for both wholesale growers and direct marketers. This Basic GAP workshop does not satisfy the FDA requirement for Food Safety Modernization ACT (FSMA)... a separate PSA curriculum workshop meets that requirement.

Topics covered in this Basic GAP program include highlights of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule (FSMA); Good Agricultural Practices such as addressing pre-harvest and post-harvest water quality issues; an update on current food safety research; writing a food safety plan; and MDA/University of Maryland programs to assist producers in implementing GAP. A portion of the training will be spent helping producers write their food safety plans. Producers are encouraged to bring their laptops. Laptops will also be provided to those who cannot bring them.

Registration, Cost, and Location: Participants are encouraged to register online, or if you have questions or encounter difficulties registering online, please contact the site organizer for the Frederick County Extension office location… Kelly Nichols, Frederick County Extension Agent, by phone at 301-600-3577 or email at kellyn@umd.edu (link sends e-mail) … Registration is required to ensure adequate materials are available.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The fee for the program will be $20 and will cover lunch costs and materials provided to each participant. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation following the program. extension.umd.edu/events/tue-2019-01-08-0830-basic-gap-basic-good-agricultural-practices-training-1819

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1973

Agritourism 101 Workshop

January 16, 2019 | Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Calvert Fairgrounds, 140 Calvert Fair Drive, Prince Frederick, MD, 20678 (map)

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Description: Would you like to host events or invite the public on your farm? Agritourism is an increasingly popular industry that can diversify and add revenue to your farm business. This include corn mazes, harvest festivals, roadside stands, pick-your-own operations, educational classes, wedding or party facilties, and much more!

Join us for an evening to learn about things you should consider before starting an agritourism operation, including knowing your county's regulations and permits needed, understanding your legal responsibilities and liability concerns, and exploring marketing and sales opportunites.

Speakers include the Agriculture Marketing Specialists from the Southern Maryland region and a panel of experienced agritourism operators including:

- Lisa Barge, Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation

- Martin Proulx, Charles County Economic Development

- Kim Rush Lynch, University of Maryland Extension - Prince George's County

- Donna Sasscer, St. Mary's County Department Economic Development

- Anna Chaney, Honey's Harvest Farm (AA)

- Joe-Sam Swann, Swann Farms (Calvert)

- Mary Wood, Forrest Hall Farm (SM)

More to be confirmed.

The workshop will be held at the Calvert Fairgrounds located at 140 Calvert Fair Drive from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Registration includes a catered meal and all workshop materials.

If you are in any doubt about the status of the workshop due to inclement weather, please call the SMADC hotline at 301-274-1922 ext. 1, then press *832 to hear a message. www.eventbrite.com/e/agritourism-101-workshop-tickets-53109605259?fbclid=IwAR3NCeLiODFqJtcQ158CH3Md_Lmyi7zXxBXM2jBZdpSfNi2zhLxgw

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1983

2019 Growing Our Future Harvest: 20th Anniversary Conference

January 17, 2019 - January 19, 2019 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: College Park Marriott, 3501 University Boulevard East, Hyattsville, MD, 20783 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

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Description: The region's premier farm and food gathering is celebrating 20 years! Join us for an extra special three days of deep-dive workshops, farm fresh meals, inspiring speakers, and farmer and foodpreneur learning and networking!

Eventbrite - 2019 Growing Our Future Harvest: 20th Anniversary Conference

Featuring farming luminaries Karen Washington of Rise and Root Farm; Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk, authors of Start Your Farm; and Dr. Ray Weil, Soil Health Expert and UMD Professor of Soil Science!

Interact during a full day of how-to farming and food intensives, redesigned this year for more in-depth, hands-on learning, including from Meredith Leigh, charcuterie expert!

Experience two conference days for advanced and beginning farmers, foodpreneurs, and educators

Enjoy delicious farm-to-table meals - this once-a-year networking opportunity - farmer-to-farmer chats - seed, book, and small tool swaps - tradeshow - the Foodshed Photo Contest - and the Farmer of the Foodshed Awards! www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-growing-our-future-harvest-20th-anniversary-conference-tickets-52212040619?ref=ebtnebregn

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1985

Fee: free

Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop

January 17, 2019 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

County: Maryland

Location: Charles County Soil Conservation District, 4200 Gardiner Road, Waldorf, MD (map)

Organizer: Hughes Center For Agro-Ecology, Inc.

Contact: Nancy Nunn, nnunn@umd.edu, 410-827-8056

Description: Conservation practices are not as common on leased farmland land for a variety of reasons. The Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop series will equip agricultural service providers, landowners and farmers with the communication and leasing tools they need to install conservation practices on leased farmland. Nutrient Management Credits available!

This work is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number ENE18-151.
agresearch.umd.edu/agroecol

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1953

Tri-State Hay and Pasture Conference

January 17, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Garrett College CTTC, 116 Industrial Park Dr, Accident, MD, 21520 (map)

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Description: Tri-State Hay and Pasture Conference
Garrett College CTTC,
116 Industrial Drive, Accident, MD

Thursday, January 17, 2019

8:30 Registration

8:50 Welcome

9:00 am Fertilizing Grasses
Les Vough, Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

10:00 am Feeding Lower Quality Hay
Jessica Williamson, Extension Forage Specialist, Penn State University

11:00 am Are Clovers Worth It and Are Phytoestrogens in Clover Good or Evil?
Dennis Hancock, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Georgia

12:00 am Lunch

1:00 pm Advancements in Alfalfa Production and Management
Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia

2:00 pm Forage Yield and Nutritive Value of Reduced Lignin Alfalfa
Amanda Grev, Forage Specialist, University of Maryland Extension

3:00 pm Adjourn

To Register – Call the Garrett County Extension Office at 301-334-6960 or you can register and pay online at https://tinyurl.com/2018Hay. If pre-registered by Monday, Jan 8th the cost is $20 which includes lunch and can be paid at the door. Walk in and registrations after Jan 8th will be $25.

extension.umd.edu/events/thu-2019-01-17-0830-tri-state-hay-and-pasture-conference

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1974

Lambing & Kidding School

January 19, 2019 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, MD, 21794 (map)

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Description: University of Maryland Extension will hold a Lambing & Kidding School on Saturday, January 19, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. The school will feature concurrent programs for adults and youth. The adult program will be geared towards new producers, with less than 5 years of experience. The youth program will be hands-on and geared towards youth, ages 11-18.


The main speaker will be Dr. Kevin Pelzer from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Other speakers will include Dr. Kwame Matthews, Delaware State University; Dr. Angela Black, University of Maryland (College Park); Maegan Perdue, University of Maryland Extension (Worcester County); and Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Extension. The youth program will be taught by University of Maryland Extension youth educators: Chris Anderson (state office) and Ashley Travis (Washington County).


The registration fee is $60 for adults and $45 for youth. The registration fee includes resource materials on a flash drive, morning refreshments, and lunch. Pre-registration is requested by January 2. To register online, go to https://2018LKSchool.eventbrite.com (link is external). To register via mail, send your registration fee (payable to University of Maryland) and contact information to Pam Thomas at the Western Maryland Research & Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756.


For more information, contact Susan Schoenian at sschoen@umd.edu (link sends e-mail) or (301) 432-2767 x315. extension.umd.edu/events/sat-2019-01-19-0900-lambing-kidding-school

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1975