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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MGGA/UMD Summer Field Day

June 23, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Location: Golden Run Vineyards, 437 Schmidt Farm Lane, Sudlersville, MD, 21668 (map)

Organizer: Maryland Grape Growers Association


Description: A fantastic agenda, education, networking, and of course, local wines. Don't miss the Annual MGGA/UMD Grape Summer Field Day! See the agenda at the registration link.

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Pest & Disease Scouting Workshop

June 23, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Cottingham Farm, 28038 Goldsborough Neck Road, Easton, MD, 21601 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact: Niamh Shortt,, 443-880-1247

Description: Want to keep your crops healthy? Need help identifying and responding to those bugs and spots on your crops? Join us at Cottingham Farm to learn to scout, identify, and treat pest and disease issues on your farm.

In this workshop, we will learn good technique for scouting your fields; how to identify possible pests and diseases; and the biological control, organic, and IPM options for addressing the problems you’ve identified. We will cover some of the common pests and plant diseases in our region and will have time for specific questions. There will be a potluck lunch at the end of the workshop.

University of Maryland Extension (UME) Entomologist Emily Zobel, UME Plant Pathologist Manish Poudel, and Cottingham Farm owner/farmer Cleo Braver will lead the workshop and share their knowledge and experience!

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Fee: Free

2018 Farmers' Field Day at LESREC

June 27, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Lower Eastern Shore Research & Education Center, 27664 Nanticoke Road, Salisbury, MD, 21801 (map)



Description: Calling all Farmers/Growers to your Field Day at the University of Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center (LESREC) to be held Wednesday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and will include the research geared towards your needs:

IR-4 Program
Ag Law and Conserve
Plant Pathology
Plant Diagnostic Information
Nutrient Management/Soil Health (chance for Nutrient Management Credits)
Weed Management
Bee and Pollen Research
Poultry / Dairy Information
Variety Trials
Wagon Tours
Luncheon is provided

Researchers and Ag Agents will be available to answer questions. University of Maryland Extension will also have information on Food Safety.

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Fee: $15

2018 Be Smart, Drench Smart Workshop

June 30, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 30665 Student Services Center, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension


Description: A “Be Smart . . . Drench Smart” Small Ruminant Integrated Parasite Management workshop is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, at the swine facility on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Beginning at 9 a.m., Dr. E. Nelson Escobar will provide instruction involving the use of the FAMACHA© score card to mitigate or manage parasite burdens common to small ruminants.

During the all-day workshop, participants will study anthelmintic resistance, gastrointestinal parasites that badger small sheep and goats and practices to mitigate or manage parasite burdens. The 3-hour morning session will serve as an introduction for the 3 to 4 hour afternoon hands-on session, which will offer certification on the use of the FAMACHA© score card. The day ends at 4 p.m.

A special summer discount is in place for the upcoming session. Registration costs has been reduced to $15 per person and includes one FAMACHA© card. To register online, visit For more information or to register by phone, call Escobar at 410-651-7930/6210. To anyone with a disability or food allergy, who needs special accommodations to participate, please call at least 7 days prior to the event.

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Fee: Free

No-Till Field Day

July 3, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Farm of John Stoltzfus, 37510 Westham Lane, Mechanicsville, MD, 20659 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Ben Beale,, 301-475-4481

Description: Join fellow farmers, industry representatives and Extension Agents for a day of learning about no-till. Equipment demonstrations will occur throughout the day. For questions, call Ben Beale at 301-475-4481 or email This will be an informal tour, with plenty of opportunity to discuss your no-till questions with other growers. Handouts and other brochures will be available.

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Fee: $35

Farmer Legislative Workshop

July 11, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, 15800 Croom Rd , Brandywine, MD, 20613 (map)

Organizer: LEAD Maryland Foundation

Contact: Debbie Simpkins ,

Description: Please join LEAD Maryland Alumni on July 11th, 2018 for a workshop to learn how farmers can be involved in shaping legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. LEAD Alumni, LEAD Class X and registered guests are welcome to attend. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Please register to attend. Space is limited. Topics include: Why it is important to know the local legislative landscape; How to connect with local groups advocating for agriculture; Connecting with legislators; How to defend your right to farm; Tips for giving a speech of public testimony; Registration is 8:00 - 9:00am, with the first speaker begining at 9:00am.

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Hops Part 3: Productive Varieties & Harvesting

July 26, 2018 | Time: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: Wye Research & Education Center, 301 Education Dr, Queenstown, MD, 21658 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact: Niamh Shortt,

Description: Thinking about growing hops? Looking for a way to harvest, process, or sell your hops? Learn about best varieties for our climate, harvesting techniques, and more with hops growing and brewing industry experts!

This hops workshop, the third in our 2018 hops growing series, will cover local research trials on the best varieties for the Delmarva region, the ins and outs of harvesting bines, and opportunities to process or sell your hops through the Chesapeake Hop Exchange. Please be prepared to travel or carpool during the field day. We will meet at the Wye Research Center at 1:00 p.m. and travel approximately 35 minutes to Sudlersville, where we will tour the Chesapeake Hop Exchange before finishing up at Patriot Acres Farm Brewery. The event will conclude with a tour and pizza and beer tasting! Must be 21 or older. Pizza and beer tasting is included in the ticket price and additional beer can be purchased onsite.

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Fee: Free

Crops Twilight, Barbecue & Ice Cream Social

August 8, 2018 | Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Central Maryland Research & Education Center, 2005 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, MD (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension


Description: You are invited to a Fields Crops Research Twilight Barbecue and Ice Cream Social at the Central Maryland Research & Education Center, 2005 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 from 4:00 to 9 PM. A barbecue dinner will be served at 4:00 pm followed by homemade ice cream prior to the evening tour.

University of Maryland Extension Educators and Specialists will showcase their field crop, vegetable and fruit research plots.

Barbeque begins at 4:00 PM Ice cream Served at 5:15 PM Crops Twilight at 6:00 PM

Please arrive on time as the tour will start promptly at 6:00 PM.

This event is free. However, a reserved meal ticket is required.

If you need special assistance to participate, please contact the Anne Arundel County Extension office at 410-222-3906 by August 6th.

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