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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: $40

2018 Maryland Agricultural Pesticide Conference- Denton, MD

February 8, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

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Description: 2018 Maryland Agricultural Pesticide Conference, an educational program conducted by the University of Maryland Extension for custom pesticide applicators, dealers, distributors, sales representatives, growers, agency representatives and Extension workers. The Maryland Department of Agriculture will accept attendance at either full-day session for 8 credits in the listed categories: 1A - Agricultural, Plant 1B - Agricultural, Animal 04 - Seed Treatment 06 - Right of Way & Weed 09 - Regulatory 10 - Demonstration & Research 13 - Aerial The Delaware Department of Agriculture will accept attendance at either full-day session as 6 credits in the listed category: 1A - Agricultural Plant (commercial) A pre-registration fee of $40 is required for attendance to the conference. Registration includes lunch, break, handouts, registration materials, and conference costs and must be received by Friday, January 19th. Registrations received after January 19th will be $60.00, no exceptions. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-maryland-agricultural-pesticide-conference-denton-md-tickets-41113245825?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1831

FSMA Combined Produce Safety and Preventive Controls Rules Trainings

February 12, 2018 | Time: 9:00 am - TBD

Location: University of Maryland Extension, Wicomico County, 28647 Old Quantico Rd., Salisbury, MD, 21801 (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/or preventive control rules • Completion certificates required by FSMA • Guidance regarding food safety risks and how to mitigate them How much does it cost? $25 for PSA Grower Training Course (Monday Feb. 12) $45 for FSPCA Training for Preventive Controls (Tuesday Feb. 13 - Thursday Feb. 15) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fsma-combined-produce-safety-and-preventive-controls-rules-trainings-tickets-41344008041?aff=es2

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1826

Fee: Free

2018 Eastern Shore Vegetable Growers Meeting

February 13, 2018 | Time: 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Eastern Shore Hospital Center, 5262 Woods Rd, Cambridge, MD, 21613 (map)

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Description: Join us for the 2018 Eastern Shore Vegetable Growers Meeting to be held in Cambridge, MD. Come hear the latest updates about vegetable diseases, insect pests, crop yields, cover crop management, FSMA and specialty crops. Maryland Pesticide applicators (Private and Commercial A1) and nutrient management credits will be available. Agenda to come. This event is free and includes lunch, but we require registration so we can have a headcount for lunch. Contact Emily at 410-228-8800 with any questions. If you need special assistance, please contact Emily at 410-228-8800 by February 1, 2018. This program is open to all. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-eastern-shore-vegetable-growers-meeting-tickets-38584279619

Link to this event at: http://MarylandFarmLink.com/resources_detail.php?id=1816

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. https://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 - TBD

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. https://extension.umd.edu/annies-project/class-information

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

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. https://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. https://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 - TBD

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) https://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 - TBD

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. https://extension.umd.edu/annies-project/class-information

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