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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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Farmer Training and Certification- Wye Research and Education Center

January 22, 2019 | Time: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Wye Research & Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown, MD, 21658 (map)

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Description: The Farmer Training and Certification workshops provide opportunities for producers with cropland and pastures who use commercial fertilizer and/or manure to learn how to write nutrient management plans for their operation that meet Maryland Department of Agriculture’s regulations. Individuals with fields or pastures high in soil test phosphorus may require additional training and a greater time commitment.


Required Skills: Competency in high school math, familiarity with using a keyboard, and the ability to save and retrieve files is essential for completion of the course and nutrient management plan development.


You will receive:

A comprehensive training binder – the training binder will be used during the class, serve as a reference during the exam, and as a valuable resource when you write future plans for your operation.
Certification – producers who pass the exam will be certified by MDA to write their own nutrient management plans.
Voucher training credits – this class will fulfill the nutrient applicator voucher training requirements.
Registration Information

Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis; therefore, register early.
Paid registrations must be received 10 days before the first class. For more information, please call 410-841-5959. Classes will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment. extension.umd.edu/events/tue-2019-01-22-0930-farmer-training-and-certification-wye-research-and-education-center-day-1

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1976

2019 Starting a Small, Intensive Farm for Commercial Markets

January 22, 2019 - April 2, 2019 | Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, 430 East Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD, 21212 (map)

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Description: In this workshop series, we’ll explore what it takes to be successful on a small-scale farm. Each session covers topics that apply to a variety of agricultural operations, including fruit and vegetable production.

What: A 10-part training for beginning farmers
When: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, starting January 22, 2019
Where: Pleasant Hope Baptist Church
430 E Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD 21212
Cost: $10 per session or $60 for the entire series.
Registration currently available for the entire series.
Registration for single classes will be available soon. www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-starting-a-small-intensive-farm-for-commercial-markets-tickets-52960356853

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1982

Fee: free

Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop

January 23, 2019 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

County: Maryland

Location: Frederick County Extension Office, 330 Montevue Ln. , Frederick, 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=1954

Annie's Project - Southern MD

January 23, 2019 - April 3, 2019 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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Contact: Kim Rush Lynch, kimrush@umd.edu

Description: Annie’s project is designed to empower women in agriculture, provide information in farm management and build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is women with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation.

Key Principles:

*Teach all five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing, & production.
*Invite local professionals to serve as guest instructors where possible.
*Allocate half of class time to discussion and hands-on activities.
*Provide un-biased, researched based information.
*Create a learning environment where mentoring is spontaneous.

Core Values:

*Safe Harbor - all questions or situations are welcomed for sharing and open discussion.
*Connection - to each other and to professionals introduced to them in class.
*Discovery - the moment when something makes sense where before it did not.
*Guided Intelligence - at any one time there is a woman in the audience who knows more about the subject being presented than the instructor and is willing to share her experience.

Annie’s Project focuses on the many aspects of farm management and is designed to empower women in overall farm decision making and to build local networks throughout the state. The target audience is farmwomen and women involved in agriculture with a passion for business, agriculture and involvement in the farm operation. Topics for the sessions cover the five areas of Risk Management – Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal Risk, Human Resources. This course is open to anyone interested in farm management practices.

Southern Maryland
6 Sessions, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
January 23, 2019 – April 3, 2019 (every other Wednesday)

April 10 (snow day)

Location: Prince George's Soil Conservation District

5301 Marlboro Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 extension.umd.edu/events/wed-2019-01-23-1800-annies-project-southern-md

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1979

Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Day

January 24, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Friendly Farm Restaurant, 17434 Foreston Road, Upperco, MD, 21155 (map)

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Description: Commercial Vegetable Growers are invited to the 2019 Central Maryland Vegetable Growers Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

Many topics will be covered in connection with vegetable growing in Maryland.

To register go to https://19cmvgm.eventbrite.com.

