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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Fee: $75

Beef Producer's Short Course Series I - Southern Maryland

June 8, 2018 - June 9, 2018 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: University of Maryland Extension, St. Mary's County, 26737 Radio Station Way, Leonardtown, MD, 20650 (map)


Contact: Racheal Slattery,, 301-405-1392

Description: The University of Maryland Department of Animal Science in cooperation with 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 June 1, 2018. All educational materials, meals (dinner and lunch), and breaks are included. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants, and applicants will be notified of their status no later than June 4, 2018.

Please contact Racheal Slattery, Beef and Dairy Coordinator at 301-405-1392 or via email with any questions or concerns.

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Fee: $10

2018 Twilight Tour & Tasting

June 13, 2018 | Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD, 21713 (map)



Description: The 4th Twilight Tour & Tasting will be held Wednesday, June 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center in Boonsboro, Maryland. There will also be tours to the adjacent Western Maryland Research Education Center. The event will showcase all the products produced by small ruminants (sheep and goats): meat, dairy, fiber, and vegetation control.

Arik Mills from Rik's Cafe in Hagerstown will be the featured chef. Participants will have the opportunity to sample dishes made from lamb and chevon (goat meat). They will be able to sample cheese made from sheep and goat milk.

There will be a fiber demonstration and information presented about using small ruminants to control unwanted vegetation. The event will include wine tasting and a discussion of matching wines with meat and cheese. Wagon tours of the sheep research program at the adjacent Western Maryland Research & Education Center will be conducted.

Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline is June 1. The cost of participation is $10 per person. Children under the age of 10 will be admitted free.

If you need assistance to participate, please contact Susan Schoenian or Pam Thomas with the University of Maryland Extension at 301-432-2767 at least two weeks prior to the activity date.

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Fee: $!0

Cultivate Baltimore 2018 - Session 3: Accessing Land in Baltimore City

June 14, 2018 | Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Baltimore City UMD Extension Office, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest CASA


Description: Explore what it takes to be successful on an urban farm! This workshop series features proven, essential components for ensuring farm viability. Workshops are $10 per session or $60 for the whole series.

Session 3: June 14, 5-7pm: Accessing Land in Baltimore City

We will start with a facilitated discussion for urban farmers about land access and land tenure challenges and opportunities. Then we will bring in a panel to enrich the discussion, including Maya Kosok, the urban farmer of Hillen Homestead; Abby Cocke, from the Baltimore Office of Sustainability; and Becky Witt, from the Community Law Center.

Location: Baltimore City UMD Extension office, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD.

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Fee: $20-50

Maryland Cattlemen's Association 2018 Summer Field Day

June 23, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Location: Hedgeapple Farm, 3760 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, MD, 21717 (map)



Description: The Maryland Cattlemen's Association is pleased to host, in partnership with Hedgeapple Farm and the Jorgensen Family Foundation, a summer educational field day event. The program will include a great line-up of speakers dealing with pasture and grazing managment, beef cattle nutrition, weed identification and control, beef butchery and marketing, along with a beef industry and beef check-off update provided by staff from both the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Washington, D.C. and the Cattlemen's Beef Board in Denver.

A Pit Beef luncheon featuring Hedgeapple Beef will accompany a brief annual meeting of the MCA. The afternoon will include a live beef cutting demonstration and discussion follwed by an extensive farm tour including the Hedgeapple Farm Market retail store. There will be plenty of time for visiting and Q and A throughout the program.

This event is open to all cattle and beef producers but a special reduced registration is available only for current MCA members and their guests.

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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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