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Event: Food Safety Training for FMSA Compliance
Date: Monday, November 27, 2017
Location: University of Maryland Extension - Cecil County, 200 Chesapeake Bldg., #1500, Elkton, MD 21921
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Cost: $25.00  (covers training materials, food, and training certificate)
Registration: https://cecilpsa17.eventbrite.com
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Who Should Attend?  Those growers who are interested in learning about produce safety, who need to comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, who need to satisfy buyer requirements, and/or who need to maintain a food safety certification.  What Will You Get from Attending? • Better understanding of produce food safety • Insight into the Produce Safety Rule requirements • Training certificate required to comply with the rule • Explanation of the MD Department of Agriculture’s role in implementing the rule. 
Contact: Justine Beaulieu at (301) 405-7543 or by email jbeauli1@umd.edu

December

 

January

Event: Future Harvest CASA'S Cultivate The Chesapeake FoodShed 19th Annual Conference
Date:
January 11-13, 2018
Location:
College Park Marriott, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, MD
Information & Registration:
go to https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/2018-conference

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Event:SE Regional Conference
Date: January 11-14, 2018
Location: Savannah, Georgia
Information & Registration: Go to http://www.seregionalconference.com/

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Event: Farmer Training & Certification "Learn to Write Your Own Nutrient Management Plan"
Date: January 16, 2018 (training class) & January 30, 2018 (exam & plan writing)
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM each day
Location: Wye Research and Education Center, 124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown, MD 21658
Cost: $35 (includes lunch on first day)
Description: The Farmer Training and Certification workshop will provide opportunities for producers with cropland and pastures who use commercial fertilizer and/or manure to learn how to write nutrient management plans for their operation that meet Maryland Department of Agriculture’s regulations. Individuals with fields or pastures high in soil test phosphorus may require additional training and a greater time commitment.

Required Skills: Competency in high school math, familiarity with using a keyboard, and the ability to save and retrieve files on a computer are essential for completion of the course and nutrient management plan development. You will receive: A comprehensive training binder – the training binder will be used during the class, serve as a reference during the open-book exam, and be a valuable resource when you write future plans for your operation., Certification – producers who pass the exam will be certified by MDA to write their own nutrient management plans., Voucher training credits – this class will fulfill the nutrient applicator voucher training requirements.
Registration Information

Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis; therefore, register early. Paid registrations must be received 10 days before the first class. For more information, please call 410-841-5959. Classes will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment.

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Event: 2018 Empire State Producers Expo
Date: January 16-18, 2018
Location: SRC Arena, Syarcuse, NY
Information & Registration: go to https://nysvga.org/expo/information/

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Event: Central Maryland Vegetable Meeting (Save the date!)
Date: January 26, 2018
Location: Upperco, MD 
Information & Registration: details will be posted when available

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Event: 2018 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention
Date: January 30- February 1, 2018
Location: Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, PA
Information & Registration: go to https://www.mdhortsociety.org/mafvc

February

Event: North American Farmers Direct Marketing Association Convention
Date: Feb 1-7, 2018
Location: California
Information & Registration: go to http://www.farmersinspired.com/2018conventionlandingpage/

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Event: Farmer Training & Certification "Learn to Write Your Own Nutrient Management Plan"
Date: February 5, 2018 (training class) & February 19, 2018 (exam & plan writing)
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM each day
Location: University of Maryland Extension -Frederick County Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Cost: $35 (includes lunch on first day)
Description: The Farmer Training and Certification workshop will provide opportunities for producers with cropland and pastures who use commercial fertilizer and/or manure to learn how to write nutrient management plans for their operation that meet Maryland Department of Agriculture’s regulations. Individuals with fields or pastures high in soil test phosphorus may require additional training and a greater time commitment.

Required Skills: Competency in high school math, familiarity with using a keyboard, and the ability to save and retrieve files on a computer are essential for completion of the course and nutrient management plan development. You will receive: A comprehensive training binder – the training binder will be used during the class, serve as a reference during the open-book exam, and be a valuable resource when you write future plans for your operation., Certification – producers who pass the exam will be certified by MDA to write their own nutrient management plans., Voucher training credits – this class will fulfill the nutrient applicator voucher training requirements.
Registration Information

Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis; therefore, register early. Paid registrations must be received 10 days before the first class. For more information, please call 410-841-5959. Classes will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment.

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Event: Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting - SAVE THE DATE
Date:
Friday, February 16, 2018
Location: Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756

Description & Registration:
details will be posted when available

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Event: Farmer Training and Certification "Learn to Write Your Own Nutrient Management Plan"
Date: February 6, 13, 20, 27 (Exam), 2018  & March 6, 2018 (plan writing)
Time: 6 PM - 9 PM each evening
Location: University of Maryland Extension -HowardCounty Office, 330 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702
Cost: $20 (is the certification fee)
Description: The Farmer Training and Certification workshop will provide opportunities for producers with cropland and pastures who use commercial fertilizer and/or manure to learn how to write nutrient management plans for their operation that meet Maryland Department of Agriculture’s regulations. Individuals with fields or pastures high in soil test phosphorus may require additional training and a greater time commitment.

Required Skills: Competency in high school math, familiarity with using a keyboard, and the ability to save and retrieve files on a computer are essential for completion of the course and nutrient management plan development. You will receive: A comprehensive training binder – the training binder will be used during the class, serve as a reference during the open-book exam, and be a valuable resource when you write future plans for your operation., Certification – producers who pass the exam will be certified by MDA to write their own nutrient management plans., Voucher training credits – this class will fulfill the nutrient applicator voucher training requirements.
Registration Information

Space is limited and registrations are accepted on a first-come basis; therefore, register early. Paid registrations must be received 10 days before the first class. For more information, please call 410-841-5959. Classes will be cancelled if there is insufficient enrollment.

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Event:2018 North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference
Date: February 21-24, 2018
Location: Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura California
Information & Registration: go to http://www.raspberryblackberry.com/north-american-raspberry-blackberry-conference-2018/
Description: Featured speakers include Miles Reiter of Driscolls and Diego Maritinez, president of the Mexican berry exporting organization Aneberries. Educational breakouts include sessions on pest and disease control, tunnel production, trellising/pruning, food safety, plant breeding, and more. The conference will be at the Ventura Beach Marriott (805-643-6000). Reservations may also be made at the nearby Comfort Inn (805-653-5000).  For registration, program details, hotel/travel information and more, visit http://www.raspberryblackberry.com/north-american-raspberry-blackberry-conference-2018/ or contact the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association at 919-542-4037 or info@raspberryblackberry.com.  Exhibitor inquiries are also welcome.

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