This meeting will serve as re-certification for Maryland Private Pesticide Applicators, as well as, selected Pennsylvania applicator credits. In addition, growers who attend specified presentation sessions can renew or receive the required MDA Nutrient Applicators Voucher. www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-central-maryland-vegetable-growers-meeting-tickets-53181630689

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1980

Beef Producer's Short Course: Series I

January 25, 2019 - January 26, 2019 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Baltimore County Extension Office, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, MD, 21030 (map)

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Description: The University of Maryland Extension has designed this short-course to provide producers educational information and hands-on training in several areas of beef production. Whether you're just thinking of starting your own beef production operation or have been in the industry for years, this short-course will have something for all.

Topic areas that will be covered include: determining daily operating costs, understanding EPD's, Veterinary Feed Directive, body condition scoring, forage sampling and storage, nutrient management, pasture and paddock development as well as many others.

Educational resources will include: body condition score guides, determining your unit cost of production, budget workbooks (cowherd system and purchased cows), estrus sync planner, grazing and hay records spreadsheets.

To participate in the Maryland Beef Producer's Short-Course, please submit a completed application and registration fee of $75 by January 14, 2019. All educational materials, meals (dinner and lunch), and breaks are included. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

Contact Matt Morris (link is external), Agriculture Extension Educator at 301-600-3578 or via email mjmorris@umd.edu (link sends e-mail) with any questions or concerns regarding the course.

Please contact Racheal Slattery (link is external), Beef and Dairy Coordinator at 301-405-1392 or via email rslatt@umd.edu(link sends e-mail) with any questions or concerns regarding registration. extension.umd.edu/events/fri-2019-01-25-0000-beef-producers-short-course-series-i

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1981

On-Farm Composting Workshop

January 25, 2019 - January 26, 2019 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Deale Community Library -- Anne Arundel County Public Library, 5940 Deale Churchton Road, Deale, MD, 20751 (map)

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Description: Demonstration of an Animal Waste Management Technology
A Grant-Funded Project through the Maryland Department of Agriculture

The workshop will include a series of presentations by nationally recognized experts in on-farm composting, habitat preservation, and farm planning. There will be hands-on demonstrations and ample time for open discussion among the participants. Following the presentations, the group will travel in their personal vehicles to the Veteran Compost demonstration site which features aerated compost systems for all scales of operation. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided.

This one-day workshop is offered on Friday, January 25th and repeated on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. Both workshops begin at 9:00am and end at 4:00pm. Please select the day that works best for you. www.eventbrite.com/e/on-farm-composting-workshop-tickets-49194707695?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1970

Fee: free

Agricultural Conservation Leasing Workshop

January 28, 2019 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

County: Maryland

Location: Baltimore County Ag Center, 1114 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville, 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=1955

Agronomy Day-Lower Shore

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

Location: Somerset County Civic Center, 11837 Crisfield Lane, Princess Anne, MD, 21853 (map)

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Description: Join us for the 2019 Lower Eastern Shore Agronomy Day to be held in Princess Anne, MD. This yearly program provides agronomic crop updates relevant to Delmarva farmers and agricultural service providers. This year’s program will cover crop insurance, weed management, wheat head scab, saltwater intrusion, insect pests on grains, cover crops, and other relevant topics. Nutrient management and pesticide recertification credits will be available. Pesticide, nutrient and CCA credits will be avaiable for Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

This event is FREE and includes lunch, but we require registration so we can have a head count for lunch.

Contact the Somerset County Extension Office at 410-651-1350 with any questions or if you need special assistance. www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-lower-shore-agronomy-day-tickets-52883550122?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_camp

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1978

Southern Maryland - Investing in Your Farm’s Future Workshop Series

January 31, 2019 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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

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Description: This workshops will focus on the financial aspect of farm succession planning including financial management, retirement savings, and long term healthcare. More details will be added as we develop the program. extension.umd.edu/events/thu-2019-01-31-0830-southern-maryland-investing-your-farm%E2%80%99s-future-workshop-series

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1977