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: $35

One-Day Beef Quality Assurance Workshop - Southern Maryland

May 26, 2018 | Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Harmony Farms, 26060 Yowaiski Mill Road, Mechanicsville, MD, 20659 (map)


Contact: Racheal Slattery,, 301-405-1392

Description: University of Maryland Extension Beef Group will be hosting two separate 1-Day Beef Quality Assurance Workshops either in Western Maryland and Southern Maryland. The cost will be $35.00, which will include all educational materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be completed either with a credit card online ( or via check – contact Racheal Slattery ( or 301-405-1392).

Producers who wish to become certified will be required to participate in a 1-Day workshop that illustrates the guidelines of BQA, followed by a hands-on chute-side training. At the completion of both components, they will be required to take a short exam. Once a producer has completed both levels of training and have passed the exam they will be certified (certification is valid for three years).

Please pass this information along to any producers who may be interested in attending. I have also attached the informational flyer.

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Western Maryland May 19, 2018 9:30am-3pm Stone Wall Angus
17719 Spielman Rd
Fairplay, MD 21733

Southern Maryland May 26, 2018 9:30am-3pm Harmony Farms
26060 Yowaiski Mill Rd
Mechanicsville, MD 20659

9:30am -10:00am Registration - Welcome
10:00am -12:00pm Classroom Style BQA Basics, EXAM
12:00pm – 12:30pm Lunch 12:30pm – 2:30pm Chute-side Learning/Hands-on Training
2:30pm – 3:00pm Wrap-up and Questions

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Fee: $55

Crop Planning for your Small Farm Workshop

May 27, 2018 | Time: 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Location: Butterbee Farm, 500 Tristam Lane, Baltimore, MD, 21208 (map)



Description: This class is designed to detail how spreadsheets can be used for easy crop planning and for projecting sales.

Topics will include:

Prioritizing what to grow
Using spreadsheets for crop planning
Projecting sales
Staying organized by putting your farm on paper

Participants will go home with templates for our spreadsheets. This class is for new or aspiring farmers on less than two acres. Principles will apply to any kind of farming. Because the information shared at this class is fairly personal, we ask that you please keep what you've learned within your immediate family.

Minimum 10 participants for the class to be held. Please note that we do not offer refunds for cancellations, except in the case of family emergency or if the class minimum is not reached.

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Fee: $125

Fundamentals of Nutrient Management Workshop

May 29, 2018 - May 30, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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



This training course provides participants with a basic
overview of knowledge areas covered by the Maryland
Nutrient Management Certification Examination. Topics
include state nutrient management regulations, nutrient
management principles, basic soil science, and soil fertility
recommendations. Instructors are university and government

Anyone planning to take the Maryland Nutrient Management
Certification Examination, consultants and farmers interested
in refreshing their nutrient management knowledge, and
natural resource personnel. The Certification Examination
will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018. Study materials for
the exam will be distributed at the training session. If you will
not attend the training session, check the box below to request
exam information and application materials. The exam fee of
$50 will be payable at a later date.

Tuesday May 29 & Wednesday May 30, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (check-in opens at 8:30 a.m.)
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Lower Level conference rooms
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

$125.00 check or money order, payable in advance. This nonrefundable
fee covers learning materials and lunch.
Call 410-841-5959.

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Industrial Hemp Stakeholders Meeting

May 30, 2018 | Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Maryland Farm Bureau, 3358 Davidsonville Road, Davidsonville, MD, 21035 (map)

Organizer: Grow and Fortify


Description: Join us for a discussion of the latest news of Maryland’s foray into industrial hemp, implementation of the new law, development of regulations, and the creation of a Maryland Hemp Coalition.

RSVP at the link. Fueled by Grow & Fortify.

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Perennial Pasture Tour

May 31, 2018 | Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: St. Brigid's Farm, 12246 Locust Grove Road, Kennedyville, MD, 21645 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest CASA


Description: How are permanent pastures created? Tour St. Brigid’s Farm with experienced dairy and beef farmer, Judy Gifford, and learn her methods.

Judy Gifford and Bob Fry are the owners of St. Brigid’s Farm located in Kennedyville, MD. Their 62-acre farm, planted in permanent pasture of perennial ryegrass and clover, features 200 animals consisting of milking cows, replacement heifers, steers and veal calves. Judy and Bob began milking their cows with a robot this spring, allowing their cows to choose when they are ready to be milked. St. Brigid’s Farm is the second in Maryland to install a voluntary milking system! Attend this farm tour to learn about perennial pasture management and hear Judy Gifford talk about caring for her herd of cows and how she markets and sells her products.

St. Brigid’s Farm, 12246 Locust Grove Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645

Questions? Please contact Delmarva Field Program Manager Niamh Shortt at or 443-880-1247

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Hops Part 2: Hops Bine Care & Maintenance

June 6, 2018 | Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Brookeville Beer Farm, 20315 Georgia Avenue, Brookeville, MD, 20833 (map)

Organizer: Future Harvest -- Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture

Contact: Caroline Selle,

Description: Tour a hopyard in season and learn to care for hops bines! Join us at the Brookeville Beer Farm for the second in a series of three hops growing events. We’ll tour the hopyard and discuss irrigation requirements, fungicide regimens, and fertilizer applications. A pizza and beer tasting will close the field day (included in ticket price, must be 21).

Questions? Please contact Caroline Selle at

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Hiring, Firing, and Employee Management 101

June 7, 2018 | Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Caroline County 4H & Youth Park Fairgrounds, 8230 Detour Road, Denton, MD, 21629 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension


Description: The University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension in partnership with Delmarva Poultry, Inc., will be hosting a workshop at two different times for Commercial Poultry Growers.

The workshops will focus on human resource issues related to hiring quality employees, retaining quality employees, and how to prepare for issues caused by employees.

Mark your calendar:

Thursday, June 7, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Caroline County 4H & Youth Park Fairgrounds in Denton, MD.

Friday, June 8, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Carvel Research and Education Center, Georgetown, DE.

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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: Free

Cover Crop Management Workshop

June 12, 2018 | Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Kent County Extension Office, 709 Morgnec Road, Chestertown, MD, 21620 (map)

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact: Nate Richards,, 410-778-1661

Description: This event is free, but space is limited. Registration is requested. Please email Nate Richards or call the extension office at 410-778-1661 to register. **Earn Nutrient Management Voucher Credit for meeting attendance**

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Fee: $42

Poultry Mortality Composting Short Course and Demonstration

June 13, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

Organizer: University of Maryland Extension

Contact:,, 301-405-1198

Description: AGENDA

8:30 Registration - coffee available

9:00 What is composting - Description of the compost process the variables that control the process, recipes to successfully compost, and the items that must be controlled: time, oxygen, moisture, pH, C:N ration.

9:45 Whole animal composting - Whole animal compost systems, set-up of a poultry mortality composter, biosecurity, legal and environmental issues.

10:30 Break

10:45 Channel composters and Compositing Problems

Mass mortality composting - Both in-house composting and outside composting of large numbers of dead birds.

12:00 Lunch
1:00 Compost use
1:30 Demonstration
2:45 Q&A, Wrap up
3:00 Adjourn

Registration Information
Cost: $42 covers refreshments, lunch, and materials. Please register by Thursday, June 7, 2018.
For questions, call (301) 405-1198 or email (link sends e-mail)
Maximum Registration is 30 people.
Certificate of completion will be awarded. Name and contact information will be sent to MDA as desired.

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