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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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Field-day: Getting the most from your cover crops

November 1, 2017 | Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: , 12000 Beaver Dam Road Laurel, MD 20708 (map)

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Contact: Hirsh@umd.edu, Hirsh@umd.edu

Description: Planting cover crops by early September and letting them grow through April can provide a host of potential benefits, including capturing hundreds of pounds of nitrogen and other nutrients, suppressing weeds, building soil organic matter and even increasing crop yields. But, getting a cover crop in that early is a challenge. Come see our research on timing of cover crop planting and spring termination, efficacy of various cover crop species and mixtures, and innovative approaches to getting plant cover crops planted early. There will be a tour of field-plots showing various planting dates and field-plots showing mixed species cover crops that were inter-seeded into a standing soybeans. Lunch will be provided. So we can order lunch, please RSVP Hirsh@umd.edu by October 26 with the number attending.

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1792

Chesapeake Harvest Fall Farmer Meeting

November 1, 2017 | Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: 28577 Mary's Ct Suite 3 Easton, MD 21601 (map)

Organizer: Chesapeake Harvest

Contact: info@chesapeakeharvest.com, info@chesapeakeharvest.com

Description: Chesapeake Harvest (http://chesapeakeharvest.com/) is offering free and low-cost food safety training and technical assistance programs this fall and winter, starting with a meeting for interested regional growers on November 1, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the Talbot County Agricultural Service Center, Soil Conference Room at 28577 Mary’s Court, Suite 3, Easton, MD 21601. At the November 1 meeting, attendees can expect a lively, facilitated, two-part discussion on the basics of Harmonized GAP certification and wholesale buying/selling. Representatives from the wholesale buying community as well as the farming community will be part of a panel of experts on hand to answer questions and share information. GAP food safety educator and Chesapeake Harvest consultant, Lindsay Gilmour, will lead the discussion. Lindsay is well seasoned in the art of helping farmers, orchardists, cooperatives and food hubs overcome their trepidation and develop food safety programs that make sense for them. Lindsay will also be offering on farm, food safety risk assessments and one-on-one Harmonized GAP food safety plan writing coaching around the Chesapeake region. These individualized sessions will be offered November through March. For more information, contact Chesapeake Harvest: info@chesapeakeharvest.com. The workshop is free but registration is required: www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-farmer-meeting-registration-38852896058

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1794

14th annual Small Farm Conference 

November 3, 2017 - November 4, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: University of Maryland Eastern Shore (map)

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Description: As November rolls in, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Small Farm Program gears up for their annual Small Farm Conference. This event has successfully provided outreach and training to 600+ participants (beginning, limited-resource, socially disadvantaged farmers and landowners and others) since the conference first initiated in 2003. This event alone has been recognized as one of the premier agricultural events on the Eastern Shore, attracting on average about 150-175 attendees each year where people travel from all over the state of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and along the Delmarva Peninsula to attend. The overall objective of the conference is to provide a venue where participants can come together to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability. Due to increased participation and interest in select agricultural topics over the past five years, the Small Farm Conference moved from a one-day event to a two-day educational conference. Day 1 of the conference features up to three or four comprehensive, half-day workshops that encompass classroom instruction along with a hands-on activity or a field demonstration component. Topics can range from Soil Health and Vegetable Production to Direct Marketing and Home Food Preservation. On Day 2, participants have the opportunity to select three out of the nine different seminars offered under the following educational tracks: Alternative Agriculture, Farm Business and Marketing, and New & Beginning Farmer (added in 2013). In addition, participants have the opportunity to network and visit with agricultural vendors and exhibitors including USDA agencies, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, agricultural businesses and various non-profit organizations that support agriculture. More info and to register: umessmallfarm.com/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1785

Save the Date for the Sheep & Goat workshops-Nutrition and More

November 11, 2017 | Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Description: Save the date, details coming soon. www.facebook.com/SMADC.MD/photos/a.192642627487667.49180.192605550824708/1496457570439493/?type=3&theater

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1790

Mid Atlantic Crop Management School

November 14, 2017 - November 16, 2017 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: , Ocean City (map)

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Description: You may now register for the 2017 Crop School by following the link above. We also have a shortened link you may share by email (https://go.umd.edu/crop17registration). The early bird fee is $275 prior to September 15th; $285 prior to October 30th; and $325 if received by November 6th.
The school offers a 2 ½-day format with a variety of breakout sessions. Individuals needing training in soil and water, nutrient management, crop management and pest management can create their own schedule by choosing from 5 program options offered each hour. Emphasis is placed on new and advanced information with group discussion and interaction encouraged.
More information and to register: blog.umd.edu/agronomynews/2017/09/05/mid-atlantic-crop-managment-school/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1793

2017 Agriculture and Environmental Law Conference

November 17, 2017 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Doubletree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court , Annapolis, Ma (map)

Organizer: Agriculture Law Education Initiative

Contact: aleipartners@gmail.com, aleipartners@gmail.com

Description: Online registration has not yet started for this event. Registration is currently scheduled to open on September 1, 2017. Please come back later to register. Discussion topics to include: Hot Legal Issues in Agriculture Legal Resources for Improving Soil Health Antibiotics and Livestock Conservation and the 2018 Farm Bill Organics: Certified, Transitional, Livestock, Oh My! *Nutrient Management Continuing Learning Education Credit Available. www.umaglaw.org/event/2017-agriculture-environmental-law-conference/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1766

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training for FSMA Compliance-Charles County

November 30, 2017 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Charles County Soil Conservation 4200 Gardiner Rd Waldorf, MD 20601 (map)

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Description: Full details and registration can be found here: extension.umd.edu/events/thu-2017-11-30-0800-produce-safety-alliance-grower-training-fsma-compliance-charles-county

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1787

#AgPitch17

December 1, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: Part of the Rural Maryland Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Annapolis (map)

Organizer: Rural Maryland Council and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

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Description: Do you have a business idea that can change agriculture? We’d love to hear about it! Tell us about your business or idea for a business below. Five finalists will be selected to present their ideas/business plans at the Rural Maryland Council Conference on December 1, 2017 to compete for $7500 top prize, accounting, legal services and other business services to help further your business ideas and plans AgPitch applicants must reside in the MidAtlantic Farm Credit footprint. Employees, board members and their immediate families are not eligible for this event. The deadline to submit your application is November 1, 2017. More information: www.mafc.com/agpitch

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1784

MFB Young Farmer’s Retreat

December 2, 2017 | Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

Location: Eastern Shore (locations TBD) (map)

Organizer: Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers

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Description: mdfarmbureau.com/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1780

MFB 102nd Annual Convention

December 3, 2017 - December 5, 2017 | Time: TBD

Location: Ocean City (map)

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Description: mdfarmbureau.com/

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1779