The Anne Arundel County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator works with farmers by providing technical and educational information. These services are designed to offer the latest in pest management practices and nutrient management while being sensitive to the environmental impacts on the county's water and soil resources. Agriculture programs focus on issues which include:
Special annual programs include the Winter Annual Vegetable Producer's Breakfast and Fruit Producer's Breakfast, University of Maryland Upper Marlboro Research and Education Field Day, Southern Maryland Production meeting and participation at the Anne Arundel County Fair. Certification classes for private pesticide applicators are conducted several times a year (see Upcoming Programs). A newsletter, published quarterly, and an online calendar of events is available to keep you up-to-date on agriculture happenings and events!
Although the University of Maryland Soil Testing Lab has closed, there are many other labs available that conduct soil analysis. Not all labs can be readily converted into University of Maryland values. Producers will need to make arrangements with these soil-testing labs (i.e. obtain soil bags, forms, and make arrangements to mail the samples to the lab). For more information, see our Comparison of Soil Test Labs bulletin. This comparison provides MD producers who must obtain a nutrient management plan a list of approved labs that can be used for their nutrient management plan development. Please note that specific sampling procedures need to be followed in order for these lab's analyses to convert to University of Maryland soil test values. Producers required to obtain a nutrient management plan for their operation should follow these sampling procedures, rather than the lab's sampling instructions.
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For more information about the Agriculture and Natural Resources program, please contact R. David Myers, Principal Agent, AGNR or call the office on (410) 222-3906.