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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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Fee: $25

2018 Bay Area Fruit School

February 20, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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

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Description: The 2018 Bay Area Fruit School at the Wye Research and Education Center will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2018. University of Maryland, MDA, and USDA experts will discuss many topics, including:

High density apple training and Fireblight
Management of Fungal Diseases on Apples
Management of Peach Bacterial Spot
Herbicides for Fruit plantings
Strategies for successful fruit production in a changing climate
UMES Tree Fruit Project
Small fruit insect control updates
and more...
Pesticide applicator credits and CCA credits available.

Pre-registration is required. www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-bay-area-fruit-school-tickets-41318057422?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1832

Fee: $75

Annie's Project - MidShore Maryland

February 21, 2018 - March 28, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center, 512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD, 21629 (map)

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Description: MidShore Maryland
6 sessions, 6:00pm-9:00pm
February 21, 2018 - March 28, 2018
Location: Chesapeake Culinary Center
512 Franklin Street, Denton, MD
Contact: sdill@umd.edu

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 farm women 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.

The cost of the entire course including meals and materials is $75. There is an additional $100.00 fee for FSA Borrower Training attendees. The class is open to all. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior. extension.umd.edu/annies-project/class-information

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1810

Fee: $45

Wheels Up - A Maturing Farming Business Management Assessment Program

February 27, 2018 - March 20, 2018 | Time: TBD

Location: University of Maryland Extension - Baltimore City Office, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD, 21215 (map)

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Description: 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. The 4 class sessions will meet at the Baltimore City office of University of Maryland Extension, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Suite 201, Baltimore, MD 21215 on Tuesday evenings in February and March from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the following dates: Tuesday, February 27 - revisiting mission and goals and handling change in a business Tuesday, March 6 - addressing production and human resource challenges Tuesday, March 13 - developing diversified marketing strategies Tuesday, March 20 - understanding what a financial statement can tell you The tuition cost is $45 per person which includes all materials. www.eventbrite.com/e/wheels-upa-maturing-farming-business-management-assessment-program-tickets-42428078525

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1835

Region 3 FFA Leadership Development Event - Volunteer Judges Needed

March 3, 2018 | Time: 8:45 am - 1:00 pm

County: Prince George's County

Location: Gwynn Park High School, 13800 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, MD, 20613 (map)

Organizer: Future Farmers of America

Contact: Leasa Gudderra, leasa.gudderra@pgcps.org, 301-372-0140

Description: Gwynn Park High School will be hosting Region 3 FFA Leadership Development Events on Saturday, March 3rd. In order for the competition to run smoothly we need qualified judges to evaluate each event. We would like to formally invite you or a representative from your organization to judge an event. The Leadership Development Events are judged by a panel of three judges. Each school is allowed to send candidates for each event. The top four placing members/teams from each competition will advance to the State contests. These contests will be held at The Maritime Institute of Technology during the Maryland FFA State Convention in June. From there only the top candidates will be eligible to compete at the National FFA Convention. As judges, you will evaluate FFA members who have put a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment into preparing for the leadership development event they are participating in. Your job is to select the members who have prepared themselves and their materials the best for this competition. All judges are asked to be present at 8:45 am on March 3th, 2018 in the Ag Room (119) for an orientation before the competitions begin. The events are usually completed by 1:00 pm as long as everything moves along smoothly. When your event is finished, we ask that you submit your results and join us for lunch. This is a learning experience and members do benefit from hearing directly from you. They may ask you questions if you make yourself available. Please contact Ms. Gudderra at leasa.gudderra@pgcps.org or 301-372-0140 for more information if you can help. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your time. Sincerely, Leasa Gudderra, M.Ed. FFA Advisor CASE Certified Teacher

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1836

Fee: $20

Farmer Training and Certification for Intensive Small-scale Food Producing Operations

March 8, 2018 - April 5, 2018 | Time: TBD

Location: University of Maryland Extension - Baltimore City, 6615 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD, 21215 (map)

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Description: This 6-part Farmer Training and Certification (FTC) series will provide an opportunity for CSAs and growers for farmers’ markets with small intensive food production operations to learn how to develop nutrient management plans for their own operations. This series will emphasize carbon and nitrogen cycling and provide detailed information about the behavior of various organic sources of nutrients in addition to the nutrient management plan development process. Meeting dates are March 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 29 (exam), April 5 (plan writing), 2018 from 1 PM – 4 PM each afternoon. Maryland Department of Agriculture co-sponsors this event, handles the registration process, and administers the certification program. extension.umd.edu/events/thu-2018-03-08-1300-farmer-training-and-certification-intensive-small-scale-food-producing

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1814

Fee: $20

2018 Advanced GAP Training

March 12, 2018 | Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD, 21401 (map)

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Description: The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Maryland Extension (UME) currently hold one Advanced GAP course annually at the Maryland Department of Agriculture in Annapolis, MD. This course is designed for people who have already attended a Basic GAP course or need to maintain a food safety certification.

This one-day workshop is helpful for growers who wish to learn more about implementing food safety practices. This year's agenda, not yet finalized, will include information about agricultural water systems, FSMA, sanitary design, risk assessments, and an update on Harmonized GAP audits.

Registration, Cost, and Locations: Participants are encouraged to register online, or if you have questions or encounter difficulties registering online, please contact the organizer for the particular location. Registration is required to ensure adequate materials are available. www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-advanced-gap-training-tickets-41719775973?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1828

2018 Field Crops & Pasture IPM Workshop

March 13, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Anne Arundel County Extension Office , 97 Dairy Lane, Gambrills, MD, 21146 (map)

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Description: Make plans to attend the Field Crops & Pasture IPM Workshop, on March 13, 2018 at the Anne Arundel Extension Office from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This workshop will explore advanced concepts of pasture and field crop production in the Southern Maryland region from establishment to harvest, including animal utilization. events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eel9g9g942fe728a&oseq=&c=&ch=

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1818

FSMA Combined Produce Safety and Preventive Control Rules Training

March 19, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Western Maryland Research & Education Center - Extension, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD, 21756 (map)

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Description: Who should attend?
Farmers, growers and food processors who:
• Need to comply with FSMA produce safety rule, preventive controls rule or both. e.g., producers growing leafy
greens, tomatoes, berries, cucumber, etc. and/or processing them into ready-to-eat products.
• Are exempt from the rule but need to comply with the rules due to supply chain constraints
• Entrepreneurs in processed food business
• Want to remain up-to-date with the FSMA regulations and how to comply with them

What will you get from attending this workshop?
• In-depth understanding of the requirements of produce safety and preventive control rules
• Completion certificates required by FSMA
• Guidance regarding food safety risks and how to mitigate them

How much does it cost? (You can attend either or both trainings)
$25 for PSA Grower Training Course (Monday 3/19)
$45 for FSPCA Training for Preventive Controls (Tues 3/20 - Thur 3/22) www.eventbrite.com/e/fsma-combined-produce-safety-and-preventive-control-rules-training-tickets-41759749535?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1827

Fee: $75

Annie's Project - Central Maryland

April 3, 2018 - May 8, 2018 | Time: 5:30 pm - 12:00 am

Location: Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD, 21157 (map)

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Description: Central Maryland
6 sessions, 5:30pm-8:30pm
April 3, 2018 - May 8, 2018
Location: Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157
Contact: gsmyers@umd.edu

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.

The cost of the entire course including meals and materials is $75. There is an additional $100.00 fee for FSA Borrower Training attendees. The class is open to all. If you require special assistance to attend the classes please contact the site at least two weeks prior. extension.umd.edu/annies-project/class-information

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1811